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Annual Textile Exhibit

Submitted by Sana Chiang


Olive Hyde Art Gallery presents the “52nd Annual Textile Exhibit,” featuring Bay Area artists who create works using colorful fabrics and thread in both flat and sculptural works including quilts, felt, beads, wool and repurposed clothing. Come to our opening reception on Friday, July 22 to meet the artists and enjoy the night with other art enthusiasts.


Participating Artists include Mel Beach, Pamela Ciszewski, Adriane Dedic, Kelley Dillon, Giny Dixon, Mona Duggan, Susan Helmer, Jyoti Kapadia, Peter Langenbach, Maureen Langenbach, Zwia Lipkin, Yunan Ma, Dolores Miller, Denise Oyama Miller, Zona Sage, Ileana Soto and Ginger Summit.


Scan the QR code to view the virtual exhibition on the Olive Hyde Art Gallery website!



52nd Annual Textile Exhibit

Through Saturday, Sept 17

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday from 12 noon – 5 p.m.


Opening Reception

Friday, July 22

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Olive Hyde Art Gallery

123 Washington Blvd., Fremont

(510) 791-4357






StarStruck Theatre presents Les Misérables: School Edition

Submitted by Courtney Stokes

Photos by Atom Biggs


This summer, join StarStruck Theatre as they return to the Outdoor Amphitheater at Ohlone College with the 8-time Tony Award winning musical that has thrilled audiences around the world. Les Misérables: School Edition is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel that tells the epic story of adversity, love and redemption in 19th century France. A revolution is brewing amid a society that has neglected its citizens, exposing the trials and tribulations of common folk, especially ex-convict, Jean Valjean. This blockbuster musical will showcase a full live orchestra and score that includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More,” “On My Own” and more.


Check our website for current COVID protocols.



Les Misérables: School Edition

Friday, Jul 29 – Saturday, Aug 6

8 p.m.

Outdoor Amphitheater at Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont

(510) 659-1319


Tickets: $25-30




Newark Mariachi Festival

Submitted by City of Newark


Newark’s Mariachi Festival is coming back to Shirley Sisk Grove on Sunday, July 24! This is a free community celebration for the entire family with authentic Mexican food from local restaurants, glamorous Ballet Folklorico dancing and live Mariachi bands. Shilling Elementary School’s Ballet Folklorico will be returning, and Tonalli Ballet Folklorico will be joining the festival for the first time. Performing bands are Mariachi Tequila and Mariachi Orgullo.


Food and drinks such as tacos and aguas frescas will be available for purchase. Guests can also enjoy community resource booths and children’s activities.


At the event, no-cost Covid-19 vaccines will be available for ages five and up, through Bay Area Community Health. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.



Newark Mariachi Festival

Sunday, Jul 24

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Shirley Sisk Grove

(Next to NewPark Mall)





Pop up adoption events

Submitted by Hayward Animal Shelter


Through the end of July, Hayward Animal Shelter is encouraging the adoption of dogs, cats and small pets.


On Saturday, July 23, Hayward Animal Shelter will hold a pop-up pet adoption event at San Lorenzo Library. Pets are FREE to adopt for qualified homes where owners have done their homework and can provide adequate food, enrichment, shelter and love. To adopt, bring a photo ID and proof of address. If you rent, make sure you have permission to have pets live in the rental.


Starting July 26, the shelter will also participate in Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” summer adoption event. Tuesday through Saturday, pets can be adopted for $20.


Pop-up pet adoption event

Saturday, July 23

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

San Lorenzo Library

395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo


Empty the Shelters

Tuesday, July 26 – Saturday, July 30

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward

$20 adoptions


(510) 293-7200




Applications being accepted for new affordable apartments

Submitted by City of Fremont


A new 72-unit housing development aimed at low-income renters will soon be opening in Fremont and applications are now being accepted for 57 of the units in the development’s first phase.


Granite Ridge Apartments, located at 3135 Medina Common in the Centerville area, include 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom floor plans and a community room, computer lab, on-site manager and resident services. Several of the units are designated for people who are experiencing homelessness. The units are anticipated to be move-in ready by this fall and will be managed by Eden Housing, a Hayward-based nonprofit that works to develop affordable housing.


To be eligible to lease one of the units, households must earn a gross monthly income to support two times the monthly rent. Preference will be given to people currently residing or working in Fremont, Newark or Union City, then those residing or working in Alameda County.


