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HAYWARD/DIABLO, Calif. -- Join the St. Rose Hospital Foundation for a fun evening of wine tasting, fantastic food sampling, shopping in our fashion and accessory marketplace, bidding on one-of-a-kind items in our silent and live auctions and cheering the male models in our all-male fashion show on March 14, 2013 at the Diablo Country Club.

Tickets for this fundraiser, which lasts from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., are $100 person. Net proceeds benefit patient services at St. Rose Hospital, Hayward.

The event is sponsored by Fremont Bank, Diablo Country Club, CBS SF Bay Area, 44/Cable 12 and Diablo Magazine. ...
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2nd annual Hayward Honors Women teach-in

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The national theme of the 2013 Women's History Month is "Technology, Science, and Innovation." The speakers for this year's Hayward Honors Women Teach-In event are three experts who have built their careers recruiting girls and women for careers in technology, science and innovation; they have taught future science scholars and applied-science skills to make sure communities and neighborhoods are safe throughout Alameda County.

5:00 p.m. Reception and refreshments.

5:30 p.m. Program begins.

Introduction and welcome from Hayward City Council Member Mark Salinas. ...
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BART subject to late night delays in the Transbay Tube
Plan for longer BART journeys Jan 21 to Feb 5

OAKLAND, Calif. -- BART continues to make its system safer in the event of an earthquake. This week BART began work to complete a power supply upgrade project in advance of the next stage of its Earthquake Strengthening Project. There will be some late evening work in the Transbay Tube for the next few weeks which will require use of only one track after 10 pm.

This work is being scheduled during hours that will minimize disruption to customers. Work must begin during passenger service hours because it requires more than the 2-4 hours each night that are usually available for servicing the Transbay Tube. ...
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Visit the Emerald Isle

HAYWARD, Calif. -- The Hayward Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a trip to Ireland, featuring exploration of the countryside, castles, villages, pubs and local cuisine. The cost is just $2,849 per person, double occupancy, for the period March 13 to March 21, 2013. The trip is open to all, who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to travel with a reliable tour operator, and is not restricted to Chamber members and their families.

The package includes round-trip air transportation from SFO, a professional tour host throughout the program, first class hotel accommodations for seven nights, daily breakfasts and three dinners. ...
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Meet the author and find the real Starman Heart Stargirl
Debut of third book in the "Sanctuary" series

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hayward-based author S.C. Williams will debut Starman Heart Stargirl, the third book in the fantasy, cult-classic “Sanctuary” series on January 26, 2013 at The Book Shop, Hayward. She will be available to sign her new book and the series’ first two titles, Sanctuary and Mad Lavender which tell the story of a local family’s adventures in the Hayward Hills or, possibly, your own backyard.

“However, there is a challenge. Take a photo of yourself at the section of sidewalk at Cal State University, East Bay that reads “Starman Heart Stargirl” and present it at the book-signing to win a prize,” encourages S.C. Williams. ...
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Mark Green

UNION CITY -- Union City’s Mark Green has stepped down as Mayor after 19 years. He might not be a household name but was 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 served until recently, value his grasp and understanding of the business of government to translate policy into reality. His fellow board members also recognized his depth and breadth of experience which enabled Green to make bold decisions that lay the foundations for the future well-being of the East Bay and beyond. ...
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Grey Ghost Paracon 2013
Paranormal conference and educational fundraiser for USS Hornet Museum’s STEM program

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The USS Hornet Museum will host a special fundraiser for its Education Department on Saturday, February 2, 3013 beginning at 9 a.m. The event, The Grey Ghost: Paranormal Conference will be a fundraiser with all money raised going to a special fund that will allow the Hornet to provide transportation for local schools to take part in its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educational programs.

The event will be the first time the USS Hornet will work with the Alameda Paranormal Researchers to host a paranormal conference. The event will feature some of the well-respected names in the paranormal field. ...
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Home preservation workshop
Wells Fargo will meet homeowners facing financial difficulties

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wells Fargo will host a free Home Preservation Workshop for Bay Area Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. Wells Fargo has invited more than 8,500 mortgage customers to the free workshop which will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Oakland Convention Center – Oakland Marriot East and West Halls located at 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Parking is free.

Homeowners whose loans are “under water” - meaning they owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home - may be eligible to refinance their loan based on criteria including demonstrating ability to repay. ...
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Accessibility Advisory Committee vacancies
Apply to serve on AC Transit's AAC

OAKLAND, Calif. -- To ensure transit services are used and easily obtainable by all members of the public, AC Transit seeks volunteers to fill vacancies on its Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The District is interested in receiving applications from people who wish to volunteer and serve as advocates for seniors and disabled bus riders.

The AAC, consisting of 14 members, typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month to address concerns about, and implement and enhance, AC Transit’s programs and services in relation to seniors and people with disabilities. ...
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Support the Lions Club
Crab feed

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Lions Club of Union City will hold a crab feed on January 26, 2013 at the Ralph & Mary Ruggieri Senior Center, Union City, to raise funds for programs that support Union City youth and other Lions Club community projects.

The evening will feature music, raffle prizes, silent auction and no host bar. Happy Hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner, at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person, or two for $75, and available from any Lions Club member. Alternatively, call Gloria Gutierrez at (510) 589-9752.

