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Emergency Shelter Program wins van

Emergency Shelter Program of Hayward has a new van from AutoWest Toyota in Hayward, thanks to Toyota’s Cars for Good program.

Toyota’s initiative hands out 100 cars to 100 nonprofit agencies over the course of 100 days.

Emergency Shelter Program provides shelter and other services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and homelessness. The van will be used to transport its clients to emergency shelter, medical and social service appointments, and legal proceedings.

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Four join Hayward police force

Four Hayward police officers were sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony at City Hall.

Alan Reynaga, Mike Cristol, Joseph Ley and Sean Spillner officially joined the Hayward police force at the event attended by Mayor Mike Sweeney, City Manager Fran David and Police Chief Diane Urban.

Detective Ryan Cantrell was promoted to sergeant, and Mohammad Ali was sworn in as a reserve officer.

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HARD names veterinarian volunteer of the year

Dr. Rene Gandolfi was chosen volunteer of the year by the Hayward Recreation and Park District for his work with Sulphur Creek Nature Center.

Gandolfi has volunteered at the center since 1987, logging more than 2,300 hours treating the animals at the center, which treats sick and wounded wildlife.

He was among those honored at a brunch Saturday hosted by the district. Gandolfi also was a volunteer of the month last year, along with Mark Sandfort, Laura Jones, Katie Souza, Marcie Zimmerman, Jim Patrick, Ashley Linnekin, Michaela Burpee, Halston Butler, Alice Reis, Don Eick and AmeriCorps.

Gandolfi and the others were honored at a brunch Saturday at the Hayward Area Senior Center to recognize volunteers. Last year, 894 district volunteers donated more than 72,000 hours of service.

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The loop cometh

This loop’s for you

Those words were said in jest at a meeting Thursday to update folks on the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project through Mission Boulevard and downtown, but they are a reminder that love it or hate it, the one-way traffic loop through downtown Hayward is coming soon.

At the meeting Thursday, city project manager Kevin Briggs said the loop will be put in place in March, though he did not yet have an exact date. A big unknown is when the massive signal bridges that will span Foothill will arrive. Deliverers of the bridges, which are being fabricated to order in Utah, have to get permits to drive the wide structures down roads in several states. Stay tuned.

Hayward staff members have been saying “spring” for when roadwork will be finished, but remember, spring is through late June. The delays have not been intentional; some have been weather, some have been the result of digging up streets and finding unexpected things underground (Hayward downtown is really old and maps aren’t always accurate; some have been because some water and gas lines were not set deep enough. Talking with city officials, it seems they would like for this to be finished ASAP.

Paving on south Mission is supposed to finish next week, so with any luck, traffic will improve in that area. And city staff members are aware that traffic is slow; Briggs was stuck on Mission Thursday trying to get to his meeting at City Hall.

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Keep Hayward Clean and Green Cleanup this Saturday

This month’s Keep Hayward Clean and Green Cleanup will target the South Garden neighborhood in the northern part of the city this Saturday, Jan. 26.

Those interested in taking part in the litter cleanup and graffiti removal should gather at 8:30 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 22582 S. Garden Ave. Supplies will be provided, but bring your own gloves.

Those under age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Hayward roadwork update meeting Thursday

Hayward city officials will hold their monthly update meeting Thursday on the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project that includes Foothill Boulevard south from Interstate 580 through downtown and Mission Boulevard from A Street south to Industrial Parkway.

Merchants along Foothill and A Street have asked that some on-street parking, which would be eliminated as part of the work, be restored. At Thursday’s meeting, city staff members are expected to show where they plan to allow parking.

The road project includes a one-way traffic “loop” through downtown. So far, the city has not said when the loop will go into effect.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 in Conference Room 2A at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.

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Road delays on South Mission Bouelvard

Road construction on the Route 238 Corridor project is focused on Mission Boulevard from St. Clement Church south to Industrial Parkway. The work will continue through Feb. 1. According to the city’s website, “access to driveways and intersections will be affected during the work.” I assume that means they will be blocked at least part of the time. Expect delays through the area.

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Free massages for those 60 and older

Are you 60 or older and do you live in the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo area? If so, you can sign up for a free 10-minute massage by a trained massage therapist. The massages, held the second Monday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m., are by appointment only. They will be given at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center, 17800 Redwood Road. Call 510-881-6738.

The massages are only one of the many things going on at the Hayward Recreation and Parks District. The Aitken Senior Center is organizing a day trip to Cache Creek casino Feb. 6. Cost is $33 for HARD residents, $43 for others. Call 510-881-6738.

The center also is hosting a flea market March 2. Tables are on sale now for $25 residents, $35 others.

And there’s a new exhibit at the Adobe Art Gallery. The A.R.T. annual members exhibit runs through March 2. The gallery is at 20395 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley. For details, contact adobegallery@haywardrec.org.

The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center is hosting an exhibit of artistic walking sticks by Rick Boreliz, “Take Art for a Walk,” through March 3. Call 510-670-7270 for more information.

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Dogs in the park

We’re hearing a lot from folks regarding dogs running off-leash in Hayward Area and Recreation District Park parks, specifically East Avenue Park in Fairview. Currently, dogs must be on leash at all HARD parks and facilities except in designated dog parks, but the district board is looking at the rules after an East Avenue resident called them too strict.

http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_22388687/hayward-park-district-look-at-off-leash-dog

The callers/emailers have been split between those who favor looser rules and those who have had bad experiences with dogs at East Avenue Park. And everyone seems to have strong opinions.

We don’t envy HARD directors or staff as they wrestle with the issue, which was brought up during public comments at Monday’s board meeting. The controversy over the size of the Duck Pond in the master plan for San Lorenzo Community Park, aka the Duck Pond, which drew large crowds to HARD board meetings, may end up seeming relatively minor.

Related: Because of an editing error, some printed versions of the off-leash dog story in the Daily Review incorrectly said that Alameda County and Hayward allow dogs to be off-leash in public spaces. Not true. Both the city and the county prohibit dogs off-leash except in designated dog parks.

Our apologies to HARD staff members, who already are dealing with a headache.

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Castro Valley High alumni planning 50th reunion

Did you graduate from Castro Valley High School in 1963? If so, your fellow alumni would like to hear from you. The grads are planning a 50th reunion for Sept. 21, with some socializing Sept. 20. The tentative schedule includes a get-together Friday evening, Saturday barbecue and picnic, and Saturday evening main event.

Those interested are asked to contact Tara O’Leary at olearytara@mac.com.