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Newark police plan DUI checkpoint and roving DUI patrols during holidays

A message from the Newark Police Department:

Newark police is participating in a county-wide DUI enforcement campaign referred to as “Avoid the 21.” This effort is intended to curb the increased number of impaired drivers found on the roadways during the winter holiday period.

The police department plans to employ sobriety checkpoints and deploy dedicated DUI enforcement units and roving saturation patrols to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.

A DUI and driver license status checkpoint will be placed at Thornton Avenue near Newark Boulevard on Saturday December 22, 2012. The checkpoint will run from 7:00 pm until approximately 2:00 am the following morning.

“Avoid the 21” is a campaign sponsored by the Office of Traffic Safety and the Alameda County Chiefs of Police Association. Including the Newark Police Department, there are 21 separate participating law enforcement agencies in Alameda County. The program is based on education and zero tolerance enforcement of driving while under the influence.

During this time, and for the entire year, the Newark Police Department seeks your help in spotting and reporting suspected drunk drivers. Possible indicators include vehicles that are swerving or weaving in and out of lanes, traveling much slower than the flow traffic, perhaps without headlights, or being driven aggressively.

Call 9-1-1 to report a suspected drunk driver. You do not have to give your name, but do provide a complete description of the vehicle with license plate number, the exact location of the vehicle, and direction of travel, if possible. Do not try to stop the vehicle or detain the driver…leave that to a law enforcement officer.

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Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose plan prayer vigil Friday for Newtown community in Fremont

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are holding a prayer vigil Friday afternoon for the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown communities.

The vigil will be from 12:30 and 1 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters Chapel, 43326 Mission Blvd. in Fremont.

People of all faiths are invited, said a spokeswoman for the Dominican Sisters.

For more information, call 510-657-2468.

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DUI checkpoint set for this weekend in Fremont

By Natalie Alund

Police are warning the public that officers will be on the hunt for drunk drivers in full force this weekend.

Fremont Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint from 5 p.m. Dec. 23 to 1 a.m. Dec. 24 on Mowry Avenue between Logan Drive and Sutter Drive.

Officers will check drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases. Fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 for those arrested can also be expected.

For additional information contact the Fremont Police Department Traffic Services Unit at 510-790-6760.

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Ex-Fremont official to continue Christmas tradition, perform free concert in Oakland

Richard King has spent about half a century as an East Bay attorney, telling his clients’ stories while advocating on their behalf. For nearly as long, the Fremont man has performed as a singer of pop standards in venues as varied as Bay Area churches and Las Vegas lounges.

King, 74, will combine both talents Thursday evening in what has become an annual Christmas tradition: a free concert at the Oakland Mormon Temple.

“It’s about 15 to 20 songs and he tells a story, the way he weaves them all together,” said Steve Pietkiewicz, a pianist and fellow Fremont Symphony Orchestra board member who will accompany King onstage. “He does ballads that bring a tear to your eye and up-tempo tunes where he’s going to swing like Sinatra did.”

For rest of story, click here.

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Fremont neighbors object to facility-expansion plans for Sikh temple

Sikh temple leaders are proposing to expand their Niles district facilities, although some neighbors oppose the plans because they are fed up with recurring traffic and parking problems during prayer services and holidays.

The proposal calls for the size of the Gurdwara Sahib Fremont — known as the Fremont Gurdwara — to grow from 28,074 square feet to 41,740, an increase of nearly 50 percent. The existing kitchen, dining hall and other buildings would be demolished and rebuilt. The project also would construct new facilities that house Sunday school classrooms, an administrative office and priests’ quarters. The parking lot — which has 335 spaces — will be redesigned but remain about the same size.

Kam Johal, an India-born woman who moved to Fremont in 1988, is one of several concerned neighbors. Johal said cars driven by worshipers on Sundays and special days clog the surrounding neighborhood, where motorists sometimes park illegally, blocking driveways and stop signs.

“I’m against it because an expansion means more people, more congestion and more traffic,” said Johal, who was raised a Sikh and occasionally worships at the temple. “The temple has grown too much and it needs to stay just as it is, or they need to consider building a temple in a new location.”

