• September 2021

    Tom Jacobs

    Tom Jacobs Local Artist After nearly two decades of a professional landscape photography career, Tom Jacobs discovered a passion for impressionistic fine art photography. His work expresses the hues, textures and rhythms in the world around us rather than the literal portrayal typically captured by a camera. Once Tom embarked on the path of multiple exposures, camera movement, and blending modes mostly done in camera, he found the creativity of this style to be liberating. The images he creates suggest, rather than tell. They blend what the eye sees into a new vision outside the boundaries of reality. He is inspired as much by painters such as Monet, Picasso, and…

  • September 2021

    Everything Elderberry

    Everything Elderberry by gretchen heimsoth It’s September, and for many of us we are finding ourselves back to in person school with our children, as well as most of us back at work in person. One can hardly check in to social media or turn on the television without hearing about the rise of the Delta variant. So I wanted to take a little time and talk about our dear friend, the Elderberry. Talk about Where it grows, it’s safety, it’’s effectiveness, it’s constituents and how to use it. Elderberry, or Sambucus nigra, Is a deciduous shrub, or small tree. It is native from Oregon all the way to Baja…

  • September 2021

    Road Funding

    Overview of Road Funding and Where Your Taxes Go by zach friend, County Supervisor One of the most common service requests the County receives centers around the condition of a road or road repair. Often, we are asked, “where do my taxes go?” “Why are the roads in the condition they are in?” After all, many residents pay thousands every year in property taxes and want to know why those funds aren’t being used to repair roads (or repair more roads). Here is an overview of our local roads, the costs to maintain them, their current conditions and where your taxes go. How large is the road network?First, it’s important…

  • September 2021

    Santa Cruz Passenger Rail

    Santa Cruz Passenger Rail Show Me the Money By Sebastion “Seb” Frey Normally in this space I write about our local real estate market – but this month’s column focuses on what has become one of the most contentious pieces of real estate in Santa Cruz County: the Santa Cruz Branch Line Rail Corridor.Nine years ago, in October of 2012, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (the RTC) completed the purchase of the rail corridor from Union Pacific Railroad. The corridor had fallen into disuse after the rail line’s sole significant customer, the Cemex cement factory in Davenport, shut down in May of 2010. The tussle over the future…

  • September 2021

    Youth Action

    Bringing Youth to Where the Action Is United Way Helps Teens Find Their Voice By Suki Wessling Amanda Gamban Natalia Galdamez Andrea Magdaleno Once upon a time, Andrea Magdaleno was hesitant to get involved with youth groups. Now a student at Cabrillo, she’s a leader in Jóvenes SANOS, a youth group that promotes health and well-being in Watsonville. Natalia Galdamez says she was a “troublemaker” when she joined Salud y Cariño, a girls’ empowerment organization, in the fifth grade. Now she’s a youth leader in three groups who advocates for her community. Both young women are now on the Steering Committee for a new program sponsored by the United Way,…

  • September 2021

    the happening of giroo

    Local Business Executive Spreads Message of Kindness What instigated your donation to Tech Feeds Hope? My mother lives in Santa Cruz and saw the long lines of families picking up food donations from Second Harvest at Thanksgiving, with kids in the car awaiting their turn. She suggested that we offer Girroo to instigate fun and healthy family conversation while they wait. I reached out to Susan Lovegren, one of our advisors at #NotMe who is on the board of Second Harvest, with a simple offering. She and the SH board came up with many different ways and places to distribute the book and stuffed animal so that local children could…

  • September 2021

    MusicalMe Turns 25

    MusicalMe Turns 25 By Jeanette Prather Within three years we had 500 students, and over the past 25 years we’ve serviced over 75,000 students! “When MusicalMe first started, we had 35 students, then we went to 80 students the following session, and all the way to 150 students the next spring,” said Lizz Hodgin Weihrauch, Director of MusicalMe, Inc. “Within three years we had 500 students, and over the past 25 years we’ve serviced over 75,000 students!” MusicalMe, a local and family-owned business under the parent company Music Together, specializes in offering developmentally appropriate music classes for children from birth through eight years old. “Music Together has communicated its basic…

  • September 2021

    Good Shepherd Success

    Story of a School’s Success Good Shepherd School’s Survival During the Pandemic By April A. Muzzio While public schools in the area were forced to close, our Good Shepherd School thrived based on 5 key factors: 1. Pivot The lockdown was mandated on March 13, 2020 and we were ready for full distance learning the following Monday, March 16, 2020. The 13th was a scheduled professional development day and we used that day and the weekend to prepare for distance learning. Our school didn’t miss a beat! Due to the small class sizes, we had a ThinkPad and/or Chromebook for every student!For the 2020-2021 school year, we were able to…