Union City Lions Club Crab Feed
Saturday, January 26
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Love is in the air
First annual crab feed

FREMONT, Calif. -- St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Fremont, will host its first crab feed, at Holy Spirit Church Hall, 37588 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, at 6:00 p.m. on February 16, 2013. Come for delicious crab and home-made pasta, have some fun and win prizes! There will be silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $45 per person. Reserve and purchase tickets for a table for eight and your table will receive a complimentary bottle of wine or a round of margaritas!

Proceeds from this fund-raising event will be used to build the Mother Theresa Educational Center for Children. For more information and tickets, call the parish office at (510)-792-1962.

St. ...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday march

Please join us for an annual commemoration of the work and words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21, 2013, at Hayward City Hall Plaza. All are welcome to participate in this celebratory event to usher in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

9:30 a.m. Gather at Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B Street (at Watkins), Hayward, for music and the words of Dr. King.

10:00 a.m. March of Witness. In celebration of Hayward's diversity we invite you to carry your organizational banner and to wear national dress.

10:30 a.m. Return to City Hall Plaza; listen to songs and be inspired by Dr. King's words of courage, hope and justice. ...
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Key state and local issues
What are the issues for 2013-14?

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- The League of Women Voters Eden Area will hold a forum to recommend the issues on which the state and local League should focus its attention 2013-14. Will it be campaign finance reform, air quality, water resources, mental health, gun control or something else?

The free forum will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley.

The State League has 24 positions on major issues in the areas of government, natural resources and social polices. Each of its positions, or “white papers,” is the result of one- or two-year studies by the League membership. ...
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Songs for a Spiritual Journey
A book to re-energize one's spirit and soul

FREMONT, Calif. -- The parishioners of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Fremont, were presented with a special Christmas gift from their pastor, Fr. Antony Vazhappilly. His second book, “Songs for a Spiritual Journey,” was released in early December 2013 and perfectly complements his first, “A Marian Handbook” which was published in 2010.

“Songs for a Spiritual Journey” is a compilation of 52 poems and reflections by Fr. Antony to guide his readers through a weekly contemplation throughout the year. This book is intended to re-energize one's spirit and soul as one journeys back to the basic Christian teaching that man needs God and forges ahead by living with this same belief and conviction. ...
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Contempo Park

UNION CITY, Calif. -- The Latter Day Saints Tongan-speaking Church Group II from Union City volunteered at Contempo Park on December 15, 2012. They planted shrubs, trees and spread mulch. This is the third volunteer project the church has completed at this location; their work can be seen and enjoyed by park visitors and neighborhood residents. Many citizens walk in this park daily and will enjoy the spruced-up areas.

Public Works employees Alex Quintero and Jesus Banuelos set up and assisted with the project. Tracy Williams represented the church. Union City’s Public Works crews have reported less vandalism and graffiti in the park as a result of our volunteers’ efforts for continued improvements. ...
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Not your ordinary technology toolkit
Hints and tips to grow your business

TRI-CITIES, Calif. -- Join the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) Tri-Cities Chapter for their monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, Newark, on January 16, 2013. Networking at 11:30 a.m.; program and lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. The Chapter serves REALTORS in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and surrounds.

Best-selling author Shashank Shekhar will speak about online tools and techniques to dramatically grow your business. He will impart the same tips and tricks that helped his mortgage business grow from zero to $65M in just four years. These are field-tested ideas and most are easy to implement. ...
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Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips sued for environmental violations
Underground storage tanks at 560 gas stations in 34 counties improperly inspected and maintained

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has filed a civil lawsuit against Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips for allegedly violating state law by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 560 gas stations in California.

“The state’s hazardous-waste laws help protect our residents from contaminated groundwater,” Harris said. “This lawsuit safeguards public health by ensuring proper maintenance of the tanks that store fuel beneath many California communities.”

The Attorney General’s office was joined in this enforcement action by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. ...
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Lunar New Year dinner
Welcome the Year of the Snake

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Celebrate the Year of the Snake with the Rotary Club of Fremont, Union City and Newark (FUN) in traditional style on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Enjoy a 10-course, banquet-style dinner, lion dance, lucky envelopes for health and prosperity in the New Year, entertainment, silent auction, raffle and prizes. Support of this event will enable the Rotary Club of F.U.N. to continue to assist local, regional and international community service projects.

Tickets for the F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club’s 7th annual Lunar New Year Dinner are $60 each or $550 per table of 10. For more information and to order tickets, contact Betty Wright at (510) 266-3504 and visit www.FunRotary. ...
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Flex Package improves access to energy-efficiency rebates
Limited-time rebate offers new options to earn $1,500 for energy improvements

ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. -- For a limited time, Alameda County homeowners wishing to lower their utility bills and enhance the comfort of their homes can qualify for $1,500 in rebates for energy-saving home improvements through Flex Package. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to owners of single-family homes in Alameda County and are offered through Energy Upgrade California (

To qualify for Flex Package, homeowners must simply install two or more qualifying measures with a combined point-value of 100, or more, using an Energy Upgrade California-participating contractor. The more advanced an improvement, the more points earned. ...
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