• 2nd Covid Case at Robert Down

    May 5, 2021

    Students in Mr. Ibrahim’s 4th grade class were sent home today, Wednesday, at noon when it was learned one student had tested positive for Covid-19 last week. Ibrahim and his students will be in quarantine until next Tuesday and perhaps longer if anyone develops Covid symptoms. While in quarantine, students will resume distance learning.

    CA Covid Risks

    May 5, 2021

    Earth Day Essay Contest Winners

    May 1, 2021

    Picking winners for this contest was very difficult. They were all truly winners. Every entry showed excellent command of the English language and an optimistic winning spirit. We at Cedar Street Times were impressed with the maturity, originality, and passion, found in every essay. The essays ranged from the philosophical to the practical. It’s no wonder our Middle School was named a 2021 California Distinguished School. We encourage our subscribers to read the full text of the essays in the current edition of the Cedar Street Times. Our apologies to Isabella Jones that her name was accidentally omitted from the end of her essay in the newspaper.

    $100 First Prize goes to Ella Williamson, eighth grade, for her essay Look, a World! It is a wonderfully personal account of moving to Pacific Grove a year ago and becoming aware of the beauty of the planet as her 3-year-old sister challenged her to look at the natural wonders of this special place. The essay was perfectly written with no grammar errors. Great Job Ella, and thank you Aurelia’s Boutique for your sponsorship.

    $50 Second Prize goes to John Schuchard, 6th grade, for his essay My New Perspective on Earth Day. John had lived in five other states before coming to Pacific Grove one an a half years ago. His essay gives a historical perspective of the formation of Earth Day which began in California in 1970. Nice work John, and thanks to Cafe Guarani for your sponsorship.

    $25 Third Prize goes to Isabella Jones, 8th grade, for her essay Our Chance. Isabella describes how daily activities of ordinary people contribute to the degradation of the environment, and she calls for a “deeper dedication and true passion” to enact lasting change for the good of the planet. Excellent writing Isabella, and thanks to The Treasure Grove for your sponsorship.

    $20 Honorable Mention prizes are going to Claire Tulley (Earth: our Wonderfully Beautiful Home), Ersi Kullolli (How we can stop the Pacific Ocean garbage patch), Grace Miller (To Celebrate the Earth), Khamiah Quinones (The Interesting History and Importance of Earth Day), and Lilah Del Castillo (Earth Day).

    Thank you Pacific Grove Rentals for your sponsorship.

    Robert Down Student has COVID 19

    April 26, 2021

    Pacific Grove Unified School District

    Earlier this afternoon, we were notified that a student attending school via in-person instruction at Robert Down was diagnosed with COVID-19. The family is taking the necessary precautions to keep the student home and is in regular communication with me. The student wore their mask while in attendance and only removed it during snack and lunch for a limited time within their designated eating area. In addition, I conducted follow-up communication with the Monterey County Health Department for reporting and guidance. All families whose children are in the same class as the student diagnosed with COVID-19 have been notified separately.

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    Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts second virtual job fair on April 27, 2021

    April 24, 2021

    April 23, 2021; Monterey, Calf. – Monterey Bay Aquarium welcomes individuals with interest in the ocean and conservation to participate in its second virtual job fair on Tuesday, April 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Seasonal and limited full-time positions available include guest experience representatives, guest support services (custodial), and security officers. Job descriptions, applications and more information can be found on our website.

    The Aquarium’s business partner SSA will also be in attendance, seeking to hire retail associates and office operations associates. Those interested in interviewing with SSA will also need to apply for the position at SSA’s website

    Event details follow:

    Monterey Bay Aquarium Virtual Job Fair

    Monterey Bay Aquarium reopens to the public on May 15, 2021. The Aquarium seeks to fill 40 open positions, and SSA looks to fill 10 open positions through the virtual job fair. Learn more about the fair and current opportunities by visiting MontereyBayAquarium.org/Jobs.

