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Beach fest coming to Monterey Peninsula

Beach fest coming to Monterey Peninsula

A one-of-a-kind event is coming to the beaches and oceans of Monterey in October. The Monterey Beach SportsFest is a celebration of wellness of the oceans, beaches and human athletic potential through a series of sporting events, educational displays, and free outdoor activities.

From beach volleyball and ocean waterpolo, to cold-water swim competitions, a Splash and Dash and a unique triathlon called the Ikaika Challenge which combines swimming, strength activities and beach running, there is competition for teams and individuals during the two-day event held at Del Monte Beach in downtown Monterey.

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Punt, pass and kick your way to a 49er game

Pacific Grove's Annual Punt, Pass & Kick Football skills contest will be held on Sunday, September 14th at 5:00 pm at Robert Down School Athletic Field. Register on-line at www.NFL.com for this FREE program. Local winners will advance to the October 18th Sectional for a chance to advance to a 49er game in November.

Country music show coming to Monterey County

The first of its kind country music show will be coming to Greenfield on September 27, 2014. 

Performers include:  Chris Cagle, Bucky Covington, Maggie Rose, and Chris Janson. 

Promoters say they are focused on the music and the  fans.  Ranch 1917 is billed as a fun, family friendly, and safe event. 

To buy tickets and for more information go to:  http://www.ranch1917.com

People behind the concert said "We have a beautiful location in the hills and the inspiration was about music, nature, and fans.  We started the actual work on this about a year ago and the goal was to share our passion of music with the community.  All involved, have full time careers outside of this."
 

Calling for blood donations despite center's closing

The Blood Center of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is seeking volunteers to give blood through mid-October.

Although the need for donated blood in the Monterey area has declined over the past five years, the Blood Center is still in need of donations prior to its scheduled closure mid-October.

While almost all blood type donations are requested, community members with blood types A- and O+ are especially needed.

In early August, Community Hospital announced that its Blood Center would close on October 16 due to the lower demand for blood products prompted by advances in medical science and blood management. Despite the impending closure, blood donations are still needed and interested volunteers have opportunities over the next several weeks to help fellow community members.

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Parole denied for ex-Marine who stabbed woman along Pacific Grove trail

A state parole board has denied parole again for a former Marine who stabbed a woman multiple times on the Pacific Grove Recreational Trail in 2000.

Jason Blad, now 33, pleaded guilty more than a decade ago of attempted murder for the attack, perpetrated by himself and another Marine, Jesse Jay Carson. The two were students at the Defense Language Institute at the time of the attack. Carson was convicted at trial of the same charges. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

The two men stabbed the woman 12 times and slashed her throat twice before leaving her for dead on the trail in November 2000. At the trial in Monterey County Superior Court, the victim told jurors she'd pleaded for her life and tried to get away, but the two pinned her to the ground and began stabbing her on each side.

5k run to help local children fighting cancer

Monterey is creating history with its first ever community outreach and "kidrageous - baby matthew's 5k golden gallop" benefit for Jacob's Heart, to help Monterey County children who either suffer from, or have lost their lives to pediatric cancer.

In Monterey County alone, 57 children have lost their lives to cancer since the founding of Jacob's Heart in 1998.

Organizers said it's important to raise awareness to the lack of funding, which has resulted in stagnant strides towards a cure.

Monterey police open recruitment for new officers

For the first time since 2007, the Monterey Police Department is opening recruitment for police trainees.

Applicants selected for this position will be sent to the Police Academy. Upon successful completion of the six month academy, the trainees will be promoted to officer and will begin a rigorous four month field training program.

The trainee position is a non-sworn, entry-level position that will be paid an hourly wage and receive only the mandatory benefits as required by law.

Registration for the Academy and all uniforms, equipment and supplies will be supplied by the Department.

The closing date for the trainee position is September 19.

The Department has also opened recruitment for Lateral Police Officers, Academy Graduates and Academy Attendees.