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My favorite day is approaching: Nov. 11. It must have something to do with the numerous times I see 11:11 on a digital clock. At least that’s what I thought. More recently, after visiting friends and family back in Chicago, I discovered that Nov. 11 is Poland’s National Independence Day.  Naturally, because I am blond and Polish—more the latter—I took note of that tidbit and thought it was a sign from the Universe to look deeper into my Polish roots. (Not my hair, but my heritage.)  In any event, between writing and editing the second draft of my Polish family memoir—think: Carrie Fisher and David Sedaris crawling under the covers with a Polish Alex Haley; you’ll love it and you’ll pay full price, thank you very much—I found the information somewhat sobering. Bottom line: Nov. 11 is a holiday in Poland commemorating the anniversary of its resumption of independent statehood in 1918—all this after 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria. In any case, it seems that, these days, I can’t quite escape the threads of the past. I have come to believe that what happens before us, tends to live on through us. Heady stuff for the first week of November? Perhaps, but ’tis the (deep) season, as they say. So, what has your family lineage been teaching you?

 

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Local Talk

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

What’s the most underreported local issue of the year?

The trash and debris that’s left behind by the homeless in all the parks and parking lots, like here at Steamers Lane. It just gets overwhelming and it gets to be an eyesore. When you have friends in town it's kind of embarrassing to drive around and show them a dirty parking lot or dirty park, and trash strewn along Steamers Lane.

Sam Wenger Santa Cruz | Server

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5 Tips: Buyers Must Present Strong Offer Amid Increasing Real Estate Sales in Santa Cruz

5 Tips: Buyers Must Present Strong Offer Amid Increasing Real Estate Sales in Santa Cruz

With real estate sales building momentum in Santa Cruz County, it comes as no surprise to learn that buyers are vying for their dream home amid low inventory, multiple bids and offers coming in above list price. According to the latest reports, home sales in Santa Cruz County are strong with nearly 200 single-family homes sold in August at a median price of $629,000 – the second highest number of volume sold since August 2005 and $84,000 higher from the 2012 median price of $545,000.

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Astrology

Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

Ahimsa—Doing No Harm

With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we are in a time of renewal, tending to matters of the past that, eventually, must be left behind. It’s a time of rest and inner reflections resulting in illumination (Scorpio’s meditation). During times of reflection (Mercury’s retro in Scorpio), our minds review and assess the past. We focus on finances, values, aspirations and motivations. With Scorpio it’s important to explore emotional intimacy.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

It wouldn’t be October without some zombie fodder, right? Especially now that AMC’s The Walking Dead has morphed into one of the most-watched programs on cable. Last summer’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, only added fuel to the culture’s fascination with the “undead.” No doubt we’ll be seeing plenty of locals made up as zombies for Halloween. Which, in part, is one of the reasons Entertainment Editor Jenna Brogan explores the zombie phenomenon on a local level in this week’s cover story. There’s news of the multi-million dollar Soquel-based company that produces memorable—if not haunting—zombie masks and more, plus, what compelled two local authors to pen books on zombies. But overall, this unique article explores the culture’s hunger for all things zombie. Dive in.

 

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Local Talk

What suggestions do you have for the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council?

What suggestions do you have for the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council?

Make Santa Cruz an art destination. The mosaic capital of California.

Beth Purcell
Santa Cruz | Artist

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor


This week marks the 24th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. And next year makes it a quarter of a century, which is hard to believe. In the aftermath, as most people already know, locals rallied together and helped breathe new life into Downtown Santa Cruz, which was pummeled. I’ve always found it interesting how strong the community spirit can be, and, certainly back in 1989, it was at an all-time high. From time to time, that unique emotional breath is truly present—particularly this year, when locals came out in support of the families of Santa Cruz police officers Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and detective Elizabeth Butler, who were killed in the line of duty; and last year, when Santa Cruz business owner Shannon Collins was murdered. It might be good to keep all this in mind—how strong we actually are as a community—in the coming weeks, especially as we head toward the end of another year, and another opportunity to look ahead and ponder just how we would like to see Santa Cruz County—and its polticos—evolve in 2014. 

 

 

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Astrology

Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde

Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse,  Mercury Retrograde

Friday is the Libra solar festival (full moon) lunar eclipse—something in form has reached the end of its purpose. It disappears. Eventually something newer and more appropriate appears. However, we still must choose. Will we return to the past or focus on creating the future? Thus we understand the Libra keynote “I chose the way that leads between two great lines of force.”
Monday, early morning, Mercury turns stationary retrograde, 18 degrees Scorpio (retro until Nov. 10 at 2 degrees Scorpio).

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Local Talk

In the nearly 25 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake, what has Santa Cruz County learned?

In the nearly 25 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake, what has Santa Cruz County learned?

I've been in Santa Cruz for 30 odd years. I was here for the earthquake, it affected me in a lot of ways. I remember the process getting started—there was a lot of optimism about the inclusiveness of the process and then that process was diluted by the fact that they wanted to get a lot of things done fast, and so certain decisions were made downtown that I think could have been made in a more inclusive process that would have resulted in a better downtown even than we have now. And I think the desal thing just emphasizes how if you don’t include everybody in the discussion you come up with solutions that aren't necessarily appropriate for the whole city. And so that’s a lesson that I think we have to keep learning. Include as many people as possible to get the best outcome for everybody.
David Vallen

Retired Spa Owner | Santa Cruz

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Astrology

Libra: Pondering The Path of Return

Libra: Pondering The Path of Return

Transition Town News—Rob Hopkins, founder of International Transition Movement, on a rare tour of the U.S., visits San Francisco area, Oct. 10-12; Los Angeles area Oct. 13-14 and other towns. transitionus.org/rob-hopkins-visit.

Libra is Ray 3, Divine Intelligence. In the east Aries is noontime, Libra midnight. Aries is passion for the natural life. Libra is passion for social life —fashion, food, cities, jewels, literature, etc.—the life material. In Libra the material world blossoms in fullness, grace and beauty. Libra’s symbol, the scale, signifies equilibrium, balance and justice. Leo protects the Law, Sag is the sign of Judges, but Libra is the actual sign of justice, weighing of the scales. King Solomon, evaluating the mothers’ stores, was Libra.

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Entering Virgo

Sun entering Virgo brings a sign and element change, from Leo’s fire to Virgo’s practical earth. Food, health, grains, service and small animals are in the news and on our minds. It’s one month till autumn. Pumpkins and persimmons are ripening. Venus is in Leo. We radiate warmth; we’re generous, playful and affectionate. Everyone shows off in an ardent, passionate, warm-hearted, romantic and over-dramatic way, reflecting Leo’s fiery nature. Think of life as Shakespeare wrote: life is a play, we are its actors on the same stage together.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of August 22

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Farm dinners at Route 1 Farms and the Homeless Garden Project expand the revolution

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Clowning Around With Armitage Chardonnay

Four of us headed to Brandon Armitage’s new tasting room in Aptos Village recently to try his well-made wines.