    Covid Facts

    April 21, 2021

    RALLY TO PROTEST ATTACKS ON ASIAN-AMERICANS

    April 20, 2021

    A rally to protest the rise in racism against and attacks on members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities (AAPI) will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, on the lawn in front of historic Colton Hall at Monterey City Hall, 580 Pacific Street.

    Rally organizers have lined up speakers representing various local Asian-American communities. Congressman Jimmy Panetta and Monterey City Councilmember Tyller Williamson will also speak.

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    NASA Flies Ingenuity on Mars

    April 19, 2021

    The first ever aircraft to fly on another planet, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, took off from the Martian surface at 3:46 am Monday morning. The craft rose to about 10 feet, hovered for about 30 seconds then descended to a soft landing roughly 200 feet from the Perseverance rover which carried Ingenuity to the red planet in it’s undercarriage.

    While airborne, Ingenuity took a photo — a selfie of it’s shadow cast on the barren Martian surface. Although it didn’t carry any scientific payload, the four-pound copter did establish a proof-of-concept for controlled autonomous flight on distant worlds, a feat we are sure to see more of in the not-so-distant future.

    Photo: NASA, JPL, Cal-Tech

    Pfizer vaccine will need a 3rd shot 12 months later.

    April 16, 2021

    Pfizer CEO claims a booster shot may be needed 12 months after the second vaccination and perhaps every year thereafter. Moderna also announced they are readying a boosters to better combat new variants. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is now on hold while rare blood clots which occurred in six patients (out of almost seven million) after receiving the J&J vaccine are investigate. Meanwhile Covid infection rates nationwide are climbing again and three Covid variants of concern have been identified.

    Pacific Grove High School opens April 6

    April 6, 2021

    PG Middle School Honored

    March 30, 2021

    Pacific Grove Middle School named a Distinguished School under the 2021 California Distinguished Schools Program. Amid the backdrop of uncertainty and hardship facing all California schools this past year, this recognition is especially remarkable. The only other school in Monterey County to be so recognized is San Benancio Middle School.

    PG Middle School Principal Sean Roach said: Being one of only two schools in Monterey County to receive this award is quite an honor. It is entirely a team effort, our faculty and staff all pulling in the same direction, with our eyes on the same prize! We’re especially proud of reducing the achievement gap and seeing big improvement in our at-promise students! PGMS is Proud!”

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    Panetta wants $12 Million to save Monarchs

    March 28, 2021

    Congressman Jimmy Panetta held a press conference at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Saturday to announce reintroduction of the bi-partisan Monarch Act and the Highway and Pollinator Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Panetta said these acts will commit over $12 million to “stem the imminent risk of extinction of the Western Monarch species, a major pollinator for our crops and bright icon for our culture”.

    The full story will be presented in the next issue of the Cedar Street Times online Friday April 2, 2010.

    Panetta Press Conf. Protect the Monarch Butterflys

    March 26, 2021

    On Saturday, March 27 at 2:30PM PT, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) will hold a press conference on the introduction of his two bills to prevent further decline of the Western Monarch Butterfly.  Congressman Panetta will be joined by Mayor Bill Peake of Pacific Grove and Mayor Donna Meyers of Santa Cruz in the Central Coast Native Plant Garden at the Natural History Museum in Pacific Grove.  A staff representative of the museum will be in attendance to answer questions surrounding the native plant garden, which is home to local plants that attract the Western Monarch and play a crucial role in the species’ conservation.

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    New COVID treatment 85% effective

    March 26, 2021

    A joint-venture between Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline applied to the U.S. FDA for emergency use authorization for their COVID-19 dual-action antibody which in a phase-3 clinical trial showed a remarkable 85% reduction in hospitalization or death for patients with confirmed disease.

    Similar antibody treatments from Eli Lilly and Regeneron, have not been widely used because they require intravenous infusion in a hospital setting soon after patients become symptomatic. The Vir-Glaxo venture aims to develop an intramuscular injection which would be targeted to the pre-symptomatic at-risk population as soon as disease is detected by testing.

    The new antibody is effective against all COVID variants according to a company spokesman.

