SHERIFF, D.A. SA STATE Y PRISONERS MOVED TO COUNTY WILL DO BETTERUNDER LOCAL SUPERVISION New law aimed at reducing state prison population took effect Oct.1 179 Volume 8, Issue 52 October 14, 2011 www.community-newspapers.com BY CAROL ROSEN PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Rumors are flying that the state is releasing former Sugarprisoners either to county jails or city streets, thus sig-nificantly affecting the quality of life in San Jose. But according to Santa Clara County Sheriff LaurieSmith and District Attorney Jeff Rosen, AB109, the billthat became law on Oct. 1, does not allow for criminals tobe let out of jail early. Instead, it puts prisoners leavingstate prisons into county probation systems rather than Fixstate parole offices. It also will keep prisoners whosecrimes are considered nonviolent, non-serious andnonsexual in county jails rather than putting them intostate-run prisons. The bill is designed to ease overcrowding in stateprisons and save the state money. But it also may have asecondary benefit of keeping some lower-level offendersaway from hardened criminals. In addition, Santa ClaraCounty’s probation department has been more success-ful than parole officers in reintroducing offenders tosociety, says Rosen. It’s more than Smith says she thinks fears are misplaced that theseoffenders will immediately begin committing new crimes.“The prisoners would be coming out anyway. It’s just acase of who will supervise these people—a county proba- just a sweettion department or a state parole office.” Concerns among residents that these former prisonerscould become repeat offenders could be valid, but Smithand Rosen note the county’s probation department, toothalong with a number of rehabilitation programs, could page 9prove more successful than parole monitoring has been. “Offenders with serious prior strikes will be releasedunder community supervision. They will be monitored Jail, page 7First Class: Bellarmine College Preparatory dedicatesthe new Lokey Academic Center ................................page 6Flower Power: Floral designers interpret artworksat the Triton Museum of Art ............................... page 10 Visit our Special A My Town News Pages NEWSPAPER Jill Escher, the founder of Sugar Addiction Awareness Day, which is Oct. 30, plans to give away stuffed animals instead of candy to trick-or-treaters at her home on Halloween. Escher recently self-published a www.mercurynews.com/my-town book titled ‘Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s Guide to Easy Weight Loss.’ Proceeds from the books will go to local autism charities.
BRIEFSCity has a newnumber to Newsreport graffiti San Jose has a new toll-free Italian Men’s Club keeps up charitable impulsenumber to call to report grafﬁti.Grafﬁti Protective Coatings,which is working for the city, Bingo supportscan be reached at 866.249.0543. local nonproﬁts Concerns and reports canalso be emailed to antigrafﬁti@ BY CAROL ROSENsanjoseca.gov. For informationon San Jose’s Grafﬁti Abate- N early every Monday evening,ment Program, including cars fill the Elks Club parkinghow to volunteer, visit www. lot on Alma Street as moresanjoseca.gov/prns/antigrafﬁti. than 250 people enter the club to eat and play bingo. Four times a year, theHalloween bag money those people spend gets do- nated to local charities.workshop for The Italian Men’s Club began some 30 years ago, when a group of promi-teens and tweens nent San Jose businessmen with Ital- Teens and tweens are in- ian roots got together and collectedvited to make their own bags hundreds of pounds of clothing, blan-with Halloween or Day of kets, shoes and other necessities to help Southern Italian residents afterthe Dead themes at the Rose a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. TheyGarden Library, 1580 Naglee began a food drive, and ﬁnally startedAve., on Oct. 20 at 3:30p.m. collecting money through various There is no cost, and sup- fundraisers. PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYERplies will be provided. This group of 45 men, all members Kimberly Clabaugh, center, accepts a check for $2,000 on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank from the Italian of the Elks Club, then traveled to the Men’s Club in Willow Glen. To the left of Clabaugh is club president Tony Martino. Representatives from fourSantana Row is Italian village of St. Angelo de Lom- other charities, including Marthas Kitchen, Loaves and Fishes, the