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Vol 21 No. 15

Serving Aptos, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Freedom, Watsonville, & Pajaro

Big Business Impacting Aptos

Looking North at the New Safeway

Rancho Del Mar Center Renovation Endangers Small Business By Courtney Dimpel s the plans for the Rancho Del Mar Shopping renovation project become clearer, the fate of the 14 local businesses that occupy retail space to be eliminated within the center during the renovation has become even more clouded. Representatives from Safeway and local design firm Hamilton & Swift and Associates held a town meeting in the Santa Cruz Community Center Tuesday, July 17. At the meeting they planned to discuss and take input on their preliminary design plans. The plans include moving the Safeway store and increasing it from 35,000 to 60,000 sq ft. Also to be enlarged were the queuing space and gas station capacity to 18 fueling stations, compared to the current eight. However, the T-shirts and handmade signs with the phrase “No Safeway Megastore” made it apparent that many Aptonians were less interested in the design elements and food selection Safeway would offer in their new store.


A Young Biker winds through the trees in Nisene Marks Park.

NISENE MARKS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS August sees multiple events to commemorate the Golden Anniversary



Fire in Aptos Called Arson Near Train Tracks


will be a full Forest Walk of Discovery. Come join us for these anniversary events. ••• Saturday August 4 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. his all-funds-stay-local fundraiser lunch, birthday cake and history walk with noted local historian Sandy Lydon supports nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a 35-year-old organization that focuses on sustaining the legacy of local state parks


‘Anything Goes’ at Cabrillo College Cabrillo Stage



operations until the 1920s (140 million board feet were logged), including a railroad network built by Chinese laborers. Today, Nisene Marks and its 30 miles of trails is a popular mountain biking, hiking and horse-riding destination. The park will feature two special events to celebrate its history. On August 4, there will be a Fundraiser Lunch, including a Birthday Cake, and a History Walk. The following weekend, on August 11, there


he Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos celebrates 50 years as a State Park this summer. But the history of this forest goes back much further. The 10,000-acre park is home to the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, evidence of which is still visible. The park is also home to oldgrowth and second-generation redwood forests in mountains that reach 2,600 feet. The forest was the site of major logging


and beaches in Santa Cruz County. Of 84 similar organizations in California, it is the second largest. Enjoy lunch (and birthday cake) under the redwoods as we take a leisurely stroll through the wondrous mix of second and old-growth redwood forest that straddles one of Santa Cruz County’s most beautiful creeks. Sandy will bring to life the people who played a part in the

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Cabrillo Host Lions Install New Officers istrict Governor of Lions 4c6, Ray Maglalang, installed the new officers for the Cabrillo Host Lions at the June 26 awards meeting at the Lions Clubhouse in Aptos Village Park. New President Robert Madsen will lead the club for the coming year. Lion Steve Irving is First Vice-President and Lion Tim Piumarta is second V.P. Other officers include Secretary David Chamberlain and Treasurer Thomas Schmida. Cabrillo Host Lions Event Calendar abrillo Host Lions meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Cabrillo Community Center


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in Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. For information contact 831-688-3356 or All meetings are open to the public. If you wish dinner, reservations are required. July 21: Beach Clean-up Hidden Beach 912 a.m. July 26: America’s Cup: Return to San Francisco presented by Lion Larry Tartaglino August 9: China: Brett Lindeke. Brett is from Aptos but has lived a number of years in China August 23: Heather Burke. Overseas missions for children. Sept. 6: Special meeting for final instructions for the fair Sept. 11-16. Volunteers welcome. Sept. 27: Advocacy: Presenter Kathleen Johnson n


Table of Contents





Cover Nisene Marks 50 Celebrates 50 Years – August sees multiple events to commemorate the Golden Anniversary Big Business Impacting Aptos Rancho Del Mar – Center Renovation Endangers Small Business By Courtney Dimpel 2 3

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Community News Cabrillo Host Lions Install New Officers – Cabrillo Host Lions Event Calendar Review of ‘A Chorus Line’ – The Theater’s Paean to Broadway Dancers By Noel Smith Fire on the Tracks in Aptos – Arson Thought to Be the Cause of July 19 blaze By Cynthia Howe • Local Software Pirate Arrest by Capitola eCrime Unit Anything Goes – July 27 - August 19 Habitat for Humanity to Open a ReStore in Santa Cruz Wine, Live Music in the Fields of Live Earth Farm – Fourth annual organic dinner in the fields fundraiser The Bite is On! – Fishing for Salmon off California Coast is Best in Years • First RISE Program Graduation Sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office & Community Action Board Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival – Relax in the Park with Art, Wine, Food, & Live Music August 11-12 Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament – 17th Annual Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Takes Place Sunday, September 23 Countywide Constitution Day Essay Contest By Board President Arnold Levine and V.P. Gina Locatelli Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta Sails in September West Nile Virus Found in County


Back to School Top five back-to-school organizing tips • When Parents Get Involved Kids Perform Better

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Business Profiles The Aptos Academy By Cynthia Howe Bargetto Winery – A Family Institution for Over 100 Years By Cynthia Howe

Review of ‘A Chorus Line’

The Theater’s Paean to Broadway Dancers


By Noel Smith

here are many reasons for choosing a career and each person has his or her own list. The Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, is a wonderful opportunity to look “behind the curtain” literally, at what makes this group of 17 Broadway dancers tick as we watch them kick. As anyone who has seriously taken dance lessons is aware, it’s a demanding profession requiring amazing athleticism. In addition, on Broadway, it often takes acting and singing as well. The cast of the Cabrillo Stage production captures the “behind the curtain” intent of this musical with wonderful performances. Highlights he reasons for the cold haughtiness of Sheila (Lauren Bjorgan), the search for acceptance by Bebe (Samantha Pistoresi) and the longing to fulfill her dreams by Maggie (Janice Engelgau) is revealed in the song, “At the Ballet” where they find escape from their lives in dance. The comedy number “Sing” gives Kristine (Crystina Robinette) an opportunity to highlight her lack of singing talent with her stage husband Al (Adam Saucedo) who manages to hit all the right notes. “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” gives the cast an opportunity to relive those adolescent embarrassing moments as life meets innocence. Diana (Zoe Schneider-Smith) tries to conquer method acting but no matter how hard she tries … “Nothing.”


In “The Music and the Mirror,” Cassie (Noelani Neal) begs Zach (Bill Olson), the Director to just let her dance so she can reenter the world she most feels part of, the world of dance. The breakout performance of the show was Val (Lizzie O’Hara) in “Dance Ten, Looks Three” telling how she changed her life when she found a way to get noticed - and to get dance parts - by buying some augmentation for her T & A. Fun Number, fun performance. For the emotional highlight of the show, Diana sings in “What I did for Love” about the sacrifices made by those who love dance and in spite of the life of a dancer. Then comes the moment when the final eight, four men and four women, for the show’s chorus line are chosen. Who will survive the director’s final cut? Ahh… you have to see the show. The Finale takes place with all the cast on stage in gold costumes and top hats singing and dancing the show’s theme song and dance, called “One,” a song of triumph and hope for another day and another show in the chorus. The Cabrillo Stage production of A Chorus Line triumphs. Director Janie Scott, Conductor Jon Nordgren, the orchestra (marvelous musicians!) and cast have created a first class rendition of one of the classics of Broadway, “A Chorus Line.” (One, Singular sensation, Ev’ry little step he takes — One, Thrilling combination, Ev’ry move that he makes – One smile and ...) n

Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your August Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer© 22 24 25 26 27 30

Featured Columnists The Book Bag by Robert Francis – It’s no mystery why these authors are so popular… Social Security and Women By Terry McFall, Social Security District Manager in Santa Cruz Work in Progress by Camille Smith – The garage is clean — what’s left to pass on? Me, and Mom, and You in Washington D.C. Story and Photos by Holly Hernandez Out & About by Josie Cowden Wildfire Season Means ‘Be Prepared’ Aptos-La Selva Fire District gets new, more nimble Fire Truck By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District

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Fire on the Tracks in Aptos

Arson Thought to Be the Cause of July 19 blaze


By Cynthia Howe

s I looked to the left out the window, past my computer screen, I saw a small thread of smoke. We live on the side of the railroad tracks, within yards of the Rio Del Mar Blvd. Bridge, just west of Sumner Avenue. It looked like a drift from a small campfire. I called out to my son, Nolan, to check it out. By the time he surveyed it over the back deck he felt it necessary to call 911. The fire spread rapidly, with smoke blowing towards us across the tracks. I ran out and began spraying the back of our home with water where we have a line of trees. Within five minutes, two Aptos La Selva Fire Department trucks arrived, and within ten minutes of their arrival, the fire was out and clean up commenced. July 19 convinced me of one thing, how fast a fire can spread and how easily it could have grown seriously dangerous. When the Eucalyptus tree burst into flame, the heat surged around us over 25 feet away. While the fire was caught relatively soon, and neighbors are thankful there was very little wind, it could have been far worse. The dreadful side of the experience is knowing what started the flames. The cause of the fire is known to be human. “The humidity is too high for it to be an abandoned cigarette or random spark,” explained Captain Michael Conrad, an Arson investigator with the Aptos/La Selva Fire Department. “We believe a three kids seen leaving the area


quickly on bicycles may have information regarding the fire.” According to the FBI, more than 50% of those arrested for setting arson fires are teens or pre-teens. It is the fastest growing juvenile crime in the country, with more than 700 arson fires being set a day across the nation. When children succeed with setting a small fire and not getting caught, the statistics of repeat performances are high. Without confrontation, 80% of juvenile firesetters will continue to set fires, allowing them to grow with each subsequent event. Citizens make a difference when they report someone they suspect of setting fires or

experimenting with fire. If you have information about this fire, or any other fire, please contact the fire department. There are programs available to help these young people change their course of conduct. Prevention is key. For more information on how you can help prevent arson, or help children understand the dangers of fire, contact Fire Marshall Jim Dias or Deputy Fire Marshal Carol Wallace at 831685-6690 and ask about the Juvenile Firesetter Program available for residents of Aptos and La Selva. There are other programs for educators and confidential programs for families seeking assistance. n

Local Software Pirate Arrest by Capitola eCrime Unit ttorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that bail has been set at $50,000 in the case of Michael Anthony Gomez, Jr., 55, of Capitola, who was charged in Santa Cruz Superior Court with five charges of selling pirated software. “Illegally selling pirated software rips off both consumers and developers of the programs, and undermines the strong technology-based segment of California’s economy,” said Attorney General Harris. “Criminals are moving their crimes online, and law enforcement must embrace innovation to counter this emerging threat.” Gomez is alleged to have used Craigslist to sell illegally pirated versions

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of software programs, including Final Cut Studio III, Microsoft Office for Mac, Rosetta Stone Spanish and Mandarin, AutoDesk Revit and Filemaker 12. These products retail for up to thousands of dollars, but he sold them for substantially less than the suggested retail prices. The case is being prosecuted by the

Attorney General’s eCrime Unit and was investigated by the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF). The task force has its main office in Napa County and is one of five inter-agency Computer Crimes Task Forces in California. eCrime Unit prosecutors are assigned to all five task forces. In April 2012, Gomez was contacted by an investigator with the NC3TF, who observed a post on Craigslist that offered for sale a copy of the program AutoDesk Revit. On or about April 10, Gomez agreed to sell a 2013 version of the program for $50. Its suggested retail price is $5,000. “Pirate Arrested” > 9


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Forest’s history from the early lumbermen who shipped the Aptos Canyon’s “red gold” throughout the Pacific, to the Chinese railroad workers who risked life and limb to punch a standard-gauge railroad into the forbidding canyon. He will show you how to “read” the forest, to see the almost invisible signs of those who passed through this magical forest in regeneration. Candelabra trees, huge old-growth redwoods, and twisted trees all symbolize this dynamic and ever-changing landscape that was the home of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. And along the way, he’ll show you a recently discovered

albino redwood. Surprise guests and history-makers will join in the conversation. We will walk from between two and three miles with a few manageable steep sections. This day will itself be an historic event as it will bring together many of those responsible for shepherding and guiding the Forest of Nisene Marks into public hands. Chose your level of support - $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000. To purchase tickets online, visit: to pay by check or for more information, contact Peg: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz 95060, 831-4291840, Website: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks: Facebook: www. Saturday, August 11 10 a.m. he public is invited by California State Parks to join a guided Forest Walk of Discovery to encounter markers of another time when the forest was a hubbub of logging and trains. During a two-hour stroll through the redwood forest, walkers will learn about a time when the railroad pushed through the forest. Around each bend in the trail, they will see notched stumps, remnants of the brave loggers who felled the giant trees. As they wind past old cables and trestles, they will pass home sites of pioneer families. Coming up on


50th anniversary artwork, featuring the park’s logo designed by renowned Bay Area graphic artist Michael Schwab.

