Articles by Kimberly Ewertz

About Kimberly Ewertz
Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.

Rounding the bend

Running through the sleepy town of Mount Madonna, the Shay engine powers the locomotive as local residents laze in the summer sun at the nearby creek, while others are hard at work at the town’s booming businesses: the mining company, sawmill and lumber company. The architect [...]

Recreating that Gilroy feel

This isn’t Chris Dufur’s first win. In fifth grade he entered a computer science class poster contest and came in first. “I had a drawing of the Scooby Doo dog and he was sitting at the computer,” Dufur said.  “Everybody loved that.” This year, with his mother’s [...]

Helping the children

In any given community hundreds of nonprofits are working to provide support and guidance to better its cause, but one organization in particular has made its name by serving the needs of more than 3,000 children each year. For more than 100 years Rebekah Children’s Services, [...]

Forty years of tradition

For Sampad Kachuck, theater director for Mount Madonna School, 1982 was a year of beginnings with the marriage to his wife Iris and the start of his long standing career at MMS. This year is equally special for Kachuck, as it is for everyone associated with MMS, as it marks the [...]

Community reflections

The tabletops feature fresh flowers from the Demonstration Garden down the street, the walls showcase the work of local artists, and chalkboards highlight the specials of the day came from local schools: each of these unique decorations is a reflection of the community it serves [...]

Day on the Ridge

With an entire wall of his office is adorned with eclectic guitars it was more than apparent that the director of St. Joseph’s Family Center (SJFC), David Cox, is an avid music lover. So why did the idea of a daylong music concert as an SJFC fundraiser cause him concern? Last [...]

A coach with heart

The list of those who claim they’ve met a famous celebrity is relatively short, the list of those who claim they’ve taught a famous celebrity is shorter still. Britton Middle School’s Coach Jim Green is on that short list—he coached a 9-year-old Barry Bonds. Green is now [...]

Communal wellbeing

Choosing a financial institution is a serious matter. To find one that not only provides the necessary services but also treats the customer like a friend is extremely rare. Since 1987, and the opening of the first branch of the Commonwealth Central Credit Union in Morgan Hill, [...]

Do-gooder duo

History was made at a Rotarian lunch last November when local residents Brian and Kathy Sullivan were presented with the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year awards. The event marked the first time in the 60-year history of the awards that a married couple [...]

The Caretaker of Gilroy Gary Walton

Gary Walton’s passion to revitalize Gilroy, in particular the downtown, began decades ago. In 1987, he built his first residential development on Santa Teresa, and since that time his contributions to the Gilroy community have never stopped. Walton is a man who personifies [...]
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