Have an idea to help make Hayward unique? You could win $250

HAYWARD — To mark the city’s 137th upcoming birthday, a contest is being held to come up with the best project idea to make Hayward unique, with the winner receiving $250.

Councilman Francisco Zermeno is sponsoring the contest, and plans to take the top three ideas to the other council members and staff members to see if they can be carried out.

Entries are due before March 31, Hayward’s birthday, when the winners will be announced. “Team Zermeno” will pick the best three ideas, and award prizes of $250, $150 and $100.

To submit an idea, email Zermeno at machetez@sbcglobal.net, send regular mail to him at P.O. Box 92, Hayward, CA 94557 or post an idea on his Facebook page.


  • Michael Moore

    I just read the article about Mr Roadshow not being able to drive. At first I was just concerned about missing Gary’s intelligent comments and now, having looked up the facts on Charcot foot, his disease, I suspect we all need to pray for him a lot. This is a really nasty disease. Given what I read, I would not want to be Gary or his physician, since the walking on the foot, even in a boot does not sound like very good advice.

    Non-Surgical Treatment
    It is extremely important to follow the surgeon’s treatment plan for Charcot foot. Failure to do so can lead to the loss of a toe, foot, leg, or life.

    Non-surgical treatment for Charcot foot consists of:
    •Immobilization. Because the foot and ankle are so fragile during the early stage of Charcot, they must be protected so the weakened bones can repair themselves. Complete non-weightbearing is necessary to keep the foot from further collapsing. The patient will not be able to walk on the affected foot until the surgeon determines it is safe to do so. During this period, the patient may be fitted with a cast, removable boot, or brace, and may be required to use crutches or a wheelchair. It may take the bones several months to heal, although it can take considerably longer in some patients.
    •Custom shoes and bracing. Shoes with special inserts may be needed after the bones have healed to enable the patient to return to daily activities—as well as help prevent recurrence of Charcot foot, development of ulcers, and possibly amputation. In cases with significant deformity, bracing is also required.
    •Activity modification. A modification in activity level may be needed to avoid repetitive trauma to both feet. A patient with Charcot in one foot is more likely to develop it in the other foot, so measures must be taken to protect both feet.

    When is Surgery Needed?
    In some cases, the Charcot deformity may become severe enough that surgery is necessary. The foot and ankle surgeon will determine the proper timing as well as the appropriate procedure for the individual case.

    Preventive Care
    The patient can play a vital role in preventing Charcot foot and its complications by following these measures:
    •Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help reduce the progression of nerve damage in the feet.
    •Get regular check-ups from a foot and ankle surgeon.
    •Check both feet every day—and see a surgeon immediately if you notice signs of Charcot foot.
    •Be careful to avoid injury, such as bumping the foot or overdoing an exercise program.
    •Follow the surgeon’s instructions for long-term treatment to prevent recurrences, ulcers, and amputation.