American Cancer Society and the San Jose bardi and took part in the opening of and Santa Clara War Memorial Fund, also received donations, all funded by Monday night bingo from the club.going pink for an elementary school that the money they collected had helped rebuild.breast cancer Since then those men, their friends, The family of longtime member mented with money from the bingo hard at all, it’s fun and I always have a Santana Row Shopping Cen- their sons and their sons’ friends Frank Tricomo presented the Ameri- games, he adds, and cost $6 a plate good time.” Taylor, Stimple and Kevinter merchants and restaurants have kept up the practice of donating can Cancer Society with an additional to make, but seniors pay only $5. “We Kimberly are the three youngest clubare supporting Breast Cancer money, except now the charities are check for $500. Tricomo died of can- used to do all the cooking, but we’re members.Awareness Month with a vari- much closer to home. cer on Sept. 11. getting older so now we have some Seven members are over 90. Con-ety of special events and offers. Today, the Italian Men’s Club “We’ve easily donated at least help. Most of us come here on Mon- sidered life members, they no longer boasts 35 members; it still meets at $300,000 to $400,000 in the last 30 days at 10 a.m. and work until 10 p.m.; have to pay dues. “The only way we Participants include Pink- the Elks Club in San Jose. Members years,” says Tony Martino, who’s the younger guys come after work.” lose a member is if he dies or moves toberry, The Blues Jean Bar, Ka- Club members are required to put serve a hot lunch to 150 to 250 low- serving his second term as president. another area or is severely physicallyra’s Cupcakes, Franco Uomo, income seniors every Monday and The club also plans to present a in 16 hours per month, although most disabled,” says Martino. “Some mem-San Francisco Shirt Company provide a no-host dinner and bingo $500 check to the Blue Star Moms, put in more. Ray Navarrete, who bers may not have names that soundand Tumi. For additional infor- every Monday night except Christ- which is holding a casino night on Oct. is 64 and has been a member for 11 Italian, but you only need some Ital-mation, visit www.santanarow. mas and New Year’s weeks and the 15 at the Elks Club. Member Kenny years, never misses a Monday, even ian lineage to be a member. A couplecom or call 408.551.4611. Monday holidays of Memorial Day, Blase’s son served four tours of duty though he has to drive 105 miles from of drops [of blood] if you have good Labor Day and often the week of the in Iraq and Afghanistan. Modesto. “It’s like a job. I love the club, legs,” he jokes.Women’s Club Fourth of July. All bingo proﬁts go to charity, Mar- and I love making money for charity.” Tony Taylor, one of Navarrete’s One of the older members, Sam Through the years, at least 60 char- tino says. Usually the club hands out Pintacura, is 93 and has been a mem-is the setting for ities have beneﬁted from these bingo checks three times a year, but this grandsons-in-law, joined the club a ber for 12 years. The smiling Pinta- games, including organizations that year ago. “I love the guys here,” hefree concert provide scholarships, places that feed year it was able to make four dona- tions. “When business is good, we try says. Jimmy Stimple, a single dad cure, who looks more like 60, says club days make him feel good. “It San Jose Women’s Club is the homeless and underprivileged, for extra donations.” with two kids, joined when his uncle keeps me always active and goinghosting a free concert on Oct. 16 the San Jose Mounted Unit, the Po- The senior lunches are supple- asked him. “I really enjoy this; it’s not somewhere. It gives me satisfactionat 3 p.m. in its historic building, lice Foundation, Sacred Heart Com- and it gets under your skin.”75 S. 11th St. A reception will munity Service and St. Christopher’s While the bingo games are thriv-follow. Church. ing, club members are getting older, Jose Mendiola, a bass/bari- OnarecentMonday,theclubbroke Bingo, and Martino says they would love to into its rounds of bingo to give $1,000 presented bytone and Jennifer Mitchell, a see more new and younger members. each to Loaves and Fishes, Martha’s the Italiansoprano, will perform. Both Kitchen, the American Cancer So- “The majority of our members are re- Men’s Club, is in tired and range from 65 to 90. We aresingers are winners of the vocal ciety, the San Jose and Santa Clara full swing mostscholarship established by Alma Veteran’s Memorial and $2,000 to Monday nights hopingformorenew members to keepTaylor and awarded to singers Second Harvest Food Bank, which at the Elks Club the club and its donations going.”who have the potential for a supplies Loaves and Fishes and Mar- on Alma Street For more information about the club,professional career. tha’s Kitchen, among others. in Willow Glen. visit www.italianmensclub.com. PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER2 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS OCTOBER 14, 2011 179