To qualify, applicants cannot exceed the annual gross income listed below based on their household size:


Household size:          Annual Gross Income

1 person:                     $60,000

2 persons                     $68,580

3 persons                     $77,160

4 persons                     $85,860

5 persons                     $92,580

6 persons                     $99,420

7 persons                     $106,260


Current rent ranges:

1 bedroom                   $1,071-$1,607

2 bedroom                   $1,286-$1,929

3 bedroom                   $1,485-$2,228


Note that these figures are subject to change.


To submit an application online, visit the Alameda County Housing Portal at https://housing.acgov.org, then select the “See Rentals” box and follow the Granite Ridge Apartments link. Applications must be filed by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27.


Applications received will be placed into a lottery. A waiting list will be created based on the results of the lottery and the ranking order of the applications. Applicants will be invited for an interview in the order of the waiting list. Interviews will continue until the maximum number of applicants to fill the units has been reached. Those who do not receive a unit will be placed on the Granite Ridge Apartments waitlist according to their lottery ranking order.


For more information, send an email to the leasing agent at leaseup2@edenhousing.org or call (510) 697-6310.




Back to work tech program expands with Tesla

Submitted by Geneva Bosques


A newly expanded Smart Manufacturing Technology Back to Work (SMTech B2W) program, aimed at assisting dislocated workers to transition to careers in advance manufacturing is showing promise.


Formerly known as the Earn & Learn Fremont (ELF) pilot program, SMTech B2W, started in 2021 in a partnership between City of Fremont Economic Development Department and Ohlone College to help English as a Second Language (ESL) workers. During a multi-week training program participants learned new skills at local manufacturing companies including Evolve Manufacturing Technologies, a medical device manufacturing firm and Lam Research, a semiconductor company, both in Fremont.


In spring of this year, the program expanded to include electric automaker Tesla. The 10 participants in the first training cohort received an industry-recognized credential as well as a certificate of completion, a pathway to an associate and undergraduate degree, and a portion of the cohort received paid work experience at Tesla. After the program, all participants were offered full-time employment at Tesla, including benefits and stock options.


Tesla hosted a graduation ceremony on July 11 to celebrate the participants, with Fremont Mayor Lily Mei also in attendance to give opening remarks.


“This program not only aims to address the immediate industry need for manufacturing employees, but also is designed to break down the ‘sticky floor’ in manufacturing, which has historically prevented upward mobility for ESL workers due to language constraints,” Mei said.


Dr. Rose-Margaret Ekeng Itua, Professor of Engineering and Coordinator of the Smart Manufacturing Technology Program at Ohlone College, said, “With our enhanced Back to Work program, we hope to give individuals of all backgrounds an equal opportunity to achieve meaningful, long-term careers in manufacturing in Fremont and provide a framework for nationwide partnerships aimed at educating, growing, and diversifying the manufacturing workforce.”


The initial cohort included several ESL participants who were previously enrolled in Fremont Adult & Continuing Education, which offers lifelong educational opportunities and services for residents of all ages. The other participants were also of diverse backgrounds, including women and veterans. To be eligible for acceptance, participants had to be currently receiving unemployment benefits or had their benefits exhausted.


Participants completed a custom six-week, accelerated Smart Technology Program with Ohlone College where they learned Industry 4.0 standards and skills in additive manufacturing, industrial internet of things, and emerging manufacturing processes. In conjunction, some participants received eight weeks of full-time, paid manufacturing work at Tesla.


In addition to Tesla’s sponsorship contribution of employee wages, the Alameda County Workforce Development Board provided $160,000 in funds to support the program through the Ohlone Career Center. The Corporate and Community Education Office at Ohlone College provided technology support for the participants.


The City of Fremont and Ohlone College plan to continue the SMTech B2W program in October with another cohort which will focus on establishing long-term manufacturing careers for Ukrainian and Afghan refugees, who are largely part of the ESL community. To expand future opportunities for participants, the program’s next iteration will include a new English language class at FACE as a prerequisite and funding through a combination of California's Strong Workforce program to cover the curriculum as well as participating employers who will cover full wages.


For more information on the SMTech B2W program as well as to express interest in future cohorts, visit their webpage at www.ohlone.edu/smtech/earn-n-learn.




Debbie Smith’s website unites horse world

By Jack Alcorn


Horse-loving residents of the Bay Area are a motley bunch of disciplines and passions. Horseback riding, racing, rodeo, dressage and competitive exhibition all thrive in our diverse suburban population. Tri-City communities, and neighboring cities Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore are home to hundreds of ranches, stables and businesses serving 100,000 equestrian enthusiasts. Horsemanship enabled western expansion and the settling of California. Success for the horsekeeping industry depends on ancient crafts, trades, and often hard-to-find resources. Bay Area Equestrian Network (Bayequest.com) is an online community where local equine businesses, organizations and consumers meet and exchange information.


