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Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District announces opening of grants window

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2014-2015 Parks, Open Space and Coastal Preservation Grants window. The community and neighborhood grants are made available to local cities, agencies, community groups and non-profits to implement worthwhile projects that help to restore or improve parks, open spaces and coastal areas within our district for the benefit of residents and visitors.

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Local plastic surgeon works as jazz musician at hotel

A plastic surgeon by day and a doctor of jazz music at night. Dr. David Morwood is the jazz director at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa as well as the house drummer. Every Friday night at the Hyatt, Morwood cuts the snare drum with the precision of a surgeon. The Fireplace Lounge is trying to become a Monterey Bay area nightlife hotspot. The Lounge features the soothing sounds of jazz provided by Dr.Morwood, Marshall Otwell and various guest performers along with a menu of small plates and appetizers, signature cocktails and an extensive wine list highlighting wines from Italy and California

All jazz events at the Fireplace Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey are complimentary. Jazz times are 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Stop by and enjoy live jazz, a glass of award winning Monterey County wine and great appetizers and wood fired pizzas.

Panetta travels to San Diego ship training facility

Panetta travels to San Diego ship training facility

Monterey native and former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, and his wife, Sylvia, visited the Littoral Combat Ship Training Facility (LCS) in San Diego earlier this month.

The Panetta's were able to witness LCS training first hand which included simulators, and had the opportunity to discuss the training process with the commanding officer, Captain Scott Dugan.

Sylvia is the Co-Chair and CEO of the Panetta Institute, which is located at California State University Monterey Bay and was founded by the couple in 1997.

She recently christened the PCU Milwaukee shipyard, and her and her husband's visit to this San Diego site helped them gain a better understanding of the unique capabilities and concepts of the ship's platform.

Exploring the history of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf

Exploring the history of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf

For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the Rumsien Ohlone, the Native People of the Monterey area to the squid fishermen from China.

Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf Association Continues its "Wharf Walks at Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf" on Saturday, August 2nd with a focus on the maritime history of the Monterey Bay.

The Old Fisherman's Wharf Association will team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas. He offers monthly walks on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM - Noon.

Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman's Wharf (near the pink "Harbor House" store, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

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The search begins for this year's Miss Monterey County

It’s that time of year again, as the Monterey County fair is searching for the next Miss Monterey County; a woman who is ambitious, intelligent and driven.

Delays on Highway 1 for tree work

On July 23 on Highway 1 in Monterey daytime tree work will result in the temporary closure of the Soledad Drive off-ramp at southbound Highway 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Motorists can expect delays of approximately 5 minutes

Traffic delays during Monterey gas pipeline safey test

An overnight project by PG&E to hydrotest a gas pipeline along Highway 1 from Fremont/Camino El Estero to the Ocean Avenue and Highway 1 intersection in Monterey will begin on Sunday at 8 p.m. according to Caltrans officials.

Roadwork consists of partial lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for six nights, Sunday through Friday with no overnight Saturday work. There may be possible slow movement at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Highway 1. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes. Work is expected to be completed in early September.

The purpose of this work is to ensure pipeline safety.

The contractor for this permit project is PG&E of San Ramon.