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News Pumpkins in the Park An insider’s FREE EVENT guide to Europe PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN MEDINA Join Trafalgar’s President and an expert European Travel Director for amazing insights into how to get an insider’s view of Europe and be the ﬁrst to learn what’s new and what’s hot in travel this year. • Take advantage of our exclusive attendee offers This scarecrow, dubbed • Enter the drawing for our Grand Prize giveaway! ‘Henrietta Hawk.’ was made by the Hoover Performing Arts • Enjoy refreshments and free parking Booster Club. and was featured in the scarecrow competition. Date: October 26, 2011 Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Refreshments served 30 min. prior) Venue: Villa Ragusa 35 S. Second St. Campbell, CA 95008 Pumpkins were there RSVP today – seats are limited! for the taking, and Call 408-574-2200 or RSVP online at plenty of youngsters www.AAA.com/Trafalgar made sure they found their favorites during a *Conditions apply. Details at show. CST#2077132-20 day of family fun at the 17th annual Pumpkins Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s in the Park event held at Discovery Department of Aging and Adult Services in partnership Meadow/Guadalupe with San Jose State University’s CHAMP, the Timpany River Park on Oct. 8. Center and the Friends of the Human Relations Commission of Santa Clara County Proudly Presents: Pets in overcrowded shelters are desperate for adoption The 19 Annual th By M ARY GOTTSCHALK local shelters, where space is All the shelters are offer- www.svaca.org, 408.764.0344. Adult Services Resource Fair It’s not raining cats and at a premium. There are un- wanted kittens and puppies ing special pricing during the challenge to encourage Town Cats is located in San Martin,but holds regular adop- on dogs, but there are deﬁnitely growing quickly as well as pets potential adopters to open tion fairs and events through- too many of them around, and dropped off because their own- their homes to cats and dogs out Santa Clara County. Visit Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9am – 1pm if they don’t soon ﬁnd new ers have lost their homes or in need. Participating shel- www.towncats.org or leave at the homes they are going to die. have been forced to move to ters are: Humane Society Silicon places that won’t accept pets. HSSV is at 901 Ames a message at 408.779.5761. Timpany Center Valley estimates that close to HSSV and other local shel- Ave., Milpitas, www.hssv.org, Santa Clara County Ani- 9,000 dogs and cats were euth- ters are participating in their 408.262.2133. mal Shelter is located at 730 Empey Way, San Jose, CA 95128 anized in 2010 because shelters ﬁrst Empty Our Shelters Chal- Silicon Valley Animal Con- 12370 Murphy Ave., San became too full to keep them. lenge, which started on Oct. 1 trol Authority is located at 370 Martin. www.southcounty • Free Health Screenings That’s the situation again in and continues through Oct. 16. Thomas Road, Santa Clara, pets.com, 408.686.3900. (Including Free Flu Shots to the First 150 Senior attendees) • Free Prizes/Giveaways • 40+ Vendors San Jose Unified seeks Strategic Plan community input at meetings • Fitness Demonstrations by SJSU Students students to succeed in the Camden Ave. SJSUD superintendent By M ARY GOTTSCHALK 21st century. The second meeting takes Vincent Matthews and the For More Information: TheSanJoseUniﬁedSchool Internal group meetings place in the Media Center of ﬁve members of the district’s of SJUSD administrators Hoover Middle School, 1635 board of education will be at Call (408) 975-4999 or visit District is hosting a series of community meetings seeking and employees were held in Park Ave. on Oct. 19 from each meeting. http://sccresourcefair.wordpress.com input on its strategic plan. August. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Translation services will be The plan is meant to iden- Community meetings will The third meeting is Oct. provided at each meeting. tify the necessary objectives be held on Oct. 18 from 6:30 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the For more information, visit and strategies to close the to 8 p.m. in the Media Center Media Center of Willow Glen www.sjusd.org and click on opportunity gap and prepare of Leland High School, 6677 High School, 2001 Cottle Ave. “Get Involved.”4 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS OCTOBER 14, 2011 179
