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Fidelity/HOPE project
Food drive

FREMONT, Calif. -- Fidelity National Title and Help Other People Eat (HOPE) are partnering to raise food donations in the Fremont area. The Fidelity/HOPE Project aims to help people with groceries every month, not just during the Christmas season.

More than 50 million Americans suffer hunger. That is 1 in 6 of the population, including 1 in 5 children. The annual cost of hunger to American society is estimated at $90 billion. In fact, it would cost only between $10 billion and $12 billion each year to virtually end hunger.

Food donations (canned and dry food only) may be left at Fidelity National Title Company, 39141 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Fremont. ...
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Alameda CTC launches recount of Measure B1
Narrow margin leads Commission to re-visit Measure B1 on behalf of 66.53 percent of voters

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- The Alameda County Registrar of Voters certified the November 6, 2012 election on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 and the final tally showed Measure B1 just 0.14 percent short of the two-thirds threshold needed for passage. The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) has submitted a recount request for Measure B1 to the Registrar of Voters and anticipates a recount beginning as soon as December 3, 2012.

"We have an obligation to the 66.53 percent of Alameda County voters who supported Measure B1 to leave no stone unturned," said Arthur L. Dao, Executive Director. "After receiving such strong support, we won't turn away a critical $7. ...
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Home for the Holidays
Animal adoption event

HAYWARD, Calif. -- A Home for the Holidays is the Hayward Animal Shelter’s final special event of 2012. Scheduled for December 8, 2012 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, bunnies and other critters of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages will be available for adoption.

The event, sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers, is an opportunity to give your family an early Christmas present and a pet a new home. Please remember that a pet is for life and not just for the festive season.

There is a flat-rate $20 adoption fee (plus dog licensing fees if the adopter lives in Hayward). ...
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Tri-City Winter Charity
Free groceries, toys, clothing, books, small household items

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Purple Lotus Temple & School and Centro De Servicios of Union City will host the annual Tri-City Winter Charity event on December 16, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Familes from Union City, Fremont, Newark and Hayward are welcome.

Dry foods, toys, clothing, books and small household items will be available plus fun games, booths and the opportunity of photo with Santa. Please bring extra bags to take home groceries and other items.

The organizers welcome contributions of any kind, including monetary donations (please make checks payable to PLT (memo: 2012 Winter Charity)), canned foods, gently used toys, clothing, books, shoes and small household items. ...
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Holiday concert
Free band concert

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- The Castro Valley Community Band will perform festive favorites for its Holiday Concert on December 19, 2012 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.

The audience can enjoy popular holiday songs, including March of the Toys, Waltz of the Flowers, Feliz Navidad, Klezmer Dances, highlights from Jersey Boys and a sing-along. Refreshments will be served after the concert, courtesy of Castro Valley Adult & Career Education.

“It will be a joy for the band to perform in the beautiful Castro Valley Center for the Arts. We look forward to welcoming everyone at this free event,” says soloist Lolita Morelli. ...
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Historical seasonal festivities

* Stories of the Season at McConaghy House
Explore the McConaghy House, a Victorian-era home, this season where each room's decorations are inspired by a different and much-loved Christmas story. The property is open to the public on Saturdays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and on Sundays (1 - 4 p.m.). Also, enjoy a 40-percent discount in the Boutique gift shop. Admission: $5.00 adults, $3.00 Students/ Seniors (over 65), FREE for Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) members and children under 10 years.

* Archie’s Playroom
Santa Claus is coming to Archie’s Playroom at McConaghy House, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on December 8, 2012. ...
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Innovative program to drive City’s economy
Launch of Shop Local Union City program

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The City of Union City and the Union City Chamber of Commerce have launched a no-cost “Shop Local Union City” program that encourages residents, the local workforce and visitors to shop locally in our City. The initiative is an effort to increase public engagement with the businesses that drive Union City’s economy. Shopping locally has many benefits, both for you and your community.

