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Aptos Births At Dominican Hospital: FUGATE

November 16 at 3:17 a.m. to Leah Rose Malsbury-Fugate and Richard Thomas Fugate of Aptos, a 7-pound, 12-ounce boy, Aksel Brian.


November 17 at 1:01 a.m. to Ruth Lillian Bentley and Craig Stuart Schilling of Aptos, a 7-pound boy, Micah Stuart.


November 24 at 6:22 p.m. to Chelsea Ann Phillips and Brian Douglas McMillen of Aptos, an 8-pound, 6-ounce boy, Wyatt Douglas.


December 1 at 3:05 p.m. to Danielle Elizabeth and Tyler Allen Turner of Aptos, a 7-pound 9-ounce boy, Urijah Allen.

Britannia Arms in Aptos closes By ROSEANN HERNANDEZ Of Aptos Life

Aptos Life Hunger Fighter By ROSEANN HERNANDEZ Of Aptos Life

APTOS — While local high school students get ready to hunker down and settle into a cozy routine of hanging out with friends and family during winter break, one Aptos teen will be spending her vacation planning a ski and snowboarding competition — all in the name of charity. Aptos High School student and snowboarder Marissa Hushaw, 15, will be putting the final touches on Marissa Hushaw’s Second Annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam at China Peak — taking place on Feb. 9. “It is such a great event,” Hushaw said, her blue eyes twinkling as she described the competition that will benefit Grind Out Hunger, a hunger-awareness organization created through partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County. “We got Skull Candy and Roxy to sponsor it this year – which is so sick,” she said. Hushaw is passionate about her work with Grind Out Hunger, which began just a year ago after she attended a school assembly where Grind Out Hunger founder Danny Keith spoke. “He has such a way connecting with kids — he knows how to talk to them,” Hushaw said. When Keith asked the Aptos High School students to look around to their friends and think about one of them going hungry — something clicked inside Hushaw. “One in four goes hungry? And I went ‘whoa’ – that’s kind of crazy.” That moment made Hushaw remember a time when she was about 8 years old and went with her aunt and uncle to volunteer at a food bank in Fresno. Suddenly what she was hearing in the assembly, coupled with her early memory of being at the food bank made her realize what she wanted to do.

Tour the oldest house in Aptos on Jan. 22 By ROSEANN HERNANDEZ Of Aptos Life

Marissa Hushaw of Aptos, a rising snowboarding star, is on a campaign to help Grind Out Hunger. Tarmo Hannula/Aptos Life

She wanted to help. So she went to the Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop in Capitola — what would later become the official Grind Out Hunger Headquarters — and asked if there was anything she, as a snowboarder, could do to help. The rest, they say, is history. Hushaw is now one of the organization’s most passionate Hunger Fighters, a vocal advocate that Hushaw on Page A3

Rancho del Mar merchants not satisfied with Safeway’s assurances By ROSEANN HERNANDEZ Of Aptos Life


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APTOS—Two public information meetings regarding the future development of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center took place earlier this month. Held by Safeway, which purchased the shopping center in February, the meetings included a tour of the Safeway store in Aptos — highlighting the cramped interiors — to demonstrate the need for the proposed expansion of the grocery store from its current 35,000 square feet to just under 60,000 square feet. The two sessions were well-attended and helped people understand the issues in terms of the layout and functionality of the existing site, said Charles Eadie, principal associate at Hamilton, Swift & Associates, local land use consultants hired by Safeway. “It’s part of an ongoing process of outreach into the community,” Eadie said, adding they will probably continue to hold such small-scale meetings in January and February. A larger community meeting will be scheduled once Safeway gets closer to submitting its development application to the county, Eadie said. Eadie said the designs of the large-scale construction project, which will entail the closing of at least 13 tenant businesses, have been refined since the last community design workshop in August, Eadie said, adding Safeway has also been working

on the interior design of the grocery store. The proposed development continues to be a hotbed issue for the Aptos community, as shopping center businesses grapple with an uncertain future. Kaeng Lee, owner of Baskin-Robbins and Le Chef Kitchen & More in the shopping center, said that as a small-business owner he did not think there was much he could do and just hopes and prays that whatever the outcome, that Safeway may help or compensate them in some way for their move. “But I haven’t heard anything from Safeway,” Lee said. Lee has met with the Central Coast Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College — which is using a $50,000 grant from Safeway to help shopping center businesses explore their options — a few times but he said nothing has really come out of it. For businesses that will be displaced during construction, a new location in Aptos appears hard to come by. “In Aptos, its almost impossible,” Lee said, adding that since Baskin-Robbins is part of a chain, he can’t just move anywhere because of territory rights. Plus, because it is a restaurant, all supplies are built into the location and once you move out , you take a loss, Lee explained. “And once you move out, you have to borrow a

APTOS — There is a whole lot of history to be found in Aptos, in spite of it being such a seemingly small place. There is the Bayview Hotel, originally called the Anchor House and built by Jose Arano, the son-in-law of Aptos Rancho owner Rafael de Jesus Castro in 1878. Nearby is the Hihn Apple Packing Plant (now Village Fair Antiques) built in 1890, and even Sushi on the Run, located on the site of the first school in Aptos, built in 1871. Now you can take a walk back in time and learn about the two oldest buildings in Aptos — and the families that built them. On Jan. 22, as part of the Aptos History Museum’s Dining for History series, you can take a tour of the oldest building in Aptos — the former home of Jose Arano, who later went by “Joseph” — and learn all about the Castro House, originally built by Castro’s son Vicente in the mid 1870s, and on its way to becoming a community center for the Aptos Blue affordable housing development currently under construction. Complementary wine will be served as you tour Arano’s former home, which also served as a general store for a spell. Built in 1860 and located on the site of the original Aptos village, the house still serves as a private residence and is currently occupied. The original home of Vicente Castro, a prominent rancher and orchardist, the Castro House was added to the Santa Cruz County Historic Resources Inventory in 2001 for its association with the rancho period in Santa Cruz history and