News WE’VE MOVED! PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BELLARMINE COLLEGE PREPARATORY Event: Hear from Our Master of Public Administration Alums- Among the participants in the ceremony to dedicate the Lorry I. Lokey Academic Center Half Full or Half Empty? at Bellarmine College Prep were, from left, the Rev. Paul G. Sheridan; the Most Reverend Staying Positive in the Public Sector During Turbulent Times Patrick J. McGrath; the Rev. Mike Weiler; Lorry Lokey; and ASB president Joey Wall. When: October 25, 12:00-1:30 Where: Lorry I. Lokey Academic Center University of San Francisco, San Jose Campus 125 S. Market St. Suite 200, San Jose NEW LOCATIO N opens on the Bellarmine campus RSVP: BY M ARY GOTTSCHALK San Francisco. He sold the mine; and Joey Wall, student Lunch provided, parking vouchers available company to Warren Buffett’s body president and a senior. 408-343-7100 or www.usfca.edu/sanjose Bellarmine College Pre- Berkshire Hathaway in 2006 Nearly 300 people attended CHANGE THE WORLD FROM HERE paratory has dedicated the for approximately $600 mil- the late September dedica- SAN FRANCISCO SANTA ROSA SAN JOSE SACRAMENTO SAN RAMON Lorry I. Lokey Academic Cen- lion. He has since donated tion, including students, fac- ter on campus. more than $400 million to high ulty and staff, as well as mem- The new center houses 27 schools and colleges. bers of the boards of regents LOSING “INTEREST” classrooms, department work spaces, a faculty lounge and the Craft-Malcolm Family Ac- Present at the dedication were the Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath, bishop and trustees. The new center is the second of four new build- WITH YOUR BANK? ademic Resource Center. of the diocese of San Jose; ings constructed as part of It was made possible by the Rev. Mike Weiler, head Bellarmine’s master plan. Lokey’s gift of $15 million, the of the Jesuits in California; The Sobrato Center for the largest single gift by an individ- Chris Meyercord, principal Humanities and the Arts ual ever made to the school. of Bellarmine; the Rev. Paul opened in March 2010. An 1.02% APY* MONEY MARKET ACCOUNT Lokey is the founder of Business Wire, a news release G. Sheridan, president of Bellarmine; the Rev. Jerry athletic center and a stu- dent life center are expected service he started in 1961 in Wade, chancellor of Bellar- to be completed in fall 2012. 1.12% APY** 1 YEAR CD Firefly Run lights up neighborhood Street closures and times Morse from Naglee to Fre- 1.33% APY** 2 YEAR CD By M ARY GOTTSCHALK are: mont from 7:10 to 9 p.m. For the second time this Dana, from Naglee Avenue It is a 5K race that also wel- month, streets in the Rose to Hester Avenue and Brook- comes walkers with a 7:30 p.m. All rates effective October 11, 2011 and are subject to change without notice. Garden neighborhood will be lyn from Dana to Hadley from starting time. closed for a run. 4 to 11 p.m. Race day registration takes * Minimum balance to open a Money Market Account and obtain the annual percentage yield (APY) is $100,000. On Oct. 15, participants in Naglee from Garden Drive place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Transaction restrictions may apply. the Fireﬂy Run will traverse to Morse Street from 7:10 to start and is $40 per person. portions of the route used for 9 p.m. There will be 15 age cat- ** Minimum balance to open a CD and obtain the annual percentage yield (APY) is $1,000. Penalties may apply for the Rock ’n’ Roll Half Mara- Chapman Street, from Na- egories, including 10 and early withdrawals. CD’s automatically renew at maturity. thon on Oct. 2. glee to Fremont Street from under and 75 and over, with What sets the Fireﬂy Run 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. awards given to the ﬁrst place winners in each cat- PAN PACIFIC BANK apart from that run and most Fremont Street from Chap- man to The Alameda from 7:10 egory, as well as the ﬁrst others is that it takes place af- 47065 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539 ter dark. It takes its name from to 8:30 p.m. place winner overall. runners wearing LED lights, The Alameda from Randol The American Red Cross 408-240-8805 creating what organizers call a Avenue to Sunol Street from Silicon Valley Chapter will ﬁreﬂy-like effect. 