Digest 3.29.05

Caltrain will survey Gilroy riders
– South County residents who commute on Caltrain will have a
chance next week to persuade the agency to maintain service levels
on the Gilroy line.
Caltrain will survey Gilroy riders

Gilroy – South County residents who commute on Caltrain will have a chance next week to persuade the agency to maintain service levels on the Gilroy line.

On Tuesday, April 5, Caltrain officials will survey riders at South County stations about their riding habits and take suggestions for streamlining and improving the service. As part of its effort to make up a $13.6 million shortfall in next year’s budget, Caltrain is exploring closing stations and cutting back service.

The Gilroy station will not close, but there may be fewer daily trains beginning in July.

Scholarships available in health care industry

Gilroy – High school seniors interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare industry – listen up.

There are 70 scholarships worth $2,000 available for Spanish-speaking, bi-cultural students as part of the Latino Health Scholars program funded by the PacifiCare Foundation.

To apply students must be seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and fluent in both English and Spanish.

Proof of acceptance into a college or university, or technical college is required.

Two scholarships for $25,000 will be awarded to the most qualified and deserving students.

To apply, visit the PacifiCare Health Systems Web site at www.pacificare.com, or call Dan Miller at 714-226-3726.

Two arrested on drug charges in Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill – Two Morgan Hill residents were arrested on drug charges early Saturday morning.

Brian H. Caswell, 28, and Lisa M. Flores, 23, were stopped on Monterey Road near Fourth Street about 2am because they were riding bicycles without lights, police said.

When the pair were stopped, MHPD Lt. Terrie Booten said, it was discovered that Caswell had three outstanding warrants, all for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested on those warrants.

“The officer also noticed a plastic container sticking out of Ms. Flores’ sweater pocket,” Booten said.

It held about .2 grams of methamphetamine. Flores was charged with possession of a controlled substance and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Flower lovers meet

Morgan Hill – Morgan Hill flower lovers’ Club, including Gilroy and San Martin, will hold it monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 6 at noon in the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road.

Fresh flowers will be flown in from Hawaii by Tupou Braz for her flower demonstration.

Polynesian dancing will follow.

Details: 778-6290

Sign up for Auto Car and Truck Show

Gilroy – The Gilroy Elks’ Lodge, 2765 Hecker Pass Highway, extends a special invitation to all owners of autos and trucks made prior to 1972, to join the 2005 Annual Auto Car and Truck Show on June 18.

Registration fee is $25 per automobile and includes a lunch ticket. Deadline for regular registration is June 7. Late registration will be considered up to the date of the event at a registration fee of $35.

On June 18, registration will be held from 9:30 to 10:45am, followed by the spectator show and judging from 11am to 3pm and prizes and acknowledgments at 3:15pm. Parking starts at 9:30am.

Bring the entire family to enjoy the auto show, food, refreshments and raffle drawing. A no-host bar will be open. Raffles prizes include tools, gift certificates, dinners, auto related car care products and gift baskets. All proceeds will benefit local benefactors of the lodge.

To register, make checks payable to Gilroy Elks’ Lodge and mail to P.O. Box 488, Gilroy, CA 95021-0488.

Details: Charles Rusciano at 360-8550 or fax 360-8512, or call Jerry Brearton at 718-5582.

Adopt a pet at weekend pet fair

Gilroy – The Friends of San Martin Animal Shelter (FOSMAS) is partnering with Petco during their National Pet Adoption Days to help find loving families for homeless companion animals. Come to the FOSMAS pet fairs on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm, at Petco-Morgan Hill, and Petco-Gilroy (just north of the outlets on San Ysidro).

Details: San Martin Animal shelter at 683-4186.

Downtown flea market returning

Gilroy – The 2005 downtown Gilroy Flea Market, at the Lewis Street parking lot, will be held from 8:30am to 3pm on the third Saturday of each month, April through October, except in July when it will be on the fourth Saturday. Spaces 9-feet by 20-feet are available for $20.

Details: Linda at Collective Past at 842-0180.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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