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APTOS — After two years of struggling in a weak economy, the Britannia Arms in Aptos has closed its doors for good. Since 1985, the English pub provided a welcoming space where patrons could enjoy a plate of hearty English fare — fish and chips, bangers and mash and a traditional “fry-up” served with backside bacon — just like any good London cafe would, while enjoying a pint of beer. But rent increases, ongoing maintenance to the building, which Britannia Arms was responsible for, coupled with decreased customer traffic, made it impossible for owner Andy Hewitt to continue. “The rent was far too high for the current economy. We were struggling for two years to make it work,” Hewitt said. “We are victims of the economy.” Hewitt said the Aptos location became just “too big” to sustain and “people just stopped coming.” “The building has a lot of charm, but it needed a lot of maintenance,” Hewitt said. Many of the Aptos staff have been shifted to the Britannia Arms Capitola location, Hewitt said. Britannia Arms in Capitola is at 110 Monterey Avenue, on the Esplanade. “Capitola is doing really well — it is more of a workable size,” Hewitt said, adding that all of the fun events they did in Aptos such as trivia nights and live music are all happening in Capitola. Yet there may be a silver lining for pub-goers in Aptos. Hewitt said he may be interested in going back if “a little place opens up” in the village as part of the Aptos Village Project, which is set to add 75,000 square feet of commercial space in the heart of the village. The project, which is more than a decade in the making and carries out the directives set in the Aptos Village Plan, has a tentative ground-breaking set for next year. “I just want to thank all the customers we’ve had over the years,” Hewitt said.

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couple hundred thousand to start up again, and its hard now to get a new business loan,” Lee said. Terry Foltz, owner of Aptos Burger, said he realistically had two options: relocate, which is very costly, or close out and go out of business. “We do not have the resources to make our transition easier, and Safeway is not communicating any type of timeline,” Foltz said, adding he chose not to sign a one-year lease extension, which would have come with a rent increase.


Foltz admitted that by not signing the extension it puts his business at risk. But to him the risk was preferable to being stuck at the shopping center in case a new location presented itself. “Being month to month is not so bad — it gives us a little bit of power,” he said. Foltz said he has talked to a few property owners in Soquel and Watsonville who are receptive to small businesses. “I feel some relief that there may be some place to go — but there is no guarantee,” Folz said.

“Especially when you go to a new area – you have to build up the clientele.” Rodney Hoffer, owner of Ace Hardware and a vocal opponent of the proposed development, said he had hoped Safeway would try to be a partner in the whole thing, rather than a “dictator.” “But they hold all the cards — what can a small business do?” Hoffer asked. “They can tell me how to work Excel and attend a seminar, but what I need is a home with a future,” Hoffer said.

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is not only putting on the ski and snowboard competition at China Peak, but putting her name to merchandise and a campaign that has raised close to $10,000 in less than a year. “I love going to the food bank and seeing all the food and knowing where it is all going,” said Hushaw. But it is not just about hunger, Hushaw said, it’s about good nutrition, too. “It’s so easy to go and spend a dollar at McDonalds – but it’s about treating your body right.” Before she became a Hunger Fighter, Hushaw said it was easy to pass by the little donation canisters and not give it a second thought. But now she said, “I don’t think Grind Out Hunger ever leaves my mind,” and encourages other young adults to find their passion and get involved. “Your passion could be helping kids in Africa – everyone has their own,” she said. “Ever since I started doing this, I wake up and feel good about myself; I am helping people.” Hushaw said that kids can get so consumed

by video games and media – or “zoned out” on their phones – but believes if you just ask kids to help and get to them where they are – whether that be on social media or via mass messaging, they will do it. And there are tons of things young volunteers can do. If they do not feel comfortable physically talking to people – they can be “keyboard warriors,” said Hushaw. Remarkably confident and at ease with those she has just met – Hushaw said it took a while for her to be comfortable with all of the attention that came with her rise as a snowboarder and her work with Grind Out Hunger. She said her friends still tease her about the first PSA she did as a Hunger Fighter, which you can still find on Youtube. “They say – why do you look so angry? I was just scared.” The high school sophomore said she is surprised that with all her extracurricular activities she still manages to get good grades – but concedes that it just may be her volunteerism, which has put her into contact with new good

friends and an extended support network that has helped her to continue to do so well in school. As for the future, this Hunger Fighter, wants to graduate from high school and attend Sierra

Nevada College where she can pursue a degree in Business and Resort Management. Oh, and become a pro snowboarder, too. Photos courtesy Michael Hurshaw.

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APTOS—The ladies of the Seascape Sports Club came out in support of Toys For Tots during a fun afternoon of good food, great company and fabulous fashion. Fully immersed in the holiday spirit, the club was adorned with decorated Christmas trees and beautifully wrapped presents and stuffed toys on their way to children in need. The event — which over the last seven years transformed from a simple ladies luncheon to a full-scale fundraiser with more than 50 women participating — featured a non-competitive tennis tournament, where the ladies dressed in their favorite holiday-themed outfits, a luncheon with hor d’oeuvres and a fashion show. Volunteer Tammi Brown made sure the 10 models looked their best in the latest styles from Cinnamon Bay and Chic Boutique, handpicked by owner Heysa Janssen. Julie Kellman, owner of Seascape Foods, helped put on the delicious spread, and Club Manager Patti Long helped coordinate the event along with club owners Paul and Winnie Kepler and Kristen Ferlito, club member. In honor of their many years supporting

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Aptos Village Way wins street-naming contest By TOM DUNLAP Of Aptos Life

APTOS — Ellen Pirie, the outgoing Second District Santa Cruz County Supervisor, declared a winner in the name-a-street-inAptos contest. “The winner is Aptos Village Way,” Pirie stated in an email. The new street will be part of the Aptos Village Project. It will be built between Aptos Creek and Trout Gulch roads and run parallel to and north of Soquel Drive. The other nominees were Rafael Castro, Sawmill Road, Apple Barn Street or a name of your choice. Voting was done at community events and online during the past month. “Aptos Village Way” was the clear winner with twice as many votes as each of the other choices. More than 430 votes were cast. Community members also suggested names such as Bike Jump Place, Steve

