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Hayward open house to share vision for city’s future

HAYWARD — People’s eyes often glaze over when hearing the words “general plan,” but if you ask them what they want their city to look like in 25 years, most have suggestions.

Over the past 18 months, Hayward has been asking its residents the vision thing, and on Saturday, March 8, the staff will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon to share the results.

The general plan often has been called a blueprint for future growth and development, though some question how people now can anticipate what the future may bring. Still, the overall direction helps the city make day-to-day decisions.

To get to the draft 2040 General Plan (named for the year it will expire?), city staffers held public workshops and Planning Commission and City Council study sessions. The liveliest discussion has been at the online community forum, www.Hayward2040.org, though it appears city planners may have tried to make the site dull while at the same time not checking their spelling. From the site: “What are your comments related to the enviornmental analysis for the draft General Plan?”

Now, you may be asking why you should get up early on Saturday and make yourself presentable. Seriously, this is something that affects all Hayward residents. At the open house, you’ll find a series of stations for the topics covered in the plan and that oh-so-popular EIR (that’s government-speak for environmental impact report, which is a boring way of saying that if a project could harm the environment, you’d better spell out what you’re going to do to make sure that doesn’t happen).

City staff members and consultants who worked on the general plan will be at the open house to answer questions. Overview presentations are planned every 45 minutes. It’s a drop-in event, so feel free to wander over from the Saturday farmers market any time during the three-hour event.

For those who don’t know, Hayward City Hall is at 777 B St.

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
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Hayward limits free food hand-outs downtown

HAYWARD — The City Council on Tuesday put restrictions on free outdoor feedings downtown, limiting them to once a month at city parks.

The rules cover Portuguese Park and other city-owned properties. Portuguese Park has been the site of two or more food handouts daily to 50 to 100 people, which neighbors say has resulted in thefts, vandalism and trash in the area, plus people relieving themselves in the park and the area.

At the Daily Review office on Foothill a few blocks away, we’ve seen some of the problems neighbors describe, though to a lesser extent. We have had people defecating near a dumpster behind our office. We’ve come to work in the morning walking past people sleeping in corners. We’ve had to call the police because of mentally unstable people going off and trying to smash things as they stagger along Foothill, where traffic zips by at 40 to 50 mph. We’ve been accosted and intimidated in the municipal parking lot behind our office.

The problems in downtown Hayward are real. These are problems the city has been grappling with for years, yet they only seems to intensify.

City staff members and council members are quick to point out that the new restrictions aren’t intended to address homelessness, or hunger, but to make downtown safer and to regulate what occurs on city property.

What do you suggest be done? Everyone seems to be sympathetic and compassionate, but long-term solutions remain elusive. I’d love to hear what others think.

 

Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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Hayward business expo Oct. 7

HAYWARD — Merchants and nonprofit groups can showcase their products and services at a business expo Oct. 7.

Individuals are welcome to attend; admission is free for Hayward Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for nonmembers. Those attending can check out local businesses and organizations and sample food and drinks from local restaurants and caterers. Some new car models will be on display.

Sign-ups are being accepted from businesses wanting to take part in the expo, which will be 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the white tent in the St. Rose Hospital parking lot, 27200 Calaroga Ave. Booth fee is $250 for chamber members and $395 for nonmembers.

The business expo, sponsored by the chamber and the city of Hayward, will be at the white tent at St. Rose Hospital, 27200 Calaroga Ave., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call the chamber at 510-537-2424 or go to www.hayward.org.

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013
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A close look at wildlife rehabilitation

HAYWARD — Sulphur Creek Wildlife Center is taking visitors into its hospital to show how the staff assesses an injured or orphaned animal, cares for them and prepares them for release back into the wild.

Advance registration is required for this adults-only event, which takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The fee is $18. To register, go to www.haywardrec.org or call 510-881-6700. Program #23747.

Sulphur Creek is at 1801 D St. It’s worth a visit. Even though it’s in an urban area, when you’re there, you feel as if you’re in the country; the center is nestled along a creek, and you can visit its year-round animal residents, including coyotes, o’possums, snakes and birds of prey, for free. The animals are ones that could not be returned to the wild because of injuries.

The center has lots of programs and events throughout the year, and many of them are very child-friendly. It also has an animal lending library, where you can “check out” a guinea pig, hamster or rat for a small charge. The library is a great way to teach kids about the responsibilities of having a pet.

Posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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ID theft, free legal advice, author reading at Hayward library

HAYWARD — Identity theft is becoming more common and sophisticated. The latest information and tips on how to protect yourself — and your bank account and credit — will be shared at a two-hour session Saturday, Sept. 21, at the main library.

Speakers will talk about common scams and forms of fraud, give practical advice on how to recognize scams and protect yourself, share referral information and where to get help.

The workshop begins at 2 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

For more information, email or call Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

The library also will be having its monthly Lawyer in the Library on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Weekes Branch Library from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Main Library.

Each person gets 15 minutes of free legal advice with a licensed attorney. Onsite registration begins 30 minutes before the first session, and space is limited, with consultation being assigned by lottery.

