City firefighters left Sunday to help combat blazes in Southern California that have raged for days and displaced more than 500,000 residents. Six Gilroy firefighters went with two Gilroy and Morgan Hill engines to fight the Buckweed Fire in Los Angeles County, according to a fire department press release. As of Sunday, it had destroyed two homes, threatened 3,500 residences and was zero percent contained.
A total of seven engines and 30 firefighters were deployed from Santa Clara County to fight that fire and the Witch Fire in San Diego County.
Garlic Festival raises $275,000 for nonprofits
The Garlic Festival raked in enough money this year to dole out $275,000 to more than 150 local nonprofits.
The festival took in about $1.6 million this year, slightly higher than the $1.4 million it has grossed over during each of the past five years. The vast majority of that money finances the festival’s setup and organization, with the remaining going to the nonprofits, community improvement projects, or the Garlic Festival Association’s bank account for next year, according to the festival’s 2007 president, Judy Lazarus.
Since the festival’s launch in 1979, the Garlic Festival has generated $7.9 million for local community organizations.
Of the festival’s 4,000 volunteers, Lazarus said this year’s students out-earned the adult volunteers by working more hours picking up trash and sweating through the day in Gourmet Alley.
Volunteers donated their would-be wages to their favorite nonprofit based on how many hours they worked. The more hours worked, the more money for charity.
Time to sign up for holiday assistance
The Salvation Army in Gilroy is accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Friday, and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 2. Families with children 11 and younger may also apply for toys. There will be a final week of applications – from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 though Nov. 30 – for Christmas assistance only.
Sign up at the Salvation Army, 200 W. 5th St., Gilroy.
Sale to benefit scholarship fund
Saint Louise Regional Hospital volunteers are sponsoring a fundraising event from 7am to 4pm Thursday and Friday in the cafeteria lobby.
The volunteers will sell Masquerade jewelry and accessories for $5. Masquerade is the nation’s largest $5 jewelry and accessories company. The public is invited to stop by and see what is available.
All proceeds benefit the Saint Louise Hospital Volunteers Student Scholarship fund.
County Supports Hybrid Electric Vehicles
As a participant in the Plug-In-Partners National Campaign, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution supporting policies that promote the development and commercialization of Plug-In Electric or Hybrid Electric vehicles. The action is consistent with the County’s push to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions within the vehicle fleet.
“Automobile emissions significantly contribute to smog in our cities and to global warming,” said Supervisor Pete McHugh, chairman of the Board of Supervisors Finance and Government Operations Committee. “This resolution highlights the County’s commitment to continue finding ways to protect the health of our residents and our planet.”
The county has agreed to consider purchasing flexible fuel Plug-In Electric or Hybrid Electric vehicles if they are manufactured. Campaign organizers will present auto makers with an aggregate “soft” order for sedans, vans, SUVs and other vehicles specified by governmental and business entities.