Save the date for a golf game and a good cause

Please save the afternoon, Friday, Sept. 9, especially if you
enjoy whacking the little white ball around the grass. There’s
going to be a golf tournament for Brian Bowe, the exec director of
the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Please save the afternoon, Friday, Sept. 9, especially if you enjoy whacking the little white ball around the grass. There’s going to be a golf tournament for Brian Bowe, the exec director of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Proceeds will help pay for one of Brian’s expensive $15,000 treatments in Houston, TX where he’s headed this fall to battle a rare form of cancer with the latest treatment available. “One for Brian” will feature Gourmand Sam Bozzo on the foodie detail, Gilroy Golf Course pro Donny DeLorenzo as the producer of magical games and golf prizes and olive oil tycoon Jeff Martin will play the organizational keyboard, so good food and frivolity will prevail – all for a very worthwhile Gilroy cause. The 9-hole festivities will begin at 2 p.m. and a “Tequila shot for Brian” table plus golfing games will be sandwiched between the shotgun scramble start and the BBQ ribs dinner and auction. It’s $100 to play with hole sponsorships at the same price. Dinner tickets are $25. If you’re in, please do send me an email. Flyers will be available soon. And, if that doesn’t fit your schedule or interest, MayorAl, Pinheiro that is, is spearheading a dinner-auction for the same good cause on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Portuguese Hall. More details to come.

Tasty review details keep coming in on downtown’s newest delight, the Milias Restaurant. None other than longtime Garlic Festival Chef Bobo Filice, after at least three Milias dinners under his belt, pronounces the place fit for a paisan. Adam and Ann’s creations are getting two thumbs up across the Garlic Capital. So, if you haven’t stopped by, make it a point. The place is hopping.

Nobody appears to be hopping mad about the city paying the Berliner-Cohen law firm more than $200,000 to close down a medical marijuana business, but that surely has to be the most expensive legal strategy Gilroy could possibly have pursued. Don’t think we’ll receive another hollow-point letter directed at this subject from the city’s hired PIO gun, Joe Kline, but one never knows what goes on behind the curtain at City Hall.

Behind the red barn at Christmas Hill Park, the birds fly, the cats tiptoe on the prowl and the squirrels dig, chatter and multiply. Meanwhile, raindrop by raindrop, sun ray by sun ray, the old lady dies a slow death, and it truly seems a shame. That $200,000 in the pockets of Berliner-Cohen could surely have been used to prop the aging lass up – at least well enough to use for storage or bring back the Garlic Festival’s barn dance tradition. The city says a wholesale demolition is the only answer, and that might be the case (please, no angry letters, Joe, it’s just an opinion). The old plan that deserves a fresh look was to use some of the materials from the barn to build a community center. Just doesn’t seem like the barn could retain it’s characteristic charm under those guidelines.

The barn at the Hoey Ranch on Hecker Pass has retained the character that made it a part of the piece that Sunset Magazine did on the bejeweled Gilroy corridor replete with majestic Deodara cedar trees, brilliant beds filled with flowers and quaint wineries with welcoming vines. Anywho, Debbie Hoey has the barn doors open again on weekends and if you’re searching for a gift, there might be the perfect treasure inside.

No treasure trove of answers from Democratic Assemblymember Luis Alejo. Our Assembly representative can’t be bothered to answer questions about a bill he voted for that handcuffs school districts by forbidding teacher layoffs. Instead, Alejo just ignores phone calls and has an aide send a one-sentence statement – “AB 114 accomplished my core education priorities of protecting K-12 education funding and maintaining class sizes. We owe it to our children to put their education needs first, letting them down would be unforgivable” – that says virtually nothing about the intricacies of the legislation. Oooooo, Alejo loves to dance a little sidestep … What’s really unforgivable is such arrogance in a public official who’s not willing to engage in intelligent dialogue.

On to a softer subject. Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month, so designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Interestingly enough, more ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week; children ages two through 12, and adults age 45 plus, eat the most ice cream per person; and that the average number of licks to polish off a single scoop ice cream cone is approximately 50. Sounds like Sundays are a good time to look forward to spending a little time with grandson Jackson for the next 12 years and heading to Foster’s Freeze. Topping the list: Rocky Road from Baskin-Robbins and the everlasting favorite chocolate-dipped softie cone from Foster’s Freeze. Garlic ice cream at the fest – try it once, or try it a few times if you must convince yourself it just doesn’t taste very good.

Like to think that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office will make a concerted effort to speed up the investigation process when it comes to allegations and decisions about filing charges. It’s not justice well served when it takes years to investigate and decide whether to file charges like it did in the case of former Councilman Craig Gartman who was finally charged with felony grand theft for allegedly stealing from the Memorial Day Parade fund. Will the MACSA leaders who diverted funds from retirement accounts to use for general operational expenses be charged? The “case” languishes on. And will School Board Trustee Francisco Dominguez face criminal charges for allegedly embezzling $52,000 from the South County Collaborative? That should not take years to resolve – in fairness to the accused and for the good of the community. And frankly, that’s partially why the people elected Jeff Rosen to replace the former district attorney.

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