Jacob's Heart
Sweeping changes have been underway at Jacob's Heart in Watsonville since the children's cancer care facility expanded in square footage. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Yesterday I was lucky to wander through Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services on West Beach Street to cover a group from the San Jose Sharks who were loading up 70 grocery bags for the community and dropping off a $10,000 check. I was stunned to see how the place has expanded and the numerous new rooms have been furnished and decorated. It felt warm and comfortable. Lori Butterworth, founder and executive director, said Jacob’s Heart was recently able to further spread out into some new square footage.

As of 2:30pm Friday we still don’t know who our president will be. Talk about a cliffhanger! Congrats to Jimmy Dutra who will be Watsonville’s new mayor.

On the weather front, Anna Schneider with the National Weather Service of Monterey said scattered showers are approaching the Central Coast and will dampen our region late this afternoon and into the evening. “It won’t be a lot of rain,” she said. A cold front, drifting south from the Gulf of Alaska, arrived in the Monterey Bay early Friday, sending temps downward significantly. Schneider said we can expect colder temps through the weekend with even colder weather arriving Sunday night. There is a slight chance of more rain in about a week. 

“We have a surf advisory starting for the Monterey Bay as a northwest swell arrives tonight,” Schneider said. “Those higher than normal waves will continue into Saturday.” 

A Santa Cruz man died Thursday evening when he was struck by a car as he was crossing Mission Street on foot.

The vehicle, that was traveling northbound on Mission Street, collided with the 45-year-old Santa Cruz man who was using a marked crosswalk. His name has not been released and the incident is still under investigation.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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