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Richmond is holding a planning meeting for a section of Cutting Boulevard

Richmond is holding a community visioning meeting to discuss ideas for development along Cutting Boulevard between South 9th Street and Marina Way South from 6 to 8 p.m. April 29 in the multipurpose room at Nystrom Elementary School, 230 Harbour Way South. Light refreshments will be served.
The city and Opticos Design Inc. “will present a draft concept plan based on input received from previously developed documents and at the March 5 community meeting.”
The area in question covers about 5.5 blocks east of Interstate 580.
Details: 510-620-6828 or LaShonda White at lashonda_white@ci.richmond.ca.us.

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Richmond’s Making Waves Academy and partners provide thousands of free books

RICHMOND — Something special happened today in the yellow building tucked amid commercial space in the city’s Hilltop District.

While it’s true that special things happen every day at Making Waves Academy, a public charter school serving 600 middle and high school students, today’s events culminating in Literacy Night were on a different level.

The acclaimed charter school hosted a community assembly, book fair and evening events with local dignitaries to launch a new partnership with the My Very Own Library (MVOL) initiative and Scholastic books, who donated more than $30,000 in books to the student body.

“This is our first partnership outside of New Jersey, and we are happy to help build on the excitement and energy around literacy here,” said Shannon Boehmer, a spokeswoman for New Jersey After 3, a nonprofit created in 2004 to expand learning time through high-quality, cost-effective afterschool programs across urban, suburban and rural communities. 

More than 2,400 books were on display Wednesday, from popular titles like “Hunger Games” to classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird.” 

After a morning ”Kick-Off” ceremony, students entered the MVOL book fair to select three new books each. Students also got meet and get their books signed by award winning Children’s Author – Emma Clayton, who chatted with the students about being an author.

Making Waves was founded in 1989 by John Scully, a computer software executive, and the late Rev. Eugene Farlough, pastor of Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church. That year, the program adopted 46 fifth-graders from two elementary schools in Richmond and proceeded to mentor them for eight years. In 1997, Making Waveswatched its first group graduate from high school. In 2001, the program expanded to schools in San Francisco.

Waves mentors its students, called Wave-Makers, by building upon skills learned in its middle school, high school, and college programs. All students are exposed to benefits such as nutrition education, cultural activities and health care assistance. To date, the program serves more than 1,000 in the Bay Area.

In an adiminstration room at the school, dozens of student-written letters were on display, addressed to Dimarea Young, a 19-year-old who was shot and killed in central Richmond earlier this month.

Later in the evening, MakingWavesAcademy hosted a Family Literacy Event, which included workshops and reading activities for parents and students.

Making Waves was founded in 1989 by John Scully, a computer software executive, and the late Rev. Eugene Farlough, pastor of Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church. That year, the program adopted 46 fifth-graders from two elementary schools in Richmond and proceeded to mentor them for eight years. In 1997, Making Waveswatched its first group graduate from high school. In 2001, the program expanded to schools in San Francisco.

The Contra Costa County Board of Education in 2007 approved Making Waves Education Program’s petition to open a school in Richmond’s Hilltop neighborhood.

Waves mentors its students, called Wave-Makers, by building on skills learned in its middle school, high school, and college programs. All students receive nutrition education, cultural activities and health care assistance. The principal, called “Head of School” in Making Waves parlance, is Irene St. Roseman.

The event was for 5th through 10th graders in the Making Waves Middle School. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Schools Superintendent Bruce Harter also attended.

 

More about the partners:

My Very Own Library (MVOL), proudly supported by the Family & Friends of the late, Anne Feeley (MVOL Originator), in partnership with NJ After 3, and Scholastic Book Fairs, is a literacy initiative aimed at increasing book ownership for thousands of students in Newark, NJ for the past two years. MVOL is proud to make its way across the country –on Wednesday, April 24, so that 600 students at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California, will walk away with 4 FREE NEW BOOKS to take home to help build their own home libraries!

 

      

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1938: Rodeo time in El Sobrante, starring cowboy Montie Montana

A 1938 ad for the Contra Costa County Horse Show and Rodeo, starring famed cowboy and trick roper Montie Montana.

The organizers of the the Contra Costa County Horse Show and Rodeo at Castro Ranch in El Sobrante, a benefit for the county recreational summer camp, pulled out all the stops by featuring star cowboy attraction Montie Montana, the famed rope trick artist who had already started a movie career in Hollywood.
Montana’s acting credits include “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962) and “The Man From Frisco,” a fictionalized story based on Henry J. Kaiser that was shot at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards in 1944.
Montana, who died in 1998, was well known for his rope stunts, with the most infamous coming when he roped Dwight Eisenhower during the 1953 presidential inauguration (below). According to his biography on imdb.com, the Secret Service was not happy about the stunt. At bottom is a video of Montana in the 1953 inaugural parade.

