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Briefs: Pesticide meeting set for Monday; Halloween events on tap

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Pesticide meeting set for Monday The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will hold a meeting Monday from 4-6:30pm at the Family Center in Ramsay Park regarding pesticide use and regenerative farming.  “It is a rare in-person opportunity for the public to demand pesticide reduction and elimination...

Day Worker Center bridges connection between workers, employers

A program of Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, the day worker center tasks itself with helping workers find work, and with improving their job skills.

Fires, pandemic present new challenges for gardeners

One facet of the stay-at-home, and work-from-home coronavirus ordeal is an uptick in home gardening and landscaping. With extra time spent around the home, some folks are putting more time, and money, into the land that surrounds their homes. “They’re stuck at home more and...

City, district pass plan for street improvements

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved the Safe Routes to Schools plan, a 472-page document that outlines numerous potential pedestrian and traffic safety projects at 15 Watsonville schools. Also known as the Complete Streets to School Planning Project,...

Central Fire appoints new chief, finalizes merger with Aptos/La Selva

Central Fire Chief John Walbridge
When Fire Chief John Walbridge first arrived at the Live Oak fire station 1991, it triggered childhood memories. He remembered riding his bike to the station from his home a few blocks away to obtain burn permits for his father in the late 1970s...

Church cans community garden’s lease after reports of ‘suspicious activity’

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WATSONVILLE—For more than a decade, dozens of families have grown their own produce on a one-acre community garden located on the property of All Saints Episcopal Church in Watsonville.  The 50 or so crops include corn, peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos, in addition to several fruit...

Raising funds for children’s hospital

The seventh annual Summer Scamper event will be held on Sunday at the Stanford University campus, with the intent to raise money for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and child health care programs at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Man shot twice, suspect not found

Watsonville Police are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital with two gunshot wounds.

A fresh look | About Town

The 1917 Watsonville Woman's Club, in Tudor Revival style, has just undergone a new exterior paint job, thanks to the efforts of Masters Painting. Mike Masters said he was pleased with the outcome but added that due to the age of the structure, there...

Watsonville High alumnus, UC Santa Cruz luminary dies

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SANTA CRUZ—William T. Doyle, a Watsonville High School graduate who founded the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz—in addition to Long Marine Laboratory—and was professor emeritus of biology at the university, died April 21 at his home in Santa Cruz. He was...

Showing the Love

New School Community Day School teacher Bryan Love left a 20-year career in sales and business 14 years ago after a family emergency forced...