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Man tries to grab girl

Posted: Saturday, Feb 13th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Police are looking for a man who twice tried to grab a 13-year-old girl as she walked to school Friday morning.
According to Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Dimick, the girl was walking on the sidewalk in the area of Calabasas and Bowker roads, when a male approached her from the opposite direction on the same sidewalk.
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Keeping a friend's dream alive

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- In 2015, the first-ever Carrie's Dream Dance Showcase helped 30 young dancers continue their love for the art form through scholarships.
The more than $23,000 raised during the show exceeded expectations, said Ashley Tapley, one of the organizers.
Now, organizers hope to support even more dancers when the showcase returns on Feb. 21 at the Aptos
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Moving the NEST: Tech education organization opens new digs

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A little more than a year ago, Digital NEST started in a tiny space above an existing business.
It opened its doors for the first time Thursday at its new location in the heart of downtown Watsonville.
Located next door to Cabrillo College and overlooking Watsonville Plaza, the new location has already drawn young people
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Affecting positive change: Student becomes first PVUSD high school board member

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees got its first student member Wednesday.
Aptos High School student Elias Nepa, 17, will participate in discussions and debates during meetings.
He will also cast a vote on issues that come before the trustees, although as an unelected member his vote will be strictly advisory.
Nepa has
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Goodwill to upgrade stores, move headquarters

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville's Goodwill store is slated to get a new look next year, part of a renovation that will include six stores.
Goodwill Central Coast President and CEO Ed Durkee said the district-wide, $25 million plan calls for a modernization project that will include stores in Scotts Valley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Seaside, Alisal and Grover Beach.
In addition,
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Musician’s new video proves popular

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Michael Gaither hates commuting over Highway 17.
So much so, the Watsonville musician even wrote his first-ever song about it about 12 years ago.
"There's a windy road on the way to work / people going too fast, they don't even look / and the rest of us wonder if we will make it back home
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Food bank honors builder, benefactor

Posted: Friday, Feb 12th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- As the ‘90s turned into the 2000s, Second Harvest Food Bank began to see public need outgrow its capacity.
At the same time, limited space meant the 28-year-old organization didn't have the room to store food that was available.
"We were having to regularly turn away truckloads of fresh produce that our agricultural partners were willing to
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Aptos Village Project under way

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
APTOS -- Construction crews have begun work on the Aptos Village Project, which when complete will feature a grocery store and deli housed in a historic barn, several new homes and restaurant and retail space, all located near the entrance to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
Crews from Barry Swenson Builder, which is developing and managing the
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Raising a race: Company looking to raise numbers for annual fundraiser

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Fleet Feet Sports is looking for runners and sponsors as it prepares for its annual Shamrock Run event at Pinto Lake County Park.
Donating the proceeds from the Shamrock Run to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz County Parks, race director Matthew Andrews said he hopes to see more than 200 people on the trail this year.
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‘Hackathon’ coming to Cabrillo; Digital NEST gears up for grand opening

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Looking to solve the needs of agriculture through technology, coders will create apps during a 48-hour hackathon at Cabrillo College.
"Apps for Ag" will task 50 participants to come up with solutions to problems the agricultural industry faces. During the morning of March 12, representatives from the industry will participate in a panel where they will
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City continues soccer program affiliations

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The City Council agreed Tuesday to continue an affiliation with two soccer clubs that allows the city's soccer program to participate in competitive leagues.
The council voted 5-0 to a one-year contract to affiliate the Parks and Community Service Department's youth soccer program with both Club de Universidad Nacional A.C. Pumas and the Santa Cruz County Breakers.
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National cable company show looks at Watsonville

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- A film crew from Stamford, Conn.-based Charter Communications was in Watsonville Wednesday morning, filming several local governmental officials and community leaders for a show that will broadcast throughout California.
The show is Charter California Edition, which is available in more than 5 million homes in more than 80 cities.
Launched in 2008 as "Charter Local Edition," the
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SC musician celebrating new album

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 10th, 2016
CORRALITOS -- Scott Cooper is a versatile musician, playing everything from drums, to bass and guitar, and also has the vocal chops to match.
As such, he has found his place in five different bands.
Cooper will be celebrating the release of his third album, "Batik in Blue," with a performance by one of his bands, Scott
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LGBT group ramping up for summer march

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- From its beginning in 2008, managing South County's only gay pride event has been a difficult endeavor.
From raising the needed funds to navigating local and state bureaucracies to recruiting the army of volunteers, organizers from SOMOS LGBT have had their hands full.
Indeed, the annual march and rally was put on hold in 2012 after funds
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PG&E to inspect trees on some properties

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Some South County residents this week will receive letters from Pacific Gas & Electric about gas lines that run near their homes, and about removing trees that could be obstructing them.
A PG&E representative will come to the homes of any affected residents and check the placement of trees. If any need to be removed, the company
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Volunteers restore Struve Slough

Posted: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- With more than 950 native plants waiting to be placed along Struve Slough, it would take quite a large force to complete the undertaking.
Fortunately, more than 100 volunteers were well-equipped for the task Saturday.
Volunteers of all ages convened on Upper Struve Slough for the annual World Wetlands Day celebration organized by Watsonville Wetlands Watch
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By the grain

