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Celebrate Independence Day with pride

Fourth of July, honoring the birth of our nation, is the U.S. federal holiday celebrated with much anticipation. Local governments and organizations arrange festivities including parades, waving the flag, political speeches, and a grand displays of fireworks. It is also a time for families to get together and enjoy a picnic or barbeque on a day off from work.

Although Independence Day has been widely celebrated on July 4th, for years, many have disputed the official date of the declaration of independence from Great Britain. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Virginia delegate Richard Henry LeeÕs motion calling for independence. In a letter written by John Adams to his wife, he stated: The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.

However, it was on July 4, 1776 when the final revision of the Declaration of Independence was approved. Since then, annual celebrations have been held on that date in honor of our freedom and in celebration of our great nation. July 4th officially became a federal holiday in 1870.
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Making lives better at George Mark Childrens House

When Lt. Randy Brandt got the call, he was supervising traffic units on San Leandro streets. George Mark Childrens House had a patient interested in seeing a motorcycle cop. Would it be possible? If one motorcycle patrol officer was good, thought Brandt, what about a whole unit?

When he arrived with the unit, Brandt was expecting a small house not a 15,000 square foot state of the art facility that bridges hospital to home care for children faced with life limiting illnesses. The experience inspired Brandt, who had established the San Leandro Police SWAT Fitness Challenge six years before, growing it from three competing teams to 40.

Brandt gathered support and layered the event with new purpose a fundraiser for George Mark Childrens House. In May 2015, the eighth annual SWAT Fitness event attracted 39 four-member teams from throughout the Bay Area and California; one team came from as far away as Central Canada. After six grueling events including rowing across the lake at Chabot Park, running, and cross fit exercising to test endurance and acumen, plus tourniquet training, police officers raised $32,000 for George Mark Childrens House.
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Recycled goods make unique creations in Transformations 2

Another hit art show is currently on display at the Sun Gallery in Hayward, this time featuring recycled and up cycled works of art by over 20 local and international artists. Transformations 2: Recycled and Up cycled includes mixed media pieces, sculpture, functional art, embroidery, textiles, photography, and collage.

Sun Gallery staff members Dorsi Diaz, Christine Bender, and volunteers Bethany Bender, Char Bender, and Heather Thompson worked together on the unique, hand-made Transformations show sign, creatively made out of found items, as a fun and whimsical introduction to the show.
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