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Hayward offers community emergency response training

Press release from Hayward fire department:

When a disaster strikes, do you know what to do before professional help arrives?

The Hayward Fire Department is providing a free CERT Training Program which will consist of four evening indoor classes and one outdoor “hands on” skills class. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and immediate neighbors as well as organize a neighborhood team response. Training will begin during the month of October, 2014 at City Hall. Dates and times are as follow:

• Class #1, Monday, October 20th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #2, Monday, October 27th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #3, Monday, November 3rd, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Class #4, Thursday, November 10th, 6-9:30pm @ Hayward City Hall
• Skills #5, Thursday, November 17th, 6-9:30pm (Fire Station #6 W. Winton)

You must attend all classes in order to receive certification. CERT training is for all City of Hayward and Fairview residents. Residential verification will be required during the final application process and all applicants must be 18 years-of-age or older.

Residents who are interested in this free training can sign-up by sending their name, phone number and address by email to Hayward.CERT@hayward-ca.gov. Space is limited. Successful applicants will receive notification by email acknowledging enrollment into the program and further directions.

For more information, call the Hayward Fire Department’s Public Education Officer at (510) 583-4948.

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Hayward libraries taking donations of Halloween costumes

HAYWARD — The city library is collecting Halloween costume donations, recycling the outfits while at the same time making sure every kid can afford to dress up for what has become one of the year’s biggest holidays.

During September, you can drop off Halloween costumes and accessories for children ages 10 and younger at city libraries. Face it: Your growing darling can’t fit into last year’s costume. So why not pass it on to another kid?

Parents, here’s an extra incentive: When you donate a costume, you receive a ticket to a Halloween Costume Swap in October, with first pick of costumes.

Pretty cool, right?

The swap meets will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Main Library, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Weekes Branch.

For more information, call 510-881-7946.

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San Leandro bike party Sept. 7

SAN LEANDRO — The city will have its third annual bike party in three parks on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Bike Mobile will make free minor repairs on bicycles of those taking part in the ride, starting at 9 a.m. at the Roosevelt Elementary School playground area, 864 Dutton Ave. There also will be a bike rodeo, games and other activities.

The actual ride starts at 1 p.m. at Farrelly Pool at Roosevelt. Riders will head to McCartney Park (behind Washington Elementary at Breed Avenue and Sunnyside Drive) for musical entertainment and activities. The bike party then will ride to Siempre Verde Park (Park Street and San Leandro Boulevard) for bike decorating, before returning to Farrelly Pool where participants can enjoy a free family swim until 5:30 p.m.

Those taking part should take helmets, bike locks, sunscreen, snacks, water and a picnic dinner for the pool party. Children under age 18 are required to wear a helmet, though smart cyclists of all ages use the protective headgear.

For more information, call 577-3462 or email youth@sanleandro.org.

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Hayward Coffee With a Cop on June 14

HAYWARD — Police are inviting residents to join them for Coffee With a Cop on Saturday, June 14.

This is a chance to voice concerns, ask questions and get to know Hayward police officers.

Coffee With a Cop takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. at Starbucks coffee shop, 20523 Hesperian Blvd. (A Street and Hesperian)

For more information contact Gale Bleth, 510-293-7151 or gale.bleth@hayward-ca.gov

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Free pet adoptions this weekend in Hayward

Press release from the city of Hayward:

Have you been thinking about adding a new four legged, furry family member to your household? Come to the Hayward Animal Shelter  on Saturday and Sunday, May 31st and June 1st for the fifth annual Maddie’s Pet Adoption days.

We have many amazing  animal companions longing for a family to love them. All adoptions are FREE to qualified homes during this incredible weekend. Licensing fees apply to dogs adopted to Hayward residents.

This record-breaking adoption weekend is sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. For every dog and cat adopted from our shelter during this weekend Maddie’s Fund with give our shelter an adoption stipend ranging between $500-$2000. These funds help to provide additional care to our homeless shelter pets.

Save a life. ADOPT! For more information visit www.Haywardanimals.org and www.adoptmaddiesfund.org.

 

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Hayward youth job fair May 9

HAYWARD — The Hayward adult school is hosting a youth job fair May 9 at City Hall.

The fair is open to people ages 16 to 25. More than 50 businesses and agencies will have representatives at the fair, which will include a “dress for success” presentation by Macy’s of Hayward and door prizes. Those attending are asked to bringing resumes.

The adult school, officially called the Hayward Center for Education and Careers, is partnering with the city, the Employment Development Department/Youth Employment Opportunity Program, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Community Resources for Independent Living, Dr. Jennifer Ong, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Southland Mall.

The fair takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St. For more information, contact For more information, contact Juan Romero at 510-459-7056 or jromero@has.edu.

Anyone bringing two cans to donate to the Alameda County Food Bank will get an additional ticket for door prize drawings.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.