… meanwhile …

Amritpal Sra, the gurdwara’s project manager, said temple officials have no plans to move and already have done much to address neighborhood complaints.

For the whole story, click here.

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Teens possessing switchblade arrested after hours Tuesday at Fremont school

From Fremont Police blotter:

#033 Possession of a Weapon (Switchblade – on school grounds)

Shortly after 7:00 p.m. Sgt. McCormick was patrolling in the area of Oliveira Elementary school when he discovered a group of three males loitering on the campus. The males were sitting at the back of the school on a bench and had open containers of alcohol. All three were arrested as minors (18 & 20 yrs old) in possession of alcohol on school property and one was also arrested for possession of a switchblade (weapon) on his person. This did not occur during school-time hours and at no time was there a threat to students or campus employees.

No injuries reported.

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BART & City of Fremont partner to provide Clipper cards to seniors

A BART announcement today:

It’s now more convenient than ever for seniors 65 years of age and older, who live in Fremont, Newark or Union City, to get a free Senior Clipper card. The City of Fremont Human Services Department now accepts Senior Clipper card applications and can issue these special Clipper cards between 9am to 4pm weekdays.  The Human Services Department office is at Fremont City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave, Building B.

Bring in acceptable proof of age such as a driver’s license, state ID card, passport, birth certificate, alien registration/permanent resident card, matricula consular/consular ID card, SF City ID, military ID card or a medical benefit card with date of birth and complete the Senior Clipper Card Application. For more information call the City of Fremont Human Services Department at (510) 574-2050.

Clipper is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value that you load onto it. Senior Clipper cards are specially programmed to purchase discounted passes and receive a discount when paying with cash. Clipper is accepted on AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, SF Muni, SamTrans, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA).

For more information on Clipper or to download an application go to www.Clippercard.com.

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Newark giving free reusable bags to residents

This message is from the City of Newark’s website:

Get your FREE reusable bag from City Hall!

In order to save valuable natural resources, reduce litter, and reduce the cost to the public of litter cleanup, a new countywide ordinance has been adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority to promote the use of reusable bags in place of single-use plastic carryout bags.

Plastic bags are one of the most common litter items found in our creeks, storm drains and streets — but one reusable bag can replace more than 600 single-use bags over its lifetime.

Newark residents may pick up a FREE reusable bag from the Public Works Counter at City Hall, located on the first floor at 37101 Newark Blvd.  Limit one per household.  Reusable bags are available on a first come, first served basis 8:00am – 12:00 noon and 1:00 – 5:00pm on the following dates:

Thursday, December 13th
Friday, December 14th
Monday, December 17th
Tuesday, December 18th
Wednesday, December 19th
Thursday, December 20th

Beginning January 1, 2013, stores in Alameda County that sell packaged foods and/or alcohol – including most grocery stores, minimarts, convenience stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies – will no longer provide customers with single-use bags at checkout. Bags made of recycled paper or reusable bags may be available for a minimum price of 10 cents per bag. Consumers may bring any type of bags from home they wish – and are strongly encouraged to do so!  Learn more at ReusableBagsAC.org.

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Meeting scheduled Tuesday PM in Fremont re Alameda County Water District’s projects along Alameda Creek

The Alameda County Water District has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss upcoming projects planned along Alameda Creek.

The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Niles Elementary School, at 37141 2nd St. in Fremont, said Robert Shaver, the District’s assistant general manager.

The Kaiser Fish Screen and Shinn Pond Diverseion Pipeline projects are intended to improve the reliability of the agency’s water supply, and prevent steelhead trout — a protected species — from being trapped in groundwater recharge ponds, Shaver said. Construction for both projects is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013 and expected to last about a year.

Agency officials will give a presentation on the projects at the meeting, followed by a question-and-answer period, Shaver said.

The Alameda County Water District supplies drinking water to more than 331,000 people in Fremont, Newark and Union City. For more information, call the agency’s Project Hotline at 510-668-4410 or visit www.acwd.org.