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Castro Valley school administrators honored

CASTRO VALLEY — Four school administrators have been recognized by a professional organization.

The awards were given at the Association of California School Administrators Region 6 dinner June 19.

Stanton Elementary School Principal Jennifer Tomita was named the association’s Region 6 elementary principal of the year.

Dustin Gacherieu, assistant principal at Castro Valley Adult and Career
Education, was chosen adult education
administrator of the year.

The school district’s technology director, John Perry, was named technology administrator of the year.

Castro Valley High Assistant Principal J.C. Farr was a nominee for secondary co-administrator of the year.

Region 6 includes Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

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Cajun music in San Leandro July 17

SAN LEANDRO — The Creole Belles band will perform Creole and Cajun music at a free concert July 17.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave.

According to a library press release, the California-based band is know in the Cajun music scene for bringing the raw, driving authenticity of southwest Louisiana dance halls to its shows. The band’s music has been described as “a highly intoxicating brew of Cajun and Creole music played with spirit, reverence and love.”

For more information, contact the library information desk at 510-577-3971.

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Hayward police remind that fireworks banned in city

HAYWARD — A message from Hayward police:

Every year in the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July with community parades, picnics, barbecues and fireworks — the things of which happy memories are made. But sadly, Independence Day also includes tragic events resulting from fireworks use.

This is a friendly reminder that ALL fireworks (including the “safe & sane” variety) are banned in Hayward and in the Fairview Fire Prevention District. Why? Fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Fireworks cause more than 30,000 fires every year and nearly 10,000 people annually — an average of more than 26 people every day — are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from fireworks. More than half of those injured are children.

Please help keep our community safe this July 4th! Report fireworks complaints immediately to the Hayward Police Department: (510) 293-7000.

Leave the lighting to trained professionals. By far, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is through public displays conducted by professional pyrotechnics hired by communities throughout the Bay Area.

2014 Public Fireworks Displays around the Bay:

  • Alameda County Fair
  • Berkeley Marina
  • Concord – Dave Brubeck Park
  • Livermore – Las Positas College
  • Oakland – Jack London Square
  • Pleasant Hill – College Park High
  • Richmond – Craneway Pavilion
  • San Francisco – Pier 39
  • San Jose – Municipal Stadium

 

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Fairview fire district seeks residents’ input

This is a press release from the Fairview Fire District. It’s rather vague and I’m not sure what the intended outcome is, but I have not had a chance to follow up, and thought I should post to alert folks to the meeting:

Fairview and Five Canyons residents

The Fairview Fire Protection District, a Special District responsible for Fire and Emergency Medical services delivered to the Fairview and Five Canyons communities, invites all residents of the District to a community meeting. It is important to attend this meeting to share your concerns and issues with the Board of Directors as they develop a Strategic Plan for the District’s future.

The meeting is at Fairview Elementary School, 23515 Maud Avenue, Hayward, July
1, 2014 from 6:30-8:00PM. Hayward Fire Chief Contreras, whose fire department  serves residents of the Fairview Fire Protection District under a contract for service, will make an informative presentation to attendees and then a professional facilitator will guide attendees through a process that will capture their issues and concerns about the District and its services.

The Directors will be present to hear what you have to say. They need your help to frame the future of the District.

Refreshments will be served.

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Cherryland public art meetings

CHERRYLAND — This unincorporated area is getting a community center and new fire station, and both projects will include public art.

A series of meetings are being held to let residents view the art proposals and give feedback. The next one is 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at the Cherryland Community Center Design Process meeting.  It will be at the Eden United Church of Christ’s Oliver Hall, 21455 Birch St.

The artwork also will be discussed at the Cherryland Community Association meeting Tuesday, July 8. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. and also will be held at Eden United Church of Christ.

Comments can be submitted online through July 9 at http://tinyurl.com/cherrylandart.

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Happy birthday, CVSan!

CASTRO VALLEY — For 75 years, the Castro Valley Sanitary District has been doing the necessary but not necessarily elegant task of disposing of the community’s trash and, ahem, wastewater.

