Archive for June, 2009

Green Cup Yogurt hold Grand Opening

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

The new Green Cup Frozen Yogurt held its Grand Opening Friday afternoon.

Cutting the ribbon at Green Cup Yogurt

Cutting the ribbon at Green Cup Yogurt

San Jose mayor Chuck Reed was on hand as well as Councilmember Pete Constant for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Reed gushed about how much he enjoys frozen yogurt.

Some aspects of the environmentally friendly yogurt shop were highlighted. The signage is run on solar power, and the cooling system saves 3 gallons of water per minute compared to conventional frozen yogurt cooling systems.

Green Cup participated in the San Jose Redevelopment Agency’s retail and recruitment program and sign grant program. The sign, designed by the owners, is the first solar-powered sign fabricated and installed with Redevelopment Agency assistance.

Green Cup Frozen Yogurt is located in the First Century Plaza at 747 South Winchester Boulevard.

West San Jose Resident ceases publication

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The West San Jose Resident has ceased publication. The May 8, 2009 issue was the last.

The local community paper started publication in 2005. At first, Silicon Valley Community Newspapers produced physical printed editions and delivered them to local homes in West San Jose. Soon after, they went online only. Some residents were unaware that the paper went online only, and thought the paper stopped publication when the newspaper stopped arriving at their doorstep.

This small article was the only announcement of the West San Jose Resident's demise.

This small article was the only announcement of the West San Jose Resident's demise.

The publishing came to an end with little fanfare. The final issue only included a 3 paragraph corner announcing its demise.

It seems too coincidental that the West San Jose Resident stopped publishing just after South Winchester News started up. A request for comment from Silicon Valley Community Newspapers went unanswered.

Green Cup to hold Grand Opening Event

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

The new Green Cup Yogurt at the First Century Plaza at 747 South Winchester Boulevard is holding a Grand Opening event on Friday, June 25, at 4 pm.

picture-7Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilmember Pete Constant will be on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon will be cut at 4 pm, and free samples will be available from 4 pm to 6 pm.

The Best Chinese Chicken Salad

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

When I say best, I don’t mean best on South Winchester Boulevard. I mean best in the Bay Area. For years I’ve considered the Chinese Chicken Salad at Blue Sky a hidden gem. Everyone I’ve ever introduced to it has loved it. 

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The ingredients are always fresh and include lettuce, fried rice noodles, ground up peanuts and small slices of chicken breast all tossed in a delicious dressing that is both sweet and has a bit of  bite to it. The salad is considered an appetizer and is available in two sizes: Small for $4.50 and large for $7.25.

The small is large enough for two to share as an appetizer. If you’re ordering the salad as your main course you can order a small or large depending on how large your appetite is. If you prefer to order as a vegetarian salad simply order without the chicken. It’s still just as good. 

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If you place your order to go they will put the dressing in a separate container. Personally I prefer they toss and pack the salad as you seem to get more dressing that way. Yes, it might get a little soggy if you wait to long to eat it but I’d rather order it tossed and eat fast then have to add the dressing myself later. 

The service is competent and courteous, the food is prepared quickly and there is a parking lot provided.

Blue Sky is located at the intersection of Winchester and Sanford just one block south of Campbell Ave.
2028 Winchester Blvd
Blue Sky Website
Campbell, CA 95008-3420
(408) 378-0424

E-Waste Recycling Event this Saturday

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley is sponsoring a free Electronic Waste Recycling event this Saturday, June 20, from 9 am to 3 pm at Archbishop Mitty High School.

Members of the public can take their old computers, monitors, televisions, telephones, and other unwanted electronic equipment to 5000 Mitty Way for free disposal. EarthCare Recycling will take the items and provide them to ECS Refining for processing, guaranteeing all items are recycled. ECS Refining keeps all items from landfills and does not export waste to other parts of the world. Earthcare Recycling wipes all hard drives so they are free of all your information. ECS Refining also shreds the drives once Earthcare sends the drives to them.

Download the flyer for more information

Tana Market offers Ethiopian food

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Tana Market has just opened at 1358 South Winchester Boulevard. This was the previous location of Camaro Cleaners. Tana Market moved to this location recently from their old location at 655 West Hamilton Avenue.

Tana Ethiopian Market

Tana Ethiopian Market

Tana Market offers a variety of Ethiopian foods. They offer Ethiopian spices, grains, onions, oil, flour, honey, olive oil, and juices imported from Ethiopia and the Mediterranean.

