Articles by Erik Chalhoub

About Erik Chalhoub
Erik Chalhoub is the editor of South Valley. Prior to joining the magazine in March 2019, he worked for seven years at The Pajaronian in Watsonville, the last four as managing editor.

Two weeks down, many more to go

From a highway traffic standpoint, the first week of the shelter-in-place order didn’t seem to have much of an effect. On Highway 101 between San Juan Bautista and Morgan Hill, there are still tailgaters, random slowdowns and speeding truckers, in both the morning commute and [...]

Springing into the season

The weather is not the only thing heating up. South Valley and San Benito County’s entertainment scene is in full swing with the return of spring. From theater and band performances to art openings and beer tastings, we’ve compiled a list of some of the region’s many [...]

Rising entertainment form finds way to Morgan Hill

When your friend goes missing in the bayou while searching for supernatural sightings, the wise thing to do is go looking for them without any preparation, of course. A colleague and I found our way to a cabin at the edge of a swamp, where various creepy creatures crawled and [...]

AR Workshop inspires people to tap into artistic side

A visit to AR Workshop is a one-of-a-kind experience. From picture frames that hang on the walls with tender messages, to a calendar made out of clipboards to various other wooden objects of all shapes and sizes, every bit of unique decor was personally hand-crafted. It’s all [...]

Gilroy native encourages mothers to embrace life

As Christie Cuthbert and her four little boys—including triplets—sat down in church one day two years ago and prepared for the service to begin, one of the boys proclaimed something so loudly that it would make any mother go flush in the face, palms sweaty, and wish she was [...]

Rail depot named to historic register

Every day, hundreds of people funnel into 7250 Monterey St. in downtown Gilroy, with luggage on their backs, in their hands, or on wheels behind them. They then spread out to various destinations throughout the Bay Area by train, bus or taxi before many of them return to the [...]

Smart at home

“Smart” gadgets dominate every aspect of modern life, from watches, phones, TVs, cars to even homes. With the prices of such gear dropping over the past decade, smart tech can make popular gifts during the holiday season. But the festivities are in the rear-view mirror, and [...]

Looking back at 2019 in South Valley

The final year of the 2010s in the South Valley was marked by milestones, farewells and even a world record. Gavilan College, one of the most entrenched institutions in Santa Clara County, reached 100 years, and kicked off a year of special events that will culminate in the [...]

Trees must be properly cared for during winter

Winter begins Dec. 21, which means it’s time to batten down the hatches. Homeowners should clear gutters of any debris, make sure their heating system is in top working order, and stock food and other supplies in the event of a power outage. But what about those trees in the [...]

Local artist’s jewelry makes its way to TV

Felicity Smoak, sitting behind an endless supply of monitors and typing furiously, must use her hacking skills to thwart an attack on Star City by a terrorist known as Cayden James. Months later, Smoak, with the assistance of a team of heroes, takes down a mobster who is bent on [...]
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