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Local Advocate Awarded

Kathleen Johnson, executive director of Santa Cruz's Advocacy, Inc., has been awarded the Howard Hinds Memorial Award by the National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) for her advocacy for nursing home residents.
Johnson served as coordinator for the Long Term Care Ombudsman, one of Advocacy, Inc.'s programs, for over 11 years before becoming the non-profit agency's executive director. NCCNHR president Norma Harris said Johnson was honored for "Remarkable dedication to preserving the dignity and rights of residents needing long term care and leadership which has made Advocacy, Inc. one of California's most exceptional Ombudsman programs."
Gov. Swarzenegger recently cut all funds for local Ombudsmen from the state budget.
Johnson will be receiving the award at NCCNHR's national convention on Oct. 25, in Washington, D.C..
The Ticker

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October has long been the national month to focus on preventing domestic violence, but it takes on new meaning in California this year because of state budget cuts. In this summer’s budget revise, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger axed all funding for domestic violence support services (totaling $20.4 million). 823: The number of domestic violence calls to police in 2007 Santa Cruz County, according to the 2008 Community Assessment Project.

CultureBeat

More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye

The Partridge twins prove powerful role models
Despite the packed schedule that comes with being in demand, or perhaps in order to give thanks for the associated good fortune, Sierra and Hailey Partridge generously donate their time to numerous charities. To watch the twins execute exquisite carves off the lip of an overhead wave or see them smiling sweetly from their window ads at the O’Neill Surf Shop on 41st Avenue in Capitola, you wouldn’t know that these local surfers-turned-models were born with cataracts. Nonetheless, it quickly became apparent, in speaking with them, how very profoundly this condition has shaped the lives and philosophies of these young women.

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A Wider Highway 1 in Santa Cruz

The plan to widen Highway 1 in Santa Cruz between Morrissey Boulevard and Soquel Avenue overcame one of its challenges recently when planners completed the necessary environmental analysis for the project.
The analysis, a 545 page review of the project, has been two years in the making and cites in depth the impact widening the highway would have on the citizens and environment of Santa Cruz. In the analysis, viable solutions have been proposed for all of the negative effects of the project.

By widening the highway transportation planners hope to alleviate some of the worst congestion in the county. The $22 million dollar project is currently scheduled to begin breaking ground in 2011 with a targeted completion time in 2013.

 

The Ticker

Pioneering Pest Control Method Turns 50

It has been 50 years since four University of California scientists revolutionized agriculture with a new approach to pest control known as “integrated pest management.” The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources first published the groundbreaking research of Vernon Stern, Ray Smith, Robert van den Bosch, and Kenneth Hagen in Oct. 1959. Among the first to critique the rampant use of harsh pesticides such as DDT, these scientists advocated limited, targeted chemical controls to mitigate long-term ecosystem disruption and reduce dangers to farm workers.
Mind & Body

WHAT TO DO

WHAT TO DOWhat am I doing?  Is this job the one I want?  Why do I do what I do?  To be in control?  For power and attention?  Is my ego in the way?  
As I read Eckhart Tolle’s, A New Earth, again, I find it a lot more interesting than the first time around.  I’m paying a little more attention.  He talks about recognizing who you are and not just reacting to culture and expectations.  This takes a lot of work – work to separate these expectations and illusions from innate knowledge.
The physical aspect of yoga has helped me to feel the spot of that strength.  Whenever I feel this, I find life to be smooth and even. Reactions seem less dramatic.
This morning, I needed a challenge.  I yearned to feel the sweet spot, so I drove over the hill to Los Gatos to try Angie’s Power Flow.  I’d heard about this class from another yogi. It did the trick: dripping sweat and long holds.  Swooping over route 17, I am back at my computer doing what I do  …or am I trying to impress you?  This is my point!  Help me to get closer to me.
yogasourcelosgatos.com/classes eckharttolle.com
CultureBeat

Roller Derby meets Hollywood

Roller Derby meets HollywoodOn October 2nd, Fox Searchlight will release WHIP IT, featuring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristin Wiig and Juliette Lewis. (Daniel Stern, utterer of a favorite movie line, “If hate were people, I’d be China,” makes the crossover to father figure, making me feel both old and comfortable somehow.) Although not a Mark Mothersbaugh bio-pic, as the title might imply,  it is the much-anticipated directorial debut of Drew Barrymore.  However, despite all of the glitter and fuss, the real star of the movie is…roller derby.

WHIP IT, based on the 2007 novel “Derby Girl” by Shauna Cross (aka Maggie Mayhem) formerly of the L.A. Derby Dolls, is a fictionalized account of experiences skating with the Texas Rollergirls, nicely wrapped in teen-vs-parent-angst-plus-rock-‘n-roll-love story. Got that?
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CultureBeat

The Art of Recycling Waves

The Art of Recycling Waves

Resin takes new shape in one local glasser’s hands

In surfing lexicon, the phrase “give a wave” is used on a rare occasion by nostalgic and well-intentioned old-timers who have reached a point of Zen-like surf satisfaction in their lives. Cynics may scoff: that just translates into “give me a wave.” But the more enlightened among us recognize the karmic value in letting the odd peak slide under their longboard to a stoked grom on the inside with an encouraging “Go!”

And while the act of giving a wave is ephemeral, one local surfboard glasser has found a unique way of making a more lasting statement.

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The Ticker

Kids Love Their Veggies

Kids Love Their Veggies

Wednesday, Sept. 16 marked a very special day for students at Gault Elementary on Seabright Avenue: it was the first of what will become a weekly Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Food, What!? Every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., students and parents can buy organic produce from Freewheelin’ Farms at lower prices than other local Farmers’ Markets. Santa Cruz City School District Board Member Cynthia Hawthorne says that the market has been wildly successful so far, exclaiming that, “even the beets were gone!” after the first day.

Mind & Body

What’s your mantra?

What’s your mantra?I remember when my brother came home from boarding school with his mantra: “INGA” My hip Aunt also practiced.  Her mantra was “KARIM.” The concept was quite ahead of its time in this age of NEW.  The class was TM, or Transcental Meditation, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the yogi made famous by the Indian pilgrimage of The Beatles.  For those of us who remember, The Beatles quickly transformed, with these long stays in India and colorful clothes.   The practice “stuck” with George, as he meditated through life on his spiritual path.  . This concept was new to the west and quite questionable, as it seemed to reflect the drug culture of the time.  I wanted a mantra. What exactly is a mantra?  It is defined in Wikipedia; it is a “sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of creating spiritual transformation.”  A mantra is supposed to help a person focus their mind with its repetition, eliminating attachment, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed, and ignorance.  I haven’t heard too much about TM is the past few years, although with a little research, I have learned that there is a Transcendental Meditation Program right here is Santa Cruz, at 171 Seabright Avenue.  www.tm.org
 
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Force of Nature

Santa Cruz’s Carlie Statsky brings her love of the natural world to the hyper-personal art of wedding photography

 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of January 23

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Bye Bye Benten!

Benten closing, plus Award-winning gin, a massive burrito and chocolate review

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Scanning the shelves of Deluxe Foods of Aptos, which carries an impressive selection of local and imported wines, I picked up a bottle of Trout Gulch Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, described as “a local favorite” by the busy market.

 

Cremer House

What’s old is cutting-edge again in Felton

 

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