7:10 to 9 p.m. beneﬁt from the race and do- www.panpacificbank.com nations made that day. The run starts and ends at Randol from The Alameda Ask about our New Account Concierge service! Dana and Brooklyn avenues in to Chapman from 7:10 to 9 For more information, visit front of Lincoln High School. p.m. www.fireflyrun.com.6 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS OCTOBER 14, 2011 179
NewsJails including 65 percent of the male population, whose av- erage stay in the jail wasContinued from page 1 205 days, and 57 percent of females, whose averageand will warrant more at- stay was 111 days, accordingtention than those with to the county’s Departmentless serious prior offenses,” of Corrections.says Rosen. He expects that “Before most serious of- Call today to advertise:monitoring by the police fenders are sent to prison,and by the county’s proba-tion department will keepthem in line. 408.200.1000 In a memo explainingAB109 the city council, San ‘Before mostJose Police Chief ChrisMoore explained that the seriouscounty has put together offenders are www.mercurynews.com/goals for what it calls a re-entry network. These goalsinclude: building safer com- sent to prison, my-townmunities by reducing crimeand recidivism through they spend aproper assessment and pro-gramming in custody and inthe community; establish- ton of time in Good Samaritan Hospital Eighth county jails’ing an integrated methodto transition inmates intothe community; ensuring —Laurie Smith Annual Stroke and Heart Health Fairlinks between inmate/ex- In recognition for itsoffenders and the resources Wednesday, October 26, 2011 commitment and successneeded for a stable and self-sufficient lifestyle; and pre- 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. in implementing excellentparing the county and its care for stroke patients,partners for realignment. they spend a ton of time NEW LOCATION: Addison Penzak Jewish Good Samaritan Hospital One of the main problems in county jails,” Smith Community Center, 14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos has received the Americanfor California has been the says. Currently, there are Heart Association /prisoner recidivism rate. 136 people in Santa Clara • Find out if you are at risk for Personal prescription review American Stroke Association’s Get WithBoth Smith and Rosen County custody for homi- The Guidelines ® Stroke Gold Plus Quality stroke—free screenings! with licensed Pharmacist American Heart Associationagree that state recidivism cide cases. The jail has sec- • Learn more about technology Achievement Award.rates are high, but think tions for minimum, mediumthe county has enough pro- and maximum security, she and drug therapies for stroke and resources to help you stop Good Samaritan Hospital holds advancedgrams in place to reduce adds and has the capac- heart disease smoking accreditation from The Joint Commission asthat rate. “Our recidivism ity to house more inmates. • Learn “Anytime CPR” PlaneTree Health Information a Primary Stroke Center.rate is about 70 percent,” Expectations are that the • Start to make lifestyle changes Center H2U health and wellnesssays Rosen, “and it’s our jail will add 80 inmates thishope that if we can lower month and about 50 each that can save your lifethat percentage by 10 to 20 month hereafter. Stroke risk assessment affinity group To reduce wait times, wepercent, that will result in The state, which is low Blood pressure screening Stroke Awareness Foundation recommend you plan yourfewer thousands of people on funds, has budgeted Diabetes screening Peninsula Stroke Association arrival. Body Mass Index screening Exhibits of latest strokecommitting crimes and in- $16 million to Santa Clara Pulmonary function screeningstead becoming contribut- County for this fiscal year, Last names beginning:ing members of society.” and Smith suggests that treatment, prevention, technologies and drug therapies A to E...... 10 a.m. P to T .......1 p.m. In addition, both say that amount could double formembers of Santa Clara the next fiscal year. F to J........ 