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West Contra Costa Science Fair award winners

The 55th annual West Contra Costa Science Fair awards ceremony was held Feb. 9 at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.
Of the 186 entrants, 65 middle school and 16 high school students won a total of 88 awards.
The eight West Contra Costa Unified schools participating in the fair were Juan Crespi, Lavonya Dejean, Helms, and Portola Middle Schools, Elizabeth Stewart and Mira Vista K-8 Schools, as well as El Cerrito and Pinole Valley High Schools. There were about 50 judges participating from the Alameda County CA Superior Court, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Chevron Corporation, Chevron Oronite, Cisco, Contra Costa College, CSU Northridge, Northwestern University, Synopsys Outreach Foundation, UC Berkeley, UC Extension, USDA Western Regional Research Center, and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The judges evaluated the projects in the categories of Behavioral, Biological, and Physical Sciences for seventh through twelfth grades.
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Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012
Under: El Cerrito, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Schools | 2 Comments »

Halloween festivities for all ages set in West County

Here is a roundup of Halloween events in West County:

East Bay Waldorf School presents Wanderers’ Way, a seasonal event on Friday that will take children 10 and under and their families on a journey through the decorated grounds of the school at 3800 Clark Road in El Sobrante.

A guide will take visitors (no scary costumes, please) on the pumpkin-lit paths to see storytellers, fanciful creatures, and ethereal music, with small treasures offered along the way to children and refreshments available at the end.

The tour is $5 per person over age 2. Guided groups leave every 10 minutes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and reservations are required. To reserve a time slot, call 510-223-3570, ext. 2101.

* Children age 4 to 7 can come in costume to the Hercules Halloween Fest from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Teen Center, for a non-scary tour of the haunted house, followed by arts and crafts, activities, games, and more. Admission is $7 (residents) or $21 for a family of four. Proceeds benefit the Hercules Teen Youth Council.

* Weigh of Life is hosting Spooky Fun Raiser at 6 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Hall, 968 23rd St. in Richmond. The evening includes food, a DJ, performance and dancing. Proceeds from the $45 admission benefit Weigh of Life, a program promoting fitness and healthy eating in underserved communities. Details: 510-323-3052.

* San Pablo Recreation will hold its free Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch from 6:30 to
8:30 p.m. Friday at Davis Park, 1665 Folsom Ave. Brave visitors can walk through the Chamber of Doom, and all ages are welcome at the Pumpkin Patch for storytelling, crafts, face painting, and more. Details: 510-215-3204

* The Pinole Youth Foundation presents its Halloween Carnival and Haunted House from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. Along with the free costume parade and crafts there will be jumpers, face painting, balloons and carnival games for a fee, with proceeds benefiting youth programs. A mega pass is available for $5.

* Richmond presents its Hauntatorium from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center. Admission for those who dare to step inside to find Pumpkin Face is $5. A less-scary matinee version for children 10 and under is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

* An Adult Costume Ball will be held by Richmond PAL at its Hal Holt Gymnasium, 2200 Macdonald Ave., from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The gala evening will feature dancing, appetizers, drinks, games and prizes for best costumes. For tickets call 510-621-1221.

* El Cerrito’s Halloween Carnival and Haunted House is 2:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. The carnival will have games and prizes for all ages, with ticket sales ending at 6:30 p.m.
The Haunted House (admission $4) has a preschool, lights-on version from 3 to 5 p.m. and the scary, lights-off version from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Affordable food and beverages will be sold.

Canines can get in on the fun at the third annual Dog Parade and Costume Contest at 5 p.m. at Cerrito Vista Park at Moeser Lane and Pomona Avenue. Admission is $5 and there will prizes for entrants and winners.

* Downtown Rhythm and DVC Rock Rhythm and Review headline the Halloween Dance Fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave. Come in costumes or casual/night club attire for an evening includes a cash bar. For tickets send an email to mickeyconnors@sbcglobal.net.

* Come in costume to a Halloween Bike About Town starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Solano Avenue Cyclery, 1554 Solano Ave. in Albany. The Recreation Department and Albany Strollers & Rollers will lead an eerie ride around town in the dark and a limited number of front bike lights will be available for free, first come first served. At ride’s end a vote will be held for best bike-theme costume and best costumed family.

