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December 5, 2023

Toys For Tots Santa Cruz County drive in high gear

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Every year, a group of volunteers works to make sure that children in need have a toy to unwrap on Christmas day. This behind-the-scenes work, which begins in late summer, is no small feat. It requires wrangling donations of cash and items to build a...

Philanthropist, publisher Rowland Rebele dies

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​​Rowland Rebele, a publisher and philanthropist who wanted to give away all of his money before he passed away, died Saturday at the age of 93. “Reb,” as he liked to be called, served in the U.S. Navy and attended Stanford University before embarking on...

Evictions loom for 14 Pajaro families

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In the middle of the holiday season, 14 families that live on 29 San Juan Road in Pajaro must find somewhere new to live in one of the country’s most expensive rental markets. On a rainy day in November, the concerned faces of adults are...

Little Trends Boutique marks anniversary

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In the past three years, Little Trends Boutique has gone from a small online operation, where its co-owners would load up their kids in their cars and deliver clothing orders to customers, to a rapidly growing business with multiple employees and seasonal family-friendly events...

East Lake Village’s Shop Small event welcomes the holidays

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The folks at East Lake Village Shopping Center kicked off the holiday season with their Shop Small Saturday event, where businesses there welcomed the public to an all-day festive celebration. The event included: • Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting  • Coffee and Cars Car Show hosted by...

Arrest made in attempted murder in Watsonville

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Watsonville Police officers arrested a man in an attempted murder investigation.  MIchelle Pulido, spokeswoman for Watsonville Police, said officers responded Saturday night to a stabbing outside a business on the 1000 block of Main Street, where they found a 32-year-old man suffering from multiple stab...

PV Health Care District board approves bond to fund hospital repairs, purchase

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On March 5, voters living in the southern portion of Santa Cruz County and a small part of north Monterey County will decide on a bond that would help the financially struggling Watsonville Community Hospital pay for a series of long-awaited upgrades. The $116 million...

Watsonville residents may receive emergency test alerts

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The County of Monterey Department of Emergency Management has begun testing a new Alert Monterey County emergency alert software and system, and Watsonville residents may receive notifications, officials advised.  Residents in certain areas of Monterey County began receiving emergency test messages earlier this week. More...

Q&A: ‘Alice By Heart’ director describes passion for theater

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The community is invited to see “Alice By Heart” at the Mello Center, which kicked off Nov. 24, and continues its run Dec. 2 at 7:30pm and Dec. 3 at 2pm.  This free, open-to-the-public performance is among the first productions of “Alice By Heart” outside...

Monterey DA: Pajaro shooting was likely self-defense

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The 47-year-old man suspected of killing two people and injuring others early in the morning on Nov. 21 at a Pajaro bar was possibly acting in self-defense and may not face murder charges, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Sergio Ramos Carranza turned...
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Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax for March ballot

Santa Cruz County residents will consider a half-cent sales tax on the March 5 ballot which, if approved by a simple majority, will fund...