11 a.m. U to Z......2 p.m.County’s probation depart- “We have some capac- K to O .... Noonment have already gone to ity in minimum and limitedstate prisons to assess the capacity in medium secu- Scan this code to Please call 1-888-724-2DOC toneeds of prisoners to be rity areas, but we are over register toll-free let us know you’re coming.released so the county can capacity in maximum secu- Great doctors. Great health care.work on addressing those rity,” Smith says. “We areneeds before the prisoners weighing our needs, but ifreturn to society. we need to build additional One other concern in the facilities, the state will pay Good Samaritan Hospital, 2425 Samaritan Dr., San Jose, CA 95124 • www.goodsamsanjose.comcommunity about AB109 for 90 percent of the newis the fact that county jails construction.”could soon become over-crowded. On Oct. 7, SantaClara County jails housed Silicon Valley Community Newspapers: Read us online!a total population of 3,435 Email Us www.mercurynews.com/my-townpeople. Of that number, Email us at dbryant@2,187 were being held for community-newspapers.com.pre-sentencing for felonies,179 OCTOBER 14, 2011 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS 7
Trick or Treat?It could be a very SAAD day for little goblins By M ARY GOTTSCHALKT rick-or-treaters stopping by other autism nonproﬁt groups. Jill Escher’s house on Hal- She ran into an old friend who loween will be given treats, had gone from a size 20 to a size PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER but not what they are most 6 and, like many others, asked her Jill Escher, the founder of Sugar Addiction Awareness Day, which is Oct. 30, plans to give awaylikely expecting. Instead of handing what her secret was. stuffed animals instead of candy to trick-or-treaters at her home on Halloween.out candy, Escher intends to hand out Calling it “simple,” her friendsmall toys, and she hopes others will said she’d gone to Overeatersfollow her example. Anonymous, eliminated sugar “They think of it as having a sweet erides, LDL cholesterol and HDL. people are stuck in Club Perma- Escher is the founder of Sugar Ad- and white ﬂour from her diet and tooth when it’s a very, very difﬁcult, “My former health complaints Chub, not really knowing there’s adiction Awareness Day on Oct. 30, a now ate three meals a day with no complex, tenacious biological phe- had disappeared,” she writes in fairly simple way out.”date she says is no coincidence. snacks in between. nomenon, and it mirrors symptoms her book. “I felt great, had glowing In the back of the book Escher “For kids today, every day is Escher says at that point she we see in drug addiction. skin, steady energy and a buoyant lists 21 sources in the ﬁeld of nu-Halloween,” says Escher, a Rose was personally frustrated with her “Like with alcohol, I can drink but mood. I felt almost like I had aged trition and 15 more in the ﬁeld ofGarden resident, businesswoman, own weight gain over the years I don’t have cravings, and I can go 10 years in reverse.” addiction, encouraging readers tomother of three and author of the and inability to lose it, her high months without a drink. I don’t have Escher had not planned to write learn more about nutrition, addic- that susceptibility. These chronic a book. Initially she planned to tion and recovery.newly published Farewell Club cholesterol and blood glucose lev- compulsions come from a variety of write a pamphlet for friends who Already Escher’s book is caus-Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s els, joint pain and her general feel- biological processes. kept asking her how she did it, but ing talk, and she’s getting invi-Guide to Easy Weight Loss. ing of fatigue. “People think of weight as a char- it got longer and longer. tations to share her story and “Kids eat a daily average of 22 tea- Although she knew she wasn’t a acter defect or being a couch potato, Her research included books, ar- research on podcasts and ra-spoons of added sugar, and teens eat compulsive overeater, she decided to but for the vast majority it’s a vul- ticles, research papers and dozens dio shows. She’s also been ap-a daily average of 34 teaspoons, with go to an OA meeting anyway. nerability, a sensitivity to sugar and of interviews, as well as websites, proached about participating in asoda being a major culprit. We eat It was there she says, “I realized ﬂour. Sugar and wheat are the big blogs, videos and podcasts. ﬁlm on sugar addiction.more