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February 6, 2023
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Jack Kerouac left his light in Los Gatos

Jack Kerouac and Al Hinkle in 1952
Jack Kerouac would stay at my parent's house whenever he was in town, San Francisco or Los Gatos. He would sit in what we would call “Jack’s chair” in the living room of our home in Monte Sereno. I would sit on the couch...

Frightful film fest fundraiser has early success

A Camping Tale movie still
A ghastly celluloid extravaganza has reaped bloodcurdlingly impressive results, so far. The youth-led Scares For Cares film fest has attracted a long list of frightening contenders, and just days after launching has already brought in about $3,000 for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. “It’s crazy how...

Youth Pitch-In for Service Club Clean-Up of Oak Meadow Park

Oak Meadow Park Kiwanis Cleanup Los Gatos
About 45 children participated in the Kiwanis One Day Trail Cleanup & BBQ at Oak Meadow Park. Volunteers came from around the area to take part in the initiative, which was held Oct. 23. The event, a partnership with the Campbell Kiwanis Club, was held to...

Drill to help locals prepare for a disaster

Hepworths at disaster command post in Los Gatos
On Nov. 3, the group will hold a drive-thru drill from 10am-noon at Los Gatos Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd. The scenario this time will involve teams dispensing clean water to the community, as if something terrible had just occurred in the area.

Article inspires generational transfer of musical instrument

Boy must grow into this accordion
When Virginia Primon was a shy teenager in the 1950s, playing accordion was something that got her onto a community float, to serenade people along the streets of San Jose during a community parade. After going to college to become a teacher, she just didn’t...

First Buyer at North 40 is Relishing Her Triumphant Return to Los Gatos

Mary at Home
She used to live just up the road, but was forced to leave Los Gatos by circumstance. But now, Mary McLean, 55, has returned triumphantly.  She played a guessing game with this reporter, during the recent Chamber of Commerce Wine Walk. The rhetorical question: “Who was...

Local Scene: Los Gatos History Project, White Cane Days fundraiser

los gatos history project new museum los gatos NUMU uncovering untold stories
Object’s from town’s history on display Los Gatos History Project: Uncovering Untold Stories will be on view in NUMU’s History Hall beginning Oct. 15, with a preview event on Oct. 14. The Los Gatos History Project team, led by guest curator Allison Railo, have been developing...

Wine-focused afternoon declared a big success

Pouring White Wine
As the thermometer inched up toward a pleasant 74 degrees Saturday, about 1,000 people descended on the streets of Los Gatos to taste the wares of local vintners, during the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine Walk. “It was fabulous,” said Chamber Executive Director...

Housing, offices, retail planned for North 40’s Phase II

North 40 old home Los Gatos
Though the developer behind Phase 2 of the North 40 development outlined sweeping changes to prior plans—and outlined a slew of new residential options, including high-density—during last Thursday evening’s Democracy Tent community meeting, it was quite a civil affair. The tone of the meeting was...

RIP Bob Long: Celebration-of-Life Rock Show Saturday for Community “Pillar” Killed by Covid-19

Remembering Bob Long
Los Gatos resident Eric Drew is grieving, because one of his best friends just died. When Rotarian Bob Long was claimed by Covid-19 Aug. 27, he said, Los Gatos lost a key resident. “He was a pillar of the community,” he said of Long, who was...

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