The district will celebrate the occasion with its customers Friday, July 25, at the district office.

According to a CVSan flier, from 2 to 3 p.m. there will be wastewater demonstrations and activities. I’m not sure what kind of demonstrations are in store. The flier refers to a Vac-Con vehicle; after doing some thorough research (OK, a quick Google search), it appears it’s a truck that cleans sewers. There will be videos and “what happens in your sewer pipes.” It’s not clear if the latter is a video or a demonstration.

From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., the focus changes to solid waste, which includes the stuff that goes to the landfill, aka trash; recycling; and food and yard clippings. Activities include demonstration of an automated Waste Management truck (I’m pretty sure it still requires a driver), more videos and a “T-shirt to bag activity.”

Oh, and free ice cream and other giveaways.

Much has changed in the world of trash and sewage collection in the past 75 years. A lot less goes to the landfill; composting and recycling have become routine for many. The landfill is producing gas to run the garbage trucks. Toilets are more efficient, and people are becoming aware of what they put down the drain. Metal trash cans with lids that didn’t work after the first week of being knocked around have been replaced with light-weight carts on wheels. Trucks are becoming more environmentally friendly and quieter.

The open house should be a good chance to see some of those changes. And remember — free ice cream!

CVSan’s office is at 21040 Marshall St.

 

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Hayward: How to protect homes in drought

HAYWARD — The drought has dried out the area, making the hill areas even more vulnerable to wildfires.

To help hillside residents be prepared, Hayward firefighters are holding a “defensible space” training June 28. Defensible space is a term used to take measures to reduce fire hazards around a building, such as a home.

Though no house, especially in the hills, is fireproof, there are things homeowners can do to reduce fire risk, such as keeping landscaping near their houses to a minimum and only having fire-resistant plants 30 feet out from a structure, not allowing any tree branches to touch a building, and  clearing dry brush at least 100 feet from any structure.

The training will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, at Stonebrae Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 28761 Hayward Blvd. Hayward and Fairview residents are invited to attend.

For questions, contact the Hayward Fire Department at 510-583-4900.

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Hayward state of the city luncheon June 26

HAYWARD — Outgoing Mayor Michael Sweeney and Councilwoman Barbara Halliday, who take over the post next month, will give an overview of the state of the city and what to expect in the year ahead at a luncheon Thursday, June 26.

The luncheon is hosted by the incoming Hayward Chamber of Commerce board of directors and will include a ceremony for the 24th graduating class of Leadership Hayward.

The luncheon is at the Chabot College’s Community Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Reservations are $25 and can be ordered at www.hayward.org. For more information, contact the chamber at 510-537-2424.

 

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Hayward police blotter June 9-14

06/09 05:50 PM
A robbery occurred in the 26000 block of Eldridge Avenue. The victim was approached by three suspects near the footbridge. One of the suspects demanded the victim’s property. When the victim refused the suspects assaulted the victim. The suspects were described as African American males in their mid-20’s; all were tall and had thin builds. One of the suspects had shoulder length hair in braids and the other two had shaved heads.

06/09 09:45 PM
A robbery occurred on West Tennyson Rd under the BART tracks. The victim was approached by three suspects who assaulted him and took property. The suspects fled from the scene in a red older model Buick LeSabre. The suspects were described as African American males. The victim was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

06/10 10:36 PM
Hayward Police dispatch received a call from citizens regarding a subject shooting a handgun from their vehicle. The informant said he heard a gun being fired and saw the muzzle flash. A gold four door vehicle fled from the area shortly after the gun shots. Responding officers located evidence of the shooting in the street. No property damage or injuries were reported from the incident.

06/11 01:54 AM
A robbery occurred on South Garden Avenue at Marin Avenue. The suspect pushed the victim off of his bicycle and assaulted him. The suspect then took property from the victim while he was on the ground. An arriving officer stopped the suspect in a vehicle as he was leaving the area and detained him. The suspect was identified and arrested.

