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Morning mode: activated. It’s Friday, Sept. 22, and Santa Cruz County should gradually see less of the smoke that’s been hanging around the past few days, leaving mostly sunny skies and highs in the 70s and 80s through the weekend.

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We journalists like our scoops, and Lily Belli has them by the cupful this Friday. Italian ice, a popular treat on the East Coast, has arrived in downtown Santa Cruz courtesy of a New York transplant, and Lily takes us inside Izzy’s Ices.

Watsonville Community Hospital is set to welcome a new CEO, Hillary Ojeda reports, with Sutter Health exec Stephen Gray the choice to lead the hospital’s efforts to find firmer financial footing.

With the weekend just about here, Wallace Baine has the lowdown on things to do all over Santa Cruz County, including neo-psychedelic band Dinosaur Jr. on the beach as part of the celebration of Santa Cruz Skateboards’ 50th anniversary.

Our Friday headlines also include news on a deal that will bring home insurers back to fire-prone areas, Lookout’s athletes of the month and a bunch more. Let’s go.

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Izzy’s Ices brings East Coast Italian ice to downtown Santa Cruz

Inside Izzy's Ices in downtown Santa Cruz
A scoop of Italian ice from Izzy’s Ices on Lincoln Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Italian ice, a popular frozen treat back East that’s like “a cross between a snow cone and gelato,” has found its way west to Santa Cruz, courtesy of native New Yorker Scott Edelstein. Get a taste via Lily Belli.

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Sutter executive Stephen Gray chosen as new CEO of Watsonville Community Hospital

A photo of new Watsonville Community Hospital CEO Stephen Gray inset on a photo of the hospital entrance
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz; handout photo

Watsonville Community Hospital’s governing board is set to vote next Wednesday to appoint Stephen Gray as its next CEO. Gray is the current chief administrative officer and operations executive for Sutter Bay Medical Foundation – Santa Cruz Division. Hillary Ojeda has details.

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A little of this, a little of that on this last day before fall arrives. There is more coming Friday, including Lily Belli’s Eaters Digest. Sign up here for that and all of Lookout’s other newsletters, which also include our specially curated Sunday Reads and, coming Monday, Christopher Neely’s newsletter covering Santa Cruz County politics and policy, In the Public Interest. Stay on top of local news wherever you are with Lookout’s breaking news alerts, available via text and email. And you know we’re on the socials — connect with Lookout on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Threads.

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Here’s to a pleasant Friday, and a safe, relaxing weekend beyond.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County

FRIDAY 10/20
The Mountain Affair @Ristorante Casa Nostra
Beers, Bikes and Bon Bons @Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Vine to View Dinner @Chaminade Resort & Spa
10 O’Clock Lunch Band @Mid-County Senior Center
“The Thin Place” by Lucas Hnath @Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre

Wonderland – The Gala @Hotel Paradox
Pickleball Tournament @Cabrillo College
20th Annual Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival @Crest Ranch
The 7th Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch @Simpkins Family Swim Center
Pleasure Point Sip & Stroll @Pleasure Point
Symphony Concert: Operas Of Seville @Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Uncork Corralitos @Alladin Nursery

SUNDAY 10/22
Symphony Concert: Operas Of Seville @Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts
Lydia Pense & Cold Blood @Moe’s Alley
Gaby Castro @Chaminade Resort & Spa
Solidarity Records: The Fully Baked Tour @Shanty Shack Brewing
An Evening With Patty Griffin & Todd Snider @Rio Theatre

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