* County Supervisor John Gioia invites families to trick or treat at his office, 11780 San Pablo Ave., Suite D in El Cerrito, this week for alternatives to candy and other sugary sweets.
During open hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.) this week, A sample bag will be distributed, one per household, while supplies last. For details contact Luz Gomez at 510-374-3231 or Luz.Gomez@bos.cccounty.us.

* The dental office of Dr. Linh Cao-Chan will hold a Halloween Candy Buy Back from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at 10110 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito. The office will pay $1 per pound of unopened candy “and throw in a goody bag with good stuff for teeth.”

Collected candy will be donated to Operation Gratitude (www.operationgratitude.com) to send to troops overseas, and donations of other care package items are welcome. Details: 510-526-4747.

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Under: Albany, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo | No Comments »

No West County community column on Sunday — here’s why

My plan on Thursday was to attend the reopening ceremony of the historic Maritime Center in Richmond, then rush back to the office to file a story on the event and write the community column for Sunday’s edition.
That plan came crashing down, when I came crashing down myself, tripping on the sidewalk and injuring a finger pretty badly. Instead of hurrying back to the office, I was hurrying to the emergency clinic at Kaiser Richmond, which, thankfully, was nearby.
This note is just to explain why there won’t be a column on Sunday as I recuperate and to offer my apology to all the readers and contributors who depend on it for their community news. I plan to be back at work next week, typing laboriously with the fingers I can still use.

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011
Under: Albany, Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo | 1 Comment »

Here we go again: Ramp closures tonight in Hercules

The westbound Highway 4 connector ramp to westbound Interstate 80 will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday for Caltrans bridge deck repair.

The advised detour is to go from Highway 4 to the eastbound connecter to I-80 and from there take the eastbound Willow Avenue off-ramp, turn right on Willow, then onto the westbound I-80 on-ramp and continue on westbound I-80.

Caltrans will close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 80, from the Willow Avenue on-ramp to the Cummings Skyway Overcrossing, from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday for work done as part of the Eastbound I-80 HOV Lane Extension Project.

Motorists who want to get from Hercules onto the freeway are advised that the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue on-ramp will also be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

 


Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011
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Overnight ramp, lane closures by Caltrans in Hercules

Another round of work is planned Wednesday evening by Caltrans that will close the westbound Highway 4 connecter and the eastbound Interstate 80 Willow Avenue on-ramp.
The connector will close from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge deck repair. Caltrans recommends the following detour: Take the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue off-ramp. Turn right on Willow Avenue. Turn left onto the westbound I-80 on-ramp and continue on westbound I-80.
The eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue on-ramp will also be closed at 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.
As part of its eastbound I-80 HOV lane extension project, August 31, Caltrans will close the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 from Highway 4 to the Crockett off-ramp from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
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Congratulations to the Pinole Hercules AAA Minor Softball Division champions

Pictured above (photo submitted by Sandie Parker) are players and coaches of the the Marin Luxury Cars 9- to 10-year-old girls team that went undefeated in its 12-game Pinole-Hercules AAA Minor Division softball season and swept through five wins to take the District 4 Little League Tournament of Champions title in Walnut Creek. Team members are Lydia Quiros, Kaylynn Parker, Amber Holland, Sophia Martinez, Mikaela Cantiller, Shania and Anikka Richardson, Caitlin Schilt, Brianna Dilley, Jordyn Boykin, and Logan Silva. Piloting the team was manager Ken Quiros.

The All Star team from the Pinole Hercules softball division, which played home games at Ellerhorst Elementary, also had a successful run in July, taking the District 4 championship over Antioch Little League on July 9 and advancing to a winning string in the Northern California Little League Division II Tournament. Playing on the All Stars were Lydia Quiros, Kaylynn Parker, Amber Holland, Milaeka Cantiller, Shania and Anikka Richardson, Caitlin Schilt, Andrea Siverson, Liliana Campos and Jessica Nunes. All Star coachers were Ken Quiros, Kevin Siverson and Dale Cantiller.

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011
Under: Hercules, Pinole | 1 Comment »

Caltrans announces more ramp closures for work in Hercules

A late announcement from Caltrans:

On Thursday night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday night, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., there will be various lane closures on eastbound I-80, between State Route 4 and the Crockett off-ramp.