Modified: Monday, Feb 8th, 2016

Local wine stopper maker makes no two alike


ROYAL OAKS -- They sit in a dazzling collection of colors and wood grain patterns, smoothed and polished for style and longevity. To the average eye, they might be pretty wine-stoppers, but to one man, they are his hobby.
Making about $5 a piece on them, Thomas Wylie uses
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Fox Theatre to host Film Festival

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Nearly seven years after the Fox Theatre closed its doors in downtown Watsonville, a group of community organizers is planning its revival.
The little theater will play host to the fifth-annual Watsonville Film Festival this year, director and co-founder Consuelo Alba said Friday.
"This is a big change," she said. "We definitely have a longer-term vision
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An avid discussion: Class helps prepare students for college

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- When Watsonville High School junior Isaac Ruiz graduates, he will be the first in his family to attend a four-year university.
To prepare himself, he said he is immersing himself in his studies and keeping counsel with his teachers.
"I ask them what I should do, and I take their advice," he said.
Ruiz,
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Food bank shatters holiday record

Posted: Friday, Feb 5th, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Second Harvest Food Bank broke its own record during the holiday season, raising enough money and food for nearly 100,000 more meals than last year.
In an early morning breakfast meeting Friday, the South County agency announced that it raised 4,166,490 meals to feed hungry families during the Holiday Food Drive, which ended Jan. 15.
The
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Aptos arson suspect appears in court

Posted: Thursday, Feb 4th, 2016
APTOS -- Brian Tell, the man suspected of setting numerous cars and a carport on fire Jan. 20 in Aptos, made his first appearance in court Thursday for arraignment.
In the courtroom of Judge John Salazar, Tell was assigned public defender Mark Briscoe with Steve Drotter representing the District Attorney's Office.
Tell pleaded not guilty.
Though
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Terry Medina joins Community Foundation

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Since its creation more than three decades ago, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has worked to help many hundreds of donors both small and large direct their charitable efforts to the causes closest to their hearts.
The foundation also works with organizations and charities to which donations go, assuring the needs of both donors and recipients are met.
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World Wetlands Day is Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- In honor of World Wetlands Day, Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville will host the ninth annual restoration project on Saturday.
This year's project will include planting native plants along Struve Slough, family-friendly games and activities, bilingual nature and bird walks, free food and music.
"We are planning an exciting community
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Arson suspect nabbed at his Aptos home

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
APTOS -- A man has been arrested on suspicion of setting six cars and a carport on fire Jan. 20 in Aptos.
Brian Tell, 44, of Aptos was arrested Monday after detectives with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office got a tip that stemmed from high quality surveillance video images of Tell lurking around some buildings near Park Avenue
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Cervantez Alejo earns nod from Democratic Party

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 3rd, 2016
SAN JOSE -- Watsonville Mayor Pro-tem Karina Cervantez-Alejo gained a key victory Saturday at a Democratic caucus vote in San Jose.
Cervantez Alejo, who is running for the 30th District California Assembly seat, garnered 96 percent of 45 possible votes at the California Democratic Party Region 7 pre-endorsement meeting. That far surpassed the 70 percent she needed to pick up
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Roudon-Smith part of winemakers’ collective

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Al Drewke has already navigated two successful careers, first in the U.S. Army and then in the tech world, working as an engineer in management for a company that built electronic bric-a-brac too complex to describe in this story.
But there is nothing complicated about his decision to embark on his third career as a winemaker,
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Suspicious device shuts down DMV, closes street

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- The DMV in Watsonville has been temporarily closed after a worker discovered a bottle of liquid stationed at the back of the building early Tuesday.
The California Highway Patrol said they got a call around 7:30 a.m. about the sealed bottle that is filled with clear liquid and has a metal rod inside it.
Watsonville Fire
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Castro Adobe to host six open houses

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Decades ago, when paved roads were a distant dream in California, ranchers worked vast tracts of land and travelers faced grueling treks across undeveloped wilderness.
The Castro Adobe in Larkin Valley, with its then revolutionary indoor kitchen and renowned upstairs dance hall, sat amidst a 13,000-acre rancho. Built in 1849, it was home to Juan José Castro and
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Foundation hands out $15K in teacher grants

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Schools Plus, the public schools foundation of Santa Cruz County, announced the recipients of the 2015-16 classroom teacher grants.
According to Schools Plus board president, Nicole Bricmont, "Our mission is to promote, support and enhance the quality of education for all students in our community public schools by encouraging the innovation and resourcefulness of teachers
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Three arrested after fight

Posted: Monday, Feb 1st, 2016
WATSONVILLE -- Three suspected gang members were arrested Saturday after a late-night fight at a motel, Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway said.
Angel Tellez Bedolla, 19, Jonathan Ivan Gonzalez, 18, and Michael Diaz-Garza, 20, were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on numerous weapons and gang charges. Bedolla was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Diaz-Garza and Gonzalez were
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