Hayward: Free screening of power of music documentary

HAYWARD — “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memory in seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, will be screened free Thursday as part of the city library’s Book-to-Action program.

The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen for three years as he takes iPods with personalized playlists into nursing homes, where the music not only awakens memories in unresponsive elderly people, but also triggers the brain so some have lucid conversations with those around them.

The April 30 film showing is the keynote event of the library’s Music and Memory Book-to-Action program to raise awareness and encourage people to share music with seniors.

Cal State East Bay has donated 150 copies of the book “Musicophilia: Tales of Music of the Brain,” to help people learn about the importance of music in sustaining health and wellness. The author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, appears in the documentary.

The free film screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward. There also will be a performance by Cal State East Bay’s Aphasia Tones Chorus. Aphasia, a communication disorder that often occurs after a stroke, affects talking, understanding, reading and writing. Chorus members benefit by singing in a group.

To register and request a copy of the book and learn more about local music-sharing events, go to http://tinyurl.com/music-memory-2015. For more information, call 510-881-7700 or email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov.


Castro Valley orthodontist to collect Halloween candy

CASTRO VALLEY — An orthodontist will once again trade prizes for candy brought to his office.

Dr. Ronald Griggs will donate money to Blue Star Moms; the size of the donation depends on how much candy is brought in.

Kids can get a prize token for each pound of candy they bring in.

Trick and treating is fun, but candy can damage braces or aligners used in orthodontic treatment.

People with braces should avoid any candy that is sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. That includes jellybeans, jawbreakers, bubblegum, hard candy, gummy candies, caramels and nut-filled candies.

Candy can be dropped off at Griggs’ office, 20265 Lake Chabot Road, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Nov. 3-25.

For more information, go to www.griggsorthodontics.com


Hayward Wellness Center open house Saturday

HAYWARD — The Hayward Wellness Center will have an open house Saturday at its new location at Southland Mall.

Those who attend can tour the clinic, take part in a healthy eating seminar, learn about the patient-centered care philosophy and ask questions.

The open house will include family-friendly activities, including a free bicycle helmet fitting.

Speakers will include Mark Frazke, Alameda Health System chief operating officer; Dr. Steven Chen, clinic medical director; and Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday.

Hayward Wellness is part of the Alameda Health System network of community-based wellness centers designed to ensure people can get primary health care and medical specialties regardless of social or economic status.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 664 Southland Mall, between Macy’s and Kohl’s. The clinic faces the outside of the mall.



Hayward firefighters bring smoke detectors home

From the city of Hayward:

HAYWARD – Last year, the Hayward Fire Department responded to more than 17,000 calls, almost 80 percent of which were for medical emergencies. Time and time again, firefighters rushed into homes and noticed the same troubling issue: missing or inoperable smoke detectors.

That may soon change, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Hayward Rotary Club. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the two organizations have announced a simple, yet savvy program to get working smoke detectors into more Hayward homes by using a trusted and highly recognizable home delivery system: Hayward firefighters themselves.

Thanks to a gift from the Hayward Rotary Club and Case Industries, the Hayward Fire Department will begin carrying more than 400 new detectors and 1,000 batteries on its vehicles – just in case. If firefighters walk into a home during a medical emergency and notice a missing or “chirping” detector, they will offer to install new batteries or provide a new detector free of charge, on the spot if appropriate. The department is also accepting sign-ups for installation.

“Keeping working smoke detectors is the single best thing you can do to protect your family and your home,” said fire department Capt. Don Nichelson. “Still, we see far too many homes without the proper smoke detectors, or with chirping or dead devices hanging on the ceiling. This program aims to change that. We’re already on the scene; it makes perfect sense to fix the problem right then and there if we can.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. The risk of dying in a home structure fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors, yet many homes are left unprotected by alarms that are missing, disconnected or loaded with dead batteries.

“The Hayward Fire Department does an outstanding job of protecting the community it serves,” said Paul Martin of the Hayward Rotary Club. “We’re excited to help them advance their mission with this simple, common sense program. If one of these smoke detectors saves a single life, that’s all that matters.”

The program, dubbed “Smoke Detectors … Just in Case” is a joint effort of the Hayward Fire Department, Hayward Rotary Club, Case Industries and Sprinklersfitters Local 483.


