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Conversations in paint

Have you noticed the bright, beautifully painted boxes springing up like bright flowers after a spring rain at intersections in Fremont? You can thank the boxART! program for adding color, humor, and interest to street corners, where previously there were only drab grey or green utility boxes, designed to go unnoticed, and all too often defaced by graffiti.

Fremont City Council decided in 2014 to start a pilot program to paint these utility boxesÑpartly to deter graffiti, and partly to use the existing infrastructure to provide a more memorable and pleasant public experience. The call went out to local artists, and the first boxes were painted on Make-A-Difference Day, October 23, 2014. Since then, of the almost 170 signal light utility boxes in Fremont, twenty along the most traveled streets have been completed, several more are in the works, and Susan Longini, boxART! Program Manager for the City of Fremont, has just announced a call for artists to submit new proposals for Phase 3.

The City is happy to continue supporting this successful program, which involves many in the community, sponsors and artists, all resulting in the creation of vibrant public art where before there was either nothing of note or graffiti. As Longini says, This program speaks volumes about the Citys vision. It is a pleasure to be involved in a program that generates so much positive response from every aspect of our community.

For those who gave their lives: Memorial Day celebrations in the East Bay

Memorial Day is a holiday tradition dating back to the Civil War during which Americans honor and pay tribute to men and women who lost their lives while serving our country. Enlisting to serve in the armed forces is a sacrifice and this particular day (Monday, May 30) is intended to specifically recognize those who paid the ultimate price.

Loss of a service member is a trauma experienced in virtually every corner of the country, with the East Bay no different. Veterans memorials like the one recently erected in Castro Valley proudly display the names of those who have passed, acting as a permanent commendation to those from the local area who answered the nationÕs call to service. A day for somber reflection, many observe it by attending ceremonies or other local gatherings. Below are listed a number of events planned for Memorial Day in the Southeast Bay.


It's a Date!
Upcoming Events

May 24
Movie Night $

Niles Essanay Theater

May 25
Toddler Time $

Ardenwood Historic Farm

May 25
Middle School Instructional Task Force Presentation

Fremont Unified School District, Board Room

May 25
Neighborhood Alert Community Meeting

Hayward Police Department North District Office

May 25
What is Latin?

Hayward Area Historical Society Museum

May 26 - June 30
Bingo $

Newark Senior Center

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