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Officials support Meals on Wheels as program faces cuts

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
LIVE OAK -- A team of volunteers packed their vehicles full of hot food at the Live Oak Senior Center Wednesday morning, preparing to bring it to hungry mid-county seniors.
For the Meals on Wheels volunteers, the trip was nothing new. Some come on a daily basis, while others do it once a week. For the seniors, the meals

City, school district hosting immigration forums

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- If federal immigration agents come knocking, they need a warrant to enter a residence. Once they are inside, residents should invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, and should not sign anything.
Those pieces of advice will be part of a forum on Saturday created to prepare families for the possibility that Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Sewer customers asked to complete survey

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 22nd, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Freedom County Sanitation District has thousands of feet of aging sewer lines in the rural areas of Watsonville, most of which need to be upgraded.
The district has plans to apply for state and federal funding in order to complete six projects, estimated at $13 million. But to do so, it needs to determine the

Report: Watsonville man shoots daughter, then himself

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
CAPITOLA -- A 36-year-old Watsonville man and his 7-year-old daughter died Sunday outside the Capitola Mall in an apparent murder-suicide.
Capitola Police said they received a call at 3:15 p.m. from a woman that her husband might be attempting suicide in the mall's parking lot in back of Macy's on Clares Street. The woman said her husband was

PV High to introduce choir with performance

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- This year marks two firsts for Pajaro Valley High School.
The school has a choir for the first time since it opened in 2005, and the group will put on a free concert Wednesday night.
The creation of a choir is notable in Pajaro Valley Unified School District, which is slowly rebuilding its music programs district-wide

Rain moves in

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- After a lengthy dry spell, showers moved into the Monterey Bay Area on the first day of spring Monday. A dense layer of clouds dominated the skies Monday and by 2 p.m. sprinkles began falling while temperatures leveled off in the mid-60s.
By 4:30 p.m. those sprinkles gained in strength as umbrellas came out and motorists' wiper

State proposes rules for pesticides near schools

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

Not strong enough, opponents say

WATSONVILLE -- The California Department of Pesticide Regulation on Thursday released a revised set of regulations for the use of agricultural pesticides near schools, a plan that drew scorn from pesticide activists even as DPR officials praised it as one of the country's best.
Under the proposal, most pesticides are banned from

Salvation Army plans moving forward

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017

Assessment identifies shelter, daily services as top needs

WATSONVILLE -- Plans by the Watsonville Salvation Army to revamp its downtown location moved forward Wednesday when the organization met to discuss a recent needs assessment.
During the six-month assessment survey, the organization talked to more than 100 city leaders, service providers, residents and others to get a sense

Rain may return

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- Meteorologists are predicting a dry weekend for the Monterey Bay region, while some rain could dampen areas north of San Francisco.
At the National Weather Service of Monterey, meteorologist Duane Dykema said this weekend will be cooler. He described a series of weak weather systems lining up to reach the Monterey Bay over the week.

Growing ag leaders

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
Annual luncheon held at fairgrounds
WATSONVILLE -- The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau is celebrating its 100th year in 2017, and the organization kicked things off at Wednesday's National Agriculture Day Spring Luncheon.
The annual luncheon, co-presented by educational organization Agri-Culture, was held at Heritage Hall at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. More than 150 community members, leaders, organization

More than a sauce

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

My Mom's Mole holds pop-up event for St. Patrick's Day

WATSONVILLE -- Four businesses have come together to pull off a green twist to regular St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Held at Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. on Friday, My Mom's Mole, Green Waffle LLC and El Nopalito Produce will present guests with a full menu of taco and

New school assessment system unveiled

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

Called easier to use, more comprehensive

WATSONVILLE -- California education officials on Wednesday unveiled an online tool designed to serve as a report card for schools and a reporting system for student test scores.
The California School Dashboard measures schools and districts based on areas such as suspension and graduation rates.
It also features math and

Aptos High School brings 'My Fair Lady' to the stage

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017
APTOS -- Bringing the classic comedic play "My Fair Lady" to Aptos High School stage will bring full-circle the stories of both the drama teacher and student who plays lead role.
Theater Arts teacher Stacy Aronovici said the production was her first when she became credentialed 20 years ago.
"It's one of the reasons I chose it," she

Suspect arrested after brief foot chase, hiding in dumpster

Modified: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- A man was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly trying to pass a bad check, and then running through a grocery store, hiding in a dumpster and jumping head-first down a steep hillside in an attempt to elude police.
Martin Marroquin, 44, was also wanted on felony warrants out of Monterey County, according to Watsonville Police Master Officer

Canning Strike takes center stage 30 years later

Posted: Monday, Mar 13th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The 30th anniversary of the 1985-1987 Watsonville Canning Strike was the topic of a commemorative gathering Saturday at the Watsonville Public Library.
The strike, largely staged by women in Watsonville, eventually garnered national attention.
The strike is described in a recently published book by Peter Shapiro, "Song of the Stubborn One Thousand:" "On Sept. 9,

SLO supervisors considering oil tanker appeal

Posted: Monday, Mar 13th, 2017

Project would endanger Pajaro River, critics say

SAN LUIS OPISBO -- The San Luis Opisbo County Board of Supervisors on Monday began hearing an appeal by an oil company hoping to build a facility to receive and unload crude oil, a plan that would send trains laden with oil tankers by Watsonville.
The proposal by Phillips 66

Young scientists and engineers in the making

Posted: Monday, Mar 13th, 2017

County students take part in annual science fair

WATSONVILLE -- The Santa Cruz County Office of Education celebrated local science and engineering student achievements at the 29th Annual Science and Engineering Fair Saturday at the fairgrounds.
Associate Superintendent of Education Services Mary Anne James said 442 students, grades K-12, took part in the one-day fair held

Funding for Valencia Road comes through

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017

$4 million will help with repairs, temporary bridge

APTOS -- The Federal Highway Administration on Thursday approved a repair plan for a segment of Valenica Road, Santa Cruz County spokesman Jason Hoppin announced.
The plan, estimated at $4 million, will allow county workers to begin work on a temporary bridge and repair the road that was damaged

An old favorite gets a new home

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017

California Grill opens in Penny Lane location

WATSONVILLE -- After more than two months of renovations, California Grill of the Pajaro Valley opened Thursday at its new location at 40 Penny Lane.
Owned by Dick and Ashley Peixoto, California Grill opened in Freedom Centre in 2012, and quickly became a Watsonville mainstay.
California Grill's new location

Bringing out the artists

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017

Students, families take part in after-school art nights

WATSONVILLE -- Long after school ended at Ohlone Elementary School Wednesday, a group of students and their parents stayed behind.
Some took dance lessons, while others participated in an acting class. Another group worked on an art project.
The Family Arts Night at Ohlone is one of

PVUSD strengthens immigration policy

Posted: Friday, Mar 10th, 2017
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley Unified School District on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that strengthens the district's policy on undocumented students and families.
The resolution added to a policy the board adopted on Jan. 25, in which the district pledged its broad range of support for students and families who are in the U.S. illegally.

A first EP; A huge night

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2016

Local band Pan Dulce to play at Appleton Saturday

WATSONVILLE -- Right after hitting their one-year anniversary together, local music group Pan Dulce is preparing to drop their first EP as part of their performance at the Appleton Grill Saturday.
The group, which has six members, hails from all

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