    Caroline Coen – Valedictorian

    March 26, 2021

    Caroline Coen – Pacific Grove High School Valedictorian 2021

    Native Pagrovian Caroline Coen is an alumna of Robert Down Elementary and Pacific Grove Middle School. A National Merit Scholar and US Presidential Scholar nominee, she published a novel, The Angel Oak, in 2020. She has served on the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court (Queen Topaz 2019), as a volunteer at the PG Library, and as founder of a free camp for children, WAVE Writers, an offering of the WAVE program. A flutist, she serves as the PG High School Drum Major. She is also editor of the school’s newspaper and yearbook. A four-sport varsity athlete (cross country, tennis, soccer, and track), Caroline qualified for the 2019 XC State Championships. Caroline plans to study English and statistics.

    Eva Mills – Co-Salutatorian

    March 26, 2021

    Eva Mills – Pacific Grove High School Co-Salutatorian 2021

    An alumna of Robert Down Elementary and Pacific Grove Middle School, Eva Mills has been balancing academics and athletics for many years. At Pacific Grove High School, she is a three-season varsity athlete on the water polo, basketball, and swim teams. In addition to her school and sports commitments, Eva works part-time as a tutor and is active in campus clubs including the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She plans to study Environmental Science and Policy at a four-year university.

    Gaby Giraldo – Co-Salutatorian

    March 26, 2021

    Gaby Giraldo – Pacific Grove High School Co-Salutatorian 2021

    Gaby Giraldo has enjoyed being a leader on and off the field at Pacific Grove High School.  She was sophomore and junior class president and during senior year was president of both the Associated Student Body and National Honor Society.  She was varsity soccer team captain for three years, being named the League’s Midfielder of the Year as a freshman, a first-team All-League selection all three years, and twice All-CCS Honorable Mention.  Gaby attended Forest Grove (with the exception of a semester abroad in England in fourth grade) and PGMS.  She plans to study Political Science in college and pursue a career in public service.

    PGHS Tennis routs Notre Dame

    March 25, 2021

    Caroline Martin, Tianna Battistini, Karlee Kelly and Matilde Romano were singles winners in Pacific Grove’s 7-0 win over Notre Dame. Caroline Coen-Bella Yanez, Victoria Adint-Serra Arkan and Emma Font-Christie Oh swept the doubles competition.

    —John Devine @JohnJDevin

    Pacific Grove Library Concert

    March 25, 2021

    For a wonderful live musical performance and
    a peek into the Pacific Grove Library

    The Monterey Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will broadcast its next virtual performance from the newly renovated library on Saturday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT).

    This 30 minute Balcony Session features the MSO’s principal flautist Dawn Walker and cellist Mark Walker with a special guest appearance by MSO Executive Director and violinist Nicola Reilly.

    To view the performance follow either link to Vimeo video sharing platform or the MSO YouTube channel.


    Library Manager Diana Godwin reminds us that “The light and warmth of the library is a beautiful backdrop for a classical music concert, and library staff are looking forward to hosting the Monterey Symphony. We are also pleased to be able to provide a look into the library.”

    Full program details and artist’s bios can be found at the Symphony’s website: www.MontereySymphony.org

    The Monterey Symphony was founded in 1946. The Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

    PG Museum Opens April 9

    March 24, 2021

    PG Museum Announces Reopening Plans

    In preparation for reopening with guidance from State, City, and public health authorities, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History announced today limited operating days and hours, a new ticketing reservation policy, and health and safety measures so everyone can safely enjoy visiting their favorite local Museum.

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    Black History Month Essay Contest – First Prize

    March 18, 2021

    An Investment in the Human Soul – by Chloe Coe, PGHS Sophomore

        As the daughter of former slaves, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune only dreamed of creating the change that she and many young African Americans had forever longed to see in the world. On July 10th, 1875, Bethune was born into a family consisting of her mother (Patsy McLeod), her father (Samuel McLeod), and 17 children she would call her siblings. 

