Candlelight vigil set for fatal crash victim

WATSONVILLE — Family and friends of Jennie Gervasio, who was killed after she was struck by a vehicle as she was riding her bicycle on Main Street near Auto Center Drive in September, will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The vigil will be held near the scene of the crash.

The incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the Watsonville Police Department at 471-1151, the anonymous tip line at 768-3544, or the Watsonville Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at 768-3352.


PVPSA to honor award winners

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance’s 2017 Heroes In Prevention Award winners will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 19. 

Awards will be granted to Heidi Jacobson, an after school coordinator at HA Hyde Elementary School, Suzanne Smith, director of Student Services for Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Ruby Vasquez, a parent education trainer at PVUSD, Watsonville Police Capt. Jorge Zamora, and Rhea DeHart, a Watsonville community leader who will be honored specifically with the Lifetime Community Prevention Hero Award.

The ceremony, taking place at the Pajaro Valley Gallery, 37 Sudden St. in Watsonville, will feature keynote speaker Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and local food and refreshments.

Because of PVPSA’s focus on children, youth, families and community at large, the organization will be honoring individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to prevention in the Pajaro Valley.


AHP’s monthly event set

WATSONVILLE — The Agricultural History Project will present its monthly Second Saturday on the Farm on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville.

This month’s theme is “From Sheep to Socks,” featuring spinning and weaving demonstrations.

Other activities include cow milking, tractor driving, crafts and more.

Admission is free and donations are accepted.


Free school bus training offered

WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley Unified School District is offering free school bus driver training classes.

Instructors will provide training to qualify those interested for a commercial driver’s license and school bus driving certificate. Orientation will begin on Nov. 3 at 196 Grimmer Road from 10 a.m to 12 p.m.

To be a considered, you must provide the following documents: classified application, H6 DMV printout (obtained within the last 30 days), form 1080(B) and a valid California class C driver’s license.

All applications must be sent to the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 1. To fill out the application, visit the Human Resources Department at 294 Green Valley Road, call 786-2145 or visit Some candidates may be offered permanent employment and receive full medical benefits.

For information, visit


Parks director to speak at breakfast

APTOS — The Aptos Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly breakfast meeting on Thursday from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Best Western Seacliff Inn, 7500 Old Dominion Court in Aptos.

Jeff Gaffney, director of Santa Cruz County Parks, will be the guest speaker.

Admission is $20 for chamber members or $25 for non-members. For reservations, call 688-1467.


Summit discusses seniors’ challenges

APTOS — The Seniors Solutions Summit is scheduled for Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 7600 Soquel Drive in Aptos.

Leaders from public, private, nonprofit and faith-based organizations will discuss solutions to challenges faced by seniors and adults with disabilities in the community.

The summit is presented by the Seniors Council/Area Agency on Aging of Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties in partnership with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County and the Monterey Bay Aging & Disability Resource Connection.

To register, visit

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