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May 30, 2023

Laundry Day ribbon cutting set for Sunday

Tarmo Hannula: On Sunday there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Laundry Day Laundromat, 35 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville. The ceremony is from noon to 2 p.m.

Are you ready for a new cell tower embedded in a towering fake tree on Freedom Boulevard? Have you seen these artificial trees planted elsewhere? I’ve yet seen one that didn’t look like it was cut out of a comic book — plastic, awkward, tagged on — and embarrassing. But I’m not the gold standard on fake trees; maybe some folks like them, and certainly they serve a purpose in connecting all of us with our cell phones and such. The Watsonville Planning Commission will weigh it out tonight.

Today is Super Tuesday where 14 states hold their primaries. I made the rounds to a few polling stations earlier today to get a feel of the day. I ran into my friend Paul De Worken who has volunteered his efforts at polling stations since 1998 when he was a junior at Watsonville High School.

Coronavirus is the word of the day around the world. South Korea has come up with an innovative way of testing for the novel virus inspired by drive-thrus at McDonald’s and Starbucks, CNN reported. Meanwhile, China has conducted millions of tests. There have been six deaths in the U.S., 29 cases in California and more than 100 cases around the country. Worldwide, 3,000 people have died from the virus, which started at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. Sanitizers, disinfectants and safety masks sales are surging. Officials say elderly and people with underlying issues are the most vulnerable.

Quote of the Day: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. 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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