Local businesses support the community by employing its citizens and paying taxes. Buying goods in your community helps maintain the City’s economic and cultural base. Additionally, with a multitude of local businesses, everyone benefits by providing greater product diversity and competition. ...
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Niles Canyon public meeting
New date and venue

FREMONT, Calif -- Caltrans will hold a meeting on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Fremont Senior Center to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Road Safety Assessment (RSA) and the Value Analysis Study final reports for State Route 84/Niles Canyon. These reports are available on the Caltrans website at

In response to public concern about planned safety projects in Niles Canyon, Caltrans invited a panel of traffic-safety experts from the Federal Highway Administration to perform an independent Road Safety Assessment (RSA) on State Route 84. ...
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Open house
20th anniversary celebration

HAYWARD. Calif. -- Twenty years ago The Kids’ Breakfast Club (TKBC) was established to improve the quality of life for Hayward kids and their families. TKBC serves children and their families breakfast and conducts academic activities during school vacations; the first holiday program was Winter Session during the winter break. Two decades later, hundreds of kids and their parents participate in Winter Session.

TKBC’s success is only possible because of its volunteers. ...
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I Spy Hidden Angels from Shambhala

Author John Chyan’s latest book is I Spy Hidden Angels from Shambhala (ISBN 9781627093378). The Fremont resident is a Buddhist and volunteers with the Purple Lotus Buddhist School, Union City.

His first foray into publishing was a collection of his thoughts and beliefs on the subjects of meditation, the spiritual world, prayer, love, dreams, life, death, reincarnation, science, auras, orbs and steps towards enlightenment through the experience of end-of-life support and care for others. ...
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SantaCon to help animal shelter
Fundraiser for Hayward Animal Shelter

HAYWARD. Calif. -- Downtown Hayward is the location of Hayward's first SantaCon event. SantaCon Hayward 2012 is a publicly accessible event where guys and girls of legal age dress like Santa and go out on the town for no better reason than that it is great fun. This event serves as a fundraiser for the Hayward Animal Shelter with participating establishments donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to help support the Shelter.

On Saturday, December 8, 2012, the line-up starts at 7 p.m. at the Turf Club, 22519 Main Street. The Bistro at 1001 B Street is also participating. At 9 p.m., there ill be a Best Santa Suit Contest at Kupe Restaurant & Lounge, 943 B Street. ...
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Nominations for HARD awards
Nominate a person or organization

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board of Directors is accepting nominations of candidates for the Annual Board of Directors' Award for Distinguished Recreational Service in 2012. This award is given annually to an individual and also to an organization for outstanding volunteer service or accomplishment in the field of recreation and parks.

HARD appreciates all the individuals and organizations that provide important volunteer service to the District and the community and have so honored these individuals and organizations with an award program since 1962. Please take the opportunity of nominating an individual and/or an organization for this honor. ...
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Downtown celebrates Light Up The Season
Festivities to mark the Holidays

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Downtown Hayward will sparkle for the holiday season at the Light Up The Season Celebration on December 6, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Light Up The Season, sponsored by the City of Hayward, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Area, will include holiday musical and dancing groups, children’s rides, an ice-skating rink at City Hall Plaza, illumination of a huge tree in the City Hall Rotunda and the opportunity for kids to meet Santa Claus.

The main events will occur on B Street, from Mission Boulevard to City Hall Plaza. Watkins Street, in front of City Hall Plaza, will be closed for the evening. ...
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Community input sought for mural
Give your input on the second part of the MidPen mural

UNION CITY, Calif. -- MidPen Housing is sponsoring a community meeting on December 4, 2012 at the Station Center Community Room, 11th Street, Union City, at their new multi-family housing development to solicit input for the mural artwork which is in progress at that site.