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They were more concerned about how this project will affect local business owners who have become an integral part of the Aptos town culture.

We spoke with Charlie Eadie of Hamilton Swift & Associates on the matter of design and how the proposed center will fit into the current Aptos culture. He said, “The architect is seeking to take into account the current landscape, history,

Ace hardware staff with owner Rodney Hoffer (third from left).

Peg Danielson, Operations Director (left) and Annie MacHale, Sales Director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks raise funds for local parks, including Nisene Marks Park.

the old settlement of Loma Prieta, they will hear stories of the frontier settlement that no longer exists. The walk on unpaved paths is mostly flat. Walkers will meet at the Porter Family Picnic Area. Space will be limited. Call Jeff Barnes at New Brighton Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to reserve. To get to the park use the State Park Drive exit from Hwy 1. Go east on State Park Drive to Soquel Drive. Turn right on Soquel Drive. Go 1 mile to Aptos Creek Road. Turn left on Aptos Creek

Road (Aptos Center) into the park. Day use fees apply. This park is on land that was clear-cut during a forty-year logging frenzy from 1883 to 1923. When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself and now the scars grow fainter with each passing year. In the early 1960’s Herman, Agnes, and Andrew Marks began working with The Nature Conservancy to donate 9,000 acres of family-owned land to the State of California. The new State Park was named in honor of their mother, Nisene. n

and suggestions from the community in evolving the design. In addition, we hope the ease of parking, walking, shopping, dining and other new amenities will help make this center a destination where shoppers will enjoy spending an afternoon.” In regards to the 14 merchants who will be seriously affected by the two-plus years of construction, and significant rent increases, Eadie said, “this is going to take time to sort out, and it will be sorted on a

tenant by tenant basis that involves private negations that takes all factors into account.” It may be true that improved parking, pedestrian and handicap access, new landscaping and outdoor spaces for gathering and eating, and needed structural improvements will increase traffic for merchants and improve their overall shopping experience. “Small Businesses” > 9

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‘Anything Goes’ Takes to the Stage July 27

ll aboard for Cole Porter’s Tony Award winning musical! This saucy and splendid revival is one of the great Broadway musicals! As the S.S. American heads out to sea, from New York to England, Billy Crocker, a young lovesick Wall Street broker, stows

away on the ship in hopes of winning the heart of his beloved Hope Harcourt. His boss, Yale graduate Elisha J. Whitney, is also on board, planning to relax before making an important business deal in England. Hope is on her way to England to be married to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a stuffy, hapless British nobleman. Also onboard are “Moonface” Martin, a second-rate gangster on the lam labeled “Public Enemy 13,” and his friend Bonnie, both of whom have disguised themselves as a minister and a missionary. These unlikely pairs set off on a cruise to true love...proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are memorable Cole Porter favorites, including “I Get A Kick out of You,” “It’s De-lovely” and “Anything Goes.” It’s the perfect family show! “Anything Goes” seems to have lived up to its name as there have been three Broadway productions (1934, 1987 and 2011), each one different, one OffBroadway production (1962), one TV ver-

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sion (1954) and two movies (1936 and 1956)– both starring Bing Crosby! There is a legend behind the name of the show and the title song. It is said that at a late night production meeting where the show was being reworked before its opening in 1934, one of the exhausted production team members said in frustration, “And just how in the hell are we going to end the first act?!” “At this point,” responded one of the producers, “anything goes!!” The show became a big hit. Two years later, the 1936 film version of Anything Goes hit the theatres and held little resemblance to the stage production. The book and score were dramatically changed with only two of the original songs included. Additional songs were included by Hoagy Carmichael and other composers. Eighteen years later in 1954, the television version, starring Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman who had also starred in the original 1934 production, changed the plot and songs again to include more of the original score than the movie version along with songs from other Cole Porter shows. The second movie version was filmed in 1956 with the book being drastically changed once more with additional songs by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. The Off-Broadway revival in 1962 revised the script yet again, incorporating several of the changes from the movie versions. The 1987 revival (which Cabrillo Stage is

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter Originally book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse New book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman Directed and Choreographed for Cabrillo Stage by Kikau Alvaro Musical Direction by Michael J. McGushin

performing) changed the show one more time, keeping many of changes made through the years, but re-orchestrating the score and adding some of the songs that had been omitted in earlier shows. Cast: Briana Michaud (Reno Sweeney), Andrew Ceglio (Billy Crocker), Nina Feliciano (Hope Harcourt), Max Bennett-Parker (Moonface Martin), Robert Coverdell (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh) Major Musical Numbers • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” - Reno Sweeney • “You’re The Top” - Reno Sweeney & Billy Crocker • “It’s De-lovely” - Billy Crocker, Hope Harcourt & SATB Chorus • “Anything Goes” - Reno Sweeney & SATB Chorus • “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” - Reno Sweeney & SATB Chorus • “All Through The Night” - Billy Crocker, Hope Harcourt & Male Quartet n

“Anything Goes” Cast Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 7



Habitat for Humanity to Open a ReStore in Santa Cruz

abitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County is opening a ReStore right here in Santa Cruz at 719 Swift Street, Santa Cruz. The ReStore, a homeimprovement re-sale store open to the public, encourages homeowners who are starting home remodeling projects to recycle their reusable home building materials by donating reusable materials to Habitat’s ReStore.

New and used home-improvement materials are donated daily to Habitat’s ReStore and are sold at discount prices to the public. Revenue from sales will directly support Habitat’s home construction and assists in both eliminating substandard housing and creating homeownership right here in Santa Cruz County. In addition to raising funds for Habitat’s

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building program, the ReStore provides an environmentally — and socially — responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills. On Saturday, August 18, the ReStore will celebrate with a Grand Opening from 9 am to 1 pm. The ribbon cutting, officiated by Santa Cruz Vice-Mayor Hilary Bryant, will take place at 10:00 am. At that time, the ReStore will be open for business until 5:00 pm. After the Grand Opening, ReStore hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Habitat’s ReStore accepts and re-sells donations of materials such as new and reusable building materials, furniture and household goods. Pick-up service is available throughout Santa Cruz County. Donations are tax deductible. Habitat’s ReStore is currently accepting donations. To arrange for a donation pick-up or learn about donation drop-off hours please call 831-824-4704. “With several new affordable housing projects in the works, Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County is incorporating new ways to bring in money to support construction. This will help Habitat

continue to develop modest and affordable homes. We are encouraging homeowners, contractors and suppliers to ‘go green’ and support Habitat. Donors can feel good about recycling and shoppers can get great deals on quality materials,” said David Foster, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County. Habitat’s ReStore is also currently seeking volunteers to help in store operations. If you have a free day or a few hours during the week, the Habitat ReStore in Santa Cruz has many volunteer opportunities. There is a need for safe drivers to pick up donations, friendly volunteers to assist customers, and volunteers who like to organize and arrange incoming donations and help put items on display. For information on volunteering at the ReStore, please call Kayla at 831-469-4663 or email volunteer n ••• Habitat for Humanity ReStore 719 Swift Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Tel #: 824-4704

“Pirate Arrested” from pg 4

Trademark. He pled not guilty to all charges. Gomez was arrested on July 10 and a preliminary hearing on the charges is set for July 23. Gomez is on probation for a 2010 conviction of previously selling pirated software. n ••• Deputy Attorney General Johnette Jauron of the eCrime Unit is prosecuting this case. Attorney General Harris created the eCrime Unit in 2011 to identify and prosecute identity theft crimes, cyber crimes and other crimes involving the use of technology. For more information:

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for 35 years and we simply can’t afford to shut our doors for two years while our part of the center is being remodeled. We are very uncertain about our shop’s fate because there has been little communication from Safeway and property management when it comes to the transition ‘plan.’ Safeway has the ability to do something great here when it comes to preserving Aptos including its small business owners and their customers. I just hope they choose to do so.“ While the Rancho Del Mar Renovation plan is still in it’s early stages, plans and negotiations are quickly progressing and Hamilton & Swift hopes to submit their project application to the county before 2013. According to Eadie, nothing has been set in stone and several alternative solutions to this project exist. One alternative to the plan, according to Hoffer is to just remodel the current Safeway building. However, according to Safeway, limitations to this alternative include insufficient parking, building height sensitivity, highway view corridor issues and continuing lines at the gas pumps that have been known to instigate quarrels and back up onto busy intersections. Eadie said, “The bottom line is this level of improvement will help facilitate better business. The previous rent structure was reflective of a low cost basis, and the real estate market is what it is. That is not a matter for public discourse. Ultimately the rents that get charged will correlate with the quality of the center,” he concluded. The next design meeting will be held on August 22, in the Santa Cruz Community Center at 7 pm, and is open to the public. The primary concern for Aptonians remains, “What will be the fate of small business in Aptos.” Preliminary design concepts can be viewed on the Rancho Del Mar website, and feedback/opinion can be expressed on the Friends Of Aptos Merchants (FOAM) Facebook page. n

Gomez mailed the investigator a DVD containing a version of the program, but it would not load. Gomez later provided the investigator with a software patch to ensure the program would function. Properties embedded in the program indicated it was a copy downloaded from the Internet and then burned onto the DVD. Gomez was charged with Counterfeit of a Registered Trademark Penal Code section 350(a) (2), a felony, as well as four counts of Counterfeit of a Registered

However, even Safeway admits that about the same number of people will be shopping at the store due to Aptos being a community with relatively little new housing planned. We checked in with Ace Hardware owner Rodney Hoffer, who offered to touch on how his negotiations with Safeway were going. He said, “normally your landlord wants to work with the tenant and help make the tenant’s business successful. That is not the situation at Rancho Del Mar. They are doing that by dramatically increasing the occupancy expense. Safeway only talks about the pretty side of the project, the realistic side is the one that people need to hear.” Hoffer’s frustration comes from recent lease rate increases due to a property tax increase and a one-year lease option increase. “The current economic revenue generated by the center’s traffic will not support an almost 40 percent increase in rent by the time the project is complete” said Hoffer; speaking of the effect this project will have on the Center’s merchants. The question that the public has been asking Safeway at the two public meetings that Hamilton Swift & Associates has held is: “As both the landlord and the developer, what are you going to do for the present tenants to make the transition easier and not just put them out of business?” Until now, the new landlord’s (Safeway) answers have not satisfied Lindsey Bryant, the owner and manager of Erik’s Deli in Aptos. Bryant is not only concerned about how this project will affect her livelihood, but how it will impact the livelihood of her nine employees, some of which have worked at the Aptos Erik’s for 12 years. The Deli opened in 1977, and has called Rancho Del Mar home since its beginning. “I’m very concerned about the fate of Erik’s, and my employees,” Bryant stated. “We have been a part of this community Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 9


Wine, Live Music in the Fields of Live Earth Farm

Fourth annual organic dinner in the fields fundraiser

WATSONVILLE — On September 22, the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program will host Dig!, the 4th annual organic dinner in the fields fundraiser at Live Earth Farm. Chef Jonathan Miller of Eat Right at Home will regale us with fresh, local flavors from the very fields where the fare is served. Paired with delicious local wines, and accompanied by live music and a farm tour this is a food and wine event not to be missed. Dig! will feature local chefs, farmers, artisans and winemakers celebrating the

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abundance grown in the Pajaro Valley. Freshly prepared appetizers will be followed by a tour of the diverse, organic farm fields at their peak with Farmer Tom Broz. After the four course seated dinner, the event will culminate with student produced entertainment and dessert in the renovated turn of the century redwood barn. Through LEFDP’s programs local, under served youth build confidence in learning to be active caretakers of themselves, their community and their environment. This is why the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program aims to raise $20,000 through the Dig! fall fundraising event on the September 22, to support farm visits, transportation costs, and garden supplies for the 1500 students who will visit Live Earth Farm in 2012. The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (LEFDP) is a farm-based education not for profit organization in Watsonville, California. LEFDP makes seed to mouth, farm to fork, and child to community connections through a variety of hands-on educational programs serving the youth of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties and beyond. A special emphasis is placed on reaching under served people in the community to bolster individual, community and environmental health. n ••• Live Earth Farm Discovery Program, Jessica Ridgeway, Education Director, 831728-2032. Website:


The Bite is On!

