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Illegal dumping ordinance, the right solution?
Letter to the Editor

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Illegal dumping is a problem that negatively impacts the Hayward community, draining City resources to clear the debris. Volunteers and City staff, who battle constantly to contain the issue, are frustrated and angry. Staff believes they know the culprits.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, staff introduced an ordinance that requires private property owners to either clear refuse dumped in the public right-of-way near their home, or business, or be fined several hundred dollars and billed for removal. ...
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Peter Sategna Educational Foundation

Since it was founded several years ago, the Peter Sategna Educational Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 of scholarship funding to various organizations to assist with the start or completion of higher educational goals or learning a trade to enable an individual to enter the work force with a set of specialized skills.

On July 17, 2012, Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney presented local, high school graduating senior Marlene Marquez with the Mayor’s Award, a scholarship check for $10,000 to assist in paying for college. The Peter Sategna Educational Foundation funded this year’s award. ...
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County announces data sharing initiative and Apps Challenge 2012
New open data portal provides residents with a wealth of information, encourages the public to build apps to address community needs

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Alameda County has launched the new Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative which gives the public easy online access to records and information about County business and operations. The Initiative enhances the County’s commitment to transparent government and to encourage civic engagement.

The County will host the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012 on Saturday December 8, 2012, at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley to encourage residents to harness the power of technology and open government to create web and mobile applications that benefit the community. ...
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Grants training
Learn how to find and apply successfully for grants

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Adult School and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop on November 27 and 28, 2012. In this class you will learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.

Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Tuition is $425 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 420MB resource CD packed with tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited. Online reservations are necessary. Tuition payment ($425 per person) by credit card at the time of enrollment is preferred; however, you may pay later by check. ...
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Holiday business promotions workshop
Let your business make the most of the Holiday season

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Is your business ready to make the most of the Holiday Season? Do you take advantage of holiday promotions?

How to promote your business and organization throughout the holidays and beyond is the focus of a November 13, 2012 luncheon workshop co-sponsored by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and Rubicon Programs, which operates the Eden One Stop Career Centers in Alameda County. Our presenter will be Karen Rice, Northern California Development Director for Constant Contact.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. Cost of the event, including a light lunch, is $15. ...
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City supports local businesses destroyed by fire
Help for business and property owners

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City’s Deputy City Manager Tony Acosta visited the Alvarado Place Shopping Center, 31875 Alvarado Boulevard (at Dyer Street), Union City, to view the damage caused by the four-alarm fire that affected 10 businesses and injured one firefighter. The City will work with the business and property owners on recovery efforts.

“In 17 years, the City has not had a fire of this magnitude. We appreciate the prompt response by the Alameda County Fire Department and Fremont and Hayward Fire Departments. We also wish the firefighter, who was injured in this incident, the very best for a speedy recovery. ...
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Tips and treats, for a healthy lifestyle
St. Rose Hospital lecture series for healthy living

HAYWARD, Calif. -- It is with great pleasure that St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, introduces a FREE monthly lecture series, “Tips & Treats, for a healthy lifestyle!”

Join us each month as we take on a new health discussion hosted by a panel of highly-skilled St. Rose Hospital physicians. This program is a wonderful opportunity to obtain detailed information on a specific topic and to ask questions in a comfortable environment.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we welcome you on October 16, 2012 to learn about the latest surgical advancements in the treatment of breast cancer from Dr. Paul Suding. Then, Dr. ...
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Ice cream social
Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cold Stone Creamery join forces for the 11th Annual National Ice Cream Social

FREMONT, Calif. -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation held its 11th Annual National Ice Cream Social on September 27, 2012 with the help of Cold Stone Creamery. Over the past decade, this event has raised approximately $4M for the Foundation which grants wishes to children, aged between two-and-a-half and 18 years, with a life-threatening medical condition to enrich their lives.

In 1980, seven-year old Christopher James Greicius, who suffered from leukemia, realized his dream of becoming a police officer. US Customs Officer Tommy Austin, who had befriended Greicius and his mother Linda Bergendahl-Pauling, decided to lift the boy’s spirits when his condition deteriorated. ...
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Non-profit alliance
Learn about planned giving as part of a non-profit's funding strategy

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Non-profit Alliance (HNPA) will meet on October 18, 2012 at the San Felipe Community Center, 2058 D Street, Hayward, at 10 a.m. The program will include a presentation on planned giving by Tony Macias from the Office of University Advancement at California State University, East Bay.

Macias believes an important ingredient for a non-profit is a planned giving council and skillful deployment tools such as bequests and charitable gift annuities.

Attendees at this free event will also hear from Rachael Osajima of the Alameda County Arts Commission and members will receive a brief orientation on the HNPA and Hayward Chamber of Commerce. ...
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2013 financial forecast
Economic outlook for 2013

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter and Susan McHan for the WCR monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on October 17, 2012. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m.

Learn from one of Silicon Valley's elite. McHan will offer a glimpse of what we can expect from the economy and the overall real estate market in 2013. Will things continue to improve or can we expect something else in 2013? Join us to find out and start early planning for next year!

As CEO and co-founder of Opes Advisors, McHan provides the leadership and direction for the firm. ...
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Mark Green

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Union City Mayor Mark Green might not be a household name but is regarded in political circles as one of the most effective elected officials in the Bay Area and in California. Staff members of the various agencies, on whose boards he serves, value his grasp and understanding of the business of government to translate policy into reality. His fellow board members also recognize his depth and breadth of experience which enables Green to make bold decisions that lay the foundations for the future well-being of the East Bay and beyond.

Green is running for the Alameda County Supervisor District 2 seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer in April 2012. ...
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