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October 19, 2021

Masked music | About Town

Musician Eric Schowacherg was out performing a string of popular Holiday tunes on his violin in downtown Santa Cruz, over the weekend.

A Watsonville man died early Friday morning in a solo-vehicle crash on Amesti Road.

California Highway Patrol officer Sam Courtney said, however, that the crash was not discovered until after 9pm that night by a citizen who spotted the crumpled VW Beetle on private property. The 33-year-old victim appears to have lost control and shot off of Amesti Road, through a wood fence and into a clutch of trees just past midnight, Courtney said. When the CHP and American Medical Response medics were called to the scene, the man was pronounced dead.  Alcohol and/or drugs have not been ruled out.

If you are headed to the beach today the National Weather Service is warning folks to be cautious of the 7 to 9-foot waves.  They say “sneaker waves,” occasional random large waves, are expected. Such waves can catch people off guard. The large surf is expected to run through Tuesday morning.

If you have a chance to watch “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix, my wife and I found the series to be outstanding. It is set during the Cold War era about an orphaned chess prodigy, Beth Harmon. As her fascination with chess advances, so does her addiction with drugs and alcohol. The series explores her quest to become the greatest chess player in the world, despite some crushing setbacks. We felt the acting along was beyond incredible. Check it out if you get a chance. Queen’s Gambit, by the way, refers to one of the oldest chess openings where white toys with a possible sacrifice of the queen’s pawn.

We’re not big TV watchers, but during the darker, colder fall and winter  months, some TV series have proven to be more than satisfying. On that note — and then I’ll leave the TV talk alone — here are a few series that have won gold stars in our book:

  • Good Karma Hospital
  • Midsomer Murders
  • The Detectorists 
  • Crash Landing on You

This last one, Crash Landing, we just stumbled upon—and it swept us away.


Judy Gittelsohn

Local teaching artist moves into new studio in downtown Watsonville

WATSONVILLE—Judy Gittelsohn has big plans for the downtown Watsonville arts scene. For the past two months, Gittelsohn has been slowly but surely moving her artwork,...