32-lb. king salmon caught near Trinidad, California.

Fishing for Salmon off California Coast is Best in Years


f your fishing gear has been in the garage collecting dust, now’s the time to pull it out because the salmon are here, and the bite is on! Anglers and sport fishing charters off the California coast are returning to the docks with full boats and happy customers as the strong ocean salmon bite continues, making 2012 one of the best salmon seasons in years. Mild weather and good ocean conditions are contributing to what fishermen and Department of Fish and Game (DFG) officials hope will continue to be a robust year for ocean salmon fishing. Hopes are also high for big returns to California rivers this fall. “Thanks to the favorable ocean conditions and plentiful food, all the reports we are receiving from the coast are very positive,” said DFG Northern Regional Manager Neil Manji. “The charter boats are coming back early enough to make two trips a day because everyone has been catching their limits.” The daily bag and possession limit is two salmon per person and the minimum size limit is 20 inches. After several years of closed and reduced salmon fishing seasons, DFG and federal officials earlier this year estimated


there would be thousands of adult salmon off the coast available for harvest. When ready, the fish will move inland for a run to their traditional spawning grounds. Early forecasts predicted 819,000 adult Sacramento River fall-run Chinook and 1.7 million Klamath River fall-run Chinook adults off the coast. Since the opener in April, recreational harvest estimates for Chinook salmon off the California coast are the highest recorded since 2004. North of Horse Mountain, the totals are the highest since 2006 and five times those from 2011 during the same time period. San Francisco’s area harvest is the highest since 2006 and landings in the Monterey area are the best seen since 2004. In the Fort Bragg area, landings have been more moderate, although comparable to seasons that occurred there in 2003 and 2004. “In my 26 years of working with salmon on the North Coast, I have never seen such a remarkable beginning to a salmon season. If the start of the season is any indication of what’s in store for the second half, anglers should not miss this opportunity of a lifetime. Get out there and take advantage of this epic bite!” added Manji. n

First RISE Program Graduation Takes Place

he first RISE graduation was held Wednesday, July 18 at the Rountree Facility in Watsonville. The Graduates were Billy Cacchiola, Mike Day, Elliot Dess, Albert Gonzales, Alvin Jessen, Timothy Lopes, Sean Martin, Johnny Pickens, Tristan Pardee, Anthony Ruffo, Mitchell Swienton, and Zach Wise. This new men’s reentry program, Sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office & Community Action Board, was named by the men in the program. RISE stands for: Reclaiming, Integrity, Self-Awareness & Empowerment. The program was developed from evidence-based practices of successful reentry programs across the State and country and specifically based on the success of the women’s Gemma Day Program, which has resulted in a reduction in recidivism that is double the National average.

The primary purpose of the RISE Program is to reduce recidivism and highrisk behaviors among men working their way out of the criminal justice system by measurably improving their life skills (e.g. recovery, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, conflict and self management, coping), academic and parenting skills, financial and money management skills, and employment readiness and retention. RISE addresses universal challenges for this population as well as the individual needs and goals of each participant. The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office would like to provide the tools needed to return to the community successfully. The program consists of three carefully designed and integrated structured phases that prepare men for successful rehabilitation and reentry into the community. “RISE” > 17

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Top five back-to-school organizing tips T he start of a new school year is like a fresh box of crayons — full of possibilities. Ginny Bean, mother of three and publisher of Ginny’s catalog, suggests families take advantage of this clean slate by establishing some new organizing routines. Think ahead. Mornings are chaotic in most households with school-aged children. Consider handling as many daytime preparations as possible the night before. Lay out clothes. Pack lunches. Set out the breakfast dishes and cereal. Pack backpacks. Bean suggests making systems kidfriendly, so young helpers can feel involved, and save mom some time in the process. “Carve out a spot on a lower shelf of the pantry for lunch boxes and lunch-making supplies. Then make children responsible for putting away their empty lunch boxes at the end of the school day, or even packing their own lunch.” Tackle school paperwork. Make a habit of sorting through children’s backpacks with them the same day they come home. Allot time after school, when you

arrive home from work, or after dinner, depending on your family’s schedule.

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When Parents Get Involved Kids Perform Better

hildren spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school. With all this time away from teachers, it’s important for parents to support their children’s learning. In fact, children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests, according to the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). “Learning can happen anywhere and at any time,” advises Emily Kirkpatrick, Vice President of NCFL. “Go beyond homework help and find learning moments in everyday life that fit in with your schedule.” Here are some tips for how you can take a more active role in your child’s education: • It all starts with you. With some preparation on your part, you can be a better resource for your child. Make sure that you, and those who spend time with your child, are well equipped to support learning. • Turn a household shopping trip into a fun chance to do math. Take a walk outside to discuss nature or the community. Make a lesson plan out of the world around you.

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papers, and an “A.S.A.P.” space for teachers’ notes, permission slips and anything else that requires immediate attention. For schoolwork and artwork you want to keep, try a two-step approach. First, purge unwanted items as soon as they come in the door. Collect the possible keepers in a storage bin or wheeled cart with color-coded drawers that allow for easy separation by child or project type. Go through stored items at regular intervals, perhaps once a month or once a quarter. Keep in mind, the more you accumulate, the easier it will be to pare down, as the best pieces will stand out from the crowd. Designate a homework spot. Decide on the best spot in your home to set up homework central. Take into consideration how involved you need to be with homework and your child’s style. Does he focus better with people around or in a private setting? Is he better suited to sit at a desk or curled up in a favorite chair with a laptop cart?

• Develop a partnership with your child’s teachers. Talk with them about homework and be sure you understand what is expected. • Some children need and want time to play when they get home, while others may want to get homework out of the way first thing. Set a schedule for your child that works for him or her, and make it a routine. Just be sure that your expectations are clear. “Parents” > 14


Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival

Relax in the Park with Art, Wine, Food, & Live Music


cotts Valley is gearing up for the 13th Annual Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival. It’s the place for all Santa Cruz County residents to be the second week of August. This two day event will be


held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August August 11 and 12, in beauti10 am ful SkyPark in Scotts Valley – take the Mt Hermon Exit off Highway 17

and follow the signs to 361 Kings Village Road. Sponsored by the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Scotts Valley Arts Commission, this premier event is held in a beautiful open park setting, so the mood is comfortable and relaxed as you wander past more than 100 artists’ booths — many of which are local artists — offering a variety of fine art styles and techniques. You’ll find magnificent jewelers, breath taking photography, creative art in oil and acrylic, wood creations, ceramic, metal and glass wonders, fabric art, and so much more! Don’t miss the opportunity to lose yourself in Fine Art while strolling through Skypark sipping award-winning wines. The Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival showcases many of the foremost wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding area, so there are plenty of “tastings” to go around. It’s a great way to

11 & 12 – 6 pm

Local Artist Sharon Medler displays this year’s Winning Festival Poster.

experience the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains without having to drive from winery to winery – just a casual walk through the park for two days. “Art & Wine” > 21 Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 13


Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament

17th Annual Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Takes Place Sunday, September 23 SANTA CRUZ — The 17th Annual Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament will be held at Imperial Courts 2505 Cabrillo College Dr., Aptos,

CA on September 23 and is a fundraiser for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group, located in Santa Cruz, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and partners, the organization raises community consciousness through events and outreach providing vital financial support for several Santa Cruz beneficiary organizations including Hospice of Santa Cruz, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association and more. This event was the first fundraising event for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group and began in 1995. Now in its 17th year, this exceptional gathering of tennis enthusiasts has grown, offering players, families and friends a fun day of tennis followed by a delicious BBQ, with all proceeds donated to our beneficiaries. Spend the day playing tennis, laughing with old friends, making new friends

and enjoying a delicious BBQ all while raising money for a great cause. The donation for this event includes a two level mixed doubles Round Robin and an amazing meal prepared by Scott Carter and his crew. Non-tennis players are invited to join us for the food. Spaces are limited to 36 players so sign up! Diane Carter will be sending out sign ups closer to September. The Carters and volunteers have put together this event for 11 years. Every year it gets better and better. Everyone has such a fun time for such a great cause and they would love to have you join them. Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament: Sunday, September 23. Start time 12:00 p.m. Imperial Courts. For more info, call (831) 234-9422 or email Diane Carter Background on Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group: SCCBG has funded cancer research and local groups — including many that support people living with cancer — since “Organizing Tips” from pg 12

pens and pencils. If you’re a visual person, consider color-coding your calendar by assigning each family member a different color. Remember not to forget. Use wall hooks and baskets or bins near the front door to corral the items you need to remember each day: backpacks, books, lunches, gym shoes, sports equipment and musical instruments. n ••• For Ginny’s catalog, visit or call 800-487-9024. ARA Content

“Parents” from pg 12

weeks to complete may need your help learning to manage their time. • Checking to be sure assignments are complete is great, but don’t forget it is your child’s assignment, not yours. Do not do homework for your child. • Read to your children or with them every night. Not only is this an enjoyable way to spend time together, it will benefit the child and help instill a love of learning. By getting more involved, you can help your children make this school year their most successful one yet. n Statepoint Media

Once you have a place picked out, gather together handy homework tools and supplies into a nearby bin, drawer or cabinet. Stock up on age-appropriate supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, paper, crayons, markers, a ruler, dictionary, calculator and a pencil sharpener. Create a communication hub. Include the family calendar, a chalk or bulletin board for posting messages and reminders, a binder for key documents, colored markers,

• Reinforce the idea that homework is not punishment, but a chance to practice new skills. You can help make it fun by rewarding progress. • Ask your children thought provoking questions, like what they wonder about. For inspiration, you can turn to free online resources that emphasize fun in learning, such as such as • Help set a timeline so that school assignments are not left until the last minute. Older children with assignments that will take several days or

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1995. Proceeds from this year’s Gourmet Grazing benefit these local cancer support and research organizations: Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support and Services, The Katz Cancer Resource Center, UC Santa Cruz Cancer Research, and WomenCARE. n ••• To learn more about Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group go to or follow them on Facebook at!/ SantaCruzCancerBenefitGroup. To make a donation mail to SCBG P.O Box 2564, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 • Voicemail / Fax (831) 4651989.

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estled in the foothills of Aptos sits a precious little gem called The Aptos Academy, a private community school. They provide a well-rounded program for preschool through 8th grade, focusing on the arts as part of their core curriculum. Though not a huge school, the size seems perfect for maintaining individual programs, yet large enough to have an energetic and stimulating campus. “Our goal is to provide an enriched educational environment where each student is treated as an individual and will gain a life-long love of learning. This is best done in a smaller class size, so we keep class sizes to no more than 16,” shared founder Shea Pase. Their facilities were designed for up to 144 children. The school’s educational program is built around a strong curriculum, individualized learning plans, and the idea of always working to one’s personal best. Study and organizational skills are taught as well, but what makes all the difference is strengthening each student’s academic foundations by ensuring that all work is corrected and fully mastered before moving on to more advanced concepts. Because each child has their own style and rate of learning, The Aptos Academy accommodates a number of students who may not be as successful in other pro-

grams. Recognizing that each student has areas in which they can excel, and pinpointing other areas to strengthen and review, helps keeps motivation high. While each student is closely monitored and assessed by the teacher, the learning relationship between teacher and student is comfortable and rewarding. The Aptos Academy is passionate about teaching children to respect and care for their community. Therefore, every grade takes on a project for that year. Some projects have included beach cleanups, litter removal, tutoring, toy and food drives, and recycling. “Our teachers are our greatest asset,” Shea shared. “They are committed and talented people. A number of them are artists as well, which comes out in their creative teaching styles.” Their core curriculum includes literature, verbal and written expression, math, science, research skills and social studies. Extra-curricular activities include daily physical education, art, drama, music, band, foreign language, and computer literacy. For students in their 6th through 8th grades, they may also take courses in archery, ceramics, photography, cooking or web design. Their extra-curricular activities are broad and attract many of the students

