Wine tent and Gourmet Alley a natural pairing for community good

I applaud Editor Mark Derry’s comments in the July 30 issue
concerning moving the Rotary Wine Pavilion closer to Gourmet Alley.
This would also situate it closer to the new, beautiful Cook-Off
Stage. Obvious synergy.
Dear Editor,

I applaud Editor Mark Derry’s comments in the July 30 issue concerning moving the Rotary Wine Pavilion closer to Gourmet Alley. This would also situate it closer to the new, beautiful Cook-Off Stage. Obvious synergy.

Our local wineries should be applauded for providing premium wines to the Festival and the Wine Pavilion – 78 different wines were offered from the Santa Clara Valley. It’s a win/win situation. They showcased their wines and the profits ($43,000 this year) go to local children’s non-profits.

Marco Renella, Gilroy, Chairman, Rotary Wine Pavilion

‘Fixing’ El Roble School at expense of Glen View just plain wrong

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in response to the article written last Friday regarding the transfer of principal Scott Otteson from Glen View Elementary School to El Roble Elementary School. I felt the article made what happened seem like no big deal and this shake up is anything but business as usual for the Glen View community.

I agree with Karin Clements statements about the staff at Glen View, they truly are amazing! I do not agree with her statement that the transition will not be traumatic. I have talked to several members of the Glen View staff as well as parents in our community and everyone I’ve talked to feels as I do. We are all devastated! How can we feel good about the upcoming school year when we don’t know who our principal will be?

Morale is bound to take a hit. Scott is a wonderful leader and, after three years with him at the helm, our school was starting to feel like a family. Home and school were truly connected.

Trying to “fix” a school at another school’s expense is not ok. I understand El Roble needs a principal, but this is not the solution. The letter Superintendent Flores sent out to parents regarding these changes would be comical if our children’s education wasn’t on the line.

They gave applicants one week to apply and the position was only open to employees within our district. We should have our new principal by Aug. 4. Are you kidding me?

The district took away the best principal Glen View has ever had and will find us the best replacement possible within one week? I don’t think so! Our students deserve better!

I personally have zero confidence in Superintendent Flores and our current school board. I encourage other parents to voice their opinions as well.

We need to let Superintendent Flores and our school board members know this is not ok. Taking away our leadership three weeks before school starts is ridiculous! And the sad thing is the people who are truly losing are the students of Glen View.

Evelyn Hudson, Gilroy

Rotary bone marrow donor drive at Garlic Fest a great success again

Dear Editor,

The Gilroy Rotary Bone Marrow Donor Registration Booth at the 2010 Gilroy Garlic Festival was an outstanding success again this year. Volunteers register people to be bone marrow donors by putting their names on the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

The figures were impressive for 2010:

– On Friday a total of 103 names were entered. The category breakdown included: Caucasians, 63; Hispanics, 19; Asians, 4; Native American Indians, 1; and multi-ethnicity, 16.

– On Saturday a total of 167 names were entered. The category breakdown included: Caucasians, 87; Hispanics, 38; Asians, 21; African Americans, 14; and multi-ethnicity, 7.

– On Sunday a total of 158 names were entered. The category breakdown included: Caucasians, 77; Hispanics, 38; Asians, 23; African Americans, 6; and multi-ethnicity, 14.

The grand total for the three-day festival was 428 registrations.

The Gilroy Rotary chair of the booth, Marina Thomas, worked all three days, along with many other volunteers including local Rotarians.

Trina Brajkovich, account executive for the National Bone Marrow Registry, congratulated the Gilroy Rotary with her message, “I would like to personally thank you for all the lives you and Gilroy Rotary have saved throughout the many years that you have all worked so hard and the countless lives that you have saved.

You have also given hope to many family and friends of patients and there are no words to express that kind of gratitude. I know that you have worked extremely hard these many years and want you to know just how appreciated it is by so many.”

For information on how to register to be a bone marrow donor, go to Be The Match. You can also contact local Gilroy Rotarian Marina Thomas at 408-710-3339.

Susan Patereau, on behalf of the Gilroy Rotary Club

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