Colbert Street and Aldrich Lane, in honor of Lucille Aldrich who started the Aptos Fourth of July Parade. “Pirie Place” was also suggested. “No, absolutely not!,” Pirie stated in an email. “I want to thank all those who took the time to vote,” she stated. “And I’m pleased that there was a clear first choice.” Road names are usually suggested by the developer and then approved by emergency service personnel to ensure the name is not duplicated elsewhere in the county. Pirie wanted the community involved in the selection, just as the community was involved in the creation of the Aptos Village Plan. “Historians Sandy Lydon and Carolyn Swift helped narrow the list of names,” Pirie stated. For information, visit

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Review: Cabrillo Stage successfully resurrects Marx Brothers By ERIK CHALHOUB Of Aptos Life

APTOS — One liners? Check. Slapstick comedy? Here. A disaster of a performance (that was completely intentional)? Indeed. Cabrillo Stage’s resurrection of the Marx Brothers never lets up the humor and the distinctive personas that made the early 20th-century comedy act so successful. As a musical, “Nutcracker” is a bit thin: Only nine songs make up the two and a half hour performance, and the second act is largely a ballet. But, this works to the production’s advantage. The rapid-fire one-liners from Nicholas Ceglio (who played Groucho Marx as Felix T. Filibuster) is what a member of the audience would expect when seeing a production starring the Marx Brothers, not necessarily an elaborately choreographed musical piece. Ceglio’s performance stole the show. With eyebrows and a mustache that looked just as fake as Groucho Marx’s and a spot-on imitation of his voice, it almost seemed as if Groucho rose from the dead specifically for this production. Driven by Ceglio, most of the jokes were on the mark, receiving a range of chuckles to hearty laughter from the audience. A dose of slapstick, physical comedy mixed in between the one-liners well. Ceglio is joined by Max Bennett-Parker (Chico) and Matt Dunn (Harpo), who equally capture their respective Brother with the same amount of success. Bennett-Parker’s Italian persona and slightly dim-witted attitude complements Dunn’s silent, pantomimed performance well, resulting in many funny misunderstandings between the two. As expected with any comedy, the lure of overusing a funny joke might be tempting, and “Nutcracker” is no exception. The mispronunciation of Clyde Ratch-

Max Bennett-Parker (from right) as Pepponi, Nicholas Ceglio as Felix T. Fillibuster and Matt Dunn as Pinchie perform as the Marx Brothers during “A Night At The Nutcracker.” Photo by Jana Marcus

ette’s name (played by Adam J. Saucedo) was funny in the first five instances, but became stale every time afterword. For the record, it is pronounced “Rah-Chay,” not how it looks (which wouldn’t be ap-

propriate for print). The production is billed as the Marx Brothers’ take on the Nutcracker, and on this it does not disappoint. With nearly the entire second act devoted to the bal-

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Seascape Physical Therapy and Fitness Studio By ROSEANN HERNANDEZ Of Aptos Life

APTOS — For Jim and Kathy Tucker, owners of Seascape Physical Therapy and Seascape Village Fitness in the Seascape Village Shopping Center, health and fitness is a family passion. A board-certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist, Jim Tucker is a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association, specializing in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, while wife Kathy is a registered nurse and licensed message therapist. Daughter Erin (one of four daughters) is a certified personal trainer and has a degree in Health Science. Walk into Seascape Village Fitness and you may find Erin working with a member in a custom exercise program or catch Kathy Tucker giving an awe-inducing Swedish massage integrated with acupressure (for good measure). Seascape Village Fitness offers private and semi-private training, team training (large groups up to 12 people) and independent gym access. Fitness coaches are on hand to offer advice during team training and are available during independent workout sessions to ensure people are using the equipment correctly and are moving forward in their tailor made exercise program. Stressing accountability and community support, Kathy Tucker said they do not want people to come in just to walk around lost — they want people to come in and succeed. “Members support each other, in a good way,” Kathy said, adding that if one member sees that another has lost weight, then they feel they can do it, too. “People build friendships,” Kathy said. The hardest part of any fitness regime is sticking to it, and if the Tuckers find that a member has not been at the gym for a while they will call them. “Their success is our success,” Jim said. In January, Seascape Village Fitness is launching a comprehensive nutritional support program called “Nutritional Fitness.” The program will be offered independently or in combination with any of their personal training services. It is a 12-week, in-

dividualized program in which clients meet weekly with a qualified fitness and nutrition coach. Clients will receive the motivation, accountability, structure, tools and knowledge that is needed to achieve their weight loss goals. “We strongly believe that proper diet and exercise are the keys to weight loss and good health,” Jim said. Born and raised in Aptos, Jim said he remembers as a child playing in the grassy lot that would later become the Seascape Village shopping center. The sense of community is palpable at the gym, which is decorated with photographs of members who have reached their fitness goals and pictures of events held at the shopping center. Earlier this year, the Tuckers helped organize the safe Halloween event that brought merchants and community members to the shopping center and helped spearhead the campaign to put up a Christmas tree in the center this year — the first time the village has had a tree. At the start of the holiday shopping season, Seascape Village Fitness hosted the fifth- annual Beauty Bash Sale, where shoppers could buy luxury salon haircare and skincare brands as well as holiday gifts at below wholesale prices. More than 250 shoppers attended the sale, with proceeds going to Santa Cruz Children’s Charities — where Kathy sits on the board of directors and which supports a variety of children’s focused organizations such as CASA, Adopt-a-Family and Operation Smile. The Beauty Bash Sale raised more than $9,000 to support programs benefiting children in need. During the months of November and December, Seascape Village Fitness donated meals to Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes with every new membership and during their “Food for Fat” initiative, for every pound a member lost in weight, the gym donated a pound of food. “Christmas season is a time when we do not want anyone to go without,” Kathy said. For more information about Seascape Village Fitness and Seascape Physical Therapy go to:

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New Laws 2013 By ERIK CHALHOUB of Aptos Life