sugar in a day than humans I was a sugar addict. I had to have two, and conquering that is the way “It’s only 100 pages long, and Meanwhile, she’s also gettingused to eat in a lifetime.” sweets every day, needing a little to solve the problem.” it compresses everything I’ve ready for Halloween at home and Escher’s path to founding SAAD pick-me-up and a little sweet.” Escher used information she learned into this small book so oth- hoping SAAD will help turn it intoand writing a book started in Septem- For Escher, that realization was found online from OA as well as ers with similar problems can ﬁnd a healthy holiday.ber 2010 at the annual Morgan Au- her turning point, and she decided different diet models to craft hertism Center’s Autism Interventions to face her addiction, which she be- their own way out,” she says. Jill Escher’s book Farewell Club own diet. which eliminated sug-Conference for parents, educators, lieves is shared by millions. The name “Club Perma-Chub” is Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict’s ars, ﬂour and processed foods.physicians and health care profession- “I was so frustrated while I was do- a phrase Escher coined as “a cute Guide to Easy Weight Loss is $9.95 Initially, she went through about aals. Escher has two children with au- ing my research to ﬁnd out how few three-week period of withdrawal, way of describing the hopelessly and available on amazon.com.tism and is donating proceeds from people knew how real sugar addic- with the ﬁrst few days being the perpetual chunkiness that didn’t For more information on SAAD,her book to the Morgan Center and tion is,” she says. most difﬁcult. Then her cravings seem to go away. I think a lot of visit www.endsugaraddiction.com. dropped away. HOW MUCH SUGAR? “I treated it like an alcoholic ALTERNATIVES TO CANDY giving up booze,” Escher says. “I How much sugar is in what contains 3 teaspoons of sugar. didn’t stay in Overeaters Anony- We all assume that when a child candy on Halloween. you’re drinking or eating? KC Masterpiece barbecue mous, but they helped me realize I is standing there on Halloween with Non-candy treats include stick- According to WebMD, here sauce, two tablespoons contains had a sugar addiction.” outstretched hands holding a bag ers, glow sticks or bracelets, books, are some ﬁgures on just how 3 teaspoons of sugar. In four months, which included and saying, “Trick-or-treat!” they packets of crayons or chalk, color- much sugar is in a variety of Minute Maid Lemonade, 12 not only Halloween but also expect a piece of candy. ful pencils, bottles of bubbles, min- foods: percent Lemon Juice All Natu- Thanksgiving and the holidays, Not necessarily, say Yale Univer- iature yo-yos, Halloween rings in Motts Apple Sauce small ral, contains 7¼ teaspoons of Escher says she lost 30 pounds sity researchers. the shape of skulls or spiders, slide serving cup contains 5½ tea- very easily. They offered 284 children be- puzzles, fancy erasers, temporary sugar. spoons of sugar. “I wasn’t exercising or going to tween the ages of 3 and 14 a choice tattoos, key chains, hair clips or just Weight Watchers Blueberry Arizona Iced Tea, 16 ounces the gym and not depriving myself. between candies and comparably coins like quarters. Mufﬁn contains 4½ teaspoons contains 12 teaspoons of sugar. sized toys and found the children A good place to ﬁnd bags of al- Yoplait Original 99 percent I was eating real food and getting of sugar. rid of the white stuff.” were just as likely to choose toys as ternatives to candy are at party Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran, fat free, Lemon Burst, 6 ounces candy. supply, dollar, toy and drug contains 7¾ teaspoons sugar. Just 5 feet tall, Escher dropped ¾ cup contains 3¾ teaspoons of from 156 pounds to her current Given that a non-candy treat is a stores. Most have a stock of sugar. Skinny Cow low-fat Ice healthier choice than candy, nutri- Halloween-themed items, with- weight of 122. Newman’s Own Tomato Cream Cone contains 4¾ tea- tion professionals encourage adults non-Halloween treats in the party Along with the weight loss came Basil spaghetti sauce, ½ cup spoons sugar. normal levels of blood sugar, triglyc- to consider giving alternatives to favors area.179 OCTOBER 14, 2011 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS 9