Ramp Closures for Landscape Activities
· On Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, Caltrans will close the eastbound I-80 Hercules off-ramp from 10 p.m. to 6.a.m. Detour: exit at the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue off-ramp
· The eastbound State Route 4 to eastbound I-80 connector ramp will be closed Wednesday night, July 27, and Thursday night, July 28, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday night, July 29, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Detour: Continue north on San Pablo Avenue to Willow Avenue and turn right. Continue on Willow Avenue. Take the on-ramp to eastbound I-80.
· The westbound SR 4 to eastbound I-80 connector ramp will be closed Wednesday night, July 27, and Thursday night, July 28, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Friday night, July 29, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Detour: Continue on John Muir Parkway. Turn right on San Pablo Avenue. Continue on San Pablo Avenue to Willow Avenue and turn right. Continue on Willow Avenue. Take the on-ramp to eastbound I-80.
· Friday night, July 29, the eastbound I-80 Hercules off-ramp is scheduled to be closed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. In addition, the eastbound I-80 Willow Avenue off-ramp is scheduled to be closed from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Note: the eastbound Hercules and Willow Avenue off-ramps will not be closed at the same time. As the contractor completes work at the Hercules off-ramp, work will proceed to the Willow Avenue off-ramp. Detour: During the Willow Avenue off-ramp closure, drivers may reach Willow Avenue by taking the State Route 4/Hercules exit (right lane), then turn left on Willow Avenue.

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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Hercules, Rodeo | No Comments »

Another closure set at Willow Ave. off-ramp in Hercules

Caltrans has announced that the eastbound Interstate 80 Willow Avenue off-ramp will be closed from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, for construction work related to the eastbound I-80 constriction project.
The HOV lane opened to traffic May 24, but according to the agency, “there are still some additional construction activities on ramps (to be done) in the project area.”
Caltrans asks motorists to show caution through the construction zone.


Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2011
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Hercules | No Comments »

A little help from the church

It hasn’t been an easy year for public education. For the John Swett school district, the state budget cuts have translated into layoffs, program cuts and elimination of basics like librarians and custodians.

Pastor John Wright of Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Hercules has decided some local help is needed. Wright has teamed up with Steve Trotter, principal of Rodeo Hills Elementary School in Rodeo, and launched a new web site: www.adoptyourschool.org.

The site has a general list of needed items (everything from colored pencils to glue sticks to disinfectant wipes) and drop-off locations. Right now Full Gospel is the only official drop-off point but more are coming.

Teachers in all grades at Rodeo Hills have also posted their personalized wish lists on the site.

So if you’ve got some extra school or office supplies around the house, or you don’t mind picking up a little extra while doing your back-to-school shopping this summer, check out the new site!

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011
Under: Crockett, Hercules, Port Costa, Rodeo, Schools | No Comments »

El Cerrito scores big on pothole report

The MTC pothole report singles out El Cerrito as a road maintenance success story.

The MTC pothole report singles out El Cerrito as a road maintenance success story.

El Cerrito lags behind Orinda in home prices, per capita income and local schools (all related, as any real estate agent will tell you).
But when it comes to the condition of local streets, Orinda has to take a back seat to its counterpart in West County.
That news comes from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which ranked El Cerrito second in the Bay Area in its latest pothole report, released this week.
El Cerrito earned a total of 85 (or “very good”), just behind Brentwood, which tallied 86 on MTC’s pavement condition index, or PCI score.
The ranking is a major turnaround for El Cerrito, which lagged near the bottom just three years ago (a 53 score in 2006), before the city successfully pushed through a half-cent sales tax measure in 2008 dedicated to road repair.
The change prompted the MTC to single out El Cerrito in its report, which cites the city as “A Pavement Success Story.”
San Pablo also fared well for 2010, pulling in a “very good” ranking of 80 in the survey, a nice climb from a 67 score in 2006.
Hercules (73) and Pinole (70) were both ranked “good” for 2010, Richmond was in the “at-risk” ranking with a 2010 score of 55, while Albany was in the “fair” category with a 66.
So what about Orinda? It climbed three points from to 2006 to a score of 49 (still categorized as “poor”), which kept it ranked in the bottom five of the survey, keeping company with St. Helena, Larkspur, Sonoma County and Rio Vista.
Besides, Orinda has half as many BART stations as El Cerrito and none of the views of the Bay.

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011
Under: El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo | No Comments »