Briefs

Shopping volunteers needed
Small Steps, a non-profit organization that provides a shopping
trip to buy a coat and shoes for children with a need, is looking
for volunteers to take children shopping in San Benito County.
Shopping volunteers needed

Small Steps, a non-profit organization that provides a shopping trip to buy a coat and shoes for children with a need, is looking for volunteers to take children shopping in San Benito County.

The children are selected by their teachers. This year’s goal is to provide for 250 children.

Volunteers must be at least 16 and be free Nov. 2 beginning at 6:30 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Target shopping center for a short orientation before the children arrive at 7 a.m. The event will run until 10:30 a.m. For more information call Bianchi Lorincz and Company, 243 6th St., 831-638-2111 to receive a form.

Contributions can be made to Small Steps, P.O. Box 2137, Hollister, 95024.

Free prostate screening

The nation’s only traveling prostate cancer screening clinic is coming to Hollister and Gilroy in October.

The free mobile clinic is designed to give testing to under-served, at-risk men in the Hispanic community. It is sponsored by the Health Trust and the Silicon Valley Council on Aging.

The disease is a critical men’s health issue in the Silicon Valley, where prostate cancer incidence rates are 13 percent higher than the national average.

Educational materials and free confidential screenings will be available

onboard The Drive Against Prostate Cancer at the following times and

locations: Tuesday, Oct. 1 Safeway, 591 Tres Pinos Rd. Hollister, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 2 Safeway, 905 1st Street Gilroy, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Drive Against Prostate Cancer is a one-of-a-kind mobile screening unit where local licensed physicians conduct a two-part screening procedure, which includes a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and physical examination. The screenings are conducted in a 39-foot Airstream Land Yacht XL, owned by Thor Industries and designed specifically for prostate cancer screening. The vehicle is making stops throughout the country in an effort to screen 10,000 men by the end of the year.

Library pitch going to farm workers

The San Benito County Free Library and the Salinas Public Library will launch a bilingual media campaign this week to promote the library, books and reading to farm workers and local Spanish-speaking residents. The 13-week campaign (entitled “The Library. Check It Out/LaBiblioteca.EDtala!”) includes Spanish radio, radio promotional events and billboards in English and Spanish.

The California State Library chose the San Benito County Free Library and

Salinas Public Library to field-test the campaign’s effectiveness in promoting the library to farm workers and Spanish-speaking residents. The libraries have partnered with Entravision Communications and Viacom Outdoor Media to conduct the campaign. Entravision owns Spanish-language stations KLOK 99.5 FM, KSES 107.1 FM and KMBX 700 AM. The campaign is being paid for with by the media partners and with $40,000 of federal Library Services and Construction Act funding.

The radio campaign continues into November. As part of the campaign the

libraries and radio station KLOK will visit farm workers in the field to distribute information about library services. KLOK will also stage an

event on Saturday, October 19 from 2-3pm at the San Benito County Free

Library.

Senior project topic at tonight’s LAFCO

The Local Annexation Formation Commission will re-examine the Annotti senior housing project tonight.

In April the agency annexed into Hollister’s Urban Services Area 12 of the 18.5 acres requested by the developers. But project applicants Marilyn and Richard Ferreira and Warmington Homes’ Marty Miller said that without the full 18.5 acres — located at Valley View Road and Airline Highway – the project would not be economically feasible. If the land is not in the urban service area, the project is doomed because of the county’s 1 percent growth cap in unincorporated areas. The project’s backers are hoping to swap land easements with the Palmtag property off Union Road.

It all may be a moot point, however, now that the state water board has enacted a cease and desist order on all new sewage hook-ups in the city until an improved sewage system is in place. City officials don’t expect it to be completed until Oct. 2005.

The meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. at the Administration Building on West and Fourth streets tonight.

CHP needs help

A 70-year-old man was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver as he crossed Highway 156 east of Bixby Road at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday and Highway Patrol investigators are looking for witnesses.

Cerilo Cardenas of San Juan Bautista was in the east-bound lane when he was struck. His nephew, who crossed ahead of him, did not see the vehicle.

Anyone with information should call the CHP at 408-848-2324 and speak with an investigator.

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