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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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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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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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On the Waterfront

As the wharf celebrates its centennial, a personal reflection on its essential place in Santa Cruz’s history

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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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

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”