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attending. They have a horse club for 3rd through 8th grade every Friday afternoon for those who wish to participate. They are also invited to take part in the school newspaper and student council. Is the program successful? Shea Pace believes it is. “Our success comes every time a student has that moment where they realize they not only can learn, but are excited about learning,” Shea shared. “On the other hand, if we look at the statistics, we can track that the majority of our students go on to college preparatory high schools and 90 to 91% of our students proceed to the College level.” They first opened their doors in 1994, later building their current 4 1/2 acre campus in 1999. Their campus includes an art room, science room, library and a multipurpose theater used for assemblies, special programs, gymnastics and dramatic productions. Their students are their greatest advertising tools. These quotes came from a number of them, and we’ve limited their identity to their initials: “I love this school ... a lot!” — H.T. (5th) “This school is amazing!” — I. M. (7th) “I love how everyone at the school is so close.” — I.B. (7th)

“I enjoy the teachers’ and students’ attitudes.” — O.D. (8th) The educational program at The Aptos Academy is unique, enriching and provides students with more than just a knowledge of the tools and skills necessary for their education, it provides these students with an understanding and appreciation of themselves. Each child is gifted. Each child can learn. Each child has their own set of interests and abilities. Each teacher and staff member at The Aptos Academy are committed, not only to the school itself, but to each child that comes through their door. n ••• The Aptos Academy is currently taking applications for enrollment in their 2012-13 school year. To tour the campus you may make an appointment by calling 831 688 1080. Also visit their website at Aptos Academy 1940 Bonita Drive, Aptos CA 95003


Countywide Constitution Day Essay Contest


By Board President Arnold Levine and V.P. Gina Locatelli

he Santa Cruz County Board of Education is celebrating Constitution Day by hosting a countywide essay contest. The Constitution Day Essay Contest will be open to all ninth grade students who will attend a Santa Cruz County public, private or home school in 2012-13. Students will have the summer to work on their essays. The deadline for entries is September 5, 2012, which will be just after county schools begin their new year. How did the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights develop our nation? Is there a particular part of the U.S. Constitution that means something special to you? Would you propose an amendment to the U. S. Constitution? If so, what? These are the three theme choices available to students. The first place winner will win $500; second place will win $300; and third place will win $200. Each of the top three winners will also receive books about the U.S. Constitution. Honorable Mention cash awards will be given if additional funds are available. Beginning in 2005, a federal law required all schools that receive federal funds to hold an educational program on the United States Constitution every year

“RISE” from pg 11

The first phase of RISE, is a 10-week program that builds the foundation for future success and sustainability in the following phases. These evidence-based practices and wrap-around rehabilitation services that support participants through their release have been proven to be the most effective strategy to reduce costs for the county and foster a safer, healthier community for adults and children in Santa Cruz. There were 12 men enrolled in the first phase of RISE, which graduated on July 18. n

Arnold Levine • Gina Locatelli

on or near September 17, the anniversary of the signing of our country’s founding document. At the beginning of 2011, the County Board of Education Trustees established a Constitution Day ad hoc committee and launched the contest to inspire youth to learn about the U.S. Constitution and to get to know its Founding Fathers. Some of the 2011 sponsors that supported the cash prizes and volunteered for the event included: KSCO, Charlie Freedman, Michael Olson, Cabrillo Host Lions, Steve Henderson, Watsonville Rotary, Dr. Nancy Bilicich, Supervisor Greg Caput, Francisco Diaz, County Superintendent Michael Watkins, Deputy Superintendent Bryan Wall, Ken and Jeanine McCrary and the County Board of Education Trustees: Vic Marani, Arnold Levine, Jack Dilles, George “Bud” Winslow, Dr. Aaron Hinde, Gina Locatelli and Dana Sales. n ••• Contest rules can be obtained at Santa Cruz County Office of Education Constitution Day Essay Contest, or at: _day.html. Feel free to call Trustee Locatelli with any questions at 831-768-9984. ••• In October 2011, State Assembly Bill 109 went into effect resulting in a shift of responsibility for incarcerating low-risk inmates classified as non-serious, non-sex, and non-violent offenders from the state Prison system to the county jails systems. In order to accommodate the increase in the local jail population, reduce the overall prison population and most importantly to provide therapeutic rehabilitative services to incarcerated people, Santa Cruz has made a strong effort to provide effective reentry services for locally incarcerated men and women.

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Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta Sails in September

n Sunday, September 2, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz Yacht Club will hold its 21st annual Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta. Food, sailing, and music – it’s all on deck and tons of fun. The event runs from 1:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M., at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, at the Lower Harbor in Santa Cruz. Sailing takes place from 1:00 P.M. — 4:00 P.M., followed by a catered Barbecue from KISS Catering. Island Breeze will provide live music. If you do not own a boat, don’t worry. You do not need a boat to participate! You can sail on the Chardonnay II for $55 per person, which includes a 2-hour cruise, dinner, music, and all the fun. We will be hosting two raffles. The $100 raffle includes a 7-night stay in a 3 bedroom, 3bath home in Costa Rica’s Cabillitos del Mar near Dominical. Airfare for two is included. “Regatta” > 21

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West Nile Virus Found in County


he California Department of Public Health / West Nile virus program notified the Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control (SCCMVC)of this season’s first find of West Nile virus (WNV) positive dead birds in Santa Cruz County. These finds were expected, as there has been WNV activity in neighboring counties. The timing has been typical for finds within the County in previous years (our total for 2011 – one bird, 2010 – six birds, 2009 – 1 bird, 2008 – 3 birds, 2007 - 6 birds, 2006 - 7 birds, 2005 – 2 birds, 2004 - 36 birds). As in previous years, the SCCMVC will coordinate with the County Health Services Agency and the State Department of Public Health. Staff will conduct surveillance for mosquito breeding sources in the areas surrounding the finds, and residents who reported the dead birds have been notified. Please see the attached County Health Services Agency advisory. Last year California had 158 reported human cases and nine deaths attributed to West Nile virus. This year, as compared to 2011, California WNV activity looks to be starting faster in most areas of the state, with five human cases so far. No human or equine WNV cases have been found in the County this season or in years past. We will continue to submit dead bird finds

and trapped mosquitoes for WNV testing, and we have two sentinel chicken flocks from which we obtain and submit blood samples. The SCCMVC is increasing its vigilance in controlling the larval stages of vector species of mosquitoes as the weather warms. The public is asked to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to drain any standing water around their homes and report standing water or green swimming pools in their neighborhood. We also encourage the public to report dead birds and tree squirrels to the State hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD. Mosquito and Vector Control can also provide free mosquito-eating fish for yard water features and un-maintained pools. West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Santa Cruz County for the first time in 2012 in two birds: an American Crow with a chronic WNV infection and a Great Horned Owl with a new WNV infection.


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BARGETTO WINERY A Family Institution for Over 100 Years

By Cynthia Howe

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.”


— St. Thomas Aquinas

estled in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine enthusiasts will find a rest for their sorrows and strife, a charming winery that breaths of history, beauty and most of all, life: Bargetto Winery. The Bargetto Family has been making wine in California for over 100 years. To begin at the beginning of this remarkable winery you have to go back to 1890 when Phillip Bargetto began his journey from Castelnuovo in northern Italy to begin a new life for he and his family in San Francisco. His brother John followed him in 1909. By 1928, most of the Bargetto family from Italy had joined the brothers in California. In 1910, the original Bargetto family winery, South Montebello Vineyard and Wine Company, opened its doors in San Francisco. As the years went by and the Prohibition movement grew strength, the brothers decided to make a change. They moved their production to Soquel in 1917 and soon bought their current site in Soquel, and naming it “Bargetto Winery.” An old barn on the property served as their first production center. While prohibition

barred them from selling their wine, they did make it for family and friends while they sold apples and other produce for income. Finally, prohibition ended in 1933 and the brothers could then devote themselves to their passion, making good wine. Sadly, in 1936, Phillip passed away and John was left to carry on along with his two sons, Ralph and Lawrence. The latter inherited the business on John’s death. Lawrence ran the business during the 60’s and 70’s. He introduced stainless steel fermentation and added Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to their production. He also created Chaucer’s, a line of dessert-style wines that have recently grown in popularity over the past few years. The third generation of California Bargettos now runs the Winery. It is the oldest producing winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the richness of history and beauty are deeply woven in the tapestry of Soquel. Visiting the winery on North Main Street is like taking a picnic to a beautiful park, only to discover a hidden door, a somewhat ordinary door, but behind it is a magical secret garden... with a wide selection of wine. Upon entering, you are welcomed by the fragrance that speaks pungently of fruits, spices, wines and oak. In the quaint tasting room, you find old pictures that tell the story of a family passionate about life

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and living. Those who serve the wine are knowledgeable and enjoyable, adept at creating a comfortable environment where you can enjoy the wines and their unique characteristics. As you venture further, you find the perfect outdoor setting along the Soquel Creek. Visitors enjoy the natural and unique ambiance, perfect for an intimate and lingering meal. Add a bottle of wine from the Bargetto collection, and you have all the elements for a memorable moment in life. Just off the patio is the beautiful La Vita Room, lined with beautifully aged redwood from wine tanks once used in the original winery just after World War II. Both of these rooms are available for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, luncheons, private wine tastings, anniversary or birthday celebrations. The Bargetto family loves to celebrate life, making their winery the perfect setting for any occasion. Bargetto’s most recent wine, La Vita, reveals once more the artistic creativity of the Bargetto family and its commitment to life. La Vita is Italian for “the life.” This beautifully crafted wine earned a double gold award for its 2006 at the 2011 California State Fair. The prestigious award came after a great deal of dreaming, planning, planting and years of hard work. La Vita began as a dream in 1995. John Bargetto planted a specific collection of grapes from northern Italy: Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Refosco. These vines were added to their Corralitos Regan Estate Vineyards. Adding these varietals to this area took some risk, as they had never been grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains before. However, two years later in ’97 they had their first harvest. The blended wine, consisting of 58% Dolcetto, 24% Refosco and 18% Nebbiolo was then aged in oak barrels for two years, afterwards spending another two years in heavy Italian glass bottles. The first bottle was sold in 2001. Since then it has received 4 gold medals, two silver, and La Vita has been adding “The Life” to its consumers ever since, earning precious medals along the way.

The Bargetto family also exhibits its passion for life by being environmentally sound and socially benevolent. Minimizing their impact on the beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary is of great concern. They have, and continue to make, adjustments to their production and facilities to ensure that their environmental footprint lessens each year. They also give to the community through much of their proceeds of the La Vita Wine. Past recipients include CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Siena House, Porter Street Library, Good Shepherd School, St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Heart and Hospice, among others. Bargetto Winery represents everything wonderful about California wines. Take some time and take someone special and learn from the Bargetto family, enjoy “La Vita!” n ••• From Highway 1 take the Porter Street/Bay Avenue Exit and head toward the hills, away from the ocean. Turn right on Main Street and continue for about a mile. They are open daily from noon to 5pm. If you would like a tour, call ahead at 831/475-2258.

“West Nile Virus” from pg 19


Incident he crow was found in Live Oak and the owl was found in the Summit area. The discovery of positive birds had been expected as there has been WNV activity in neighboring counties. So far this year, there have been no human cases reported in Santa Cruz County. Actions osquito and Vector Control technicians will conduct surveillance for mosquito-breeding sources in the Summit area and Live Oak. Public Health is coordinating activities with the California State Department of Public Health and the Mosquito Abatement Program throughout the county. Health care providers in the county have specific information on signs and symptoms of West Nile Virus and have been performing testing as appropriate.



Information NV is transmitted to humans and animals by mosquitoes and is not transmitted by casual person-to-person contact. Rarely, it has been transmitted via blood transfusions or organ transplants. New blood bank procedures now screen for WNV. Horses can become ill from WNV but cats and dogs seem to be resistant to WNV. There is a vaccine available for horses, which has been proven safe and effective. There is no vaccine as yet for humans. You may report a dead bird or dead tree squirrel by calling 1-877-968-BIRD (2473) or by visiting Public Health has posted a video on how to handle a dead bird on its website at Recommendations he best way to protect yourself from WNV is to prevent exposure to mosquitoes.