APTOS — As the world welcomes 2013, many new state laws went into effect on Jan. 1, including changes to texting while driving, a boost for driverless cars, how DUI suspects will be tested and college-funding changes called the California Dream Act (part 2). A new law will also require condo and apartment owners to have a carbon monoxide detector in their dwelling. “The changes to California’s traffic safety laws are designed to protect the motoring public,” stated California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these new laws in advance of the new year.” The following is a summary of some of the new laws, starting with traffic laws. For a complete look at all new California laws, visit AB 1536: Electronic Wireless Communications This law allows California drivers to use hands-free technology to talk and text while driving. This will require the use of a device that is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send or listen to a text-based communication. The device is required to also be used in a voice-operated, hands-free manner to be in compliance with the law. AB 2020: Driving Under the Influence The law no longer allows a person who has been arrested and is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs the option of a urine test. Prior to this change, a person had the option of submitting either urine or blood to determine the drug content of their blood. AB 45: Charter-Party Carriers of Passengers: Alcoholic Beverages: Open Containers This new law prohibits underage drinking in charter-party carriers (limos, buses, etc.) and makes the carrier and driver responsible for communicating this to their passengers. The law also requires a designee, who is at least 25 years of age, to be present whenever there are passengers who are under 21 years of age on board the vehicle and alcohol is being transported. The designee shall be responsible for ensuring the rules are followed, and the safety of the underage passengers throughout the duration of the trip. AB 1708: Financial Responsibility and Insurance Drivers will now have the option of providing proof of insurance and registration on an electronic device (smartphone, tablet, etc.), when it is requested by law enforcement. AB 2405: High Occupancy Toll Lanes This law creates the Choose Clean Cars Act, which allows cars with a Clean Air Vehicle Sticker free access to carpool lanes that are converted to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. SB 1298: Autonomous Vehicles Laws on Page B7

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Aptos High’s Miller Clark pins down an opponent during the first day of the Coast Classic wrestling tournament at Aptos High in December. Clark, a sophomore, competed in the tournament for the first time. Photo by Glenn Cravens

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APTOS — Carlos Anaya saw the rough and rugged Coast Classic wrestling tournament as a good early season measure of his skills. Anaya, a defending Monterey Bay League champion, finished the two-day event with a third-place finish in the 126-pound division on Friday afternoon at Aptos High. “Once I lost in quarters, I got really mad,” Anaya said. “I wanted to prove that I wasn’t a bust, that I am as good as all of the other guys that got first and second. And I feel really good now.” In his third-place match, Anaya defeated El Dorado’s Mark Brown 12-2. Anaya never trailed and kept Brown down on the mat for a majority of the match. Midway through the first round, Anaya got a takedown for his first two points. He then got two points for a near fall as the first round came to an end. In the start of the second round, Anaya chose the down position and immediately broke free for a point. Moments later, he took down Brown. A similar situation played out at the start of the third round. Brown escaped late in the third round and went for Anaya’s legs. Anaya side stepped the grab attempt and sent Brown to the mat, virtually ending the contest. “I wasn’t sure I was going to win the match, but I worked my tail off,” Brown said. Of Anaya’s seven wins in the tournament, two were by pin. In the other five, he scored at least

10 points and never let his opponent get close on the scoreboard. Anaya said the Coast Classic, which has grown in attendance over the past couple of years, lived up to its billing as a tough tournament. He said he has to rack up more experience leading up to the major events in 2013. “I need to get more moves in and get my muscle memory down,” he said. Harbor High’s Willy Lamacchia also had a third-place finish, finishing his two-day experience with a win in the 138-pound division. Lamacchia defeated Bellarmine’s Julian Macias 14-2 in their third-place contest. Much like Anaya, Lamacchia set the tone early and never let Macias get an opportunity to get a pin. Macias’ only two points off of Lamacchia came after escapes. Lamacchia got a takedown right away. It took Macia about 45 seconds to break free and earn one of his only two points. After breaking free, Lamacchia got a single-leg takedown. In starting the second round, Lamacchia chose the down position. He immediately escaped for a point and then wrapped up Macias for two more points. Lamacchia said the match was his best performance of the tournament. “I’m happy I ended it strong,” he said. “I wrestled really well in my third- and fourth-place match.” Lamacchia said his 6-1 outing can help propel Coast Classic on Page B2

Aptos Artist featured at local restuarant By ERIK CHALHOUB Of Aptos Life

APTOS — Aptos Aptos artist David Fleming currently has his oil on canvas artwork on display at Michael’s on Main in Soquel. Fleming, who has a B.S. in industrial design at San Jose State University, is a former car stylist, working for Ford in Detroit. His most notable success, he said, was designing the rear-end of a 1969 Mustang. After two years, he returned to California to work for Lockheed as an off-road vehicle designer. Later on, he worked for Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1974, Fleming returned to school to study painting, becoming a teacher shortly thereafter. He retired in 2002. “I’ve liked art all of my life,” Fleming said. “I decided at some point that when I retired, I wanted to become a full-time artist.” With his background in car design, Fleming said it is similar “in a lot of ways” to painting. “It has a lot to do with aesthetics,” he said. Fleming has been a participant in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios since 1996, and has shown his work in galleries such as the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Michael’s on Main is located at 2591 Main St. in Soquel. Fleming will have his work up through February. To see more of Fleming’s work, visit members.

