Pink at City Hall = Bonds in Tutu

The following organizations and individuals deserve either
CHEERS or JEERS this week:
The following organizations and individuals deserve either CHEERS or JEERS this week:

Jeers: For Restaurant owner Jim Angelopoulus, new proprietor at Old City Hall. We wish him the best of luck with the new enterprise, Chips ‘n Salsa, but starting to brush hot pink on the outside of the historic building? Might as well send Barry Bonds to the plate in a pink tutu.

Cheers: For the South Valley Symphony which will open its 32nd season on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30pm performing favorite classics at the Gavilan College Theater. Wow, 32 years of community-based music. It’s remarkable really, and the organization keeps coming up with new ways to entertain and make connections with the community. this year’s schedule includes a jazz concert at the new Ann Sobrato High School theater in Morgan Hill during its 32nd season and a wine and cheese tasting event scheduled for the Pops concert at Bonfante Gardens. Al Navaroli, 842-3934, will be happy to talk tickets.

Cheers: For the release of three California Condors into the wild at the Pinnacles National Monument last week. The wingspan of a Condor measures about 9 feet and the bird is truly majestic when soaring in flight. Its the greatest of vultures, searching for dead animals for food and it nearly became extinct. But numerous environmental groups have worked together to breed Condors in captivity and release them into the wild. Nine have been released at the Pinnacles, another reason to an unusual and interesting park that’s just a quick drive away.

Jeers: For the lack of resolution to the Solis Winery expansion plans. The Vanni family have been waiting, unnecessarily, for years to get this small project off the ground that will make the tasting room more hospitable and allow small groups to enjoy being entertained at the Hecker Pass facility. It’s a lovely spot and the county of Santa Clara has put up a series of unbelievable blockades. Enough already, approve the plans.

Cheers: For golfer George Archer who died Sunday from lymphoma at age 65. The gangly guy with the big grin who won the Masters in 1969 called Gilroy home for 25 years. The advent of the senior golf tour resurrected his career, and he joyfully took full advantage of the opportunity. Archer loved the game – and he loved to compete. His learned his thirst for competition playing on San Francisco courses from a young age. Always, there was something on the line. That honed his gritty competitiveness and, in that sense, his passing represents a seemingly bygone era. He was from golf’s “Best Generation.” plate in a pink tutu.

Cheers: For the South Valley Symphony which will open its 32nd season on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30pm performing favorite classics at the Gavilan College Theater. Wow, 32 years of community-based music.

It’s remarkable really, and the organization keeps coming up with new ways to entertain and make connections with the community. This year’s schedule includes a jazz concert at the new Ann Sobrato High School theater in Morgan Hill and a wine-and-cheese-tasting event scheduled for the Pops concert at Bonfante Gardens. Al Navaroli, 842-3934, will be happy to talk tickets.

Cheers: For the release of three California Condors into the wild at Pinnacles National Monument last week. The wingspan of a condor measures about nine feet, and the bird is truly majestic when soaring in flight.

It’s the greatest of vultures, searching for dead animals for food, and it nearly became extinct. But numerous environmental groups have worked together to breed condors in captivity and release them into the wild.

Nine have been released at the Pinnacles, another reason to an unusual and interesting park that’s just a quick drive away.

Jeers: For the lack of resolution to the Solis Winery expansion plans.

The Vanni family have been waiting, unnecessarily, for years to get this small project off the ground that will make the tasting room more hospitable and allow small groups to enjoy being entertained at the Hecker Pass facility.

It’s a lovely spot and the county of Santa Clara has put up a series of unbelievable blockades. Enough already, approve the plans.

Cheers: For golfer George Archer who died Sunday from lymphoma at age 65.

The gangly guy with the big grin who won the Masters in 1969 called Gilroy home for 25 years.

The advent of the senior golf tour resurrected his career, and he joyfully took full advantage of the opportunity. Archer loved the game – and he loved to compete.

His learned his thirst for competition playing on San Francisco courses from a young age. Always, there was something on the line.

That honed his gritty competitiveness and, in that sense, his passing represents a seemingly bygone era. He was from golf’s “Best Generation.”

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