Friday may have been Local’s Day at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, but that didn’t stop people from all over the country from celebrating the “stinking rose.” Sure it was hot and dusty, but the 39th Garlic Fest was another success, according to guests and promoters. The festival drew 102,667 customers this year a 20,000 rise over last year.
Downtown Gilroy just got a little more historical, educational and convenient.
On the corner of Sycamore Avenue and East San Martin Avenue in San Martin, an empty, grassy parcel of land has generated some controversy in the small, unincorporated locality, between Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Middleton Consulting out of Tacoma Washington is in the application process to construct a storage facility for portable toilets on the land and some San Martin residents nearby think the idea stinks.
Last year alone, tourists spent more than $350 million in Gilroy, making the Garlic Capital of the World a major hub for tourism in the Silicon Valley. With the 38th annual Garlic Festival just around the corner, tourism in Gilroy is only going to get hotter as the summer approaches.
For local athletes seeking to get bigger, faster, stronger or leaner, Robert Otis, 40, owner of Fact Fitness has the plan to get it done. Otis, the head girls basketball coach at Christopher High School, crafts individual training programs based on the athlete's individual goals.
On the front line of Santa Clara County Vector Control District's fight against mosquitoes is Bob Kaufman. Kaufman, 52, the Vector Control Field Operations Supervisor sets out, armed with a scooper, a long pole with a cup on the end, hunting through stagnant streams, abandoned tires and murky swimming pools. The quarry of his hunt, mosquito larvae and after a few hours on the prowl, he's found his prey inside an old abandoned truck tire on Santa Teresa Boulevard.
There’s a new alternative for developmentally disabled adults and their families in Gilroy now that New Perspectives has opened its doors at 6400 Monterey Road. The sparkling facility, housed in the old Gilroy Dispatch building, is loaded with activities such as an art room, computer room, kitchen and even a stage that includes musical instruments such as guitars, a keyboard and a drum set.
For Larry DeMoss, time is ticking towards retirement, but like the hundreds of timepieces on display in his store, he's not slowing down yet.
High up on Pacheco Pass, Danny Rubalcava, 33, has a few inches with which to work. Those few inches separate this Bracco’s tow truck driver from speeding semi-trucks, distracted teens on their cell phones and drunk drivers--or those who just rubberneck at accidents and cause others. It's like fixing a tiger's cage, from the inside.
Gilroy has a new attraction that will have area kids jumping for joy.