For more information, call 510-881-7980.

Hayward’s library is a busy place, with lots of free events, including book discussions and signings by authors. The next one will be with artist Salma Arastu, who has illustrated some of 13th-century mystic poet Rumi’s works in “Turning Rumi.” It takes place from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Main Library. Arastu will bring some of her artwork and have copies of her books for sale.

For details, please call or email Trudy Toll at 510-881-7974 or trudy.toll@hayward-ca.gov.

Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2013
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A book with a powerful message

HAYWARD — In April, 30 volunteers handed out free copies of the book “The Language of Flowers” in Hayward to people who don’t normally read as part of World Book Night. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the book’s author will give a free talk at Hayward City Hall.

“Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about Victoria, 18, who has aged out of the foster care system. She sleeps in a San Francisco park, where she plants a garden. The discovery of her garden leads to discoveries of herself.

In addition to sharing the book, Hayward Library’s Book-to-Action program focused on raising awareness about foster youth. The program connects reading a book with a civic engagement project.

Volunteers let the community know about Bay Area and national organizations that help foster youth, including The Camellia Network (co-founded by Diffenbaugh), Hayward-based Bay Area Youth Centers, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and Adopt a Special Kid, according to a release.
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Representatives of those groups will be at Diffenbaugh’s talk, which begins at 2 p.m. in Hayward Council Chambers, 777 B St.

Those interested in becoming a World Book Night book giver next year can sign up for the WBN mailing list at http://www.worldbooknight.org/ .

The Aug. 17 event is sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Library, and the Book Shop on B Street. For more information, call 510-881-7700, email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov or visit http://library.hayward-ca.gov

Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
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A party to die for

SAN LORENZO — A Block Party to Die For will raise funds for the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery.

The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at College and Usher streets. There will be tours of the historic cemetery, carnival games, crafts and food. Live music will be provided by the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan and Leo Oliver and the Blues Knockouts.

The Friends of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery and the Hayward Area Historical Society are hosting the event, and all proceeds will support preservation of the cemetery.

The cemetery at Hesperian Boulevard and College Street in San Lorenzo recorded its first burial in 1854. East Bay historic figures William Meek and John Lewelling are among the 2,500 buried there.

Tickets are $10, or $5 for children and seniors. They can be bought at the event or in advance at 510-581-0223.

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Under: Alameda County, Ashland, Calendar, Cherryland, Hayward, Odds & Ends, San Lorenzo | No Comments »

Local author, musician at Hayward library Saturday

author photo Amy Franklin-Willis high res

HAYWARD — A local author and a musician will combine their talents Saturday, June 15, at the Hayward Main Library.

Amy Franklin-Willis of Castro Valley will talk about her debut novel, “The Lost Saints of Tennessee,” and Andrew Castro will perform original songs inspired by Franklin-Willis’ book. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the library, 835 C St.

“The Lost Saints of Tennessee” tells the story of three generations of a working-class Southern family from the 1940s to the 1980s. Library Journal wrote in its review, “Franklin-Willis plumbs the depths of family dynamics, compassionately depicting her characters as they struggle with situations over which they have no control.” After losing his twin to a drowning accident and his wife to divorce, Zeke Cooper leaves his mother and two daughters in Tennessee and travels to Virginia, where he considers his responsibility to repair his fractured family.

Librarian Sally Thomas selected the novel for the Mostly Literary Fiction Book Group, which discussed it last month. “The novel provoked passionate discussion about love between parents, siblings and married couples, and the ways that our intentions to protect our loved ones go awry if secrets are involved,” she said.

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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Glad Tidings church’s community festival to celebrate 35th anniversary

HAYWARD — Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a community festival that begins Friday evening and continues Saturday.

The festival will include musical entertainment, games, dunk tanks, basketball, jump houses, rides and more than 50 booths selling merchandise.

A food court will feature hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, barbecue, fish, cakes, pies, nachos, corn dogs and soda.

Author and early childhood educator Vanessa Moore-Bulnes will be signing copies of her children’s book, “A Piece Is Missing,” on Saturday. The book’s story encourages young children to work together to solve problems.

The festival runs 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church, 27689 Tyrrell Ave., Hayward. For more information, go to www.gladtidingscogic.org.

Glad Tidings has been active in South Hayward for years, working with other groups to make it a safer place with better schools.

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Under: Hayward, Odds & Ends | 1 Comment »

Art exhibit in South Hayward

HAYWARD — Sorry this is last-minute, but there’s a free art exhibit at Westminster Hills Outreach Center on Friday, May 3. It runs until 9 p.m.

The exhibit, called PLAY, is composed of repurposed and refreshed children’s toys and games, designed to reminder viewers of their own playful days.

There will be a reception for the artists from 5 to 9 p.m. at the center, 27287 Patrick Ave.

The exhibit is free, but items from the Homeless Angels’ on-site art and gift store will be available for purchase. Prices range from $5 to $25. The Homeless Angels project works to eliminate obstacles to self-sufficiency.

For more information, go to www.southhaywardparish.org/hcan.

Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2013
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