“Regatta” from pg 18

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County who have now served the children in our community for 30 years! We thank our major sponsors who have helped contribute generously to this year’s Regatta. Major Sponsors include: Santa Cruz Yacht Club, Akela, Kiss Catering, Chardonnay II, West Marine, Martinelli’s, Kiwanis International, KWAV 96.9 FM, and Comcast Spotlight. n ••• Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta: sailing, barbecue, music and raffle September 2, 2012, 1-7 pm Santa Cruz Yacht Club Cost: Individual skipper/sailor $70 until Aug. 30: $75 thereafter or Participant only $35 until Aug. 30: $40 thereafter. For more information, contact 464-8691 or visit

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noisseurs, the Festival also offers a good beer selection for your pleasure. So, grab some food and drink and relax on the hay bales, at picnic tables, bring your own blanket, or sit under the shade tent while enjoying the musical entertainment from the nearby stage. This year the featured bands will be Aftershock, Sparkletones, Adonis DNA, Stella By Barlight, Incendio and Joint Chiefs Band. There’s sure to be a band that will become your favorite. It’s a Great Day in Skypark at the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival, August 11 and 12. If you would like to join the Volunteer Team, applications are still being accepted. For more information, call the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce at 831-438-1010 or visit n

We will only be selling 100 tickets for this special $100 raffle. And our $10 raffle will provide a lucky winner with gift certificates to many local favorite businesses. “This is a great event,” said Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We’re thrilled to be in partnership with the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. This is truly a tradition of goodwill. Our friends in the sailing community have continued to support our quest of helping children navigate the challenges of growing up.” This is the 21st year that Big Brothers Big Sisters have been selected by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club as the beneficiary of the regatta. The event is a crucial fundraiser for

To celebrate our 13th year of the Festival, 13 Wineries will be pouring their excellent wines this year including: Bargetto Winery, Bruzzone Family Vineyards, Chaucer’s Cellars, Dancing Creek, Hallcrest Vineyards, Heart O’ the Mountain, Odonata Wines, Poetic Cellars, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, and – joining us for the first time – 37th Parallel Winery, Mica Cellars, MJA Vineyards, and Wargin Wines. You’ll want to taste them all, so plan on coming to the Festival both Saturday and Sunday. Voted the “Community’s Favorite Event” year after year, the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival offers a fantastic food court with a variety of delicious selections. Of course, for our beer con-

Drain all standing water at least once a week to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Be sure to check rain gutters, plants, buckets, pool and spa covers, birdbaths and any other items in your yard that may contain standing water. Dress in long sleeves and long pants when outdoors. Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or picaridin on exposed skin when you go outside. You may also spray clothing with repellents that contain DEET or permethrin. Do not spray repellent on skin under clothing. Do not use permethrin directly on skin. Repellents are safe and effective when used according to the directions on the package. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer ’s DIRECTION FOR USE, especially when using on children. Make sure window screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. n ••• Additional Resources: For more information

on West Nile Virus: fightthebite/index.htm;; Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Paul Binding, Manager • Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control CSA 53 • 831-454-2590. Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 21

FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Body in the Boudoir


By Katherine Hall Page Morrow. $23.99 (Rating: Very Good) arking the 20th installment of the very popular Faith Fairchild series, this suspense novel takes a step back and returns to Faith’s early life as a New York City caterer. We are back in the 1990s and Faith Sibley is leading the good life with her own successful business and a cozy apartment. Then the young woman meets the handsome, charming Reverend Thomas Fairchild and her existence is turned topsy-turvy. Since she is the daughter and granddaughter of clergymen, Faith doesn’t really want to marry a minister but it is love at first sight, Of course, there will be complications before the couple can wed. First, Faith is not warmly embraced by one member of Thomas’ New England family. Then there is issue of the brickwork that mysteriously keeps falling off her uncle’s Long Island mansion where the wedding will be held. For some reason it comes down when the young bride is in the vicinity! Other “distractions” include the fact that someone seems to be trying to derail Faith’s sister’s financial career and Faith’s new assistant seems to have some interesting family skeletons in the closet that date back to her family in Italy. The path to the altar nearly turns into to a dead-end, though, when it appears that someone is trying to make sure the bride never ties the knot. Not only are the wedding plans apparently being methodically sabotaged but Faith herself seems to be the target of someone who wants her festivities to end in the graveyard rather than the honeymoon suite. On the other hand, perhaps Faith may not be the real intended victim here. You know how odd some family gatherings can get! If you have followed this character,

It’s no mystery why these authors are so popular …

you’ll definitely want to read this latest suspense yarn. On the other hand, if Faith Fairchild is a total stranger, what better time than now to make her introduction!

The Wurst Is Yet to Come


By Mary Daheim Morrow. $23.99 (Rating-Excellent) or the past 21 years, readers have been following the sleuthing exploits of bedand-breakfast owner Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie. In this 27th novel in the “Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery” series, Judith and Cousin Renie agree to staff the B&B Association’s information booth during the Oktoberfest celebration in the mountain hamlet of Little Bavaria. There’s been talk that the state is considering lifting her B & B license because Hillside Manor has had yellow “Crime Scene” tape stretched across its entrance too many times, so Judith hopes to maintain a low profile and mend a few fences while helping out the B & B Association. Naturally, she isn’t in town long enough to drink a beer and down some schnitzel when Judith is drawn into the murder investigation of Dietrich Wessler, the beloved patron of the village. Unfortunately, Judith’s crime solving reputation has gone before her and the local police chief asks her for some help. Not too keen on the idea, given the high profile of the case and the scrutiny she’s been under, Judith reluctantly agrees, but only if Renie will pose as the actual sleuth. This should work out perfectly, or so Judith thinks. Of course, nothing is as ever as simple as it first appears and both women are in for some major surprises. Lederhosen, oompah band music, lots of lager and polka dancers can’t keep this visit the Little Bavaria from turning into one of the “wurst” experiences Judith and Renie have had in quite awhile.

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A perfect blend of humor and suspense, this is a series that mystery readers keep returning to year after year, which explains why it has had such a long and successful run.

The Emerald Storm


By William Dietrich Harper. $25.99 (Rating-Very Good) n his previous adventures Ethan Gage has searched for the Rosetta stone, uncovered Norse secrets in mid-America, hunted for the Mirror of Archimedes and utilized Fulton’s newfangled submarine to escape from imprisonment in Tripoli. How can this adventurer who was mentored by Ben Franklin top these exploits? When Gage tries to sell a precious stone in Paris, the government steps in to interrogate the American to find out how he came into the possession of the emerald which is believed to be part of a legendary, lost treasure trove. This starts a chain of events that takes Gage and his wife Astiza to the Caribbean in early 1800s where the couple becomes involved in the first successful slave revolt in history as they search for the treasure of Montezuma. Hot on his heels are both French and British agents who want the wealth for their own governments. This series is set in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions at a time when the Industrial Revolution was beginning to alter European society. William Dietrich has created a lively set of adventures for his action hero that take him from North America to Europe and North Africa but also allows Gage to rub elbows with such real personalities as Napoleon, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Tecumseh and Thomas Jefferson. “Each of these books combines thriller pacing and a dash of comedy with a careful depiction of like and politics in the time period,” explains the author. “The volumes

are carefully researched because Ethan’s adventures are interwoven with actual history…The goal is twofold: to provide a panoramic portrait of a fantastic period in history, and to provide a cracking good read of suspense and revelation.” William Dietrich has achieved his goal in both counts! If you enjoy thrillers with exotic settings and featuring an authentic, historical backdrop, this is a series you’ll want to become familiar with.

Buried on Avenue B


By Peter De Jonge Harper. $25.99 (Rating-Good) ritty homicide detective Darlene O’Hara takes the reader on a tour of New York City’s Lower East Side and introduces an eclectic collection of colorful characters with names like Popsicle, Fudgesicle and Freek in this new thriller. When an Alzheimer’s patient tells his caregiver he killed his partner in crime seventeen years ago, the police are skeptical. No matter though, they decide to search the community garden where the skeletal remains supposedly were buried. What they find is not the ancient skeleton of a petty crook but the body of a ten-year-old boy. Obviously this is not what the officers expected to exhume and it sets in motion an investigation that takes O’Hara into the seedy corners of Tompkins Square Park, through the marginal areas of Brooklyn and even south to Florida, where she teams up with Connie Wawrinka, an investigator with the Sarasota Police Department. The two detectives uncover a tribe of criminals who prey on the weakest members of society. Both the very young and the very old are at risk. O’Hara is determined to end the cycle of violence even if, in the process, she has to get a little heavyhanded herself. An edgy character who seems quite comfortable when it comes to poking and peering into the darker corners of society, Darlene O’Hara is a throwback to less genteel times when men and women investigators used plenty of slang and drank rotgut whiskey not Chardonnay or Merlot. n


Social Security and Women


By Terry McFall, Social Security District Manager in Santa Cruz

ugust 26 is known as Women’s Equality Day. On that date in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed, giving women the right to vote. Social Security treats men and women equally. Men and women with identical earnings histories are treated the same. However, there are things women in particular should know about Social Security. Although treated equally by Social Security, there are trends and differences in lifestyle that can affect benefits. For example, women tend to care for many people: spouses, children, and parents. Taking time away from the workplace to care for a newborn child or aging parent can have an impact on your future Social Security benefits. Also, despite significant strides through the years, women are more likely

to earn less over a lifetime than men. Women are less often covered by private retirement plans, and they are more dependent on Social Security in their retirement years. And, women tend to live about five years longer than men, which means more years depending on Social Security and other retirement income or savings. If a woman is married to a man who earns significantly more than she does, it is likely she will qualify for a larger benefit amount on his record than on her own. Want to learn more? Visit our Women’s page at w w w. s o c i a l s e c u r i t y. g o v / w o m e n . Follow the link on that page to our publication, What Every Woman Should Know. You can read it online, print a copy, or listen to it on audio. We provide alternate media as well to reach as many women as

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Social Security treats men and women equally. Men and women with identical earnings histories are treated the same. However, there are things women in particular should know about Social Security. Although treated equally by Social Security, there are trends and differences in lifestyle that can affect benefits.

possible and to provide the information the way you’d like to receive it. Learning about your future Social Security benefits and how men and women are treated just the same in the eyes of Social Security: what better way to celebrate Women’s Equality Day? ••• QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS uestion: How can I get a copy of my Social Security Statement? Answer: If you are age 18 or older, you may get your Social Security Statement


conveniently online at any time after creating an account at mystatement. The Statement provides estimates for retirement, disability and survivors benefits, as well as a way to determine whether your earnings are accurately posted to your Social Security record. Social Security sends paper Social Security Statements in the mail only to people age 60 and older and, beginning July 2012, to workers the year they turn 25. “SSN and Women” > 31


The garage is clean — what’s left to pass on?


By Camille Smith

ful place and I can sleep walk about certain things. What I don’t want to go to sleep about is the mental space that opened up as I cleared out the past: Beyond the tangible stuff, what will I leave behind? What is my legacy? What’s yours? A legacy is … • Something what we pass on to the next generation. • What we’ll be remembered for. • Something we may never see come to fruition or know its impact. “The legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of life,” says business philosopher and author Jim Rohn. “Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who will come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling in our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even if it seems like such a small part.” The nuance I add to the distinction legacy is this: When you think of your legacy, don’t think last will and testament. Think last conversation and temperament. Our daily interactions and deeds create a legacy of character, commitment and concern. The impact is felt right now in the lives we touch every day. Those of us who have the awesome opportunity to impact the younger generation, especially parents and teachers, know this to our core. This impact doesn’t stop after childhood. I see it occurring in the workplace every day. As a manager, how did your last conversation make the person feel? Empowered or puny? As a co-worker, did you speak to your cubiclemate as someone more or less powerful in face of his or her circumstances? As a ( leader, did you Want support in the process? Call me! speak to your team’s greatness 1. Grasp why your legacy is important. or limitations? 2. Choose your legacy. The impact of the legacy and 3. Focus your legacy. whether it’s car4. Live your legacy now. ried on or left behind is in the eye of the beholder. S o m e l a rg e r- t h a n life legacies inspire and encourage us to

fter last month’s uber-cleansing garage clean-out [link to my blog which has July column — or TPG online version), I now walk unimpaired across the floor, dodging only the occasional fur ball. The walk is both exhilarating and disconcerting. Exhilarating because every step acknowledges weeks of effort that produced the results: space for a vehicle, letting go of inconsequential stuff, putting the past in the past and opening up space for the future. Disconcerting because the space is unfamiliar and disrupts my automatic, unthinking habits. (Where is that dog leash?) New habits will soon take their right-

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Pass on your relationship legacy

dream big. Think JFK and the space program, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights, Mother Teresa and service to others, Steve Jobs and personal computing. The large-in-my-life legacies in the inspiring category are my parents, my brother, my high school band teacher (Mr. Lutz), close friends and a long list of managers and colleagues. Some legacies of public figures, brilliant at the start, lose their shine and cause us to shudder. Think Enron and business ethics. Think Nixon and Watergate. Think Joe Paterno. I also have some legacies in this category. (BTW: It’s quite possible my name may show up on both lists. Like I said, the impact is in the eye of the beholder.) John Maxwell in his The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership says it this way: “Too often, leaders put their energy into organizations, buildings, systems or other lifeless objects. But only people live

on after we are gone. Everything else is temporary.” As the leader of your life, how you treat others, day-in-and-day-out, is the core of your legacy. What do you want people to say about you when you’ve left the meeting room? What behavior of yours do you want people to emulate? What values and principles guide your communications, negotiations, leadership and business decisions? And two important followup questions: Are you living them today? If not, what do you need to change? Even if you never touch a box in your garage, clearing out the past from your relationships to make space for a new, consciously created future is far better use of your time and energy. Besides, while most of us won’t be leaving a legacy of hospital wings or libraries, we’ll all be leaving a legacy of relationships. Choose your legacy and start living it today with all the generations in your life. n


TIMES ARE UNCERTAIN , DO YOU : 1. Feel out of control? 2. Stop communicating effectively? 3. Get crankier than usual?

