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Stephen Fitzgerald becomes Deputy County Librarian for Santa Clara County Library District

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A familiar face from the Milpitas Library has become Deputy County Librarian of Community Library Development for the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD).  Stephen...

Santa Clara County rapidly increasing & expanding COVID-19 vaccinations

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A fresh influx of COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Santa Clara County just this morning has spurred a rapid increase in the amount of vaccine...

An Open Letter to School Board Trustee Michael Tsai: There are ways you can...

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Dear Trustee Tsai— No harm will come to you in these paragraphs.  This is not cancel culture in progress. We do not cancel here in Milpitas....

Beverly Cleary books brought joy to my family during a hard year

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Beverly Cleary has meant the world to my children and I during the coronavirus pandemic. My own mother, who lives far from my family,...

COVID variants on the rise in Santa Clara County

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COVID variants are on the rise in Santa Clara County. These variants are worrying as they’re more transmissible than the initial form of COVID-19....

The state of redistricting: A Milpitas Beat primer

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OK folks, hold on to your hats, because we’re about to dive into the deep end of the American Constitution. Many of you may...

When it comes to in-person learning, there’s no good answer

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I was told that on April 1st, Milpitas public schools would be opening up…and fittingly, given the date of the reopening, it’s feeling like...

PHOTOS: Break the Silence, End Asian Violence march and rally in Milpitas

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Last Sunday, March 28, Milpitas community members gathered for a Break the Silence, End Asian Violence march and rally. Joining together to speak out...

Book review: Andy Ngo’s UNMASKED is a failure of journalism & persuasion

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I had the unusual experience of reading “Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy” over the past couple of weeks, unusual insofar as...

Milpitas teachers, students, & community leaders prepare self-care goodie bags for families in need

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Milpitas High School teacher Tricia Brownstein’s students have spearheaded a valuable and inspirational project. The head of the Travel and Tourism Academy, Brownstein advised...

Making History: Emma Guerrero is first female to become Eagle Scout in Milpitas

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Emma Guerrero is one of the founding members of Scouts BSA Troop 2163, the first all-girl troop in Milpitas. But it doesn’t stop there:...

Santa Clara County will move into Orange Tier and reduce restrictions

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Effective Wednesday, March 24, Santa Clara County will be in the State of California’s COVID-19 pandemic Orange tier. This means a variety of activities...

In Angelo Quinto’s death, it’s his family’s words against those of the police

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On December 23, 2020, in her home in Antioch, California (60 miles northeast of Milpitas), Maria Quinto-Collins started running a video camera and aimed...

Milpitas resident Jinky Peralta recognized as Assembly District 25’s Woman of the Year

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On Monday March, 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-San Jose) recognized Milpitas resident Jinky Peralta as Assembly District 25’s...

San Jose City College leaders weigh in on solutions to anti-Asian violence

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“The story of the AAPI community is not monolithic,” read a letter penned this month by Deborah J. Ikeda, President of the Asian...

Peak cancellation: Mumford & Sons’ Winston Marshall gets mobbed on Twitter for liking the...

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Is it over yet? Have we finally reached peak (or valley) cancellation? I doubt it, unfortunately. But I wish it was, and we had. For...

Special Report: Anti-Asian hate crimes rampant across Bay Area; Milpitas staying vigilant

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On January 28, 2021, in San Francisco, Vicha Ratanapakdee’s wife had made him some morning coffee. He told her he would drink it later,...

MUSD Board of Education votes unanimously to censure Trustee Michael Tsai

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Tuesday night’s Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) School Board meeting lasted ‘til after 1am on Wednesday, as the Board issued a unanimous vote to...

On April 1, Milpitas Unified will open schools for elementary students and 9th graders

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At last night’s school board meeting, the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) announced that schools will reopen on April 1, 2021, for TK-6th graders...

Happy Pandemic Anniversary: A Year in Review

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It’s finally here! The day we’ve all been waiting for: the one-year anniversary of pandemic bliss! Here are a few highlights from the best...

Letter to a Woke Friend

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Dear Woke Friend-- Before I take you to pieces, I’ll take a moment to define “wokeness.” I’m not referring to the original wokeness, which is...

New Finance Director to join City of Milpitas

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Lauren Lai, CPA, will soon join the City of Milpitas staff as its new Finance Director, having been appointed by City Manager Steve McHarris. Lai...

Santa Clara County will open indoor dining, movie theaters, and gyms

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Effective tomorrow — Wednesday, March 3 — Santa Clara County will be back in the Red tier, a strong indicator of decreasing COVID-19 cases...

The unhoused find shelter at Hillview Court Apartments in Milpitas

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Upon entering Hillview Court Apartments (formerly Extended Stay America), one encounters a wide front lobby. Every day, a resident comes down to it to...

