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From Michoacán to UC Davis: Abril Martinez’s Pursuit of the American Dream


Abril Martinez, fueled by a profound sense of purpose and a close bond to her family, vividly recalls her move from Michoacán, Mexico to Napa Valley at age 8. Faced with learning English in a school where she couldn’t converse with her teachers or classmates, Abril harnessed her inner strength. “I used to tell myself,…

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Unity in Diversity: The Impact of LGBTQ+ Connection in Napa Valley


Pride Month, celebrated each June, shines a spotlight on the diverse experiences, triumphs, and challenges of the LGBTQ+ community. In Napa Valley, a program of On The Move called LGBTQ+ Connection is diligently working to foster an environment where these narratives are not just heard but honored, particularly focusing on adolescents and young adults. The…

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Robert Alexander Scott Scholarship Fund Awards $50K to Students


The Robert Alexander Scott Scholarship Fund at Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) today announced inaugural awards totaling $50,000 to support six promising students pursuing careers in winemaking, vineyard management, and enology this Fall. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Robert Alexander (Alex) Scott. Alex was a passionate family man and a key contributor…

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From Napa to Stanford: Victor Chen’s Journey Fueled by the Dave Smith Scholarship


Stanford University’s admit weekend was in full swing, and Victor Chen was soaking up the college experience when he got the exciting news: he’d been awarded a scholarship from one of Napa Valley Community Foundation’s scholarship funds. The news turned his exciting weekend—one where he got to immerse himself in the potential of his future…

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Napa Climate Summit set for May 24


May 8, 2023, St. Helena Star Napa County residents are invited to attend the inaugural Napa Climate Summit, “Moving Forward Faster,” on Wednesday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway (Highway 221), Napa. This free community event is focused on regional infrastructure projects…

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The Crescent housing project to go before Napa City Council


May 1, 2023, Edward Booth, Napa Valley Register Napa city commissioners and resident have recently expressed strong support for The Crescent housing project, which would bring more than 160 housing units to Napa County’s former Health and Human Services campus at 2344 Old Sonoma Road. Tuesday evening, the City Council is set to consider approving…

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You Do ADU, Part 5: Avoiding costly delays in your ADU project


April 26, 2023, Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times We’ve all seen the stories about egregious delays and cost overruns affecting seemingly every public construction project, large or not-so-large. But anyone who’s done major home improvement work will tell you that delays and budget-busting surprises plagued them too. ADU experts agreed that the key to avoiding unexpected delays and…

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You Do ADU, Part 2: How to pay for your ADU


April 5, 2023, Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times Once you’ve decided to build an ADU, the real fun starts: finding a way to pay for it. That won’t be an issue if you’ve got enough money in the bank to buy a Ferrari — go ahead and start interviewing contractors. Everyone else will have to…

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