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December 4, 2022

Local scene: Academic honors, voting centers open

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) invites patrons of all ages to participate in the free Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path"

Le Truong named to President’s List

Thao Le Truong, of Morgan Hill, was named to the spring 2022 semester President’s List at Georgia State University.

To be eligible for the President’s List, degree-seeking students must have earned a GPA of at least 4.0 for a minimum of nine semester hours of academic credit taken at Georgia State during the fall or spring term with no incompletes for the semester, says a press release from the university. Eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all classes taken at Georgia State.

In-person voting centers now open

In-person Vote Centers are now open throughout Santa Clara County.  

Voters will have access to a host of additional services, including language assistance and accessible voting systems.  

“Our Vote Centers are open to everyone,” said Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey. “We encourage voters to vote early to avoid lines on Election Day. If you still need to register, you can do so and vote at the same time at any Vote Center.”

Twenty-four Vote Centers are now open. The remaining 77 Vote Centers will be open for four days beginning June 4.

Vote Center hours are 9am to 5pm everyday, and 7am to 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7.

Vote Centers offer a traditional voting experience for those who prefer to vote at the polls, but unlike polling places of the past, voters now have the ability to cast a ballot in-person at any Vote Center in the county instead of being tied to a single polling location. 

In addition to in-person voting, voters may also drop off a Vote by Mail ballot, get a replacement ballot, update their address, conditionally register to vote, use a touchscreen voting machine with accessibility features, and receive language assistance. 

For a list of Vote Centers, visit sccvote.sccgov.org/vote-person/official-vote-center-list-and-schedule.

Summer Reading Program launches at library

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) invites patrons of all ages to participate in the free Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” 

The event, which runs from June 1-July 31, encourages all readers to explore the world through reading and get out into the outdoors.

“The pandemic has forced a lot of people to scale back family vacations or weekend trips, but SCCLD’s Summer Reading program can introduce you to free and simple ways to explore all of the wonders that Santa Clara County has to offer,” said Mike Wasserman, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and chair of the Library Joint Powers Authority Board. “The library has planned wonderful in-person and virtual programs that can educate and entertain you—from guided hikes, learning about animals of the Americas, musical performers, book clubs and more.”

“Studies have found that students who participate in summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year and they read with confidence,” County Librarian Jennifer Weeks said. “Libraries aren’t just a place to get books or other materials—they’re a place to have fun while learning. Join in something new this summer, like learning about ‘Van Life,’ taking a discovery walk, hearing how to create a podcast, or trying your hand at painting.”

Participants can earn a reward for reading five books and completing one activity this summer. Completion rewards will be available starting on Aug. 1.

To sign up, visit sccl.beanstack.org/reader365 and register for Summer Reading.

Valley Water to enforce water restrictions

Beginning June 1, Valley Water will begin directly enforcing its recently adopted water waste ordinance, according to the City of Morgan Hill. The new ordinance is specifically focused on irrigation and is consistent with the Morgan Hill’s Water Waste Ordinance. 

View the city’s ordinance, watering restrictions, along with information on how you can help conserve water online at https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/440/Water-Conservation. To report water waste, use the city’s online form at https://tinyurl.com/yc5kff4r.

In Morgan Hill, typical lawn and garden bed sprinkler irrigation is now subject to the following limitations:

– From March 1, 2022, through Oct. 31, 2022, watering is restricted to two days per week: Mondays and Thursdays for ODD numbered addresses and properties with no address; Tuesdays and Fridays for EVEN numbered addresses

– Irrigation shall only be scheduled before 9am or after 7pm

– Irrigation systems must prevent runoff in any watering cycle

– Each valve or zone shall run for a maximum of 15 minutes in any one day

Grisedale earns degree

Graham Grisedale, of San Martin, has graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.. Grisedale majored in biology, according to a press release from Benedictine College. The college graduated 314 students at the end of the academic year during ceremonies on May 14. The graduates heard from Bishop Robert Baron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Ministries, who delivered an inspiring Commencement Address.

He spoke about humility and the importance of listening to God. He said it was important to hear a voice that transcends ego and pettiness and calls us to the “highest venture of the spiritual life,” says the press release. 

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