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September 27, 2023

A busy Friday in Watsonville

I saw groups of people hanging out in the City Plaza downtown today. Scores of shoppers came and went from the Target store on Main Street. At times traffic looked near normal along Main Street and Freedom Boulevard. I saw a line of about...

Coffeeville keeps brewing | About Town

Tarmo Hannula I stopped by Coffeeville in the East Lake Village Shopping Center this morning and was relieved to see them running daily hours. Now they’re making clever use of their Dutch door, which enables them to offer walk-up window service. Their barista Aliyah Piñon...

About Town, Week of Sept. 23

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

About Town, Week of Feb. 4

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley.

Holidays at the harbor | About Town

I want to recommend a dinner spot: The Sea Harvest, just off Highway 1, in Moss Landing. My wife Sarah and I ate there Monday evening during a magnificent sunset. After wandering out onto the beach near the harbor breakwater to check out the...

Making preparations | About Town

watsonville fireworks
Fireworks stands are now popping up around Watsonville in preparation for Fourth of July celebrations. • Summer officially started Saturday with the summer solstice. I still marvel that the folks as long as 5,000 years ago knew about the solstice when they started the massive Stonehenge...

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...

About Town, Week of Dec. 2

Dec. 4, 2019 Tarmo Hannula: In the midst of all this rain there have been a few incredible sunrises and sunsets. On Monday as I stepped off the 69A METRO bus in Santa Cruz the evening sky was opening up into an explosive bouquet of...

Small business lifeline | About Town

A painting crew has been busy adding a fresh coat of paint and a new look Thursday and Friday to the long-standing Beach Street Cafe on West Beach Street. Help is on the way for small businesses hit by sweeping closures, layoffs, and downsizing because...

Local schools celebrate Read Across America Day

Tarmo Hannula: Watsonville Police officer Javier Ayala introduced his K9, Axel, to the kindergarten class of Mara Valadez at Freedom Elementary School Monday as part of the annual Read Across America Program. Many people in the U.S., including students, parents and teachers, take part...
pvusd trustees

PVUSD trustees approve new Assistant Superintendent contract

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the contract for a new assistant superintendent to oversee the district’s 16...
California Highway Patrol officer Israel Murrillo

CHP searching for new officers