The Gilroy Dispatch: Andrea Joseph

Andrea Joseph

Andrea Joseph
  • Andrea Joseph
  • Andrea "Andi" Joseph is the Lifestyle editor and columnist for the Gilroy Dispatch, Morgan Hill Times and Hollister Free Lance. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. When not working, you can find this hockey fan dabbling in photography and hanging out with her dog, Bailey. Contact her at ajoseph@newsvmedia.com and follow her on Twitter @Dispatch_Andi.
Ride along with local cops
Posted: March 05, 2015

For several weeks I’ve been thinking about starting a new series profiling local police officers. “Our Officers” will begin March 13 with the profile of an officer I joined recently during his graveyard shift patrolling the streets of Gilroy.

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Interesting stories from our Veterans
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Every now and then I like to head over to Live Oak Adult Day Services in Gilroy for an hour or so to hang out and talk with the seniors. Not only does it give me a little break from the office, but sometimes I get to hear some story gems.

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Goodbye 2014! Come on in, 2015
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Is it just me or does it feel like only yesterday we welcomed 2014 and sang auld lang syne into that New Year? Maybe it is me, but as I get older, time seems to pass more quickly. Workdays become weekends and then I’m back at the office before I really even have time to catch my breath.

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Crowning the cookie
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 2:17 pm

As Thanksgiving shrinks in the rearview mirror, the goodie-focused holiday season continues with festive music playing on the radio, the scent of pumpkin spice tickling the nose and colorful lights dazzling the eyes. And the taste buds?

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An unexpected car-buying experience
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Well, I did it. Anyone who reads my column regularly knows I’ve been considering letting go of my little, red SUV. As much as I loved “Tara,” after nearly 13 years, she was a bit nerve-racking to drive.

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Kids and adults alike can enjoy Halloween
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 2:58 pm

There was a statistic on television the other day that said 46 percent of adults dress up for Halloween. I fall into that category.

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10 years on and still chuggin’ along
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Though there were no parties or celebrations, I recently had an anniversary. And it was a somewhat unusual one for a journalist: 10 years with the same newspaper.

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Cars: Not worth the trouble sometimes
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 9:49 am

If you were driving along southbound U.S. 101 around Gilroy last week, you may have passed me. I was in the small, red SUV—not the one speeding by you, but the one stopped along the side of the highway with its emergency flashers blinking.

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36th Garlic Festival: better with time
Posted: August 01, 2014

Another Garlic Festival—the 36th to be exact—is in the books. And boy, it was a hot one.

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Gilroy Garlic Festival: Bring it on!
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 9:24 am

Who else is ready for the enormous annual gathering of people who love all things garlic? I know I sure am.

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The joy of community wine strolls
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Although I wasn’t able to make it out to the recent wine strolls held in Hollister and Morgan Hill, I did take advantage of the incredible weather last weekend to enjoy Gilroy’s Art and Wine Stroll.

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The blue band bracelet: one year later
Updated: May 19, 2014 - 9:23 am

For nearly an entire year, I’ve worn a simple blue bracelet on my scarred left wrist. It’s never been removed, though It has been touched and twirled; the writing on it has been read and pondered by strangers who have asked about its significance.

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There’s no place like home in the South Valley
Updated: April 24, 2014 - 10:32 am

Recently I came across a story about how more and more people are taking vacations alone. Although it said those going sans husband/wife/friend/partner aren’t the majority, solo travel is gaining in popularity.

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Testing out the singles event scene
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 5:36 pm

A close friend of mine - who is newly single - recently joined the online dating site Match.com in an attempt to get into the scene and perhaps meet a man she’s compatible with. It seems like once a week she calls or texts me that she’s had a date - meeting nice enough men, but not “the one.”

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Parking lot campout nets good food, new friends
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 9:44 am

Most of you probably know by now about the new burger and beer joint - Roadhouse Jack’s - in the Target shopping center in Gilroy. I got an interesting introduction to the restaurant last Saturday night ... er, Sunday morning, when the grand opening was held.

