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May 21, 2022

Starbucks constructed near new Hampton Inn | About Town

On Thursday I drove by the new Starbucks on Lee Road which is still under construction, as is the towering Hampton Inn & Suites behind it. The new Starbucks, with a drive-thru, will mark the fifth Starbucks in Watsonville. The coffee chain started in...

Harvest time fun | About Town

I stopped by the pumpkin patch on Soquel Drive just south of Dominican Hospital recently. They were offering tractor pull rides as part of all the fun. • Election Day is a week away and the ads keep piling up. I’ve seen Yes and No on...

New look for classic chain | About Town

I noticed a crew from Northwest Signs taking down the long-standing sign on Wendy's on Freedom Boulevard Monday to make way for an updated sign. While CEO Emil Brolick said the existing logo had served the company well for the past three decades, he...

Getting in the spirit | About Town

The surfer statue on West Cliff Drive on the west side of Santa Cruz is an ever-changing sounding board for current affairs. Most recently, residents went with a Halloween theme by decorating it with a pumpkin head. During the CZU Complex Fires, someone dressed...

Foggy weather returns | About Town

I sure welcome the cooler weather. Heavy fog rolled in Sunday afternoon in Santa Cruz and hung around through the morning, dropping temps significantly from the past several days. The sun broke through in Watsonville for part of the day but the fog won...

Staff of Life progressing | About Town

Signage for the new Staff of Life Natural Foods Market has gone up at the front of its new location in East Lake Village Shopping Center in Watsonville. Clark Codiga, who manages the center and many other properties around town, said the store, with...

Farmers Markets flourish | About Town

I rode my bike to the Santa Cruz Farmers Market in downtown Santa Cruz today. It was a surprise to see Nick Prevedelli of Prevedelli Farms in Watsonville running a stand there with one of his workers. They had about 14 kinds of apples...

Out on the water | About Town

I rode my bike through the Santa Cruz Harbor today and saw a man and a woman heading out into the waters on stand-up paddleboards after renting them at the long-standing Kayak Connection, which is located in the harbor. Stand-up paddleboards are really popular...

More heat on the way

Weather forecasters are warning of strong winds coming later this week. With the wave of wildland fires that have plagued California for weeks, firefighters are keeping a wary eye on the change in weather, which will also usher in bumped up temperatures as well....

New plans in motion | About Town

The Aptos Branch of the Santa Cruz County Public Library is on deck for demolition and rebuild as it has outgrown its current facilities. The County has completed a feasibility study, chosen a design-build team, and started the design process. That design concept was...
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‘Catz earn top seed in CCS D-II field | High school...

It wasn’t whether or not the Watsonville High softball team was going to qualify for the Central Coast Section playoffs. The big question was where...