Watsonville Fly-In & Airshow


The 50th anniversary of the Watsonville Fly-In & Airshow is on October 10-12 at the Watsonville Municipal Airport. The festivities start on Friday when spectators can watch the weekend’s star players, the aircraft, “fly-in” to the airport all day until 4:30pm. On Friday evening, the airshow hosts a traditional Spaghetti dinner followed by a special…

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Local Arts Icon Ralph Peduto Dies


Ralph Peduto, a local writer, actor and director, has died. Peduto leaves behind a legacy that included roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Patch Adams and The Rock. In Santa Cruz, he was just as well-known for his work in local theater, his generous personality and his warm smile. He succumbed to leukemia Monday—just 12 days after…

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Letters to the Editor, Apr 2 – Apr 8

Friend of a Friend Re: “Deep Web” (<a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/tim_goncharoffs_political_puppet_show.html): I’m just catching up with your stories on Tim Goncharoff, and it reminds me of the fact that he and I are Facebook friends. As an entertainer, I have something close to 3000 “friends” on FB, and I don’t do much in the way of filtering…

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Letters to the Editor, March 26 – April 1

Give Credit Re: “Big Empty” (<a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/what_happened_to_the_e-c-_rittenhouse_building.html): Regarding your recent cover and article on the Rittenhouse Building, I would like to add some details that I feel were barely discussed in your article. First, Louis Rittenhouse has been extraordinarily generous to many, many nonprofit organizations and artists. I feel he has been extremely generous in…

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Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned?

UCSC’s ban on smoking includes not only cigarettes, but also e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco, part of a shift toward limiting the health-care costs created by primary users. Photo by Chip Scheuer.

“Secondhand smoke kills.” We’ve all heard it, and it’s been used as justification for <a href="http://www.santacruz.com/articles/smoking_ban_enacted_in_santa_cruz.html great and small—in bars, on campuses and throughout cities. At this point, most can agree that it is not fair for nonsmokers to have to suffer the negative health effects caused by cigarette smoke. But new rounds of smoking…

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