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May 17, 2021

Mariners beat ‘Catz for first time in 30 years | Boys soccer

APTOS—The last time the Aptos High boys soccer team beat Watsonville High the Nintendo Game Boy was a hot item, “Home Alone” was the top movie and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” was No.1 rap song in the nation. That was 30 years ago, but...

Watsonville Airport’s organic farm an ‘uncut diamond’

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WATSONVILLE—On March 30, the Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI) announced it had renewed a two-year lease with Watsonville-based Urban Organics, aiming to bring fresh produce to the community as the sole organic farm within city limits. At the southernmost tip of airport property, just over the...

City accepting applications for community service grants

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The city of Watsonville is accepting applications for Social and Community Service Grants for fiscal year cycle 2021-23. The deadline to apply is May 17 by 5 pm. Applicants must fill out the Google form application found here: The city will have $266,000 to fund...

Kaiser Permanente ‘reorganization’ will not affect Santa Cruz County locations

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A recent reduction to employees in the Kaiser Permanente corporation—about 200 positions—will not reach Santa Cruz County, a spokesman said Tuesday. One of the largest private employers in California, the company has more than 149,000 employees and 16,000 physicians in the state. In addition,...

Brothers face felony charges after running from officers

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WATSONVILLE—Two brothers were arrested Monday and Tuesday—about 30 hours apart—after two dramatic chases involving multiple law enforcement agencies. Daniel and Thomas Smith face multiple felony charges, and are being held in Santa Cruz County Jail without bail after running from officers. The first chase began early...

El Pájaro CDC offers free Spanish marketing workshops

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WATSONVILLE—Do you need help in marketing and promoting your small business? El Pajaro Community Development Corp. is offering free Zoom workshops in Spanish on marketing and promoting your business through May. The first of the workshops, which are free for residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey...

These organizations see a new vision for Watsonville’s nutritional lifestyle

There are about 1,800 nonprofits in Santa Cruz County. These three organizations are sharply focused on teaching the community how to grow, cook and create a healthy diet and lifestyle. Together, they create the ‘three-legged stool’ of nutritional education for young people and adults. Food...

Historic SeaBreeze Tavern demolished

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RIO DEL MAR—Nearly 11 months after a fire gutted the historic Seabreeze Tavern and severely weakened the structure, demolition of the building began Tuesday. The work is being conducted by a private contractor, Santa Cruz County spokesperson Jason Hoppin said. It is not clear what...

Watsonville downtown plan lists 5 sites as potential catalysts

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WATSONVILLE—Planners have identified five sites throughout downtown Watsonville that, if renovated, they believe could become potential economic catalysts for the historic but currently sleepy business corridor. Those plans include the razing of the Old City Hall building and current Watsonville Police Department headquarters between Main...

Dientes Community Dental Care restarts outreach

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In the first months of the pandemic, Dientes Community Dental Care was forced to close its clinics throughout  Santa Cruz County. The nonprofit organization, which aims to give people access to high-quality, affordable oral healthcare, had initially not been considered essential. For more than two...
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Heard a loud boom Thursday? Here’s what experts say was responsible

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The loud boom that echoed over much of Santa Cruz County late Thursday evening—and the fireball streaking across the sky that accompanied...