Renowned muralist, Mona Caron, received the commission to paint a mural that consists of two parts: a 65-foot tall reproduction of a small wildflower that was found near the project site and a smaller, ribbon element that will contain images inspired by the history and people of Union City and be presented at eye-level. ...
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Community workshops for General Plan Update

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The General Plan is a city¡¯s basic planning document that provides a blueprint for development, guides growth and sets land use policy city-wide. The purpose of a General Plan is to: identify land use, transportation, environmental, economic and social goals and policies as they relate to new development; provide a basis for the City¡¯s decision-making; provide citizens with an opportunity to participate in the planning and decision-making process; and inform citizens, developers, decision-makers and others of the ground rules that guide development within the city. ...
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Chamber Awards gala
Tickets availble from November 26, 2012

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Join the Hayward Chamber of Commerce in January 2013 to honor our hometown heroes: Pam Russo, St. Rose Hospital (Business Person of the Year), Ariel Dolowich, Ochoa Middle School Principal (Educator of the Year), Battalion Chief George Silva (Firefighter of the Year) and Detective Ryan Cantrell (Police Officer of the Year).

The event at California State University, East Bay includes a grand banquet with fine wine and silent and live auctions for fabulous items and travel. Tickets are $125 each and available from the Chamber as from November 26, 2012 and will sell out.

For more information, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424. ...
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Did you cash in on Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals?
Save your receipts, you might owe Use Tax

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Many California consumers have purchased Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials offered online or via smart phone applications. The State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds them that they may owe use tax for pre- and post-holiday shopping sprees.

California law imposes tax on in-state purchases and also imposes tax on items purchased out-of-state for use in California. When an out-of-state or online retailer does not collect the tax for an item delivered to California, the purchaser may owe “use tax,” which is simply a tax on the use, storage, or consumption of personal property in California. ...
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Performance Management Network designation awarded to local REALTOR®
Local businessman recognized by national trade body

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Gregory T. Jones, Hayward-based business owner and Realty World Neighbors REALTOR®, has been awarded the Performance Management Network Designation by the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR). The Performance Management Network is a next-generation REALTOR® designation designed from the ground up to deliver the real-world skills, know-how and tools to keep an agent’s business out front and on top of an evolving real estate market. Jones is also the incoming President 2013 of the Tri-Cities Chapter of WCR. ...
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Casting alert
Casting call for single fathers and sorority alumni

Calling all single fathers nationwide. Doron Ofir Casting seeks paragons of fatherhood to star in a new series proving that it takes a real man to do what a woman was designed to do and, quite possibly, better.

Through choice or circumstance, hardship and happiness, you have assumed the ultimate responsibility. You are the understated hero, the self-sacrificing superman who does what ever it takes to support, raise and guide your child alone. You work hard, play harder but your most important priority is, and always will be, being a dad and we want to hear your story. ...
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Moreau Leo Club
Moreau Leo Club founder officers and members sign club charter

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Union City Lions Club is the proud sponsor of a Leo Club at Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward. Moreau Leo Club has approximately 25 members, thanks to the efforts of Charter President Freshman Krisel “Sam” Ong who was sworn-in with another officer and member before signing their club charter on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Heritage Way, Union City.

The purpose of Leo Clubs is “to promote service activities among the youth of the community which will develop the individual qualities of Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. To unite its members in friendship, fellowship and mutual understanding. ...
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11th Annual Karen Gordin Turkey Swim
Fundraiser for Karen M. Gordin Scholarship Fund

HAYWARD, Calif. -- November means fall is in the air and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is also time for the Karen M. Gordin Turkey Swim. Every Thanksgiving Day, the Hayward Plunge Staff raise money for the Karen M. Gordin Scholarship Fund. Karen was a lifeguard for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District who was tragically killed in a car crash in 2001. She was very much loved at the Hayward Plunge and we want to carry on her name and the values she held dear.

The scholarship is given to two individuals who are currently certified lifeguards and in school working towards his/her goals. ...
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City office closures
Furloughs at City Hall

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Most City of Hayward operations will observe holiday closures from Monday, December 24, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013. City services return to normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Police, Fire and emergency services will continue operating normally.

Maintenance Services will be providing services and can be contacted at (510) 881-7745 during normal hours (6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) except on City holidays (December 24-25 and December 31, 2012 - January 1, 2013). The Street Sweeping schedule will remain unchanged for December 26-28, 2012.

