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El Cerrito Youth Baseball opening day addendum

The Seals, an El Cerrito Youth Baseball team in the Pinto Division (open to boys and girls ages 7-8) were excited about a new season at opening day ceremonies on Feb. 26, 2011.

The Seals, an El Cerrito Youth Baseball team in the Pinto Division (open to boys and girls ages 7-8) were excited about a new season at opening day ceremonies on Feb. 26, 2011.

At Sunday’s opening day ceremonies, the players and parents in the El Cerrito Youth Baseball program showed not only showed their love of the game, they showed their love of Bay Area baseball and its history.
The program, of course, has teams named for the A’s and the Giants.
But it also has teams named for the Oakland Oaks and the San Francisco Seals (above), an acknowledgment of the Pacific Coast League teams that once played in the Bay Area before the San Francisco Giants brought major league baseball here in 1958.
Further proof? The league doesn’t have a team using the Dodgers name and there were some good-natured boos for the Yankees squad.

Posted on Sunday, February 27th, 2011
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El Cerrito/Kensington: Squirrel crossing

With the squirrels out frolicking on a sunny morning today in our West County neighborhood, we thought we’d post this shot of a sign we saw at last year’s tour of Sunset View Cemetery held by the El Cerrito Historical Society.
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Posted on Sunday, February 27th, 2011
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El Cerrito: Your West County vintage image of the week


A promotional ad from March 23, 1934 for the El Cerrito Kennel Club, better known as the greyhound track , once situated where El Cerrito Plaza now stands. The heated clubhouse was added in the track’s second year of operation. No details are available on who won this highly touted race (aka “THE SENSATION OF THE AGE”) between entrants who had been around, traveling to New York and other locales.

Posted on Sunday, February 27th, 2011
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El Cerrito: Event collects CFL bulbs, medication, mercury thermometers for disposal

A morning event Feb. 26 at the El Cerrito Recycling Center accepted CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes, medication and mercury thermometers for safe recycling and disposal.

A morning event Feb. 26 at the El Cerrito Recycling Center accepted CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes, medication and mercury thermometers for safe recycling and disposal.


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Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011
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El Cerrito: Parade, festivities open youth baseball season

El Cerrito Youth Baseball teams watch the introduction of teams during opening day ceremonies Feb. 26 on Pomona Avenue next to Cerrito Vista Park.

El Cerrito Youth Baseball teams watch the introduction of teams during opening day ceremonies Feb. 26 on Pomona Avenue next to Cerrito Vista Park.

Players decked out in uniforms and parents toting coffee cups and players’ siblings set out from El Cerrito High School for the annual march along Ashbury Avenue and up to Cerrito Vista Park on Saturday morning for the annual opening day ceremonies for El Cerrito Youth Baseball.


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Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011
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El Cerrito/Richmond: It was a dark and stormy morning

A city crew cuts and removes a tree on Mariposa Street at Tehama Avenue in the Richmond Annex early on Feb. 25, 2011.

A city crew cuts and removes a tree on Mariposa Street at Tehama Avenue in the Richmond Annex early on Feb. 23, 2011.

While there were no snowflakes falling Friday, a heavy rain did fall early in the morning, knocking out power to areas, including part of El Cerrito.

It also claimed a tree on Merced Street at Tehama Avenue in the Richmond Annex, which a city crew, above, came to clear.


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Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011
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Richmond: Trophy brings smiles to Civic Center

Richmond officials were all smiles Wednesday and definitely seeing the glass as at least half-full as hundreds of baseball fans came to Civic Center Plaza to see the San Francisco Giants World Series trophy.

“I think it’s great,” said Amanda Elliott, executive director of Richmond Main Street Initiative, the nonprofit group dedicated to revitalizing downtown.

“Anything that will draw folks to Richmond for something positive — and with the Giants being heroes — it’s great. If we can keep it going and bring things a little farther down Macdonald, that would be excellent.

The weather was perfect and the turnout was decent, considering that the trophy appearance came at mid-afternoon, but the crowd was smaller than it’s been elsewhere, including other stops in the East Bay. Some speculated that people unfamiliar with the city might have shied away or that Richmond is too close to Oakland Athletics territory.

Inside the auditorium, Vice Mayor Tom Butt watched the line of fans filing in as he recalled the role his firm had in the 1989 earthquake World Series between the Giants and the A’s.

“After the quake, they called us in to check out Candlestick Park and see if it was structurally safe,” he said. In appreciation the team gave Butt seats behind home plate for the series, but he added that he watched the games with mixed feelings because his kids were A’s fans.

Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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West Contra Costa: EBMUD issues freezing weather precautions

Frozen Pipes

Picture of frozen pipes by Flickr user Jimmy_Joe under Creative Commons attribution license

The East Bay Municipal Utility District is taking predictions of possible freezing weather (maybe even snow) this weekend seriously. The water agency on Wednesday issued tips on how to keep exposed water lines and valves from freezing and possibly cracking.

Customers should “insulate faucets and exposed water pipes leading to and from the house valve, in the garage or in crawl spaces by wrapping them with old towels or foam pipe wrap materials available at hardware stores.”

Damage to automatic irrigation valves can be averted by shutting off the valve in the water line that feeds it. “Then, use your irrigation timer to turn on each valve for a minute to drain water from those pipes.”

If an exposed pipe does freeze, wrap it in an old towel and pour warm water over it. Do not pour boiling water on the pipe.

Don’t try using a blow torch, which could burst the pipe or melt soldered joints.

Service disruptions can be reported to EBMUD by calling 866-403-2683, but the utility warns that it “will not be able to respond to most calls related to frozen pipes.” EBMUD will have standby crews responding to severe main water line breaks or service disruptions.

Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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Richmond: A celebrity visit to the Bay Trail

David Byrne in concert in Barcelona, 2009. Picture by Flickr user Alterna2 under Creative Commons attribution license

David Byrne in concert in Barcelona, 2009. Picture by Flickr user Alterna2 under Creative Commons attribution license

We’ve posted several items about the Bay Trail here on the West County blog and now we can pass along the news that Mr. Talking Head, David Byrne, has discovered the sights and mysteries of the East Bay portion of the trail, posting impressions and pictures on his blog.

Byrne, who was in the Bay Area for a Feb. 5 appearance at the Castro Theatre in San Fancisco for Sketchfest, went on a group bike ride Feb. 6 on the trail.

Along the way he discovered the Albany Bulb, writing that “This has to be the most bucolic hobo village ever.”

A tip of the bicycle helmet to Brian Drayton of cycling advocacy group Richmond Spokes for bringing the link to Byrne’s blog entry to our attention.

Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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El Cerrito: Teaser performance promotes upcoming opera

Photo by Doug Oakley

Photo by Doug Oakley

Opera singer Buffy Baggot gives 80-year-old Allan Ild of Berkeley some attention at the Berkeley Public Library downtown on February 10, 2011 during a teaser performance of a modern and condensed version of “Carmen,” called “The Carmen Fixation.”

The opera opens at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater on March 5.

For more information, visit The West Edge Opera.

Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011
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