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News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

The self-proclaimed nut of Vacaville has a big job. Vacaville’s Public Information Officer Mark Mazzaferro manages the city’s website, Twitter account, Facebook page, creates YouTube videos, sends out press releases, manages the government TV station, overlooks Vacaville’s emergency radio and a lot more.

Mazzaferro has been with the city of Vacaville for five years, but has worked as a PIO for 12.

World Team Tennis comes to Sacramento!

World Team Tennis comes to Sacramento with the meeting of the Sacramento Capitals and the Washington Kastles.  They will meet in a series of matches between Eastern and Western Conference Championship powerhouses that feature Serena Williams in singles and doubles competition at Capitals Stadium, Sunrise Mall.

Volunteers, sponsors needed for Elk Grove Optimist/Kohl’s ChildSpree

Volunteers, sponsors needed for Elk Grove Optimist/Kohl’s ChildSpree

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Unified School District Healthy Start Program is seeking volunteers, chaperones and sponsors for the Elk Grove Optimist/Kohl’s ChildSpree scheduled for Saturday, July 30. The Elk Grove Optimist/Kohl’s ChildSpree – an event for select students who are in need of school clothes, backpacks and school supplies – gives more than 100 Elk Grove Unified students the chance to enjoy a $110 back-to-school shopping spree to shop for back to school clothing at the Elk Grove Kohl’s store. Participating students are in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Students will shop with chaperones from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Kohl’s store located at 9650 Bruceville Road. Kohl’s will provide each student with a 10 percent discount.

Making Waves

Making Waves

In the face of squalls, the Vista del Lago High girls swim team continues to push forward, carving out a legacy in the water at one of the area’s newest schools.

The Eagles are not funded by the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, have a pool they can’t compete in for half the season and field no other aquatics program on campus which diminishes their numbers. But, bolstered by a fourth-place finish at last month’s Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships, Vista del Lago’s girls have earned the reputation in the swimming community as a program on the rise.

“It’s really neat to (watch) – they’re setting the tone,” said Eagles coach Joel Garceau, who also heads the swim teams at Folsom High. “They’re setting the traditions.”

The three schools that finished ahead of Vista del Lago – St. Francis, Davis and Rio Americano, respectively – boast a combined 26 section swim titles, so, truly, there is no shame in fourth place.

Sheldon High School student receives scholarship to national seminar

Sheldon High School student receives scholarship to national seminar

ELK GROVE - Elijah Smoot, a rising junior at Sheldon High School, has been awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2011 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS) at Indiana University this summer.  Smoot was one of 36 students selected to attend the seminar from across the country.  The six-week-long educational program is centered around a college-level seminar for gifted and highly motivated high school sophomores. 

The 2011 seminar theme is “Blackness, Media and Self-Concept.”  The seminar will explore ways in which Blackness and modern media document, dramatize and reveal cultural notions of racial, gender and sexual difference.

How to deal with annoying coworkers | Oversharers and eager beavers

How to deal with annoying coworkers | Oversharers and eager beavers

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In part 2 of the annoying coworkers series, we're going to tackle oversharers and eager beavers.

The Oversharer


  • Offers unsolicited personal information
  • Inappropriate conversation or behavior (often sexual or flirtatious)
  • Sometimes also a downer
  • Spends a lot of time talking rather than working

Elk Grove students earn recognition in National Merit Scholarship Program

Elk Grove students earn recognition in National Merit Scholarship Program
ELK GROVE - Several Elk Grove Unified School District students were recognized for their outstanding test scores on the PSAT through the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, started in 1955, honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  High school students can enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Selected from semifinalists, a total of 15,000 students achieve finalist standing.  Students named as finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program are as follows:

  • Alyssa Benjamin – Franklin High School
  • Nicolle Doering – Franklin High School
  • Daniyal Iqbal – Franklin High School
  • Tuong Le – Franklin High School
  • Catherine Lei – Franklin High School
  • Kaitlyn Lewis – Franklin High School
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