Both branches of Hayward Public Library (Main and Weekes) will remain open. ...
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Illegal dumping, an ever-present problem
Finding the right tonic for a public ill

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward City Council voted 6-1 in favor of introducing an amendment to the Municipal Code on October 23, 2012 to combat illegal dumping on public property and to update the Master Fee Schedule with associated charges. There is public opposition to what is proposed. Adoption of the amendment is scheduled for Council’s meeting on November 13, 2012 at 7 p.m.

In stark contrast to Council’s priorities of a Safe, Clean and Green Hayward, city streets and sidewalks have been used increasingly as dumping grounds for large items over the past four years. ...
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Alameda County agencies, hospices and advocates Get The Most Out of Life with a professional exchange

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Alameda County Behavioral Health Services Agency and Alameda County Health Care Service Agency’s Getting The Most Out of Life Project partners invite you to attend a dynamic Professional Exchange forum, on on November 8, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., featuring a dialogue between medical professionals, hospice and long-term care providers.

Featured speakers include Dr. VJ Periyakoil, Stanford University; Dr. Aaron
Chapman, AC Behavioral Health Care Services; and Dr. Barbara Beach,
Children’s Hospital and George Mark Children’s House Co-founder.

The program will also include a panel of hospice providers and advocates from
throughout Alameda County. ...
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Healthcare reform forum
How does Obamacare affect you?

FREMONT, Calif. -- President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act 2010 to provide comprehensive health reform for Americans and the US Supreme Court upheld it.

Learn about how this historic law affects you and your families. On November 19, 2012, Alex Briscoe, Director of Alameda County Health Care Services, will discuss how the Act affects the wellness of Alameda County residents and describe what additional changes will be implemented in the coming months. He will also provide an update on the development of Teen Health Centers for Fremont.

This free forum, at Fremont Main Library, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark & Union City. ...
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Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial dedication
All are welcome to attend

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 14 Castro Valley Post 9601 will dedicate the long-awaited Castro Valley Veterans’ Memorial on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

The project, which will have taken just over two years to fund and build following the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District’s (HARD) September 2010 approval of the Memorial’s location, honors the memory and service of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and Merchant Marine veterans on Service Stones along with the names of civilians, companies, groups and organizations on 1,000 commemorative bricks. ...
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Assisting with the climate action plan
14-year old completes Eagle Scout project

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Sahil Markanday, aged 14, is one of the youngest boy scouts to have recently completed his Eagle Scout project. Union City residents and the City’s Climate Action Plan are the immediate beneficiaries of his efforts.

“Markanday and his crew of volunteers planted approximately 50 flowering trees and conifers around San Andreas Park to help expand the urban forest to sequester carbon as part of our Climate Action Plan,” explained Union City Grounds Supervisor, Nelson Kirk. “The flowering trees and conifers will also form a canopy to shade the pathways for residents who regularly walk in the park. They also planted another 120 shrubs along the back-up area of the park. ...
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Halloween costume give-away

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward Police Department (PD) provided more than 300 kids with Halloween costumes on October 29, 2012. This was the second annual Halloween Costume Giveaway for which Hayward police officers collected and distributed Halloween costumes to children, aged five to 12, who attend one of five Hayward elementary schools and who might not otherwise have had something special to wear on Halloween night. The costumes were presented to the children at City Hall on Monday afternoon.

This year, Hayward PD joined forces with more than 20 Downtown businesses that distributed candy. Parents were given a list of businesses where they could collect candy until 6 p.m. ...
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Alameda County roads in need of funding
Local transportation measure includes $2.3 billion for roadway improvements on November 6, 2012 ballot

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- Roads are the backbone of the economy and mobility in Alameda County. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) Pavement Condition Report released on October 29, 2012, almost 50 percent of Alameda County roads are becoming worn to the point where rehabilitation may be needed to prevent rapid deterioration and some are at-risk of requiring costly reconstruction.

MTC evaluates the condition of Bay Area roads annually to assess the average pavement condition index (PCI), which ranges from 0-100. PCI scores of 60-69 are considered fair and indicate that a street needs rehabilitation to prevent significant deterioration. ...
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