Aptos High School Sports Round-up By GLENN CRAVENS Of Aptos Life

Before Aptos High’s football players said goodbye to the fall sports season, they had the chance to play in one more game. Several Mariner seniors competed with other rivals schools in the annual Lions Bowl at Cabrillo College. Teamed with the four Watsonville schools to comprise the South Santa Cruz County All-Stars, they were unable to beat their northern counterparts, 24-20. Senior quarterback Cody Clifton threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the North Team nearly overcame a 21-0 third-quarter deficit. Aptos senior Aaron McAnerney, one of the top running backs on the team this year, had a fourth-quarter touchdown to pull the north squad to within four points. But they didn’t get another opportunity after that. Days before the game, several Aptos student-athletes received all-SCCAL honors. Quarterback Alex Joh, who led the team’s quick-strike offense, was named the SCCAL Junior of the Year. Alec Bonsall, a tight end catching machine, was named Lineman of the Year. Aptos running back Sports on Page B3

Right: Aptos High’s Halley Bermingham (4) prepares to kick the ball away from Santa Cruz’s Taylar Wilhemsen during the second half of their game at Depot Park in Santa Cruz. Photo by Glenn Cravens

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him into league and the Central Coast Section tournaments later this season. “This was a really tough tournament,” Lamacchia said. Anaya and Lamacchia were two of nine local wrestlers who got to the winners bracket quarterfinals. North Monterey County’s Abel Reyes finished ninth in the 113-pound division. He won his first two matches easily before getting pinned by Kalen Ippolito of South Lake Tahoe High in the second round of the quarterfinals. Reyes was then sent to the consolation bracket, where he lost to Elk Grove’s Kalani Tonge 4-3. Harbor’s Bryan Battisto defeated Hughson’s Joseph Dias 8-7 to win seventh place in the 160-pound division. Battisto got two technical falls to start the tournament but then lost to eventual champion Trae Providence of Ponderosa, 12-4. Battisto went 1-1 in the consolation bracket before facing Dias. Scotts Valley’s Balden Dashiev got to the winners’ bracket quarterfinals before getting pinned by Ponderosa’s Nick Troquato, who eventually won the 182-pound division title. Dashiev was eliminated in his first match in the consolation bracket. Three local wrestlers made up the top eight in the 220-pound division. Aptos’ Caleb Phalen got to the top eight before losing to El Dorado’s Gress Lawson. He then lost his first consolation match soon after. Nash Palafox of Harbor picked up backto-back pins before losing to Foothill’s Briar Litz. He then was eliminated by Madera’s Kyle Mask 18-2. Aptos’ Ramon Zecarias took eighth place in the 120-pound division. He finished 3-3 in the tournament, getting a win in the consolation bracket before losing to Half Moon Bay’s Aptos High’s Alec Bonsall tries to take down a St. Francis Mountain View wrestler during the first day of the Coast Classic wrestling tournament at Aptos High in December.Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life Spencer Boling.

North Monterey County High’s Carlos Anaya attempts to take down El Dorado’s Mark Brown during their third-place match at the Coast Classic wrestling tournament. Anaya, a defending Aptos High’s Kevin Alm prepares to lock in against an Alisal High wrestler during the first Monterey Bay League champion, won the match to finish third in the 126-pound division. day of the Coast Classic wrestling tournament at Aptos High. Alm was competing in the 126-pound division. Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life

Harbor High’s Willy Lamacchia prepares to throw down Bellarmine’s Julian Macias during their match at the Coast Classic wrestling tournament at Aptos High. Lamacchia won the match to take third place in the 138-pound division. Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life

Aptos High’s Alex Marquez attempts to pin an opponent during the first day of the Coast Classic wrestling tournament at Aptos High last month. Marquez was the lone Aptos representative in the heavyweight division.Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life

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Aptos High’s Alex Gordo accidentally kicks the ball upside the head of a Santa Cruz forward during their game last month at Depot Park in Santa Cruz. Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life


Aptos High’s Cort Young tries to secure the ball away from a Santa Cruz midfielder during their game last month at Depot Park in Santa Cruz. Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life

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Elijah Marta shared Offensive Player of the year honors with Scotts Valley’s Ari Wargon. Five Aptos players earned all-SCCAL honors. Nick DeMoro was the lone Aptos player named to the all-defensive team. McAnerney, Brodie Bennet, Jon Sullivan and Mitch Ocampo were picked to be on the all-offensive team. The attention now turns fully to the winter sports season, where all five teams will try to make their mark in one way or another. The wrestling team will likely grab the majority of the attention to start the winter season. They already have made their mark on the wrestling scene so far. At the third annual Webber Lawson Varsity Tournament in Sunnyvale, one wrestler won his division. Miller Clark went 4-0, getting a pin en route to the 152-pound division championship. In the finals, Clark defeated Silver Creek of San Jose’s Joel Demarest 9-1. Aptos High was be the site of the annual Coast Classic, Dec. 27 and 28. It was a stacked tournament, as more than 70 schools were represented in the two-day affair. This includes several out-of-state entrants. Hermiston High, located on the northern Oregon border, brought its group of talented wrestlers. The same goes for South Lake Tahoe High in Nevada. Seedings for the 45th annual tournament were awarded before Christmas, with Aptos’ Ramon Zacarias, one of the team’s veteran wrestlers, being awarded the No. 8 seed in the 120-pound division. “We have a few state champs coming in from Oregon and California,” said SCCAL commissioner Pat Lovell. “This is going to be a high-quality tournament.” Lovell credits Aptos coach Reggie Roberts for keeping the event going. The tournament was once held at Cabrillo College and Scotts Valley High before shifting to Aptos in 2011. Alec Bonsall said it’s a good barometer for the rest of the season. “It lets us know what we need to work on” said Bonsall, who was bounced early in the 2011 tournament. The girls basketball team is holding tough after competing in a highly competitive nonleague campaign. They put together back-to-back wins against Greenfield and Pacific Grove to win the consolation championship of the Alisal Winter Jam tournament in Salinas. Against Greenfield, the Mariners prevailed

