August 8, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs
Fremont News Briefs
Submitted By Cheryl Golden
Advisory and Engagement Board (CAEB) Recruiting
The Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) Community Advisory and Engagement Board (CAEB) is currently looking for new members for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
CAEB serves to enhance community involvement in the FRC and strengthen the link between FRC programs and services, and the Tri-City areaÕs diverse residents. Therefore, those interested in serving on the CAEB must be a representative of a cultural, religious, neighborhood, business, service, or education group or organization in the area and have a means to relay FRC information to that group. CAEB members should also be interested in sharing their knowledge about FRC programs and services with associates, friends, and family.
Members will attend monthly dinner meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning in September. In addition, members will participate in and support FRC community activities, such as fundraising events. CAEB applicants must live or work in Fremont, Union City, or Newark, or represent an organization that serves Tri-City families.
If interested in becoming a CAEB member, please contact Jane OÕHollaren at 510-574-2026 or JOHollaren@fremont.gov for an application and additional information.
Adoption Event at the Tri-City Animal Shelter
The Tri-City Animal Shelter will be participating in a Òclear the shelterÓ adoption event. Adoption fees will be waived for all rabbits, dogs, cats, and hamsters through August 19, 2017. Also, VIP Pet Care is offering free additional vaccinations and a microchip voucher that can be used for all pets owned by new adopters. The Tri-City Animal Shelter is located at 1950 Stevenson Blvd. and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Affordable Housing in the Pipeline
Finding affordable housing in Fremont is an ongoing challenge, but the good news is that there are new affordable units in the pipeline. Projects include:
¥ Innovia: A 290-unit affordable rental project near the new Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station being developed by St. Anton Communities. Construction is underway and projected completion date is summer 2018.
¥ Central Commons: A 30-unit affordable ownership townhome project being developed by Habitat for Humanity on Central Avenue. Construction on phase I is underway, with an anticipated completion date for the first units in mid-2018. Habitat for Humanity is now looking for volunteers to help build the new homes. (Volunteer opportunities are also available for company and group team building.) Visit www.Fremont.gov/CentralCommonsVolunteer for volunteering information.
¥ Mission Court Senior Apartments: A 90-unit affordable rental project under construction for seniors. (Formerly named Parc 55.)
Affordable units in these complexes will vary from development to development and are restricted to the following income levels based on area median income (AMI) figures released by the Department of Housing & Urban Development:
¥ Extremely low income (30% of AMI or below)
¥ Very low income (30% - 50% of AMI)
¥ Low income (50%- 80% of AMI)
Visit www.Fremont.gov/Housing for the latest AMI figures.
Those interested in applying for a unit at Innovia or Mission Court can put their names on the Interest List at www.Fremont.gov/AffordableHousingInterest. Those interested in a unit at Central Commons can visit the Central Commons webpage at www.habitatebsv.org/Homes-for-Sale/Central-Commons-1
Free Personal Emergency Preparedness Class
The City of FremontÕs Fire Department is offering a free Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class, which will teach you how to take care of yourself and your family before, during, and after a disaster.
In just a single three-hour class, you will become an expert in:
¥ Earthquake and Disaster Awareness
¥ Gas, Electric and Water Shut-off
¥ Hazardous Material Awareness
¥ Fire Extinguisher Types
¥ Smoke Detector Placement
¥ Sheltering In-place
Classes are held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the following dates: Thursday, August 24 and Wednesday, November 8. A special Saturday class will be held on September 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with hands on training starting at 12:15 p.m.
All classes will be located at the Fremont Fire Training Tower, located at 7200 Stevenson Blvd., west of Interstate 880. To register for a free PEP class, please call (510) 494-4244 or send an email to FirePubEd@fremont.gov.
If you are part of a group and would like to schedule your own personal group PEP class at your location, please contact Chuck Guaraglia, Public Education with the Fremont Fire Department, at 510-792-3473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safely Dispose of Hazardous Products
A typical household can contain an array of hazardous products used for maintaining our cars, cleaning and disinfecting our homes, painting the house, and helping our gardens grow.
The health and safety of our families, neighborhoods, and environment is threatened when these hazardous household products are stored or disposed of improperly. The chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant. However, when thousands of homes across Alameda County use similar products, improperly handle, store, and dispose of them, it can become a major problem.
Our communities and the environment are endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks, or storm drains. ThatÕs why the City of Fremont is informing residents to never dispose of toxics in the garbage, sinks, toilets, or storm drains, and request that Fremont residents dispose of household toxics safely by using the Fremont Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Facility.
Drop off is free and easy for Fremont residents. Accepted items include: aerosols; automotive fluids; batteries; fluorescent tubes/bulbs; household chemicals/cleaners; pharmaceuticals; sharps/syringes/lancets/needles; paints/solvents/thinners; pesticides/herbicides/fertilizers; pool chemicals; mercury thermometers; and rat poison/pest control products.
Last year more than 12,000 households brought in over one million pounds of unwanted hazardous waste to the drop-off facility. The facility is open Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The facility is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New YearÕs Day.
Fremont residents should also be sure to visit the re-use area to find useable paint, cleaners, sealants, garden products, and more that are available at no cost. The facility is located at the Fremont Recycling & Transfer Station at 41149 Boyce Rd. in Fremont. Call (800) 606-6606 for more information.
Some small businesses can also use the site. To learn more, businesses can call (510) 670-6460 or visit www.household-hazwaste.org.
Battery Recycling Drop-off Locations
The City of Fremont has established additional convenient drop-off options for the general public to recycle its batteries. Recent laws have made it illegal to dispose of batteries in the trash, including common household types such as alkaline, rechargeable, and smaller button-types.
In addition to the existing County HHW drop-off locations and the Republic Services Center on Boyce Road, battery drop-off locations that are open to the public now include:
¥ City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave. (Lobby/Reception Desk)
¥ Development Services Center, 39550 Liberty St. (Lobby)
¥ Maintenance Center, 42551 Osgood Rd.
¥ Senior Center at Central Park, 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy.
¥ Centerville Community Center, 3355 Country Dr. (Lobby)
¥ Irvington Community Center, 41885 Blacow Rd. (Lobby)
¥ Warm Springs Community Center, 47300 Fernald St. (Lobby)
¥ Los Cerritos Community Center, 3377 Alder Ave. (Lobby)
For additional information, visit www.Fremont.gov/Environment or call 510-494-4570.