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Take an online assessment and receive coaching from Camille Go to, enter promocode: TPG to receive a $175 discount…and get a grip. Questions? Call Camille, 831-685-1480 Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 25


Me, and Mom, and You in Washington D.C. Story and Photos by Holly Hernandez

oozes along, gray and inky. Someone behind us snores (loudly), but we don’t really mind. After all, we’re too caught up in all the excitement to give a darn about something so trivial. Because, look— we’ve arrived in Washington D.C. Trees. Outside the window, that’s all see. Trees. Lots of ‘em. All the way to the hotel, that’s all we see. Broccoli-like foliage blooms on either side of us for miles, framPictured with Congressman Sam Farr (right), ing the highway like two endless produce Holly Hernandez won the 2012 Congressional aisles. Art Competition with her self-portrait piece I always did like broccoli. “Right to Bear Arms” (left). She earned a trip When we arrive at the hotel, we’re to Washington D.C. where her picture, along stunned. It’s one of those, “Is this really for with other winners from across the country, us?” moments. has been put on display in the halls of the Yes, it is really for us. Capitol Building. Holly, entering her senior Now let’s fast-forward a little. Just a year at Aptos High School, shares her experitad. To the morning. Get dressed, breakence in our nation’s capitol. fast, down the elevator. Time to catch the ••• Metro (the subway train). We’re off to the Capitol. kay, okay, so who says I can only We arrive at Congressman Farr’s take one person with me to Washington D.C.? I don’t ever office, and are warmly welcomed by a congenial secretary. remember reading that in the fine print. Lots of handshaking ensues. Serious, In fact, I think I’ll take you along with me. And you know what? How about all of clean-shaven men. Business suits, ties. One Aptos, too? Heck, anyone who wants to of the younger ones inclines his head and come, can. No need to pack your bags. Just leads us to the ceremony. After a short walk and a thorough make sure you have a nice grip on this paper with one hand, and a steady hold on security check, we are admitted entry into that coffee cup of yours in the other; you the Capitol and ushered into a dining hall. Statues grace us with their presence, some know how turbulence can be. It’s sort of a long flight, but at least we shiny, some dull. Breakfast is served have our peanuts. Free peanuts, might I betwixt these looming figures. In all honesty, it’s a miracle that we add. We fly over vast expanses of land tattooed with the ink of agriculture and make it out alive because really, it’s much gouged by the fingers of civilization. too small of a space. As we mingle with the Rivers twist and weave across these great other artists, I can practically hear the stretches of earth, curling and coiling lazily squeals as parental egos bump shoulders, about the shoulders of canyons, moun- swollen with pride, bloated like balloons. People slowly trickle into the tains, and plateaus. The water creeps- no, amphitheatre, eagerly awaiting the presentation. A hushed hum fills the air as parents murmur excitedly to their children, a pleasant, fulsome buzz. It begins. We are spoken to, spoken of, and shown; our artwork flashes before us on a large screen, illuminating the room with its’ originality. We are reminded of our honor. We shall, once more, fast forward; just Holly makes a stop in Arlington Cemetary


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Holly stands inside the Lincoln Memorial (left) and in front of the fountain at the Capitol Building (right).

ever so slightly. A very official-looking man in a dark blue suit and sunglasses informs us that we are invited to lunch with Congressman Farr. He inclines his head, informing us that it would be his pleasure. We follow. We have a lovely lunch visit with Mr. Farr and his Executive Assistant in the Capitol Dining Room. For those of you who are the curious sort, we all order salads. Next, I take a picture beside my photo, where it is hung in the Capitol. We bid Mr. Farr farewell, and dash off to catch a taxi. So much to see, so much to do... The Memorials. The Korean, Vietnam, World Wars, National Monument, Lincoln...all of them. We make our way through the manicured park and soak it all in; it’s one thing to see these sort of things in pictures, but in person, there is a plainness about them that cannot be conveyed in an image. Somehow, in person, these sort of things become two-dimensional, whereas in photos they take on a romanticized three-dimensionality. Hm. At any rate, we move on. The temperature has reached those comparable to an oven, and we flee to the hotel room. Eat, sleep. Wake up, dress, eat, metro. Off to Arlington. I’ve seen nothing like it before. The cemetery is serene, full of light. It is a place that gives an impression of peace, rather than turmoil and unrest. We witness the changing of the

guards. A few words, to describe their movements: immaculate, seamless, reverent. Dash, we’re off. The Women in Military Service for America. Then the White House. Smithsonian next. Lastly, the National American Holocaust Memorial. A trip. A beautiful whirlwind. A blessing. The trip may be over, but I have memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all who have made this possible. I may have created the photograph, but it was all of you who breathed life into it as a work of art. I truly feel honored, and I am so grateful for all of this...the experience was priceless. n

Holly passes in front of the White House





Knox Garden Boxes arren Knox is very well known locally for his roofing company, Knox Roofing. But many of you may not know that he makes the most beautiful and practical garden boxes. Knox invited me over for lunch recently to show me his boxes and take me on a tour of his garden. He obviously has a green thumb as every inch of his vast garden has some plant or other growing – and it all looks superbly healthy and well taken care of. I was envious to say the least, as my own garden is lacking on many counts. But most impressive of all are Knox’s garden boxes, which he sells. The boxes are heavily constructed of insect- and rot-resistant lumber — and you can grow whatever you want in them. Knox had an abundance of herbs growing in one — basil, sage, oregano, parsley, rosemary, dill and marjoram, and in others, he had tomatoes, lettuce, beets, rhubarb – and so much more. The boxes are on legs (standing about waist high) — which makes for much easier gardening as you don’t have to bend over — and they’re easy to maintain. Also, pesky critters such as gophers can’t get to the plants. With boxes coming in many shapes and sizes, they’re an attractive addition to your home. I want one for right outside my front door, so my neighbors can see what I’m growing. Accessories are available such as heat lamps, greenhouse domes, automatic watering, and casters so that you can move them around easily. Knox Garden Box, 46 El Pueblo Road, Scotts Valley, 461-9430.

Mini Vacations Just a Stone’s Throw Away Our Stay at the Hofsas House in Carmel ometimes it’s nice to have a brief getaway from home without having to board a plane or drive for hours and hours. My husband and I often head south to Carmel. It takes less than no time to get there and one is in a completely different setting. One place we stayed recently is the Bavarian-style Hofsas House on 4th San Carlos streets. It’s a small hotel with about 40 rooms, swimming pool, and with Continental breakfast served every morning – and it’s only a five-minute walk to the center of town, which makes it really convenient. Owner Carrie Theis was so welcoming when we checked in that we felt right at home straight away. A champagne and cheese pairing can be arranged for your arrival, and the hotel can also set up a firewood and s’mores bundle to take to the beach. As Mrs. Theis mentioned, the beach in Carmel is still fire, alcohol and pet friendly, which makes it an attractive destination for many people. And the Hofsas House is pet-friendly, too – a huge bonus for people wanting to take Fido away on their trip. We ended our short stay with a fabulous dinner at Mundaka, a fun and upbeat Spanish-style tapas restaurant, which I highly recommend. Hofsas House, 4th and San Carlos, Carmel, 831-624-2745. Email: Mundaka, 7th and San Carlos, Carmel, 831-624-7400.


U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West free event at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas is showcasing the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base in California. The band will perform all kinds of music, as well as military marches. Local Watsonville Band opens the concert, and the whole event promises to be a splendid affair. The event is on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public but tickets are required from Steinbeck Center for Arts & Culture at Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main St., Salinas. Info:



By Josie Cowden

Etiquette get such a lot of positive feedback about my notes on etiquette, and people tell me how much they look forward to reading that particular section of my column. For my July 1 column, I wrote about the importance of men standing up when a woman is introduced or comes into a room. That extends to a husband standing to greet his wife when

she walks into their home. A husband should open the car door for his wife, help her off with her coat – and always wait for her. It’s terrible when the husband walks off with total disregard for his wife. n ••• Josie Cowden is a freelance writer and proofreader. Contact her at

Children’s Books

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25. He floated like a but- 55. 2000 lbs. 7. Increase 38. *Corduroy, e.g. terfly? 57. *Flying nanny 8. Make face in pain 42. Phlegms 45. Strong point 28. Network of inter- 61. *Aunt Polly's way- 9. Make like a cat secting nerves ward nephew 10. *Astrid Lindgren's 49. Who ___ the prize? 30. Middle Eastern con- 64. Fully informed "____ of Lonneberga" 51. *Robin Hood or Eragon, e.g. fection 65. Type of brew 11. Raja's wife 54. Bible song 35. *Like boys that lived 67. County across 12. Strong desire in Neverland Golden Gate Bridge 15. Eucalyptus-loving 56. African antelope 57. *Toot and Puddle or 37. Lacking sensation 69. A pariah avoided by marsupials Frog and Toad, e.g. 39. "_____ the day" others 20. Beside, archaic 40. International Civil 70. "To Kill a 22. Exclamation of sus- 58. *"____ & Mzee: The True Story of a Aviation Mockingbird" author picion Organization 71. "_____ and well" 24. What prompter does Remarkable Friendship" 59. *Bear with the 41. Attempts 72. A cold ____ of 25. *She followed the biggest chair 43. Small ladies' handweather white rabbit bag 73. "____'s the word" 26. Lakes in Scotland 60. Pre-college school 44. Deep opening 74. Having no cover 27. Asimov or Mizrahi, 61. Appear 62. Viking name 46. To strike a piece of e.g. 63. Tear violently stone sharply DOWN 29. Syrian neighbor 47. Deep-red variety of 1. Read-only storage 31. Plural of #70 Across 66. Romanian money 68. Flanders of "The chalcedony 2. Affirm 32. ____ signs Simpsons" 48. Stay clear of 3. Musical finale 33. Light shade of blue 50. Clobber 4. Like last eight in col- 34. *Girl from the Swiss © Statepoint Media 52. Big Island flower lege basketball Alps necklace 5. *Dolittle's title 36. Comedy Central's Answers on 31 » 53. Of the highest quality 6. Attention grabber "____.O" Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 27




hat is co-dependency? What is enabling? What is this insanity? Am I the only one who feels this way? Join Nar-Anon, a world wide fellowship of relatives and friends of addicts who have been affected by someone else's addiction. Three meetings are now being held in Santa Cruz County, on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. For a meeting near you call (888) 374-1164 or email

Ongoing Events Second and Fourth Mondays First and Third Wednesdays

Alzheimers Support Groups

Monday: 2:00 - 3:30pm Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00pm Conference Room at Elena Baskin/Live Oak Senior Center, 1777-A Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz acilitated by Jill Ginghofer, this group is for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimers.