59-45. The Mariners then had to rally one day later to defeat Pacific Grove 39-33. It’s the second year in a row the Mariners won the consolation finals of the tournament. They’re 7-2 in their past nine games in the tournament series dating back to 2010. Aptos had one more big tournament before SCCAL play begins. It was one of the 16 entrants in the Sweet 16 Holiday Tournament, at Alvarez High in Salinas. The boys basketball team is staying in the positive to start the season. So far, the squad is 9-3, having posted winning records in two tournaments. It went 2-1 in the annual Seascape Holiday Classic. The Mariners defeated Gilroy and Gunn of San Jose before losing to St. Mary’s of Stockton in the championship. At the Gilroy Mustang Tournament, the Mariners got to the semifinals before losing to Hollister 51-33. They then defeated Gilroy 70-55 to take third place. Aptos also competed in the Bob Steinbach Classic at North Salinas beginning Nov. 27. In January, the Mariners will begin SCCAL play. First up will be one of the biggest tests of the season, as they face Soquel. The girls soccer team played a hellacious nonleague schedule that included several league champions. They finished nonleague play 1-3-2, getting their lone win against Stevenson on Dec. 11. In that 2-0 win against the Pirates, the Mariners scored both goals in the first half. In their next game, Aptos finished in a 1-1 tie with Watsonville at Emmett Geiser Field. Anna Burk put the Mariners on the board in the 38th minute. The lead lasted just 12 minutes, as Watsonville’s leading scorer, Dominique Chipres, tied it up with a goal of her own. The Mariners thought their rough nonleague campaign would help, going into SCCAL play, but they were set back by Santa Cruz 2-1 in the teams’ league opener at Depot Park. Kelsey Kusaba scored the lone goal in the 46th minute. The boys soccer team has also had a rough go early in nonleague play but finished with back-to-back victories over North Salinas and King City. Against North Salinas, Chris Pacheco scored a goal as the Mariners blanked the Vikings 2-0. A week later, Aptos traveled an hour south to War Memorial Stadium and defeated King City 3-1.

Aptos High’s Micaela Pesci prepares to kick the ball to a teammate during the Mariners’ game against Santa Cruz at Depot Park. Pesci had a couple of shot attempts in the game. Photo by Glenn Cravens/Aptos Life

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By TODD GUILD Of Aptos Life

APTOS — Anyone who eats at Bittersweet Bistro in Aptos should definitely heed the following advice: order one of their amazing desserts, no matter how full you are. That advice comes with a caveat, however: be prepared to share, because the beautifully prepared confections are enormous and delicious. But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Aptos Life photographer Tarmo Hannula and I went to the Aptos mainstay for lunch, eating in Café Bittersweet, where lunch is served. We entered through a small outdoor dining area and into the restaurant where we were immediately greeted by a friendly server who brought menus and our drink orders. We sat on comfortable, cushioned chairs at heavy, solid oak tables set with sturdy silverware and white linen tablecloths and napkins. The restaurant is lit by subdued track lighting, and the textured earth tone walls have large photographs of scenes from around the world. The place was full of diners who were chatting over their lunches, some of whom claimed to be frequent customers. That included Jane Frank of Aptos, who said she has been coming for about five years. “I have never had a bad experience or a bad meal here,” she said. “This is one of the best restaurants in Aptos.” Adding to the local-friendly, community feel of the restaurant was a sign posted on a nearby table said that dogs are welcome, along with a dog menu with treats such as chicken or hamburger patties for $3 each, or a steak for $7. If I have any complaint about the restaurant, it is a piddling one: the menu is huge, offering breakfast served until 1 p.m. and a lunch section with salads, pizzetta and sandwiches. I struggled over my choice, but based on our server Stephanie’s suggestion I ordered the hot ‘n crunchy chicken avo sandwich ($11.75), which came with ancho chili mayo, tomatoes and lettuce, and was topped with the unusual addition of a breaded, crispy avocado slice. The sandwich was also one of several chef’s suggestions, which were indicated by yellow highlights. Tarmo ordered the Italian sausage pizetta ($12.50), a thin crust, wood-fired pizza whose large size belied its diminutive name. There was certainly enough to share, which we agreed to do with both of our dishes. The pizetta filled a large dinner plate and was packed with savory sausage, Bermuda onions and roasted red peppers. My sandwich was perfect, starting with the tender ciabatta bread. The ancho chili mayo added a sweetness to the salty crispiness of the chicken that I thought was delicious. Tarmo, on the other hand, said it was too sweet and added that he prefers his meat on the savory side. Tarmo said the pizza was piping hot and

was obviously served straight from the oven. The toppings, he added, were “abundant, but not overpowering.” “It’s like someone had an eye for detail,” he said. Perhaps the best part was the crust, which was “the perfect blend of chewiness and crispiness,” Tarmo said. Better still, the slices were firm enough to stay together without bending when we picked them up. We were also tempted by the café steak sandwich ($14.50). Non-meat eaters might be tempted by “The Ultimate” grilled cheese, which has cheese, tomato, caramelized onion and exotic mushrooms on a ciabatta roll. The restaurant offers daily lunch specials dubbed “recession crushers,” which offer $6 entrees and $5 drinks. Those that go for dinner in the actual Bittersweet Bistro may choose from offerings such as grilled lamb tenderloins ($32), Monterey Bay king salmon ($30) and Bittersweet paella ($31.) At the end of the meal, when both of us were full, facing a fast-approaching deadline for several stories and ready to leave, Tarmo coaxed me into ordering desert. It is never difficult to talk me into sweets, so I went for the Bittersweet chocolate mousse ($12), which came in a crisp Florentine cup, and came with generous dollops of créme anglaise and Bittersweet chocolate sauce. My desert also came topped with a handful of fresh raspberries and sliced strawberries. Tarmo declined an offer to share the dish, leaving me to get through the dish myself. The creamy mousse was the perfect balance of sweet and bitter, while the Florentine cup was just sweet enough to lend its flavor to the dish without making it cloying. The berries, chocolate and créme were the perfect accompaniments. While I had no regrets about ordering my desert order, I was also tempted by the chocolate walnut bread pudding ($10), the classic creme brulée ($8.50) and the vanilla bean cheesecake ($10). Chef Thomas Vinolus was born in Missouri and spent his life cooking. He took his first cooking position at the Hilton Hotel in Irvine, California where he became versed in pastry making. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, followed by an internship at Aureole’s in New York City and Casanova’s in Carmel. In his cuisine, which he describes as American bistro, Vinolus says he strives to use fresh ingredients with a special emphasis on local products. All his dishes are made from scratch. Bittersweet Bistro is located just off the Rio Del Mar exit from Highway 1. It has a large lot with ample parking. Café Bittersweet is open for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bittersweet Bistro is open for dinner from 5:30 - 9 P.M. Sunday - Thursday, and 5:30 - 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. For information call 662-9899 or visit

