A Watsonville eatery will hold a fundraiser this weekend for cancer support agencies. The owners of the California Grill say every dime spent tomorrow, will go towards helping families deal with cancer. The fundraiser benefits Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services and the Katz Resource Center at Dominican Hospital. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m at the restaurant, located at 1970 Freedom Boulevard. Owners Dick Peixoto and daughter Ashley say the fundraiser is way of giving back, after Dick’s wife and Ashley’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano, who is on leave for cancer treatment, is expected to kick off the day with his family.
Nearly 100 people showed up last night at a public forum to hear about a proposed homeless campsite to be built in Santa Cruz. Several homeless activists are working on community support for the permanent campground, which would house up to 50-homeless people. The proposal includes creating a nonprofit corporation, choosing a location and securing funds either from grants, loans or donations. The plan also calls for a 6-foot tall fence to enclose the site, which would be staffed 24-hours a day.
Four years is the goal Capitola council members have in mind to open a new larger library. The issue was brought up last night after a master plan for the eight branch-Santa Cruz Public Libraries system was presented by director Teresa Landers. Landers said Capitola is next for a new library along with Felton, and expects it to be opened by 2017. A survey held this year by Capitola voters found 91% say the library is extremely important, with 75% saying they would probably or definitely support an 84-million dollar tax measure to fund the new facility. A vote is expected to go before voters next year.
A Drug-Take-Back program will be held later this month in Scotts Valley. The Scotts Valley Police Department along with the Drug Enforcement Agency is encouraging the public to bring in expired, unused and/or unwanted prescription drugs for disposal on October 26th at the Scotts Valley Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous. In six previous Take Back events, the DEA and it’s partners took in nearly 3-million pounds, over 1,400 tons, of pills. Studies show rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. continue to rise, along with the number of accidental poisonings, and overdoses due to drugs sitting in home medicine cabinets.
A FEDERALLY PROTECTED MIGRATORY BIRD WAS FOUND WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND. THE BIRD, KNOWN AS AN ELEGANT TERN, WAS FOUND IN CAPITOLA, AND POLICE THEN TURNED THE WOUNDED BIRD OVER TO A NATIVE ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP. THE BIRD IS CURRENTLY UNDER OBSERVATION, TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE BULLET OVER PELLET WILL NEED TO BE SURGICALLY REMOVED. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENT IS URGED TO CONTACT THE CAPITOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT.
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