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November 28, 2020

Author explores undiagnosed Asperger’s in ‘The Driveway Rules’

Driveway Rules Marc Sander
WATSONVILLE—From an early age, Marc Sander could tell he thought and felt a bit differently from his peers. One day, while playing basketball with a group of kids in his neighbor’s driveway, he became increasingly frustrated with how they were playing the...

New health office boosts county homeless mission

Santa Cruz County Housing for Health
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Thanks to $10 million in federal and state grants, Santa Cruz County has launched a new Housing for Health office, County Administrative Officer Carlos Palacios announced at a press conference Nov. 19. Robert Ratner, who brings in...

Watsonville man arrested for allegedly running chop shop

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WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville man was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly running a chop shop at a residence on Grant Street, California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said. Gustavo Chavez, 28, was charged with vehicle theft, running a motor vehicle...

7-Eleven owners donate 150 Thanksgiving turkeys to community

Kirk di Cicco Sherry Dang turkeys
WATSONVILLE—For 12 years, Sherry Dang and Kirk di Cicco, husband-and-wife owners of five local franchised 7-Eleven stores, have made it a point to give back to their community during Thanksgiving. And the Covid-19 pandemic was not going to stop them from continuing...

Family of Covid-19 victim suing Watsonville nursing home after deadly outbreak

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WATSONVILLE—A family of a man who died from Covid-19 at Watsonville Post Acute Center (WPAC) has sued the facility. Donald Wickham, 94, died on Oct. 10. He was one of 16 residents who died after contracting the virus.

Large donation brings Food Bank closer to goal

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APTOS—Two weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday rolled around, Twin Lakes Church Pastor Rene Schlaepfer and Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) CEO Willy Elliott McCrea were worried. The church’s annual food drive, which typically raises thousands of dollars for the...

Digital NEST expanding to Gilroy

Digital NEST Gilroy
WATSONVILLE—The Digital NEST during its first six years has seen impressive and steady growth in the number of young people that it serves and in the impact on the communities in which it is embedded. Now, the nonprofit youth...

Santa Cruz Gives 2020: A Holiday Guide to Nonprofit Giving

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This is a complete list of 40 groups we’re raising money for in this year’s Santa Cruz Gives holiday giving campaign. Go to to donate to one or more of this year’s participants. BIG BROTHERS...

Biden’s election brings DACA recipients new ‘hope’

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WATSONVILLE—Yoni Espinoza says he was just 6 years old when his mother told him that they were going to go on a “long, long walk.” He says he had no idea the trek would be a three-day journey through...

Oscar Soto wins PVUSD A3 seat

Oscar Soto PVUSD
WATSONVILLE—Oscar Soto has won the Trustee Area 3 seat on the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, beating Amanda Hernandez by 51 votes, according to results from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, neither of which have been certified.

Church Christmas Tree Farms open for business

ROYAL OAKS—Last year, Church Christmas Tree Farms celebrated its 60th year. The family-owned business, now run by Glenn Church and his two...

Work continues on PV field