Articles by Wallace Baine

About Wallace Baine
Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.

Brothers in arms

Joe Loquiao carries photos of his military family in his phone. But he doesn’t have to. They’re literally part of his body.  Tattooed on his left arm are two images of soldiers, one of whom is Loquaio’s brother Robert who served two terms of duty in the Army in [...]

Morgan Hill’s Polo Jones reflects on a life in music

Quick: Who was the first Western rock star to play the Kremlin in Moscow after the fall of the Berlin Wall? McCartney? U2? Springsteen? Prince? None of the above. It was, in fact, Zucchero Fornaciari, the Italian blues rocker popularly known by his first name, a childhood [...]

Garlic for Gilroy

The echoes of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting sounded all over the world. And that includes far-away Skagway, Alaska where at least one local resident proudly sports a tattoo of a garlic bulb. His name is Spencer Silva, and he’s a professional glass artist who works at [...]

Waldo is here

For the month of July, there’s at least one correct answer to the question that generations of parents and children have been asking each other over and over again. So before you ask, let’s stipulate that Waldo is, in fact, in Morgan Hill. To be any more specific than [...]

Let Freedom sing

For the record, the Declaration of Independence was not drafted and signed in Morgan Hill. George Washington never slept here. But, judging by the scope, ambition and tradition of Morgan Hill’s annual Independence Day celebration, it’s hard to blame anyone for thinking [...]

Man of Honor

It was long ago and far away—November 1950, the Harry Truman era. About 85 percent of Americans living today weren’t even born yet. The place was deep inside what is today North Korea, geographically more than 5,600 miles away, but politically even more remote. For an [...]

All for the laughs

Maybe Tolstoy had it wrong with his famous comment that all happy families are alike. Sure, every happy family has its share of laughs. But the Pintellos of Gilroy have drawn on a reservoir of laughs that the rest of us can only envy. For the Pintellos, you might even say that [...]

New year, new you

That suddenly outdated calendar that you take down from the wall on New Year’s Day—ever notice how heavy that thing is? Maybe it’s your imagination, or maybe it’s from the accumulated Post-Its and appointment cards paper-clipped to it. But doesn’t it feel like the [...]

Pumpkin parties

You can see the grounds of the Pumpkin Park at Uesugi Farms from the road. But to actually get there by car? That takes a journey. Once you turn off Monterey Road between San Martin and Morgan Hill to enter the park, you’ll soon find yourself in a transition, a bit like the [...]

Mr. Rough and Ready

The sky is an alarming swirl of gray and orange. You can’t tell just by looking if it’s day or night. Everything smells burnt. Chaos surrounds you. You’re standing in a parking lot of a WalMart in Clearlake, experiencing firsthand the Mendocino Complex Fire of 2018. Your [...]
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