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Getting into the spirit of the Olympic Games
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 9:44 am

Who else is a fan of the Olympics? I know I am, and whenever they roll around - winter or summer - I often find myself glued to the television, not just cheering for the United States, but every now and then pulling for underdog athletes or medal-less countries.

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‘Lean on me, when you’re not strong’ ...
Updated: February 04, 2014 - 5:10 pm

This past Saturday, I joined nearly 200 others in the search for a woman missing out of Marina. Her photo had been all over the news and in newspapers for a week, as family members sought to find out what happened to Carie Munoz.

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When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be
Updated: January 28, 2014 - 9:27 am

My parents are a couple of amazing people. Separately, they’re pretty darn awesome; but mix them together and they become a perfectly balanced concoction of strength, compassion and faith - with a dash of insanity. Somehow they just work.

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Painful year brings forth new sense of self
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 3:31 pm

With just days left in 2013, I’ve been ruminating on the past year and wondering what the future may hold. Personally, it’s been a tumultuous year and a half and I’m hopeful the winds will begin to shift come 2014.

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Blogs: The latest addition to community news
Updated: November 20, 2013 - 7:11 pm

For anyone who hasn’t checked out the newspaper’s website recently, you might want to take a quick peek. It’s been revamped and redesigned, with an easier to use, drop-down navigation bar and a special “Helping out for the holidays” section, where you can find out what area organizations need for the upcoming holiday season.

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The risks of roommates, rentals and rice cookers
Updated: October 28, 2013 - 9:42 am

When I moved out of my parents’ house - contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t kicked out - to head off to Cal Poly, San Luis Obipso, I began what I like to call my adventures in R&R: Renting and roommates.

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Seeking joy and laughter on bittersweet day
Updated: October 07, 2013 - 9:36 am

Today is my nephew’s birthday. We would likely be gathered around Ryland sitting in his high-chair with his face and little hands covered in cake and celebrating his first year - had we not lost him in May.

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Seniors have stories to share – if we listen
Updated: September 03, 2013 - 2:51 pm

After my last column detailing the finger-lickin’ goodness found at Gilroy’s famous Garlic Festival, I was contacted by the program director at Live Oak Adult Day Services, who asked if I’d be interested in swinging by to visit the seniors and share the details.

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Garlic and friendship: A perfect combination
Updated: August 05, 2013 - 9:20 am

You’ll find me at the Garlic Festival almost every year. If I’m not meandering around with friends, I at least take a quick break from work Friday to swing by and grab a peppersteak sandwich and some garlic bread.

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Nephew’s too-short life had a huge impact
Updated: June 11, 2013 - 11:48 am

Last Saturday, I did something I never imagined I’d have to do in a million years: I spoke at my 7-month-old nephew’s funeral.

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Social ladder not as important as it seems
Updated: May 29, 2013 - 11:26 am

When I was young, my family moved several times to different cities throughout California, and this meant I changed elementary schools alone three times. I was never very good at making new friends, but somehow I managed.

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Is disrespect a common thread among teens?
Updated: April 10, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Our local movie theaters – Gilroy Platinum Theater and Morgan Hill CineLux - are a couple of my favorite places to spend my extra time (and money). There’s just something about sitting in a darkened theater with a group of friends - and strangers - eyes glued to the big screen, laughing or crying or jumping out of our seats.

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An uphill health battle for baby nephew
Updated: March 08, 2013 - 10:02 am

Five months old. That’s the age of my nephew, who now faces the first major challenge of his short life. You see, Ryland was recently diagnosed with a rare immune deficiency disorder called Wiskott Aldrich syndrome (WAS).

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Sweating out stress, finding calm in hot yoga
Updated: January 25, 2013 - 3:57 pm

What the heck is this popular phenomenon called “hot yoga?” Thanks to the company I work for, I now know. For Christmas, the company offered its employees an annual membership to their choice of several area fitness and health centers. On the list this year was Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill - I decided to sign up and see what it’s all about.

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End of the year celebrations come to a close
Updated: January 02, 2013 - 10:11 am

By now, I imagine things are beginning to wind down a bit for everyone. Christmas has come and gone and now we’re getting ready to head into the New Year. Gifts have been opened, exchanges have been made and deal-seeking crowds have dispersed.

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