Community Fall Floral Festival at Triton is a marriage of flowers and artwork BY M ARY GOTTSCHALK Luther Burbank called ﬂow- ers “sunshine, food and medi- cine for the soul.” Many believe the same is true of art. Visitors to the second an- nual Fall Floral Festival on Oct. 15 at the Triton Museum of Art will have an opportu- nity to judge for themselves, as the show combines both art and ﬂowers. More than 20 ﬂoral design- ers will take pieces of art and sculpture from the perma- nent collection of the Triton Museum of Art and interpret PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF TRITON MUSEUM OF ART them in ﬂowers. Floral designer Kika Shibata interpreted Lilia Lender’s Some may decide to do a Composition in Black and White for the inaugural Fall literal interpretation of the Floral Festival at the Triton Museum of Art in 2010. art, but more likely they will She returns for the second annual festival on Oct. 15 use it for inspiration and put and will be joined by more than 20 other designers. their own spin on it. They will be doing floral interpretations of art from That’s exactly what Kren the Tritons permanent collection. Rasmussen and Sam Singer of Bloomster’s in Almaden Valley did at the ﬁrst ﬂoral festival. pressionistic, not literal,” the festival. In the 1990s he par- To go with artist Dan May’s Tompkison says. ticipated in and chaired Arts Running the Dog, they created Kika Shibata of Ikebana and Flowers for the de Saisset a ﬁre hydrant out of ﬂowers Arts in downtown San Jose is Museum at Santa Clara Uni- and added a couple of bones in a returning artist. versity several times. ﬂowers for good measure. At the 2010 event she did As the de Saisset discon- Catherine M. Tompkison, an Ikebana arrangement to tinued its event more than who lives in the Cambrian complement Lilia Lender’s a decade ago, Citti says he’s area, says she is excited Composition in Black and pleased to see another local about participating for the White. museum step up. ﬁrst time this year. Although Shibata, another partici- Other participating design- she works as a public affairs pant in Bouquets to Arts for ers are Melany Moore of Shan- consultant and is not a ﬂorist, more than 15 years, is pleased elFlowers in Campbell, George she has participated in the to see a similar event in Sili- Pappas of Gilmore Flowers in prestigious Bouquets to Arts con Valley. Los Gatos, Jeff Baumgartner at the de Young Museum in “We need art and things like of Just For You Florist in Los San Francisco for ﬁve years this in the South Bay, and the Altos, Poppie Rodriquez of Sa- and in the Cathedral Festival Triton building has a wonder- shay Floral in Mountain View of Flowers at St. Mary’s Ca- ful design,” she says. “I hope a and private designers Martin thedral in San Francisco for lot of people come and see it.” Mieger of the Rose Garden and four years, and she’s been a Shibata, owner of Ikebana Carol Ogle of Los Gatos. volunteer ﬂower arranger at Arts in Japantown, is doing Sandy Lesnewsky, coordi- Filoli for almost 30 years. an interpretation but also has nator of the Retail Floristry “Flower arranging for me invited some of her students Program at Mission College, is a way to express myself to join her this year. Each will Santa Clara, will bring some creatively,” she says. interpret a different piece of of her students to demon- Atthecathedralshow, which art, including both sculpture strate how they put arrange- ended Oct. 2, Tompkison cre- and paintings. ments together. ated a 15-foot-tall design in “I wanted my students to ex- Fall Floral Festival, Oct. 15, 6- keeping with the grandeur of perience translating another 8:30 p.m., Triton Museum of Art, the church. person’s art in an Ikebana 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa For the Triton show, she has way,” she says. “We are pretty Clara. Tickets for the party are selected an abstract piece by contemporary design artists.” $50 and include hors d’oeuvres Los Gatos artist Lou Birming- Another featured designer and wine, beer and soft drinks. ham, who had a solo show at is Chris Citti, vice president of On Oct. 16 the floral designs and the museum earlier this year. Citti’s Florists and a resident of art will be on display from 11 Call today to advertise: 408.200.1000 “I picked one of the larger the Rose Garden area. a.m. to 5 p.m. with $5 admission. canvases, and I’m going to Citti is returning to serve as For additional information or do a piece that is highly im- the ﬂoral art coordinator for reservations, call 408.247.3754.10 SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS OCTOBER 14, 2011 179