Tana is waiting for a conditional use permit to sell liquor, which owner Melaku Aynalen says could take 90 – 180 days. The Winchester Business Association has come out in favour of Tana’s application, writing a letter to the San Jose Planning Department, explaining that the only other place to purchase traditional Ethiopian liquor is in Oakland.

As soon as Tana gets its permit, it will be “operating in full”. It has been partially open with a limited selection of foods for about two months. As soon as Aynalen gets his use permit, he will install a walk-in cooler and fill up the store and have a grand opening with an Ethiopian style BBQ outside.

There is a significant Ethiopian population in the area, says Aynalen. There are two Ethiopian restaurants in the area – Selam at Winchester and Williams, and Zeni at Payne and Saratoga.

Veronic’a Art Of Dance Now Open

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Veronica’s Art Of Dance has now opened at 860 South Winchester Boulevard. The dance studio occupies the space formerly occupied by Tutoring Club.

Veronica's Art Of Dance

Veronica's Art Of Dance

The studio offers a wide variety of dance styles and has classes for all ages. They offer birthday party packages, studio rentals, ongoing classes, choreographies, and fitness plans. They are offering summer camps on weekday mornings and afternoons for kids ages 6 – 24 months, 3 – 6, and 7 – 12. For adults, they have dance classes for Zumba (a fusion of Latin and International music), Hip Hop, Latin, and Jazz.

Iraq War protestor has been at Stevens Creek and Winchester for over 6 years

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

David Ledesma has been at the corner of Stevens Creek Boulevard and Winchester Boulevard protesting the US wars in the Middle East since the Iraq invasion 6 years and 3 months ago.

David Ledesma with his peace flag and sign.

David Ledesma with his peace flag and sign.


Every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am Ledesma sets up his signs at the busy intersection and holds his peace flags until 2 pm. He began protesting with South Bay Mobilization in March 2003 in the weeks leading up to the invasion of Iraq. A few weeks later the organization he was with stopped protesting, but Ledesma continued on. Even though he’s now acting on his own, often supporters of his cause will join him, holding up signs and waving flags.

Ledesma is in opposition to all the US military actions going on in the Middle East. “The United States has been, through foreign policy, meddling in other people’s affairs for decades, both Democratic and Republican administrations, and people are tired of it. People around the world are sick of it and that’s what gives rise to extremism.”

ledesmasignsLedesma does not hold much hope that the change in administration from Bush to Obama will end the conflicts. “During the campaign, Obama said he was not going to bring troops home from Iraq for 16 months, and to me that’s not acceptable. And today, he’s now said it’s going to be until 2011 before he makes his decision. Even then there’s no guarantee that are troops are going to be coming home. As far as Afghanistan is concerned, he said during the campaign before the election, that he was going to increase US troop presence by 20,000. After he got elected, he increased it to 30,000.”

Under no illusion that he’s going to stop the wars, Ledesma just wants the public to know that there’s an opposition. “I did it because I want the American public to see resistance, I want them to see that there’s opposition. I want them to see the message because they’re not seeing this message on the news, they’re not seeing this kind of message on TV. So at least in my own small way, I’m getting a message out to the thousands and thousands of people that pass by this intersection, but I’m under no illusion that I’m going to stop the war. I’m not. I know that. But I’m just going to do what I can do.” As he speaks, car horns blow frequently showing solidarity with his message.

Foreign wars is a particularly close topic for Ledesma who, at age 13, lost his older brother Joseph to the Vietnam war. “I’m researching for a book that I’m writing on his life and I’ve contacted 8 men who served with him in Vietnam, including the medic who was with him when he died, and in my research I found my borther didn’t even die the way the government said he died. They lied to us about how he died. It’s not uncommon that the militay lies to the families because they don’t want the families to know the truth. They want to glorify the death. ”

Ledesma doesn’t limit his message to those driving through the busy intersection. He regularly visits high schools teaching students about alternatives to military service. “They’re really marketing the military to young people. The work that I do now for the last four years, every week I’ve been on the high school campuses of Wilcox High School and Santa Clara High School setting up a table during lunch time talking to the students about their options to military service, specifically not to join the military – to go to college or go to vocational training, do something else after high school.”

There’s a great interview with Ledesma here taken at the 5 year anniversary of his protest.