Saying goodbye to the Burger Pit, another classic San Jose joint
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by Sal Pizarro
15h ago
Kevin Ashford showed up with his camp chair at 9 a.m. Tuesday, first in line for the last day of business at the Burger Pit on Blossom Hill Road. ”I’d like to get the last Steerburger,” said Ashford, who was proudly wearing a Burger Pit T-shirt that he said he got 15 years ago when he turned 50. “I was here Saturday and ordered two full mushroom burgers, so we had those Sunday and Monday. I guess I’ve been eating Burger Pit all week.” He was told Monday there were only about 20 Steerburgers left, along with six ribeye steaks. That was the same day the restaurant — the last remaining location o ..read more
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Saratoga Rotary Art Show’s impact is felt throughout South Bay
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by Dave Eshleman
3d ago
In 1958 a fledgling Rotary Club in the newly incorporated city of Saratoga sought to create a community event in order to raise funds for charity. The 20-something members, all local businessmen, staged an art show in a downtown parking lot featuring 20 local artists. The club’s historian, architect Warren Heid, noted that “the day was clear and the turnout was gratifying.” When it was over, the club had raised a little over $100, which was subsequently donated to the Crippled Children’s Society. Now, as final preparations are being made for the 65th Saratoga Rotary Fine Art Show, set for May ..read more
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Saratoga Blossom Festival rescheduled to June 8 after weather delay
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by Isha Trivedi
3d ago
Blossom Fest rescheduled City officials have rescheduled Saratoga’s annual Blossom Festival for June 8 after the original April 13 event date was rained out. The free event, which is produced by the Saratoga Historical Foundation and sponsored by the city of Saratoga, will feature an antique car display, gourmet food trucks and live music. It’s set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Orchard and Saratoga Civic Center. Community services in Saratoga Saratoga residents made up 12% of the client base using rental and food assistance programs provided by West Valley Community Services (WVCS) in ..read more
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Cupertino hits home run with Housing Element
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by Anne Gelhaus
3d ago
Housing Element approved The state Department of Housing and Community Development recently signed off on Cupertino’s Housing Element, paving the way for the city council to adopt the document that outlines how much housing should be built in Cupertino over the next eight years, and where it should go. “Together, we’ve reached a milestone that reflects our collective commitment to building a stronger, more vibrant Cupertino,” said Mayor Sheila Mohan in a release. The Housing Element was three years in the making and went through numerous iterations and vetting processes by city staff and resid ..read more
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Humane Society recognizes volunteer’s dogged efforts
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by Lisa Thorn
3d ago
For the 20th anniversary of its Fur Ball fundraiser, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is honoring a longtime volunteer. Judy Marcus of Los Altos Hills was first elected to the Milpitas-based nonprofit’s board in 2000 after friends asked her to join. “I’ve always loved animals,” said Marcus, whose three dogs are HSSV adoptees. “They’ve been a constant source of joy and companionship, which fueled my passion for animal welfare.” This year’s Fur Ball will be held May 11 at PayPal Park in San Jose. Previously, the fundraiser was an invite-only event, but it went public in 2022. Attendees are e ..read more
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Students get a taste of AI at The Tech Interactive
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by Sal Pizarro
3d ago
When it comes to technology, it stands to follow that the youngest generations get it more quickly than the rest of us. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to try to keep up with them. That’s one of the reasons why the Tech Interactive in San Jose hosted an event Friday morning for National AI Literacy Day. Sure, there were more than 1,100 students crawling around the downtown learning center, but there were also teachers and administrators hearing from experts on panel discussions about why its important for communities to understand artificial intelligence and how it’s already impacting scho ..read more
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Remembering Mimi Fariña as Bread & Roses celebrates its 50th anniversary
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by Paul Liberatore
5d ago
Mimi Fariña founded Bread & Roses in 1974. Her legacy lives on in the Marin nonprofit 50 years later. (Martin E. Klimek/IJ archive) Mimi Fariña pictured at the Bread & Roses office in 1984. (Tom Strickland/IJ archive) Mimi Fariña performs at San Francisco’s Stern Grove in the 1970s. (Photo by Ty Yurgelevic) Jasmine Harris, with the San Dominico AVE Chorus, greets a resident at Atria Tamalpais Creek in Novato in 2017. (Photo by Peter Merts/courtesy of Bread & Roses Presents) Bread & Roses Presents executive director Dave Perron, left, and Ronnie Lott at a Bre ..read more
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Ahead of bail hearing, attorneys assert former San Jose youth pastor’s innocence from sex abuse claims
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by Robert Salonga
5d ago
SAN JOSE — A well-known nonprofit director charged with sexually abusing a girl during his previous career as a youth pastor is arguing his innocence ahead of a bail hearing that will decide whether he will have to litigate his case from behind bars. Brett Bymaster, 47, of San Jose, was arrested April 11, 2024 in connection with sexual abuse charges filed against him based on allegations that he abused a girl under his supervision when he was a youth pastor at The River church in San Jose between 2014 and 2019, authorities say. (San Jose Police Dept.)  Brett Bymaster was being held Thursd ..read more
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San Jose event benefits medically fragile children
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by Anne Gelhaus
1w ago
In 2021, the Rogers family anxiously awaited the birth of their first child. For most new parents, this is an exciting period, but for the Rogers, anxiety started to creep in. They knew their daughter would be born with a heart defect, but they were unsure of just how serious it would be. After she was born, baby Meghan stayed in the NICU for one month. During the first four months of her life, she faced several challenges. Meghan underwent open-heart surgery and a PDA stent, and was diagnosed with heart failure. The Rogers brought Meghan to their Sunnyvale home warily, as doctors truly did no ..read more
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San Jose historian looking for the real Anne Darling. Have you seen her?
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by Sal Pizarro
1w ago
Edward Hodges is on an unusual quest. The retired teacher and volunteer San Jose Unified School District historian has put together a display for Anne Darling Elementary School all about its namesake — a glass-ceiling-breaking administrator who served as deputy superintendent for the city’s schools a century ago. With a 29-year tenure in the office, Darling was so well-respected that a year following her death in 1928 at around age 58, the city decided to name a new school in her honor. The school opened in 1930 on North 33rd Street and McKee Road and in the late 1950s, a shopping center with ..read more
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