Hayward to break ground on fire station, clinic

HAYWARD — The city will break ground for a new fire station and community health clinic on Saturday, June 14.

Festivities start at noon, with the official ceremony taking place at 2 p.m.

The new station, No. 7, will be built at 28270 Huntwood Ave. in South Hayward. It replaces a temporary station that is deteriorating.

Next door will be the “Firehouse Clinic” – a collaboration of Hayward, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.The clinic is being built by the city, but it will be run by Tiburcio Vasquez under a contract with Alameda County.



Ashland: Open house at new community garden

ASHLAND — A new community garden is holding an open house Saturday, June 21.

The garden is being developed on an empty lot owned by Alameda County at the corner of Mission Boulevard and Paradise boulevards. The garden is being developed by Project EAT, a county Office of Education program to promote healthy lifestyles.

Activities at the open house will include seed planting, kids’ games, nutrition information, healthy snacks and garden box applications. It will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20095 Mission Blvd., north of Mattox Road and south of Lewelling Boulevard.

For more information, contact Project EAT at projecteat@acoe.org or 510-670-4156 or go to www.projecteat.com.



Meeting to focus on phones for people with disabilities

CASTRO VALLEY — Information will be shared Thursday, March 6, about special telephones for disabled and deaf people that make it easier to hear, dial and call.

A representative of the California Telephone Access Program will talk about the state program at the Quest Low Vision Support Group meeting. The representative will demonstrate the types of phones available, such as ones for people with hearing loss, low vision, memory problems or limited mobility.
The phones are free, but there are eligibility requirements.

The meeting starts at 1 p.m. at Baywood Court, 21966 Dolores St.


Community meeting on new Hayward fire station, health clinic

HAYWARD — The fire department is holding a community meeting about a plan to rebuild Fire Station #7 on Huntwood Road and construct a health center next door.

The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Fire Station #7, 28270 Huntwood (near Tennyson, across from Tennyson Park.) Firefighters will have drawings of the new facilities and talk about what is planned at both.

South Hayward currently does not have a public adult health clinic. The health center would be built on city property, but it would be run by Tiburcio Vasquez under a contract with Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.


Hayward police blotter 1/07/14-1/13/14

01/07 09:05 PM
A male suspect simulates a weapon and forces victim to surrender their vehicle. Witnesses call 911 and a description of the victim’s vehicle is broadcast to patrol units. The vehicle is located and the driver is taken into custody for carjacking.

01/09 02:05 AM
A victim walking in the area of B St and Second St is stuck in the head with a fire extinguisher by an unknown suspect. The victim received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

01/09 01:48 PM
Suspect gets into a confrontation inside his home in the 22000 block of Mission Blvd with an acquaintance. During the confrontation, the suspect brandishes a firearm at the acquaintance causing him to flee and contact the police. Suspect is contacted at his home and arrested, no weapon is recovered.

01/10 09:00 PM
A robbery occurred at the Eden Youth Center during which the suspect took the victim’s cellular phone. The victim tried to arrange to have the suspect return the phone but when the suspect refused, the victim called the police. Officers stop the suspect later in a stolen vehicle and the victim’s phone is recovered along with a firearm.

01/10 04:30 PM
While contacting a group of subjects in a parking lot in the 22000 block of South Garden Avenue a stolen handgun and narcotics were recovered. One of the subjects ran from the police and was not located. One subject was arrested.

01/10 11:00 PM
During a police investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the area of South Garden Avenue and West A St a loaded firearm is recovered from inside the vehicle.

01/12 07:53 PM
A robbery occurred in the area of Middle Ave and Eden Avenue. The victim was approached by a suspect with a handgun and had their phone taken. The suspect fled in the direction of Middle Lane and Saklan Road.

01/12 08:32 PM
A robbery occurred in the area of Tennyson Rd and Ruus Rd. The suspects took the victim’s wallet and fled on foot in the direction of Bruno Ave.

01/13 06:07 PM
A strong arm robbery involving three suspect took place in the area of West Tennyson Rd and Manon Avenue. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and the victim received minor injuries from the incident.

01/13 11:55 PM
A witness calls about two subjects with plastic bags digging a hole near the Hayward Shoreline. When police arrived they found the hole with nothing inside. A search during daytime does not locate and evidence of criminal activity.