    After the civil war, her newly freed mother continued to work for the family that had previously owned her until she was able to buy the cotton farm from said family. Bethune worked alongside her family on the farm until she was able to attend a newly founded boarding school in North Carolina. She was adamant about utilizing these newly granted privileges in order to prove herself to anyone and everyone who had ever doubted an African American child’s abilities and determination. 

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    Black History Month Essay Contest – Second Place

    March 18, 2021

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – by Maryam Baryal, PGHS Freshman

    On August 1, 1920, Henrietta Lacks was born in Roanoke, Virginia to a black tobacco farming family. A few years later, her mother passed away during childbirth, leaving Lacks’ father a widower with ten children. Knowing he could not raise them by himself, he moved his family north, to Clover, Virginia, where he divided up the children between his relatives to raise. Henrietta was sent to live with her grandfather who also happened to be raising her cousin named Day. In 1935, at the age of fourteen, Henrietta had a baby boy with her cousin and four years later, they had a daughter. In 1941, the couple decided to get married. 

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    Black History Month Essay Contest – Third Prize

    March 18, 2021

    Marshall “Major” Taylor – by William Coen, PGHS Freshman

    Every Sunday morning, I ride a “Greg LeMond” road bicycle, named after a famous cyclist who won multiple Tour de France races in the 1980s. I now believe that instead I should ride a “Major Taylor” road bicycle, if only it existed.

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cycling was one of the most popular sports globally and Marshall “Major” Taylor was the fastest sprint cyclist in the world. His greatest of many accomplishments was winning both the one-mile and two-mile sprint races at the 1899 World Championships, held in Montreal. To this day, Taylor is the only African-American to become a world cycling champion. Despite facing unconscionable racism, Taylor persevered, demonstrating his cycling talent in a sport dominated by White men.

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    Subjugation of Tibet

    March 8, 2021

    In 1959, my homeland of Tibet was invaded and forcibly taken over by Communist China.

      Khenpo Karten Rinpoche & Dalai Lama

    Fortunately, His Holiness the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet, and over 100,000 Tibetans subsequently followed him into exile to India.  Around 1965, a Cultural Revolution was set into motion inside Tibet and continued over the next 10 years; during this period, monasteries were desecrated and destroyed. With the sole intention of transforming the land of Tibet into a Chinese territory, the Communist regime implemented all possible strategies, physical and psychological, soft and harsh, with the ultimate aim of completely destroying the environment of Tibet and eradicating Tibetan culture.  

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    Happy Sunny Day in Foggy PG 3/5/21 Issue

    March 4, 2021

    What a beautiful day to finish this issue and get it off to you all! There’s a lot of great stuff in it, too.
    Wonderful pictures by Bob Pacelli, and Gary Baley, an inspiring story by Jill Kleiss, and all the usual suspects including the winners of the Black History Month essay contest. A new contest will be forthcoming with the Middle School. Look for it, especially if you have a Middle-Schooler.
    Meanwhile, flip your sunglasses up and go to
    https://cedarstreettimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/03-05-21-with-Joy.pdf

    SPCA Advisory

    March 4, 2021

    SPCA Advises Removing Bird Feeders, Bird Baths Through April

    The Central Coast, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington are experiencing a salmonellosis outbreak in migrating Pine Siskins This bacterial pathogen is lethal for these small birds. Bird feeders are the primary source of transmission for the disease. Sadly, many Pine Siskins exposed to the bacteria at bird feeders have succumbed to salmonellosis this winter here on the Central Coast.

    Most of the affected birds are Pine Siskins, small, heavily streaked, yellow-accented finches, but Lesser Goldfinch and other finch species can fall victim to salmonellosis as well. While more rare, this disease can also transmit to outdoor cats.

    The bacteria are spread through droppings, especially where bird seed piles up beneath feeders or in-tray feeders where the birds can simply stand among the seeds.

    Community members can help stop the spread of salmonellosis by discontinuing backyard bird feeding and remove backyard bird baths through April, to encourage these birds to disperse and forage naturally. Pine Siskins migrate and will move on from our area in March and April.

