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Local Business Honored, Special Council Meeting & Youth Sports Galore:

Local Business Honored, Special Council Meeting & Youth Sports Galore:

By Robert Haugh

Recently, thousands of comic aficionados flocked to the world-renown San Diego Comic Con. It has become known worldwide as not only a place where Hollywood’s best and brightest come to preview their forthcoming wares, but as a place where fantastical fiction is celebrated and creativity is king. Nowhere is this more evident than at the convention’s main event, The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Santa Clara’s Illusive Comics & Games was honored in the Spirit of Comics Retailer Award category. Of over 3,000 stores worldwide, the nominations were whittled down to a prime few. In their first year of eligibility, Illusive Comics & Games was among five finalists.

Anna Warren Cebrian, the Founder and CEO of Illusive stated, “Being honored at the Eisner Awards caps off an incredible first year at Illusive’s new, Franklin Square location. My team has excelled themselves, not only by providing a great, safe place to buy comic books, but also by being actively involved with events for the city and community.”

Among the things her shop has done to help the community included helping to organize the Santa Clara Library Convention, raising funds for local charities and schools and hosting blood and food drives. Cebrian is among only four percent of comic store owners that are female.

Having garnered the Bay List’s Best Comic Shop in the Bay Area award for three consecutive years, Illusive’s reputation speaks for itself. Illusive is located at Franklin Square, between Mt. Mike’s Pizza and the Post Office.

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Huge Youth Sports Week in Santa Clara Ahead

In the coming days, hundreds of the World’s best young athletes arrive in Santa Clara.

The Mission City has often been dubbed the Youth Sports Capital of the World. This accolade is in part to the large array of large-scale youth sporting events hosted in Santa Clara combined with the plethora of youth sports championships the City boasts.

The PONY baseball Palomino International World Series takes place at historic Washington Park Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6. This event showcases eight teams, including: Aruba; Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Youngstown, Ohio; Santa Clara, CA; Tijuana, Mexico; and Los Gatos, CA.

Washington Park is at 270 Washington Street. Admission: $8 General Admission, $5 Seniors (60 and over), $5 children (age 5-12), Children under 5 and under are free.

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The 2017 USA Swimming Future Championships starts tomorrow, Thursday, August 3 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.  Sanctioned by USA Swimming, competitors range from 11 to 18-years-old. Swimmers can qualify in the 800-meter and 1500-meter freestyle events. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.santaclaraswimclub.org/ and www.usaswimming.org

Note: There are parking fees for the event. Parking passes range from $10 to $25, with limited free street parking.

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City Council Holds Special Closed Session
The city council held a special closed session meeting yesterday, August 1 regarding the appointment of a new city manager. Our sources tell us that an offer should be made soon and a formal appointment may be announced later this month.

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