Stephanie Trevino serves up a “hot ‘n crunchy chicken avo sandwich.” Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Aptos Life

Bittersweet Cafe’s Italian sausage pizzetta was served piping hot, straight out of the oven. Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Aptos Life

The Bittersweet chocolate mousse, served in a florentine cup, was smothered with fresh berries. Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Aptos Life

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Mid-County PONY Baseball Registration for the 2013 spring season is now open. Recreational baseball league for 13-14 year olds and under with games at the Polo Grounds in Aptos. Registration deadline is January 23. Player Registration packets available online at www.midcountypony. com. Watsonville Wetlands Watch Docent Training Begins in January The Watsonville Wetlands Watch 2013 Docent Training Program will begin on January 23. Local experts will provide an inside look at the wetlands of Watsonville, including the ecology, history and restoration of the wetlands. This 7-week program includes Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips. New docents will be prepared to assist with field trips and lead walks. Docents also have the opportunity to help with community events, work in the library or greenhouse at the Fitz Wetlands Education Resource Center, work on special projects, and participate in wetlands restoration. There is a need for bilingual (Spanish/English) docents, but being bilingual is not requirement. The Watsonville Wetlands Watch is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and appreciation of the wetlands of Pajaro Valley. For more information, visit our website at Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Fieberling, at 831-345-1226 or email for details and to enroll. Aptos Chamber January Breakfast Meeting- Date: January 10, 2013 Time: 7:30am-9:00am Location: Best Western Plus Seacliff Inn, Aptos Join us for our first breakfast meeting of the year with special guest speaker George Blumenthal, Chancellor of UCSC. $20 members, $25 non-members Aptos & Capitola/Soquel Chamber - Business Showcase 2013 - 2013 Registration Form February 21, 2013 3:30pm-7:00pm Join us for our 27th Annual Business Showcase at the Capitola Mall. This is your prime opportunity to meet, greet and showcase your business to over 4,000 attendees. From accounting to yoga and everything in between…Santa Cruz County is bustling with great businesses. It’s your time to shine! Aptos Chamber - January Mixer at burger. January 15, 2013 5:00pm-6:30pm January Mixer at burger. in Aptos! Come see the new restaurant in Aptos and enjoy networking, food, and fun! Call 688-1467 for more information Aptos Academy Science Fair All Aptos Academy students have been invited to take part in our Annual Science Fair, an exciting event that encourages students to think like young scientists. Parents are encouraged to get involved and guide their children as they design, execute, analyze, and present their science projects. The Science Fair will take place on Thursday, January 31st and Friday, February 1st. The judging and student presentations occur on Thursday and awards will be given on

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Aptos History Corner

The very first motel was opened on December 12, 1925 and was called the Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo. Prior to that, travelers slept in hotels and boarding houses. The Motel idea, (Motor hotel) for auto travel quickly caught on nation wide. Redwood Village motel in Aptos was built in 1928. William Parker, a carpenter, purchased the redwood grove from the developers of Rio Del Mar to build a motel for the vacationers who came to enjoy the local beaches. He cut down some of the Redwood trees for lumber and constructed 13 hand hewn, rustic cabins with fireplaces and Dutch doors. Redwood Village was converted to shops in 1975. When the Chamber located there in 1983, there was still a sink and wood burning fireplace in our office. The first full service hotel in Aptos was the Live Oak House built in 1869 after the construction of wooden covered bridges across Aptos and Valencia Creeks guaranteed uninterrupted transportation by stage and wagon. The Bay View Hotel followed in 1878 and was built by Joseph Arano. The Rio Del Mar Country Club Inn was built in 1929 but burned to the ground on Saint Patrick’s Day 1963. The Rio Sands Motel was built in 1963. Seacliff Inn was built in 1985. It may seem like it is not actually in Seacliff but, before Highway One cut Aptos in half, all of the land from the beach to Soquel Drive was part of the Seacliff development. Finally, Seascape Beach Resort opened in July of 1993. We will be presenting a Dining for History event on January 22nd at Au Midi Restaurant in Aptos. The presentation will be about the two oldest buildings in Aptos and will include a visit to the original general store. Dinner will be $45.00 and space is limited so call today for a reservation at 688-1467

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This new law allows driverless cars to be operated on public roads for testing purposes, provided that each vehicle has a fully licensed and bonded operator in the driver’s seat to take control if necessary. The bill also instructs the Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations that govern the licensing, bonding, testing and operation of autonomous vehicle technology. SB 1047: Emergency Services: Seniors Similar to an AMBER Alert, the CHP would activate a “Silver Alert” upon request if a person, age 65 or older, is reported missing to a law enforcement agency and that agency determines that certain criteria is met. The criteria includes: the person is missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances or the law enforcement agency believes the person is in danger due to age, health, mental or physical disability, environment or weather conditions; the person is in the company of a potentially dangerous person; or there are other factors indicating that the person may be in peril. Finally, there is information available, if given to the public, may assist in the safe recovery of the missing person. AB 2189: Driver License This law allows a driver’s license applicant who provides satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law, but who is not eligible for a social security account number, is eligible to receive an original driver’s license if he or she meets all other qualifications for licensure. SB 1303: Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems This new law establishes consistency in the operations of red-light enforcement cameras throughout the state by requiring governmental agencies to follow specified guidelines regarding intersections, signage and the notice to appear. AB 2489: License Plates: Obstruction or Alteration This new law prevents the altering and positioning of license plates from its original markings and clarifies the penalty imposed for obscuring the readability of license plates. AB 1452: Child Passenger Restraints Hospitals, clinics and birthing centers will now be required to provide and discuss contact information regarding child safety seat requirements, installation and inspection to parents and caregivers upon discharge of a child, if the child is less than eight years of age. AB 1854: Inflatable Restraint Systems This law makes it illegal for a person to knowingly distribute or sell a previously deployed air bag or component that will no longer meet the original equipment form, function or proper operation. The following is a list of bills authored or joint-authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo. AB 276: Central Coast Public Hospital Authority AB 276 creates a Central Coast Public Hospital Authority within Monterey County. The bill provides management, administration and other controls for the continued operation of one or more other healthcare facilities that may be affiliated or consolidated with Natividad Medical Center, to serve as a designated public safety net hospital and ensure the viability of the health care safety net in Monterey County. AB 1337: Paternity Claims AB 1337 fixes an oversight problem in the procedure for establishing legal paternity of a child whose mother is deceased. The bill adds clarification by specifying