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The forgotten bowling alleys of West County: San Pablo

Lucky Lanes in San Pablo, with its distinctive A-frame entrance, was one of the most beloved of the area’s bowling alleys. According to this post it opened in 1958 and, of course, had a pool room.
Lucky Lanes hosted many grad nights and the Lighthouse restaurant was right across the street.
Lucky Lanes met its end when San Pablo approved construction of what is now the San Pablo Lytton Casino.

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The lost Safeways of El Cerrito

Two of the major retail vacancies on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito are former Safeway grocery stores.
We offer early and modern day views of both here.

Looking north on San Pablo Avenue about 1966. The Safeway store here closed when the chain moved to the new Moeser Lane center in 1970. You almost expect the tower sign to flash messages.

The same location in 2012. After Safeway left this building was home to fabric stores and Guitar Center.

Safeway at the Moeser Lane center in 1986, when Payless was a co-anchor, along with a small Jerry Lewis-franchised cinema. The center opened in 1970 and A.G.E. department store was supposed to open a location there, but it never materialized.

The Moeser Lane center as it looked on Sunday. Safeway is gone, as are most of the major tenants, except for CVS (successor to Payless.Rite-Aid, Longs) and O'Reilly Auto Parts.

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From the archives: The El Cerrito house that had a Home Depot in its back yard

This home stood for some time after the Home Depot was built and surrounded it with a parking lot.

The Home Depot store in El Cerrito opened in 1993 on the former Adachi Nursery property that was partially in El Cerrito and partially in Richmond. (The cities divide the sales tax from the warehouse store’s receipts.)
But Adachi wasn’t the only property owner on the site.
A 95-year-old homeowner who had a house on the site declined to sell and finally reached an agreement that his homesite on San Pablo Avenue, built about 80 years earlier, would be sold after he died. As a result, the large store operated in its initial days with a parking lot that surrounded the home.
There was also talk, noted in this article from our archives, that there might be the opportunity to relocate the home for use as a historical museum, a plan that was never realized.

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Press release: Richmond ACCE fundraiser at Nevin Center

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2013

Richmond, CA

 

Re: Community Empowerment Film

 

Fundraiser Plans

 

The Richmond chapter of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is having a fundraiser at The Nevin Center,

 

 

598 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, California on May 15

 

from 6:30-8:30 PM.

 

ACCE works in California communities to support people as they fight to keep their homes from illegal bank practices and foreclosure. ACCE also works for Universal Health Care, an end to blight and abandoned property, stands up at the city council meetings and meets with city officials to discuss the needs and issues that face the largely underserved community of Richmond.

 

“For the past two years I have worked with ACCE and now I am the

State representative for the Richmond Chapter. I am so proud to protect the people I live and work with in Richmond and fight for justice,” explained Doug Gilbert, ACCE activist.

 

The two short documentary films, “Community Empowerment”, and

Wells Fargo Protest March” produced by Sharon Collins, Stephanie Slade and Gini Graham Scott of United Media Productions, reflect the story of ACCE, its mission, vision and actions.

 

In addition to the films, the first ACCE Community Empowerment Award will be presented to honor

 

 

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin for her outstanding leadership, producing innovative solutions with an open door to ACCE.

 

Meet and greet your community leaders. Support the people who work to make

 

Richmond a better place to live and work. Join the sponsors supporting this important

 

community event including Unlimited Property Services, Inc., EnviroViews Landscaping,

 

Collins Management, Slade Digital, Clear View Realty, Changemakers Publishing,

 

Discolandia, and USCW Union Local 5 and Roots Force Productions. Call Dave Sharples

 

of ACCE at

 

 

415-377-9037 or Sharon Collins at 510-693-7886

for tickets, community

partner tables and sponsorship opportunity.

 

 

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Head to Motorcycle Hill in El Cerrito to see the big April 1 motorcycle race reenactment

Thousands gather in the 1920s to cheer the El Cerrito motorcycle race.

Boy, we sure hope the rains won’t cancel today’s epic event announced late yesterday by the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and the Hells Angels for April 1:

El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and the Hells Angels present…
April 1, 2013 Motorcycle Hill Race

Relive the glory of yesteryear when El Cerrito hosted tens of thousands of visitors gathering to watch champion motorcyclists race to the top of what we now call Motorcycle Hill.
This Monday, April 1st the hill will again come alive with the roar of motorcycles as Trail Trekkers join with members of the Hells Angels to recreate this event.
Bring your family, your ground cloths and picnic faire to Navellier and Blake Streets to watch this lively recreation.

Contributions are welcome. Donate to the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and support events like this.

Thousands gather in the 1920s to cheer the El Cerrito motorcycle race.

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