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June 25, 2022

Local scene: Academic honors, voting centers open

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...

Local grower excited for Mushroom Mardi Gras

The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras returns for the 41st year this weekend, May 28-29—this time with a new “Platinum Sponsor,” local mushroom cultivator Sempera Organics. Sempera Organics, located off Church Street, grows and processes “functional mushrooms” for a variety of wellness and cuisine purposes,...

Lightpost Winery wins ‘Wine of the Year’

Special to the Times While only six years old, Lightpost Winery has decades of experience—and talent— behind it.  From the first vintage, awards began consistently rolling in. Proprietor Sofia Fedotova and Winemaker Christian Roguenant were thrilled to be awarded Wine of the Year at the 2022...

Secret’s out

Restaurateur and sushi chef Randy Musterer started looking for a location in Morgan Hill for a new Sushi Confidential restaurant in 2019, and didn’t relent even as the Covid-19 pandemic took its toll on the region’s dining and hospitality industry. Last week, Musterer and his...

Microbusiness grants available 

Under direction from the County of Santa Clara, the Enterprise Foundation opened the Microbusiness Grant portal for local eligible businesses to apply for grants of $2,500 each. In January, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors accepted approximately $2.4 million from the California Microbusiness Covid-19...

Italian deli opens in downtown Morgan Hill

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While only open for a few weeks, Palmerino’s in downtown Morgan Hill already has its regulars who crave authentic Italian sandwiches, pasta, meatballs and other staples of the cuisine. The Connie Polpette, a sandwich stuffed with meatballs, mozzarella, parmigiano and sauce served with Pugliese bread,...

Longtime gluten-free bakery closes

Patti’s Perfect Pantry Patti Tartaglia Brenda Locicero Melissa Peterson Kierstyn Voyles vineyard town center
More than a decade ago, Patti Tartaglia was diagnosed with Celiac disease, where the gluten found in various foods destroys the small intestine’s lining. As such, she had to give up wheat, rye and barley, the foundation for numerous dishes. The news was devastating for Tartaglia,...

Cottage Creek: Inspired by Syrah

denise russell cottage creek winery cabernet sauvignon grapes
Cottage Creek, owned by Denise and Sam Russell, is one of those places where you can truly feel connected to the grape source, even if most of the wines come from Oregon. Denise, a beautician who’s owned a hair salon for 36 years, and husband,...

Calerrain expands hospitality

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Like a virtual trying on of sunglasses, the pandemic certainly provided some new viewpoints of our respective circumstance. In some cases, it offered a catalyst for executing on long-held visions.  In the case of Geoff Mace, winemaker and co-owner of Calerrain, and his wife Chantelle,...

Dave Dumont prepares to close Gilroy Piano Outlet

Dave Dumont has been attached to the piano since he was 8. The Illinois native graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1976, with a major in music education and piano. He has had gigs around the country, including backing musicians at the old...

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