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PVUSD Wellness Center reimagines student services

WATSONVILLE—As thousands of students throughout Pajaro Valley Unified School District bid farewell to their summer and prepare for a new year, educators and school employees are readying classrooms, sharpening pencils and honing their lesson plans. Such back-to-school preparations have always …

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Cheaper Thrills

California has some top-notch tourist attractions—with top-shelf prices. Here are some that won’t break the bank.

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Digital Nest Helps Silicon Valley Youth Fly in the Digital Age

What do you think of when you think of Silicon Valley? Something sleek? Google, keycards and lanyards? You probably don’t think of furrowed fields of strawberries, and you certainly don’t think of the old post office in Watsonville. But here, …

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LPRT Returns July 20-31 In Surf City Odyssey

When it comes to live parody musical theater, no other group brings it to life like Little People’s Repertory Theater (LPRT) in Ben Lomond. The Park Hall-based crew of kids and parent volunteers begin work the minute school adjourns for …

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Father-Son Duo Quietly Leads Fairgrounds

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds are more than the annual one-week autumnal event, which itself undoubtedly takes a Herculean amount of work. There are also numerous events throughout the year including horse shows, conventions and celebrations such as quinceañeras and …

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California’s Reparations Could Include Tuition, Housing Grants

California’s first-in-the-nation task force to identify reparations said business loans, housing grants, tuition, wage and job protections could provide redress for African Americans.

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Digital NEST to expand into Stockton

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville-based nonprofit Digital NEST announced it will open a new location in Stockton next year.  The expansion into the Central Valley kicks off plans to scale up to a total of nine communities in Northern California by the end of …

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New community center aims to change youth outcomes

WATSONVILLE—A new community center is set to open in Watsonville on Wednesday, with the goal of supporting local at-risk youth and their families. The Luna y Sol Familia Center at 14 Madison St. is a program of the Community Action …

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Traffic safety plan around Lakeview Middle School moves forward

WATSONVILLE—A plan to improve traffic and pedestrian safety at a notoriously busy intersection on the outskirts of Watsonville took a step forward Wednesday.  The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to allow the California Department of …

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Scotts Valley boy’s suicide prompts calls for SVUSD to address issues

Red was 15-year-old Scotts Valley High School freshman Mateo Deihl’s favorite color. Now, attendees at his Celebration of Life, to be held at Roaring Camp in Felton on Saturday, have been asked to adorn themselves in this hue, in his …

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Sharks standout Mariah Montalvo signs with Santa Clara softball

WATSONVILLE—There comes a time when high school senior student-athletes have to make the tough decision of what school they want to attend in the fall. St. Francis High softball standout Mariah Montalvo had several choices on her list. In the …

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Two CDC Reports Indicate COVID Vaccines Rarely Lead to Problems in Younger Children

Most of the 43,000 children surveyed reported nothing more than pain at the site of the shot, fatigue or a headache, especially after the second dose

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SLVUSD Trustees Hear Rough Draft of 4-H Club Proposal

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District trustees were wowed by the passionate and studied presentation by a student who was trying to persuade them to support an on-campus agricultural program. Lexi Lemus had originally shown up to speak during a …

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Happy New Year, Explained

New Year's celebrations have been around as long as civilization itself. Here's how they started and how California marks the New Year today.

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Destination Nerdville

Good Times reports on why Watsonville’s first gathering for fans of comics, LARP and video games matters.

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New Bill Makes Paid Family Leave Affordable for All Workers

A new bill now in the state Senate would make paid family leave accessible even to workers on the lowest end of the income spectrum.

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