Women Care Drop in Cancer Support

rop in Support Group is a gathering for women with all types of cancer. We offer support for women through all stages from diagnoses through treatment. For more information or to register call (831) 457-2273


Drop in Grief Support

6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos oin other adults who are grieving the death of a friend or family member. Learn helpful tools for coping: Share stories and receive support from people who care. No registration required, please call (831) 430-3000

Ocean Gate Zen Center


7:00pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) lease join us on Tues. evenings at 7pm for two 30 min. periods of sitting meditation with a 10 min walking meditation in between, followed by tea and discussion. Zazen instruction 6:30pm first Tues. of each month. Morning meditation schedule Tues. & Thurs. 6:45am & Sat. 8:30am followed by "Come As You Are Zen." Visit for more info.

First Tuesdays Each Month

Tail Wagging World of Dog Ownership

6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.).

First Tuesdays and Third Wednesdays Each month

Orientations to Become Advocates for Children

Saturday August 4 Free Kids Clothes Swap


10:00am-12:00pm, Aptos Christian Fellowship, 7200 Freedom Blvd ome for free quality kids clothes, sizes 018. Accepting donations now until August 3rd, (if you are interested in donating, put clothes under the sign by the church door). For more information, call (831) 688-3312, or visit

Second Tuesdays Each Month

Free Job Seek Workshop!


6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Scotts Valley or more information, visit



(Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz o learn more, call (831) 427-4016 or visit


Coastal Professionals

8:00am to 9:30am at Aptos History Museum, Old Dominion Court, Aptos. earn tips and make connections. Local professionals meet weekly to focus on business building and collaboration. Interested business owners, independent professionals and guests welcome. For more information: 621-1153,


Toastmasters: Speak for Success


12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. iving a business presentation? Interviewing for a job? Improve your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment with Redwood Ramblers Toastmasters. Open to all levels. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, call 831-335-3693.


Lectures on Western Civilization

1:30pm-2:30pm, Monterey Peninsula College xciting lectures will cover fascinating topics such as "The Art of Alchemy," as well as "Lord Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know." Purchase free parking tickets at the college, lectures are free.

Overeaters Anonymous

6:30-7:30pm at Teach by the Beach #50 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos For more information, call (831) 429-7906

First Wednesday Each Month

Child Welfare Review


6:00pm- 9:00pm 1400 Emeline Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz. he orientation is designed to review the child welfare system and to give you a chance to have your question answered by child welfare staff. To register to one of the meetings and for directions, please call 454-4024.

North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., Second and Fourth Wednesdays third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Freedom Forum Presents: Office, 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville Constitution Classes ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) 7:00pm, Quaker Friends Meeting House, 225 of Santa Cruz County needs your help. Rooney St. Santa Cruz Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide sup28 / August 1st 2012 / Aptos Times


GMO foods. Suggested donation: $5-$10. For more information, visit

port, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email


Local Weekend Farmers’ Markets

or more information, visit santacruz-freedom-forum/



Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. ontact Doug at 831- 724-9192 or e-mail for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

1:00-2:00pm, Louden Nelson Community Center, Rm. 5 301 Center St. Santa Cruz For more information, call (831) 429-7906

Second Thursdays Each Month

Veterans of Foreign Wars

6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz Commander: Ronals Petty. For more information, call (831) 475-9804

Second and Fourth Thursdays Each Month

Cabrillo Host Lions Club

7:00pm at the Cabrillo Community Center, Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. ublic is invited to all programs. Contact President Jess Allen 831-684-2721 or Past President Barbara Chamberlain at 831-6883356 for meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit


Third Thursday Each Month


Pacific Speakers Association

7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Aptos peakers helping speakers get gigs. Call (831) 332-8221 for more information.


Clutterers Anonymous


5:30-6:45 Sutter Maternity & Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz. ired of Clutter? Stuff piling up? Support is available. CLA meeting every Friday. For more info call 426-1868 FREE

Fridays thru August 3

Ease into the Weekend Svaroopa® Yoga Series


8:00am-9:15 am, Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste 23B nwind the tension of the week and start the weekend off right. Supported by blankets, relax into poses that release deep spinal tensions, reducing stress and increasing flexibility and strength. Preregistration is required. For more information call (831) 688-1019, or visit



Aptos Certified Farmers Market

8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, Aptos. he Aptos Market, with over 80 vendors, is open year round, with the best selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, seedlings, flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked goods and gourmet foods. In addition, family activities, music, cooking demos by professional chefs, gardening workshops, seasonal fairs and events are a part of the market.

Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market

9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community Center, 360 Kings Village Drive

Come As You Are Zen

Elegant Treasures Flea Market


8:00am-3:00pm, Inner Light Center, 5630 Soquel Dr. Soquel pscale Resale-gently used quality items, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, housewares, sporting goods, electronics, clothes, shoes, art, books, plants, toys, and more! Fundraiser, free admission.

Friday August 10


Baby Boot Camp

9:00am-12:00pm, Fleet Feet, Aptos oms, babies and families are welcome to come out and meet the team from Baby Boot Camp Santa Cruz, where moms get fit! Visit us at Fleet Feet for deals, freebies, and prizes! Representatives from various companies will be there to sponsor this event! This event is FREE! Call Dawna Lipari for more information at (831) 761-2229.

Saturday August 11

9-10:30 am, Ocean Gate Zendo, 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) ome as you are Zen focuses on Buddhist practices that enhance our daily lives. This will be an informal talk with time for discussion. Free — donations accepted. Visit for more info.


Saturday July 28

Tuesday August 28

74th Annual Soquel Pioneer Picnic

Aptos Sons In Retirement Luncheon


Dated Events


12:00pm, Pringle Grove, Soquel ring a dish to share! Come early to browse and socialize, free coffee and historical photos! Make sure to dress warmly. Speaker will be Karen Kondazian, author of "The Whip." For more information, call (831) 649-4230 or visit

Wednesday August 1 Speaking Out for Healthier Food, ‘The Truth about GMOs Tour!’


6:30pm, Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. SC pproximately 75% of processed foods in the US contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and most of us eat those daily without knowing it. Why does it matter? Get the facts-- join the internationally renowned speakers Jeffrey Smith and Ocean Robbins for a discussion about the dangers of GMO food, and the importance of voting "Yes" for the November ballot initiative that would require labeling of

FREE intro to Svaroopa ® Yoga Classes

9:00am-10:30am, Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste. 23B, Aptos xperience this unique and highly beneficial form of Hatha Yoga. With the support of blankets, relax into easy, powerful poses that release deep tensions along the spine. Relax your body, quiet your mind, and increase flexibility and strength, For more information, call (831) 688-1019, or visit


11:30am, Severinos Resteraunt, 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be member John Ponist, retired Deputy Public Defender, County of Los Angeles, on the important steps to follow if faced with a legal problem, plus some of the interesting cases he was involved in. SIR is an organization of retired men, for which there are no dues, fees, political or religious agendas. Call (831) 688-0977 for more information.

Wednesday August 29 Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group Meetings


6:30pm-8:00pm, Community room at Aptos Fire Station on Soquel Dr. eetings are free and open to the public, especially those with ADHD or those who care about someone with ADHD. We will hold break out sessions for parents of young chidlren with ADHD, parents of teens with ADHD, and adults with ADHD. For more information, contact Judy Brenis at

Your August Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

There are plenty of ideas in the pipeline for you, so you are spending time tweaking these, finalizing details and considering your options. You have a proactive approach when it comes to your cash and buying and selling is good for you at this time. Make the most of the current climate to be the first in queue and of course, do your homework first. Interesting and unusual situations arise which you haven't encountered before, and this makes life exciting and dramatic at times! You are encouraged to go with the new rather than hang on to the old.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)



elive history by traveling back to the era of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. To learn more and get information about train departure times, visit


Cabrillo Stage 2012 Season

Cabrillo Crocker Theatre, 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos ummer season for Cabrillo Stage runs from July 13-August 19. A Chorus Line plays from July 13-August 12, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with weekend matinees at 2:00pm. Anything Goes plays July 27-August 19, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with weekend matinees at 2:00pm, and Escaping Queens has sold out, except for a play on Saturday, August 18. Tickets are sold at, or call (831) 479-6154.


Sunday August 12 35th Annual Music Saw Festival at Roaring Camp

ove Music and Supporting the Arts? The Monterey Symphony needs you! Come join our group of dedicated individuals who help the Monterey Symphony provide professional concerts and education programs for our community. Volunteers provide services at concerts, assist with fundraising efforts and various special events. Call (831) 645-1127 to learn more!

Ongoing Events Monday thru Friday thru Aug. 16

Peaceful Interludes and Tranquil Landscapes


8 am-5 pm, Santa Cruz County Government Center at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz n art exhibition presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. This exhibit will run from June 5th to August 16, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. This new art exhibition features five artists whose works convey a sense of richness in the depiction of, and a connection with, their subjects and natural surroundings. Featured artists include Marie Gabrielle, Caroline McCall, Susan Trimingham, Erika Gakovich, and Timothy Lydgate. To learn more, Visit the Cultural Council's website at




6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell St. osted by Soquel Sports Foundation. BuyIn $25. Also, we have a special BINGO, celebrating our 2nd anniversary, on Sept. 28 at 6:30. Buy-in only $15.

Tuesdays and Weekends


Live Music on the Esplanade

Paradise Beach Grille 215 Esplanade, Capitola. ive music weekends and acoustic guitar Tuesdays. For schedule and more information: (831) 476-4900 Or visit



Peninsula Banjo Band

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose orty-seven years of performing in the Bay Area, over 250 popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. No cover. Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408993-BAND (2263) for information about booking the band for Non-profit events (donations are tax deductible).


Suzi Eszterhas ~ Polar Bear

Monterey Symphony Volunteers Needed

Wednesdays & Fridays


Salsa Rueda Class

7 pm at Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St., SC earn Salsa Rueda. For more information visit or call 831-457-7432

riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open mike reading series. Come and read your fiction, essays, or poetry. For more information, call Jean at (831) 4754221

Dated Events


Argentine Tango at Dance Synergy


8:00-8:30pm class; 8:30-10:00+pm, practice 9055 Soquel Dr. Aptos e will cover the fundamentals of leading and following traditional Argentine Social Tango, focusing on what you need to dance well and enjoy yourself at the Milongas, (Tango dance party) and other social Tango events. For questions, contact Michael, (831) 239-2247


First Fridays Each Month

he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place year-round and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

First Friday Art Tour

Second Fridays Each Month

Big Band Dance


7:30pm-10:00pm, at Mid-County Senior Center 829 Bay Ave, Capitola allroom dancing to live music by The 10th Ave. Band. Refreshments, large floor, friendly atmosphere, free parking. Open to the public-singles welcome! Suggested donation, $6 per person. Proceeds benefit MCSC. For more information, call (831) 476-4711.

Fourth Friday Each Month


Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

6:30-8:30p.m. 239 High St., Santa Cruz. ring your favorite music to dance to and any instruments you'd like to share or perform with. Sliding Scale donation per family of $10-$25 (all proceeds going to our scholarship fund.) For more information call 831-438-3514.

Fourth Saturdays of each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike

2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel no meeting Jan., July, Aug. or Dec.)

Friday July 27 thru Sunday July 29 (Also August 3-5)

Day Out with Thomas™ Mystery on the Railroads Tour


Trains depart from 8:30am-5:00pm, Roaring Camp, Felton homas the Tank, the classic story-book engine chugs into Roaring Camp Railroads for a Day Out With Thomas, Mystery on the Rails Tour, 2012. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day to ride their favorite No. 1 engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, and take part in a variety of interactive activities. For pricing and more, call (831) 335-4484. To order tickets, call TicketWeb at 1-866-4687630 or log onto

Saturday August 4 Monday August 6 Auditions for Rocky Horror Picture Show


Saturday: 1:00pm-5:00pm, Mon: 7:00pm10:00pm, Park Hall lease come prepared with a song of your choice from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." 32 bars max. Wear clothes and shoes you can dance in.

Saturday August 11


Starlight Evening Train Experience from Santa Cruz Boardwalk

vening trains depart from the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for a relaxing and music-filled, two and 1/2 hour round-trip excursion along the San Lorenzo River Gorge and the forested Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. For more active passengers, stream train cars will be reserved for dancing. For ticket price information and more, call (831) 335-4484 or visit

Saturday August 11 Sunday August 12 Summer Gathering of Mountain Men 12:00pm, Roaring Camp


10:00 am, Roaring Camp, Felton he world's greatest saw players will join other acoustic musicians in a variety of musical performances, including spontaneous acoustic jams, a Saw-off competition, and a Chorus of Saws. Admission to the festival is free, parking is $8. For more information, call (831) 3354484.

