Your views: Letters on new Dispatch, GDBA thanks Gilroy


New Dispatch hooks readers
Thank you Jack Foley for bringing a real newspaper back to Gilroy. When we first moved to Gilroy in 1996 I subscribed to the Dispatch. I enjoyed the informational and hometown feel of the Dispatch. Over the years my interest in the Dispatch waned as many of the articles became predictable and uninteresting. It became a newspaper I’d skim though in less than five minutes.
Imagine my pleasant surprise when I read last week’s issue. The article on Robert Littlejohn; how can something like that happen? This man’s rights were violated by the department of fish and game, how can that happen? How often does this occur?
I just finished today’s issue, “Cities, take a stand” re: the purchase of the Daughters of Charity Health System. How can our Mayor/City Council sit back and not provide input? Our local hospital is a very big deal. Really! No one asked them to take a stand? They were quick to action and take a stand against store owners with advertising signs out front.
When I can read a news article that exposes a wrong, challenges an issue, or publishes a deserved tribute (Tom Bundros), you’ve hooked my interest and support. I look forward to your long and successful career with the Dispatch.
Eileen Shipp, Gilroy
GDBA thanks community
Thank you to the Gilroy community, downtown merchants, and our wonderful volunteer committee, who planned, promoted and executed a most wonderful first-ever Gilroy Halloween Beer Crawl in downtown Gilroy on October 25, 2014. We had over 400 attendees who spent the afternoon discovering wonderful shopping destinations and sampling great breweries in downtown.
Thanks to our sponsors: Pinnacle Bank, Shag Beauty Bar, Old City Hall Restaurant, Fiesta Insurance, Articulate Solutions, Out and About Magazine, the Gilroy Dispatch and Gilroy Today.
A special thank-you to our wonderful planning committee: Brian Dauenhauer, Heather Pacheco, Kimberly Moreno, John Russell, John Rubio, Larry Mickartz and Fred Latimore for the countless hours spent planning and executing this wonderful event!
Thank you to our downtown merchants for hosting our local wineries and opening up their businesses to our attendees: 5th Street Coffee, Amoretto Boutique, Old City Hall Restaurant, Shag Beauty Bar, Pinnacle Bank, The Nimble Thimble/ Garlic City Mercantile, Queen of Hearts Boutique, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, Vacuum Center of Gilroy, Realty Executives, Leedo Art, Gilroy Medical Supply, Predator’s Archery, Garlic City Café, Gilroy Bowl, Collective Past, Mafalda’s, Articulate Solutions, The Milias Restaurant, and Bella Viva Ristorante e Caffe. If you lost count, that’s 20 participating downtown businesses that hosted our breweries, including four first-time GDBA event participants!
Thank you to our day-of volunteers: Erin and Ben McNabb, Michele Pierson, Jess and Maureen Lerma, Janet and Jason Krulee, Janet’s “Micki and Uncle,” Dora Gonzalez, Matt Corona, Geri Zerbini, Derek Rollins, Ryan and Heather Elias, Dave and Rhonda Rodgers, Gina Lopez, Jenn Beninger, James Suner, Susan Urbanski, Bob Sigala, Kelley Bourke, Katie Pacheco, Adrienne Darnell, and Carmen Hansen.
Special thanks to the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, Gilroy Welcome Center, Shag Beauty Bar, Gilroy Crossfit and Fiesta Insurance for handling ticket sales. We are grateful for your support and partnership in ensuring the success of this event.
We are already planning our first event for 2015: the Gilroy Art and Wine Stroll: Saturday, May 30, 2015. Save the date and join us downtown!
Melanie Corona, Gilroy Downtown Business Association