06/11 12:03 AM
Officers responded to a burglary on Lafayette Ave. While conducting their investigation the officers located footprints leading away from the scene. The officers went to the residence where the footprints terminated and contacted the residents. The residents identified the footprints as belonging to subjects who had recently left their home. Officers went to the address provided by the residents and contacted one of the suspects who confessed to committing the burglary. Both suspects were arrested and property taken in the burglary was recovered.

06/11 01:15 PM
An armed robbery occurred to a business in the 2400 block of Diablo Ave. The suspect entered the business and took the victims’ property after threatening them with a firearm. The suspect fled the scene in a light grey Honda with dealer paper plates from “Honda of Oakland” The suspect was described as an African American male, 6’0” in height, medium build and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

06/12 05:02 AM
An armed robbery occurred in front of the 500 block of West Tennyson Rd. The suspect pushed the victim against a tree and struck him on the head with a pistol. The suspect took property from the victim and released him. As the victim left he heard one gunshot fired in his direction; the victim was not hit. The suspect was described as an African American male, 5’06” in height, heavy build, wearing a black baseball hat and black jacket with white sleeves.

06/12 12:50 PM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred at a public park on Berry Ave. The victim and the suspect had a confrontation regarding money when the suspect stabbed the victim in the neck. The victim fled and called the police the suspect left in a green ford Taurus or similar vehicle. The suspect is described as an African American male, 6’00” tall, with a thin build. The suspect vehicle was being driven by an African American female.

06/12 11:14 PM
During a neighbor dispute on the 22000 block of Sonoma Street the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and threatened him with it. The suspect then fired three rounds in the air and left the scene in a tan 2000-2005 Lincoln Navigator. The suspect was described as an African American Male, 6’00” tall, 250 pounds between 45 and 50 years.

06/13 09:26 PM
A robbery occurred at the intersection of B St and Montgomery St. The victim was walking on the sidewalk when the suspects, 8 African American juveniles, surrounded him. The suspect assaulted the victim and attempted to take his property. The suspects were unsuccessful in robbing the victim and fled.

06/14 07:30 PM
A shooting occurred in front of an address on the 2500 block of West Tennyson Rd. The two victims were sitting in their own vehicle when the suspect(s) drove by and someone in the suspect vehicle fired one shot through the victims vehicle’s driver side window. Neither victim was stuck during the incident. The suspect vehicle was described as 2000s black BMW 4 door with tinted windows.

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California Highway Patrol accepting cadet applications

Press release from California Highway Patrol:

For the first time in 2014, the California Highway Patrol will be accepting online applications for the position of Cadet. Do you have what it takes? Courage, dedication, and integrity are just some of the characteristics you must possess. It isn’t an easy job, but it is definitely one to be proud of as we serve the many communities in this great state of California.

Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. and ending on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. You will be able to submit your information through the online application located at http://www.chp.ca.gov/recruiting/officer.html.

In order to help you with this life changing decision, Golden Gate Division recruitment officers will be hosting seminars throughout the Bay Area. We have found that applicants who are well-informed about the duties and demands of a CHP Officer, as well as the rigorous hiring process, are the most successful.
Recruitment Seminars

Our Recruitment Seminars provide an overview of the duties, functions, and responsibilities of a CHP Officer. The information will also assist in the preparation for the selection and hiring process. The attire for these seminars is Business Casual. Attendees should RSVP to our Recruitment Team at 30Recruitment@chp.ca.gov or at 707-648-4195.

San Jose
Friday, June 20, 2014 6:00 PM
202 Junction Avenue, San Jose CA

Hayward
Thursday, June 26, 2015 6:00 PM
2434 Whipple Road, Hayward CA

Applicant Preparation Program
The Applicant Preparation Program focuses on physical fitness preparation. Workout attire is recommended for this event, and attendees should bring necessary hydration and food.

East Bay – Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 5:30 PM
Redwood High School
18400 Clifton Way, Castro Valley CA

North Bay – Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – 6:00 PM
435 Southwest Boulevard, Rohnert Park CA

South Bay – Monday, July 7, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Leland High School
6677 Camden Avenue, San Jose CA

Contact Information:
Daniel Hill
Golden Gate Division
707-648-4180
danhill@chp.ca.gov