Man killed in Fiji Islands had dedicated many years to serving Milpitas community

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About a month ago, a retired couple was murdered in their home in Lawai, Sigatoka, in the Fiji Islands. It was reported that their...

Students rise up as community leaders to help unhoused residents in Milpitas

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At the beginning of 2021, Thac Nguyen, owner of Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy (1485 N. Milpitas Blvd.), started a new leadership program for his...

These are the Black leaders who are currently making a big impact on Milpitas

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To celebrate Black History Month, The Beat wanted to shine a light on the Black leaders who are currently making a difference in Milpitas.  Check...

Valley Water gathering public feedback on proposed expansion of Pacheco Reservoir

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The first few months of this rainfall season were below average across California, with drought conditions evident statewide. Although the Golden State received a...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Tips on communicating with someone who has recovered from...

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"How's your new diet going?" I hear one woman ask another at the playground.  "It's hard. I've been eating the shakes and the bars. So...

Santa Clara County will allow youth sports, performing arts activities to resume outdoors

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COVID-19 rates are falling in Santa Clara County. The 7-day rolling average number of new cases is currently 296.  As a result, County officials today...

Milpitas approves budget adjustments to manage COVID-impacted revenue

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The Milpitas City Council unanimously approved adjustments Tuesday to its current budget to offset an estimated $13.8 million revenue loss due in large part...

Santa Clara County to expand vaccine eligibility to teachers and other essential workers

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Santa Clara County has announced that come February 28, access to vaccines will expand to encompass three new groups consisting of essential workers:     —Workers in...

Milpitas temporarily waives late fees for fire permits, business license tax

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The Milpitas City Council approved waiving late fees related to business licenses and fire permits Tuesday, hoping to help small businesses impacted by the...

This Valentine’s Day, let go of expectations

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 My dad’s carelessness drove my mother crazy. Without fail, each time he would leave the house (giving himself not a moment to spare), he...

Rose Elementary students create over 700 Valentines for seniors

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It all started with a phone conversation.  ViAnna Anderson, a teacher at Rose Elementary School in Milpitas, thought it might be fun for students to...

The South African strain of COVID-19 is in Santa Clara County

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Two local COVID-19 patients are carrying B.1.351, the South African variant of the virus. One is in Alameda County. The other is here in...

MUSD Board Members Tsai & Yip-Chuan in conflict over how high school students should...

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Milpitas Unified Trustee Michael Tsai has come under fire for comments he made at the board’s January 26 meeting -- and his subsequent call...

Obituary: Moises Romero Oribello, Jr.

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Moises Romero Oribello, Jr., age 69, of Milpitas, California, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Hospital in...

Your Song

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Your Song One note, two notes Maybe three A forth, a fifth Some bars A key Major, minor Treble, bass A metronome To set the pace Whole notes, slow notes Sixteenth, fast Whispers of Musicians past Forge forward...

California’s Eviction Moratorium extended to June 30

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Statewide, a week ago, California’s eviction moratorium was extended ‘til June 30. Applications for rent relief can be put in as of March 15,...

Local fitness centers struggle with COVID regulations

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Google “male CrossFit instructor,” and you might get an idea of what Austin Begiebing looks like: tall and fit, sporting some stubble and some...

Wendy Wood becomes Milpitas’ new City Clerk

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The City of Milpitas has a new City Clerk. With previous City Clerk Mary Lavelle having retired at the end of 2020, City Manager Steve...

With vaccines in short supply, Bay Area leaders move to vaccinate older adults

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Vaccines are in short supply throughout the Bay Area. As a result, officials across eight jurisdictions are making a push to prioritize vaccinating residents...

Santa Clara County passes 100,000 COVID cases

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This coming Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the day when the first-ever case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Santa Clara County. In the...

A new way of connecting with students during virtual learning

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A recent survey asked students what would be most helpful to their learning during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds agreed that more interaction with teachers...

Stay at home order lifted in Santa Clara County

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Throughout California on Monday, stay at home orders were lifted, meaning counties including Santa Clara can now return to the tiered, color-coded COVID-19 classification...

Prediction: Joe Biden will be a great president

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I’ve never written a predictive op-ed before. It’s not my scene. I don’t have a crystal ball. And I prefer exploring possibilities to betting...

Everybody Can Be Talented

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“What a great writer!” I remember my second-grade teacher praising me for my daily journal. I must be really good at this, I thought....

Stolen vehicle in Milpitas child’s death found, one suspect identified to public

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Yesterday, a stolen vehicle ran into a 7-year-old child in Milpitas. The child died as a result of the crash. At least two individuals...

7-year-old child dies after being struck by stolen vehicle in Milpitas

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Note: The headline in this article has been updated. It previously read “girl” instead of “child,” which was incorrect. At present, the child’s identity...