    Infected individuals will appear lethargic, puffed or fluffed-up, with eyes partially closed. Their eyes may also appear swollen, red, or irritated. If you see a sick bird or any injured or orphaned wild animal, please contact the SPCA Wildlife Center for help.

    The SPCA Wildlife Center is available for emergency wildlife rescues 24 hours a day. To support our work, please visit www.SPCAmc.org/donate. To report injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife in Monterey County, please call 831-264-5427. 

    The SPCA Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the only full service wildlife rehabilitation center serving Monterey County. We operate under permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Your support is extremely important to us, as we do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government agency.  Each year, The SPCA Wildlife Center admits over 2,000 animals for treatment and care.

    SPCA Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization.  They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. They are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and aid domestic animals in distress.

    Black History Contest Winners

    March 2, 2021

    In recognition of Black History Month, Cedar Street Times’ Black History Essay Contest challenged Pacific Grove High School students to write about some lesser-known figures in Black history.

    The essays from these young journalists are both educational and fascinating. Look for their photos in next week’s issue at cedarstreettimes.com this Friday 3-5-2021.

    Sophomore Chloe Coe’s First-Prize essay, “An Investment in the Human Soul”, was about Mary Jane McLeod, daughter of a former slave whose family after emancipation had to work the very plantation where they’d been enslaved until they saved enough money to leave. Then she endured a failed marriage; but went on to start a literary and industrial school for Black girls, started a clinic which grew into a hospital, founded or co-founded organizations for Black women and a Black college fund. She said “Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world.”

    Freshman Maryam Baryal’s Second-Prize essay “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is a tragic story about a Black woman who died from cancer, but who in a real sense lives on today, in that her cells taken for a biopsy were found to be immortal—the holy grail of cancer research—a human cell line that can reproduce forever. It is no exaggeration to say that her life has saved millions of lives worldwide, although she never knew of her contribution to medical science.

    Sophomore William Coen’s Third-Prize essay, “Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor”, is set in the 1890s. It tells the story about the only Black man to become a world cycling champion in a sport dominated by White men—and prejudice. He retired at 32 years old and lived in poverty for most of his life. However, he is remembered by his quote: “Life is too short for a man to hold bitterness in his heart.”

    Although we had only three prizes, some other essays were worthy of honorable mention, and we will publish them in a future issue of Cedar Street Times. We also regret that a few essays did not meet our deadline for submission due to the online system of the high school being unable to email us directly. This was an unexpected problem we will warn against the next time we conduct an essay contest.

    We thank all students who participated in the contest. I certainly learned something new about Black history and I hope you all did as well. We’d love to get your feedback on the contest, so please email us or write a letter to the editor at editor@cedarstreettimes.com.

    Gary Baley

    Black History Month Essay Contest

    February 23, 2021

    February is Black History Month; accordingly, Cedar Street Times is hosting a Black History Essay Contest for Pacific Grove High School students. The theme suggested is write about some lesser-known person in Black history and tell about their life and their impact on U.S. History.

    Three local businesses generously sponsored prize money for the contest.

    $100 1st Prize by Wilson’s Plumbing & Heating, 307 Grand Ave, PG 375-4591

    $50 2nd Prize by Pacific Grove Hardware, 229 Forest Ave, PG 646-9144

    $25 3rd Prize by Cypress Cleaners, 230 Grand Ave, PG 375-3111

    Please support these businesses and mention the Black History Essay Contest when you do.

    Sex-Crime or Hate-Crime: Analysis of a strange Case

    February 3, 2021

    The Strange case of Noah and Tricia Boewer – did they get a fair trial?

    Husband and wife Noah and Tricia Boewer, who are White, were found not guilty of hate crimes against Dirrick Williams, who is Black; but they were found guilty of lesser charges stemming from an altercation outside the Monterey Lanes Bowling Alley July 6, 2018. All three were Seaside residents at the time.

    Hurling racial slurs at someone then attacking them is an exemplar hate crime. However, if racial slurs are uttered during a fight that began for some reason other than hatred, it’s not a hate crime.

    Dirrick claimed the former, but the Boewers claimed the latter occurred.

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