Good News for Crime Fighting in SC The Sheriff’s office has hired a host of new deputies, including many women. That’s good news for our county, where current response times can be as slow as a kid finishing a plate of broccoli. We talked to Sheriff Jim Hart, who says crime is actually way down in the county, despite the feeling that it is worse. We’ll have a story about that in GUISC soon. Meanwhile, here’s the good news in the Sentinel: https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2015/07/21/six-rookie-sheriffs-deputies-hit-the-pavement-in-santa-cruz-county/
Santa Cruz Gets New Local Radio Station It’s been years since KUSP went bankrupt, but thanks to the hard work of many of the community programmers there, Santa Cruz is about to get a great new radio station that is really local and reflects the community….and, oh yeah, there will be shows aimed at families and kids. We are so excited about this and have to salute Rachel Goodman for chairing the effort. Have a look at www.ksqd.org for some of the programs. Growing Up’s Brad Kava will have a show there. More details coming. Here’s an article in the Sentinel announcing the station: https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2019/01/11/ksqd-radio-for-the-people-by-the-people-of-santa-cruz/
Cabrillo College Has Added a Sustainable Agriculture Degree Cabrillo College has added a sustainable agriculture degree, something that fits right in with the values of Santa Cruz County. Sustainable Agriculture Technology students study horticulture and plant science curriculum and develop their skills in a broad range of agriculture technology topics including: data management, GIS mapping, networking technology tools on farm, producing plants in nutrient film technique, deep raft, ebb and flood, and substrate hydroponic production systems, electrical and hydraulic engineering basics, soil moisture sensing, and energy and water conservation. For more information, check http://www.cabrillo.edu/academics/horticulture/agtech.html
Film Maker’s Video: What Pregnancy Did to My Body New mothers will definitely want to check out this film by Bronwen-Parker Rhodes. New York Times article
“Expired” Medicine May Still Be Good Here’s something we’ve always wondered about and we’re glad the folks at ProPublica did an investigation. Are those drugs in your medicine cabinet with expired dates useless or dangerous? Not so, says this investigation, which found just the opposite. https://www.propublica.org/article/the-myth-of-drug-expiration-dates Please tell us your experience and opinion in the comments section.
Study Shows Why Kids Need Outdoor Time Kids spend at most 7 minutes a day outdoors and 7 hours a day in front of electronics. Here’s an article about a book suggesting kids need to be saved from “nature-deficit disorder.” It’s well worth a read! Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature
Tips for Shelter in the Stock Market Meltdown Is the stock market meltdown messing with your kids’ college funds: here’s what to do. This article on the Fatherly website suggests parents using 529 accounts to save for college should put the money in funds that adjust and get more conservative as the children get closer to college age. Or they can borrow the money when the market is down and pay themselves back from the account when it goes up. Here’s a good advice story
Dominican Hospital Welcomed Santa Cruz County’s First Baby Born in 2019 Little baby boy Alexander Joseph Rodriguez was born at 1:03 a.m. this morning to proud parents Veronikka Velez and Alejandro Rodriguez-Duarte of Watsonville. He was the first baby born in the new year in Santa Cruz County. Members of his extended family arrived at the hospital soon after and were delighted to meet him.
Around Town January 2019 SPRING HILL SCHOOL: Second grader Erik Huemer, 7, sold surprise Pokemon characters with his dad, Peter Huemer, who owns user Friendly Computing. GOOD CAUSE: Spring Hill School sixth grader Odessa Pearce came up with the idea for a craft fair to raise money for local charities and the whole school got behind her. They sold food, arts and crafts, jewelry, ornaments and more raising $1,330 for organizations including SPCA, Save Our Shores, the Homeless Garden Project and CASA. Photos by: Brad Kava
Dance Like Everyone is Looking A Mom Raises the Ballet Barre for the First Time By Ramona Pursley As we enter a New Year, I reflect on what I’ve accomplished during the past year both personally and as a parent. One of the best things I did in 2018 was stepping out of my regular Mom Role and trying a challenge I’d wanted to try my whole life—to learn ballet, a real challenge at the age of 57. As older parents of young children, my husband Bob and I find our selves running from one after school activity to another. Our two children ages 11 and almost 13 are involved…