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June 3, 2014 > City of Fremont News Briefs

City of Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Closure of Walnut/Argonaut/Parkhurst Intersection
The intersection of Walnut Avenue, Argonaut Way, and Parkhurst Drive will be closed to through traffic for approximately five weeks starting Wednesday, May 28, 2014, for the reconfiguration of the intersection to improve traffic and pedestrian safety. During the street closure, please observe and follow the detour signs to travel around the closure. The detour routes consist in general of Fremont Boulevard, Mowry Avenue, Sacramento Avenue, and Sundale Drive. At the completion of the project, a roundabout median will be installed in the intersection and all left turns will be made around this median. Also, travel lanes through the intersection will be reduced to one lane only. Speed tables, which are flat-topped speed humps, and improved lighting are also included in this traffic safety project.Please drive carefully.

Free Energy and Water Saving Services
If you want to save money on your utility bills and reduce your environmental impact without paying a single dime, check out these free energy and water services:

1. Home Energy Analyzer: Free online tool that provides you with personalized energy saving tips based on your energy usage trends and energy bill history. Sign up online today at
2. Green House Call: No-cost installation of energy- and water-saving appliances from California Youth Energy Services. Make your reservation for a summer appointment now at (510) 665-1501 ext. 10 or visit
3. Home Upgrade Advisor: Free one-to-one advising to help you determine your eligibility for incentives of $1,000 to $4,500 under Energy Upgrade California. Call (866) 878-6008 or visit
4. SmartSolar Assessment: No-cost analysis of your homeÕs energy efficiency and solar potential. Call (510) 981-7765 to get started or visit
5. Water Conservation Kit: Complimentary low ßow showerhead, faucet aerators, toilet leak detection tablets, toilet ßapper valve, and ßow meter bag for qualifying Alameda County Water District customers. Reserve yours at (510) 668-4299 or

For more information, please contact the CityÕs Sustainability Coordinator Rachel DiFranco at or (510) 494-4451.

Senior Helpline
The City of Fremont has always had a special place in its heart for its senior residents. And one of our unique services is the Fremont Senior Helpline, available in English, Farsi, Spanish, and Mandarin. Fremont Senior Helpline offers information and access to a wide array of programs specifically for those over age 60, including home visit assessments, caregiver support and emotional and mental health services. Last year, the Senior Helpline responded to more than 1,200 calls. While calls typically come in from seniors directly, we also get plenty of calls from professional staff in the community, neighbors, pastors, and family members living locally as well as in other areas. Please keep in mind that the Helpline is open to all. To reach FremontÕs Senior Helpline, call (510) 574-2041.

Gumnut Explorers Camp
Led by Ranger Laurie from Central Park, the Gumnut explorers for ages 4 to 7 will experience outdoor fun through play and discovery at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Engaging activities include nature walks, wild and domestic animal identification, hands-on investigations, historical influence, games and craft projects. This camp, June 16-20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is designed to encourage children to discover, explore and enjoy nature through up-close personal experiences and discover what a ÔgumnutÕ is. Extended care options are available. Check our Recreation Guide for more Adventures @ Ardenwood camps at or to register visit us online at (Activities Tab Ð Camps). For more information, contact Christy at or (510) 791-4196.

Junior Rangers Camp @ Central Park
Instructed and designed by our very own Central Park Rangers Sandy and Steve, students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities developed to encourage environmental appreciation and safety during any outdoor experience. Curriculum is developed based on the California State Education Standards, with an emphasis on natural science, local history, ecology, bio-diversity, and general outdoor concepts. A must for young, inquiring minds that want to know!

This camp is for ages 6 to 10, and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:
Where the Wild Things Are!, from June 16Ð20, (barcode #208635)
Raiders of the Lost Artifact, from June 23Ð27, (barcode #208636)
Eco Rangers, from June 30-July 3, (barcode #208637)

Check our Recreation Guide for more Junior Rangers Camps at or to register visit us online at (Activities Tab Ð Camps). For more information, email Central Park at or call (510) 790-5541.

City Budget Hearing
The CityÕs proposed operating budget for next fiscal year, which runs from July1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, was presented to the Fremont City Council at their regularly scheduled Council meeting on May 20, 2014. Public hearings for comment are June 3 and June 10, as part of Council meetings that begin at 7 p.m.

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