Longtime Daily Review reporter Karen Holzmeister (on the left, with Hayward Area Historical Society Vice President Gay Ostarello), who retired from the paper last summer, was one of the honorees at the HAHS awards dinner last week.
Karen was an institution in the newsroom, someone whose mind-vault contained a wealth of information about southern Alameda County that can’t be found in any google search. She remains sorely missed — not just by Review staff but by community members as well. Then again, she’s missed particularly by Review staff, who were treated to a delicious sherry cake when she was in the neighborhood and stopped by earlier this week.
Karen’s been busy in her retirement, having done some traveling including a trip to the Middle East.
Here’s an item in Carol Thornberry’s column about another recent honor Karen received.
And here’s the HAHS press release on their event, which included some other local notables: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, General, Hayward, History, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas | No Comments »
Capt. Thor Poulsen, the Public Education Officer for the Hayward Fire Department, checks in with some advice on inclement weather:
Severe Winter Weather
The Hayward area is being pounded by a series of powerful storms driven from the Pacific this week. The most severe is scheduled to hit on Wednesday. The intense winds and rain have already caused power outages and flooding across low-lying areas. Please take the time now to prepare in advance and assure your family a safe winter as the storm passes through.
During Severe Winter Weather, if it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information and know what the terminology means: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Health, Weather | 3 Comments »
Rajendra Ratnesar, chairman of the Eden Township Hospital District board, released “An Open Letter to the Community” to local media Tuesday, stating that efforts to save San Leandro Hospital are threatening all hospitals in the district.
State Sen. Ellen Corbett and board member Carole Rogers responded with sharply worded letters of there own. Click below to read the letters…
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Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Hayward, Health, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | 3 Comments »
Something has vanished along the Interstate 880 corridor. It used to serve as an unofficial road sign for southbound commuters — if you want to take 238 to 580, why, you’d better start moseying over to the right lanes.
According to the new tenants of 3199 Alvarado St. in San Leandro, they took down the landmark (albeit dilapidated) Levitz spike n’ sign about three weeks ago. It has been replaced with their own Dependable Logistics Services sign, which is about half as high as its predecessor. Dependable, a warehousing and trucking company, signed a 13-year-lease for the 260,000-square-foot space nearly a year ago.
Luke Sims, San Leandro’s director of community development, said current zoning would never allow for something as tall as the Levitz sign. He did acknowledge that it was an unusual piece of the skyline.
“The Levitz Needle,” he said. “Yeah, that was kind of a skewered, ’60s-looking thing.”
Dependable general manager Trevor Schirmer said the surrounding community had wanted the big sign taken down, and they were happy to oblige. It has been dismantled and scrapped.
“Now you can look at our sign and make it your landmark,” he said.
Photo is of the Levitz sign in happier discount furniture days, taken by Studio H on flikr one morning in 2005.
Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Development, General, Odds & Ends, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Transportation | 4 Comments »
UPDATE: They changed the route at the last minute this morning. Not sure why, but the train came through town on the less-used rails closer to the shoreline off Industrial Boulevard, then hooked up through Newark to Niles before continuing its route. An unfortunate bypass of the more populated parts of Hayward. I asked avid train chaser and Lamorinda Sun editor Sam Richards about it and he said not to take it personally — railroads change their routes all the time like that and often run late.
An old Union Pacific steam-powered locomotive is on tour in the area, and will be making a run from Oakland to Stockton on Wednesday morning.
According to the UP tracking site, our leg will bring it through San Leandro, Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward and Union City! It is scheduled to leave Oakland at 9 a.m. and arrive in Stockton around 11:30 a.m., so those with an inkling to see some vintage steam action should plan accordingly.
The planned course follows the rails next to the BART tracks, down San Leandro Street, Western Boulevard and Whitman Street.
We’re trying to figure out the best spot along the route to watch this magnificent machine chug through. Any suggestions?
Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Cherryland, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, Transportation, Union City | 1 Comment »
The future of San Leandro Hospital is under consideration, and drop-in, urgent care centers are proposed as alternatives to full-service hospitals. What’s your opinion?
Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, General, Health, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | No Comments »
… but for a bit of a polar opposite, a somnambulist died of exposure in another Hayward, where wind chills are expected to bring the temp down to 50 below zero. According to the story, “Flesh can freeze in 10 minutes when the wind chill is 40 below or colder, the weather service noted.”
Around these parts, it’s expected to remain more than 100 degrees warmer than that, for the time being.
Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo | No Comments »
As mentioned in today’s story, there will be a protest rally at Birchfield Park this afternoon about pending cuts in the Hayward Unified School District. Organizers say it will be big. Here’s the press release:
East Bay School Cuts Showdown as Hayward Teachers Rally Today Against Music, Smaller Class Size Hits
Marching Band to Join 3:45 p.m. Protest Over $12 Million District Cuts List
HAYWARD — Sparked by the state budget crisis, the Hayward Unified School District’s plans to find $12 million in “savings” for next school year by potentially cutting all elementary instrumental music and class size reduction efforts — and scrapping high school art and other electives – is prompting a protest rally at Birchfield Park this afternoon. Teachers and members of the award-winning Hayward High School student marching band will attend, and the “Angry Tired Teachers Band” of Hayward High educators will play rock protest songs.
“This district is making the same mistake as the governor and lawmakers in Sacramento by trying to balance the state budget on the backs of students,” said Kathleen Crummey, president of the 1,330-member Hayward Education Association. “Music and arts programs are vital to a well-rounded education, and instrumental music in the lower grades is crucial to strong programs in middle and high schools. The district will have about $11 million in reserves and therefore should not be looking at such severe classroom cuts.”
Among widespread cuts being considered for the next school year, the district is considering ending the 20-student class-size caps in K-3 classrooms and changing the high school block system of scheduling to give students a choice of only taking six classes per year instead of eight, which could eliminate high school music and art programs.
*WHAT: Protest rally by hundreds of teachers and students against music and other cuts now among $12 million in budget “savings” under consideration by the Hayward Unified School District for the 2009-10 school year.
*WHEN: 3:45-5:30 p.m. TODAY, Tuesday, Jan. 13.
*WHERE: Birchfield Park, Santa Clara at Winton streets, across from the main post office in Hayward
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Schools | 22 Comments »
Hayward power plant foe and recent City Council candidate “Redwood” Rob Simpson has a 1,000-strong forest of 2-foot-tall redwood trees on his Grandview Avenue lot that he’s willing to give away to anyone who wants to plant one.
Simpson’s been doing this for years, he said, and started because he felt “environmentally responsible” for driving a large car. He didn’t want to downsize his transportation – Simpson is a pretty tall guy — so he started giving away the trees as a mitigation measure. This batch will bring his grand total up to 31,000.
“I’m just spreading my seed,” Simpson said.
Anyone who wants a tree should contact Simpson at www.redwoodrob.com or 510-909-1800.
Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Energy, Environment, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City | 1 Comment »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City | No Comments »