73-year-old Cabrillo College student gave up drug addiction for academics

May 1, 2013

Samantha Gillespie has an interesting profile on Santa Cruz Patch this week about a 73-year-old Cabrillo College student with a history of drug use who turned his life around and went back to school at a time when most of his peers were retiring. Allen Ing made thousands as a real estate broker in Silicon…

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UC Santa Cruz professor Herman Blake on StoryCorps

April 26, 2013

UC Santa Cruz professor Herman Blake was featured in a StoryCorps episode that aired this morning on NPR. StoryCorps¬†is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is “to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” In the episode, titled “From Poor Beginnings to…

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Eric Ripert in Santa Cruz

April 15, 2013

Famed chef Eric Ripert visited Santa Cruz recently for his television show “Avec Eric.” He visited with David Kinch, a Santa Cruz resident and owner/chef of two-Michelin-starred Manresa in Los Gatos. Kinch also takes Ripert to see Love Apple Farms, which grows produce for the restaurant.

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A little jazz on Pacific Avenue

April 12, 2013

Guitars may be rather ubiquitous on Pacific Avenue but it’s not every day you see an entire piano being played on the sidewalk.

Friday afternoon, passersby were treated to the sounds of the Alex Raymond Blues Trio, featuring Raymond on the piano, Noah Sanchez De Tagle on the double bass and Elijah Stoll on percussion.

The Santa Cruz-based group is available for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and other events, the band members said.

They don’t have a website but can be reached at

Civinomics: A new kind of civic participation for the social media world

April 12, 2013
Civinomics: A new kind of civic participation for the social media world

Last night marked the official launch of Civinomics, a Santa Cruz-based web startup focused on cultivating civic participation. It’s a fairly innovative concept. It’s goal is to get all community members involved in government to catalyze collaboration. Civinomics provides an online platform for communities to discuss local issues and develop solutions using virtual “workshops” in…

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Aptos mom skydiving to raise money for son battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease

April 11, 2013

KION has a story today about a 71-year-old Aptos woman who is planning to skydive later this morning as part of a fundraising effort for her son, who has Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The television station reports: “Joan Valor’s life changed eight years ago when her son, Eric Valor, was diagnosed with a form of Amyotrophic…

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Oh snap!

April 9, 2013

Apparently the folks over at the Monterey County Weekly aren’t too happy with KSBW. They’ve got an interesting little editorial written by “Squid” accusing KSBW of stealing one of their stories. The story involves a contest for most dog-friendly city, in which Carmel-by-the-sea is the running. KSBW officials have admitted the two stories were similar…

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Roger Ebert on “The Lost Boys”

April 4, 2013
Film critic Roger Ebert with actor John Belushi at famed Chicago spot, the Pump Room. Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune/Jose M. Osorio

  Renowned film critic Roger Ebert died today, two days after announcing he was taking a “leave of presence.” His blog has focused on far more than just film, revealing a talented journalist and an inspiring human whose disease has left him unable to speak since 2006. Even his musings on such seemingly mundane topics…

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