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Mountain climber to give talk in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — A Castro Valley High graduate who became a mountaineer will share some of his adventures March 15.

Marty Schmidt, who now lives in New Zealand, is a certified mountain climber and guide. He has ascended some of hte world’s highest peaks without bottled oxygen.

He will be showing some photographs and talk about his climbs on Mount Everest, Makalu, Gasherbrum 1 and 2, and other peaks.

Schmidt’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road.

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Big flea market planned in Castro Valley

CASTRO VALLEY — More than 55 vendors will be selling items at a flea market March 2 at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior and Community Center.

There also will be a snack bar and a bake sale with homemade treats at the flea market, which runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17800 Redwood Road.

The event is being hosted by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. For more details, call 510-881-6738.

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Update on the loop

The one-way traffic loop through downtown Hayward is scheduled for early March, according to the city’s website. I am working to get a more precise date, since March is less than three weeks away.

What’s involved: Massive traffic signal bridges that are being fabricated to order in Utah have to be shipped here. That entails getting permits to drive uber-wide loads through several states.

Once the bridges are here, there’s no good place to store them – we’re talking really wide – so they probably will go up pronto, though “pronto” still will take some doing and time. The bridges will span intersections along Foothill. The foundations (which run deep) were constructed earlier; remember those plywood boards for pedestrians near traffic lights? The foundations have been filled with asphalt for pedestrian safety. The bridges couldn’t be ordered until the foundations were constructed. It’s complicated, but Foothill is an old street, and the underground pipes and conduits aren’t always where the blueprints say they are, so each bridge’s specs are different. The asphalt was temporary and will be dug out.

Final paving of the loop – Five Flags north on Foothill to A Street, left on A to Mission Boulevard, south on Mission back to Five Flags – and lane striping will be needed, so, combined with installation of the signal bridges, we’re looking at major road closures and detours coming up. And you thought traffic was bad now!

Next week: According to city’s website, expect lane closures on Mission and Foothill, mostly Mission from Industrial to about Moreau High School both ways and Mission from Jackson Street to Highland Avenue, both ways.

The good news: Driving down Mission, big stretches are finished except for landscaping. The roads are smooth, and the ugly utility poles are gone. The lights look great.

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Fundraiser for Lighthouse Community Center

What sounds like a fun event Saturday will benefit the Lighthouse Community Center of Hayward. Viva Las Vegas casino night starts at 5 p.m. at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda.

Entertainment includes Sasha Stephane as Cher, the Golden Follies and the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.

It’s $25 advance, $30 at the door. If advance tickets are still available, you can get them at the Lighthouse Community Center, 217 A St., Hayward; Curly’s Place, 2059 B St., Hayward; and www.eventbrite.com.

Tickets get you $100 in gaming chips plus gourmet food, and there will be a cash bar. You must be 21 to attend.

The Lighthouse Community Center serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community of Southern Alameda County.

For more information, email bobnsl@aol.com.

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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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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.

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Hayward council to take up Stonebrae development

Update: The development was approved by the council last week. No public comments. bit.ly/S0Qhru

The Hayward City Council will hear a request tonight to extend the Stonebrae development agreement another five years.

Stonebrae sits above Cal State East Bay in the Hayward hills. As part of the project, it built an elementary school and added a golf course.

The council approved a 10-year agreement with what was then Hayward 1900 for the project in 1999, and the first subdivision map was approved in 2005. The project stalled because of the recession, and the developer was given a five-year extension in 2008. That extension expires in February.

So far, there are 250 occupied houses in the development. According to a staff report, developers are planning about 180 more, which would be built over the next five years. Developers also want to construct a permanent clubhouse at the golf course.

When the project was proposed, it was fought by environmentalists and others concerned about the additional traffic on Fairview Avenue, Hayward Boulevard and Oakes Drive. And now it would add more traffic onto Five Canyons Parkway into Castro Valley.

No one spoke against the project when it went before the Planning Commission in December.

The meeting starts at 7:30 in Council Chambers, Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.

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