Football on the cut list at West Valley College

By Khalida Sarwari West Valley College is considering getting rid of its football program, a decision the college says it’s making to bridge a $1.5 million budget deficit, but one that’s leaving some in the community wondering whether the program is being unfairly targeted. The elimination of the football program isn’t the only thing on West Valley’s chopping block. The bulk of the other cuts center around layoffs and reductions, according to Scott Ludwig, a Read More …

Saratoga students, parents still wonder what happened, and why

By Khalida Sarwari Amid the flurry of STAR testing and making graduation and summer plans, the death of Audrie Pott may not be at the forefront of Saratoga High School students’ minds every day. But weeks after the 15-year-old’s rape and suicide grabbed world headlines, students and parents alike continued to wonder what happened, and why. While emotions ran the spectrum, from grief and astonishment to anger and confusion, most agreed that nothing like Audrie’s Read More …

Local legend passes into Saratoga’s history

By Khalida Sarwari Legend, icon and town historian–these are three of the attributes most commonly linked to Willys Peck. On April 16, the lifelong Saratogan died surrounded by his loved ones at the home he shared with his wife, Betty, for 61 years. He was 89. Peck leaves behind an unmatched legacy as the unofficial town historian. But his title doesn’t tell it all. Everyone who knew Peck or knew of him–and really, who didn’t Read More …

Classmates spring into action for Andrew

By Khalida Sarwari Wendy DeVincenzi’s fourth-grade classroom is a little quieter these days. There are fewer jokes being cracked, fewer disruptions and one less bright, smiling face–that of Andrew Oswald. Immediately after the 10-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia last year, he dropped out of Sacred Heart School, but his seven-month absence has not gone unnoticed by his classmates and the Sacred Heart community. On a late March afternoon, one day before entering the doors of Read More …

Loudens in love, and best friends forever

By Khalida Sarwari There was a time when Prince Charming and happily ever after really existed–and not just in Disney movies. One real-life story is tucked away at a 100-year-old home on Saratoga Avenue, and it is that of Bob and Anne Louden. “Now, people don’t believe that, but they did then and a few of us were lucky enough to make it come true,” Bob Louden said, sitting in his living room surrounded by Read More …