Saturday August 18 Suzi Eszterhas: Award Winning Wildlife Photographer


6:00pm-9:00pm, Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St. Santa Cruz s. Eszterhas will be giving a slideshow and lecture at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Cruz as a benefit for the Center for Animal Protection and Education's 20 year anniversary. Beverages and vegan hors d'oeuvres will be served. A silent auction and raffle will ad to the evening's events. Ms. Ezterhas will have a selection of her photos for purchase with a portion of the cost benefitting CAPE's Veterinary Fund. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 general admission, $10 for seniors and students. Visit For more information, contact Shelley at (831) 336-4695.

Saturday August 25


Moonlight Dinner Train Party

6:00pm-10:30pm, Roaring Camp, Felton reat your family to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Themed Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty steak BBQ dinner in the moonlight, followed by a leisurely train ride aboard the vintage railway cars. The stream train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot apple pie, and a country western band. Tickets $45 for adults, $35 for children. Parking is $8 per car. For more information, call (831) 335-4484 or visit

Saturday September 1 Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner and Train


You are busy and active this month, and seem to attract all kinds of people into your circle. You are willing to stand up for yourself and perhaps others too, who are less confident. As such, you may meet opposition but you are more than capable to taking your cause to the end as it is the right thing to do. Venus, your ruler, makes life more interesting regarding your profession and career, and while there is a creative element you find that collaborating with people and being at one with time, reaps rich rewards. Be patient, though!

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

You may have been dealing with certain trying issues for a while, and a little frustrated that getting through these is not as easy as you had hoped. But this month, things are changing, and it may be not as a result of your efforts but Fate lending a hand as it often does to take your life in another direction entirely. This works out better for you in the long run so you may as well go with it. After the 24th you find renewed energy and confidence to take some brave steps and accordingly rewarded with a wonderful feeling of triumph!

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Life can be very harmonious this month, as several wonderful occasions show you what is there to be celebrated. New job or a new home perhaps? Either way you have the energy back that you need to get great ideas and follow them through. It helps that you and another are in total agreement, so you feel less pressured to argue and put over your viewpoint. You are quite often lucky, by being in the right place at the right time and this is particularly so on the 1st, and the 25th, but be a little cautious around the 15th.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

While it is true that you have a reputation for getting there in the end, even your patience has been wearing a bit thin. This month brings exciting developments that you cannot help but welcome particularly concerning new beginnings, fresh starts, and being able to close the door on one issue that you are happy to leave. Romance is blossoming this month too especially after the 8th when Venus enters your chart area of relationships. This works well in business terms too as you are making some amazing breakthroughs, workwise.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You start the month with a Full Moon in your sign and this is key for partnership matters. Either way, there is something to celebrate and take note of as you may have reached a decision that can only be of benefit for you both. At any rate, a new sense of achievement is there and this boosts you throughout the month. You are empowered by the fact that a brave decision pays off really well although you may have been putting it off for a while. Later, there is a change of emphasis for you as you see practical ways to make more cash.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

Although practicalities take precedence for much of this month, this is as a result of your previous plans which are now reaching fruition. You see that you are proved to be right after all, which means self doubt can be quietly let go. Others warm to you and you are the person they come to for advice and moral support. You are happy in this role and feel as though you are doing good in the right quarters. Later, from the 23rd, the Sun moves into Virgo and here relationship matters become your priority.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

This month, while the Sun is in Leo, you can enjoy yourself, feel free to be creative and have a fun attitude. Added to this, your ruler, Mars, is now in Libra and can bring excitement in terms of new relationships. For existing ones, use this time to be proactive and plan some romantic times with your loved one. This is a great month for travelling, learning new skills and discovering hidden talents. Secrets come to light at the end of the month and after the 23rd you are more business like and focused.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

While initially you are dealing with interesting developments regarding your finances, after the first week, your opportunities come from networking, getting out and about and otherwise being very sociable. You combine business with pleasure when you meet someone new with has some brilliant ideas worth pursuing. Although demands from home and family can be trying, you find you have the energy to make the best decisions and embark on adventures that appeal to everyone. Later this month, a creative idea can be a money making project.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

You are getting to grips with having, Jupiter planet of abundance, in your sign and as such find that opportunities come more easily and you meet just the right people at the right time. This really helps your current ideas to gather momentum, and you are super busy. This is the way you like it as the last thing you need is to be at a loose end. Don't take anything too seriously just now. Life has a way of turning out great so simply let it be. You are less inclined to put the world to rights and simply seek out more of what is good for you.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

A change of job or an improvement in your finances is possible, provided you are alert to what is available to you. The last thing you need to do is give yourself a hard time and be super critical, but developing self confidence helps to give the impression you know what's what, even though your are not sure inside. Still, appearances count and this month you are perhaps spending more and treating yourself to nice new things. Two Full Moons make this a special month in many ways, and there will be memorable moments to treasure forever.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

5:30 pm, Roaring Camp, Felton rains depart from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and travels along the picturesque San Lorenzo River Gorge and forested Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Leo (July 23-Aug. 23) Roaring Camp. Upon arrival, a delicious steak Mercury will be in your sign for the whole of August, so you can dinner will be served. After dinner, relax and be assured of having plenty to do, places to see and people to dance to musical entertainment. On the return visit. You are naturally sociable and this sounds great but watch your energies levels as it is possible to have too much of a good trip to Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway time! Initially, you are out of your comfort zone as new experibrings the forest to life with dazzling color and ences can be hard to adjust to but this settles down soon enough. Your imagination and creativity get a boost after the 7th and light. ensure that you and a loved one are singing form the same hymn Advance purchase is recommended, tickets sheet at the start. ••• $45 for adults, $35 for children. For more Find Out More information, call (831) 335-4484. n Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 29

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Wildfire Season Means ‘Be Prepared’

Aptos-La Selva Fire District gets new, more nimble Fire Truck


By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District

’m sure you have seen the devastation on TV resulting from wild fire all across the western United States. That time is upon us and I hope you have taken the necessary precaution around your home to minimize the danger to your home and we will address them again in this article because it’s never too early or too late to start taking precautions. Before we start, I would like to introduce you to our newest piece of firefighting equipment. It is a 2012 Pierce Ultimate Configuration known as the PUC. The design of this fire engine allows us to carry our entire compliment of equipment on a slightly smaller frame while still providing us with plenty of power to navigate over the hills and steep roads throughout our fire district. This new fire engine will be placed in service sometime in September at our station 3 in La Selva and will serve the needs of our Fire District for the next 25 years or more. OK, let’s make sure your home is prepared and ready in the event of a wildland fire. First, you need to provide good defensible space, not only to act as a buffer from an approaching fire but also to provide us with the space necessary to allow us to get in and protect your property. Ideally, the first 30 feet around your home should be lean and green almost park like. The next 70 feet should have all annual grasses cut to no longer than 4 inches, provide horizontal and vertical spacing between trees and shrubs. Your firewood should also be

located here not up next to the house. Once you have your defensible space harden your home to withstand wildfire. Have a non-combustible roof; ignition resistant exterior walls are also recommended. Keep your roof and gutters clean of dry leaves and other materials, hot embers often find a fuel source here and will quickly ignite a roof. Consider the use of fire safe landscaping, this will not only help protect your home during a wildfire but often it will also help reduce your water usage and cost. Make sure you and your family has a plan, know who you’re out-ofState contact is in the event of an emergency. Have a grab and go kit ready, make sure you know where all of your important papers are. You may only have a minute or two to evacuate so the more you have prepared now the faster you and your family can get to safety and still

make sure you have all of your important items. Lastly, we see many fires that start as the result of people doing the right thing by preparing their property but unfortunately, they were doing it the wrong way. Do your mowing and cutting early in the day before it gets hot and dry. Make sure your equipment is in good working order. You may want to consider having a garden hose at the ready just in case. For more information please contact your local fire agency and/or visit the Cal Fire web site at and follow the links to Ready, Set, Go or visit If you have not taken steps to prepare, please do so as soon as you can, I would hate it if the first time you were to see our new fire engine was when it was trying to protect your home. n

... we see many fires that start as the result of people doing the right thing by preparing their property but unfortunately, they were doing it the wrong way.


SPCA Featured Pet


e once lived with a family in a home with a sprawling fenced yard where he romped and played the day away. Upon an unfortunate foreclosure, Bojangles, a five year-old Shetland sheepdog/Spaniel mix and his family were forced to move into a small apartment. His owners felt that Bojangles was no longer happy due to the limited space and made the heart-wrenching decision to bring him to the shelter. At first, the beautiful tri-colored boy was anxious and confused at yet another lifealtering change, but as the days went by he began making friends with the other dogs and thoroughly enjoying his daily volunteer walks. A recent “sleep-over” with a volunteer revealed him to be a wonderful and polite houseguest. He knew where to go potty, did wonderful on a long beach walk, got along brilliantly with their large dog and slept soundly all night. One of his favorite things is a large green lawn! His eyes light up and he literally smiles as he zooms around, throwing himself to his back wiggling and rolling around in total bliss. Another little quirk of this adorable boy is to do a hilarious doggy dance around your feet when asking to go on an adventure. He makes it impossible for you to ignore him! Even though this boy is five years old, he has the temperament of a much younger dog. This doesn’t mean he is a bounce-off-the wall kind of boy who is hard to handle but it does mean he still loves to go on long walks, play with others and lead an active life. Bojangles is a great size for many lifestyles, weighing about 35 pounds with a short and stocky build. He doesn’t have the exact length and type of fur as a purebred Shetland Sheepdog but it is still on the longer end and would need regular brushing and periodic trims. This goofy, sweet, affectionate dog has a true thirst for life and would make a great human or canine companion. He’s well socialized with dogs of all sizes, wonderful with children, fearless in fast paced environments and a true joy to have around. He does need a home with a yard to play in as well as a family who likes to get out and walk or dance! Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like Bojangles and his orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 4655000, or visit The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p. n

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If this applies to you, you should receive your Statement about two to three months before your birthday. Also, you can get an instant, personalized estimate of your future retirement benefit using our online Retirement Estimator at


uestion: My neighbor, who is retired, told me that the income he receives from his part-time job at the local nursery gives him an increase in his Social Security benefits. Is that right? Answer: Retirees who return to work after they start receiving benefits may be able to receive a higher benefit based on those earnings. This is because Social Security automatically re-computes the retirement benefit after crediting the additional earnings to the individual’s earnings record. Learn more by reading the publication, How Work Affects Your Benefits, at


uestion: What is the difference between Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability? Answer: Social Security administers two major programs that provide benefits based on disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI benefits are based on prior work under Social Security, and are financed with Social Security taxes paid by workers, employers, and self-employed persons. To be eligible for an SSDI benefit, the worker must earn sufficient credits based on taxable work to be “insured” for Social Security purposes. SSI payments are made on the basis of financial need and are financed through general tax revenues. Adults or children who are disabled or blind, and have limited income and resources, may be eligible for SSI disability. The monthly payment varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate, which may be supplemented by the state or decreased by income. Learn more by reading our publications, Supplemental Security Income, at 11000.html, and Disability Benefits, at


Can I get both uestion: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security benefits based on my disability? Answer: Many people eligible for Social Security disability benefits also may be eligible for SSI. The disability decision for one program is the same for the other, but you must meet additional resource and income limits to qualify for SSI benefits. Learn all about SSI and whether or not you may qualify by reading the publication, You May Be Able To Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at


uestion: Is there a time limit on collecting Social Security disability benefits? Answer: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition does not improve and you remain unable to work. We will review your case at regular intervals to make sure you are still disabled. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, we will automatically convert them to retirement benefits. Learn more by reading our publication, Disability Benefits, at


uestion: I get Social Security because of a disability. How often will my case be reviewed to determine if I’m still eligible? Answer: How often we review your medical condition depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review using the following terminology: • Medical improvement expected — If your condition were expected to improve within a specific time, your first review would be six to 18 months after you started getting disability benefits. • Medical improvement possible — If improvement in your medical condition is possible, your case will be reviewed about every three years. • Medical improvement not expected — If your medical condition were unlikely to improve, your case would be reviewed about once every five to seven years. n

Retirees who return to work after they start receiving benefits may be able to receive a higher benefit based on those earnings. This is because Social Security automatically re-computes the retirement benefit after crediting the additional earnings to the individual’s earnings record. Aptos Times / August 1st 2012 / 31

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