that an alleged father is to serve legal notice to a second degree relative, the persons with physical custody of the child. AB 1865: Greater Access to Legal Services AB 1865 gives all bar associations the opportunity to provide legal services and represent people who have received an unlawful detainer notice in court by listing them as a resource on the unlawful detainer notice. AB 1908: Reasonable Notice for School Employees AB 1908 extends the notification of layoff from 45 days to 60 days for classified school employees. Classified school employees include secretaries, bus drivers, food service workers, groundskeepers, security personnel, teacher’s aides, instructional assistants, custodians, maintenance workers and health care assistants. AB 1915: Safe Routes to School Bus Stops AB 1915 specifies that the California Safe Routes to School program may support infrastructure improvements to increase safety and promote walking to school bus stops. AB 1915 amends the Safe Routes to School program by specifying that these infrastructure improvements are an allowable use of up to 10 percent of the program funds. AB 2174: Best Farming Practices The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) was established in 1990 to provide funding for research and education regarding the use and handling of fertilizing material. FREP is funded through a mill fee on the sale of fertilizer. This bill clarifies that the fund can be used to provide technical assistance to farmers on the appropriate use of fertilizing material. AB 2180: Health Care Districts’ Employment Contracts AB 2180 requires local health care districts to include in their employment agreements with hospital administrators or CEOs specific information regarding compensation, retirement benefits, severance and any other benefit that differ from those available to other full-time employees. AB 2180 allows the public and board members to have a reference point for information regarding executive compensation. SB 965: Public Access to the State and Regional Water Boards SB 965 broadens the ability of the public to share information with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) members. The bill establishes a new standard for Californians to have access to and communicate with State Boards and Commissions. SB 1003: Brown Act: Injunctive and Declaratory Relief for Past Actions SB 1003 amends local government open meeting laws to authorize legal action against a legislative body to determine if certain ongoing or past actions of that body within the last nine months have violated those laws. AB 1525: Financial Elder Abuse Prevention AB 1525 requires specified money transmission licensees to provide, on or before April 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, each of their agents with training materials on recognizing elder or dependent adult financial abuse, and on the appropriate response to suspected elder or dependent adult financial abuse in a transaction.

Central Fire District officials are reminding residents to be fire safe when disposing of ashes from fireplaces or wood stoves. Hot coals and embers can be concealed in fireplace ash and smolder for hours. When disposing of ashes, always use a metal can with a lid. Store the metal container outside, away from your home and combustible materials until the ashes are cool. Water can be added to the container to reduce cooling time. Coals and embers can stay hot for hours or even days. Never store ashes inside of your home or garage. Do not

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dispose of ashes with household garbage. Cooled ashes can be used as fertilizer, but do not dispose of ashes in compost, fire officials said. Never use trash or charcoal as fuel. These may give off toxic gases when they burn. Flammable liquids should not be used to light fires. Vapors from the liquids can flash back when lit and cause burn injuries. These are just a few common sense ideas, fire officials said. For more fire safety information, check the Central Fire District website at or contact your local fire department.

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Fresh. Local. Organic. All-Natural. We carry an array of organic, local, regional, and sustainable products. Our meats include Meyers, Certified Humane Vegetarian fed Angus Beef and Mary’s Air Chilled Chicken. Our dairy includes Clover all natural and organic milk and yogurt. Our eggs come from our local Aptos Glaum Egg Ranch. You will find local Surf City Coffee and Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company on our shelves along with Marianne’s and Polar Bear ice cream in our freezers. Kelly’s French bakery delivers fresh bread and baked goods daily. Gianna’s cakes and cookies are the perfect hostess gift.

Here are our recipes of the month SPINACH, PEAS & PESTO



1 bunch of Dinosaur Kale le

1 cup organic garden peas

1 bunch of Basil

3 cups washed organic anic baby spinach

1/2 medium red onion

1/3 cup toasted pine ne nuts

1 cup cherry tomatoes

3/4 cups pesto

1 avocado


1 tablespoon lemon juicee

1 bunch of basil

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon Braggs Amino Acids or tamari Directions: Remove Stems from kale, finely chifinade basil into thin ribbons, Thinly slice red onion, slice cherry tomatoes in 1/2, dice avocado, add lemon juice, olive oil, Braggs Amino Acids or tamari toss ingredients together cover and put in refrigerator. Let salad sit in refrigerater for 3-12 hours before serving Serves 2-4. If you have always wanted an easy and tasty way to get you greens in, we hope this will become a staple in your home just as it has in ours!! BROCCOLI & ALMOND BROCCOLI and ALMOND 1 head of broccoli 1 bunch green onion 1/2 cup toasted and

3 sprigs parsley 1/2 clove garlic Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1 Tablespoon pine nuts or walnuts Directions: Combine thawed(if frozen) garden peas and spinach in a bowl and set aside. For Pesto: Combine all ingredients well in a blender or food processor. Toss lightly with pesto and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts. You’ll have a delicious, heart healthy salad you’ll want to keep eating. You’ll definitely want to add this salad to your favorites list! Serve cold within 4 hours of making Serves 2-4. This salad is also great when sautéed lightly and added to your favorite pasta! Here at Seascape Foods we really enjoy the mild flavor of DeLallo whole wheat pasta.

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chopped almonds 1/2 cup Raisins 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup mayonaise salt and pepper to taste Directions: In a mixing bowl add broccoli cut into bite size pieces, thinly sliced green onion, lemon juice, white balsamic, mayonnaise and salt and pepper, mix thoroughly and sprinkle almonds on top. Just a general note on nuts -If you enjoy them raw by all means leave them untoasted. We have always found that by lightly toasting them they really do shine and hold up a bit better if they are being used in salads with dressings.

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