Bayequest was created in 1997 by Internet visionary Debbie Smith to promote the equine industry in Northern California, and help horse enthusiasts find products and services. Smith explained, “Those different disciplines, they didn’t interact; they had their own shows, their own clubs, and there wasn’t a lot of shared community.” Bayequest created a level playing field where people from different sectors of the horse world could share information. “It also allowed the average horse person to advertise and access the same level of service and exposure that wealthy professionals could,” Smith added.


Born and raised in Southern California, Smith studied Greek and Latin at UCLA. Shortly after graduating, Smith met her husband Greg and moved to the Bay Area with him in 1984. The pair have been married 44 years. “I grew up riding horses and got away from it with marriage and adulthood. My daughter was two when we took her to a stable and put her on a pony, and she didn’t want to get off, so that was the start of getting back into horses,” Smith recounted.


Smith recalled, “I was a parent taking my daughter to lessons and shows, and I was sitting at one of the barns where she rides, watching her take a lesson. The Internet as a marketplace was really just getting going in 1997. And as a horse person, I suddenly realized that there was no place online for people like me to go find a trainer or a veterinarian, tack store, or boarding facility near me. Where are other people like me riding and buying things? We should build an online directory.”


With two young children, Smith had gone to work in sales and marketing for Extend Incorporated, which provides computer system designs and services to organizations such as Microsoft, Intel, and Sun Microsystems. Smith pitched the idea of interactive online platform to Extend. They embraced the concept and the site soon became successful, at one point comprising more than half of the company’s business. By 2006, Smith was operating Bayequest independently. She still credits her daughter Kelly as the reason the website exists.


 “When we first started, in ‘97, a lot of the people I wanted to reach out to did not have Internet. If they had Internet at all it was ‘dial-up.’” So Smith went to the library, manually looked up local horse resources in the Yellow Pages, and created a binder of her mockups for the website. “I would drive to barns and training facilities and physically show them this binder. If they wanted to be part of this, I offered free services for six months. No obligation. I would just like to get you up there and use you as an example. And some of those clients are still with me all these years later.” The site spread by word of mouth. Horse people would tell each other, or a vet would tell a client. “We grew fast because there really was no competition. And then competition came along, Facebook and Craigslist and different ways for people to connect online. And yet we have maintained a pretty robust business.”


Now Smith has been running the website for 25 years. “To be able to partner with [Extend, Inc.] and have them provide the technical expertise, while I provided the on the ground horse expertise, horse experience, contacts in the horse world, it was a perfect marriage.”


On Bayequest, anyone can look at ads, post an ad, find a business listing, check the event calendar, or use message boards free of cost. The mammoth website is easily navigable for novices to access recreation and ownership. Bayequest enables horse professionals to efficiently identify equine goods and service providers. The site also offers marketing options for businesses. “The goal of the site was to bring the horse community together online to support the industry,” says Smith. More than 500,000 horses in California generate roughly $30 Billion each year and 175,00 jobs. Horse-related commerce in the Bay Area includes breeding, boarding, transportation, training, riding lessons, veterinary services, saddlery, tack, grain, hay and other businesses.


Bayequest boasts 60,478 registered users and 5,039 business listings. Staffed by horse owners and enthusiasts, the site is supported through the sale of memberships, website development, web hosting and advertising. Smith said, “Bayequest reflects the values of its members and users. There's an old saying: ‘Horse people are stable people.’ There's a lot of truth to that. Horses and the horse industry can be very grounding, very real.”


Smith shared, “I would like to thank all of our Bayequest users, many of whom have stuck with us from the beginning. Their loyalty and willingness to continue to support us so that we can provide free services to so many people is inspiring and I appreciate that.”


Smith bought her daughter’s horse when she went off to college, and remembered, “It was wonderful, like being 13 years old again.” On riding horses, Smith said, “One of my favorite things was when the rains would start here in the Bay Area, the hills would turn green. I would take [my horse] out onto one of the hillsides and just throw the lead line over his back and I would sit in the chair, read a book and watch him eat. If you’re a horse person, it’s very satisfying. To watch your horse enjoy his food…You don’t have to ride at all. Just their company is very affirming.”




Brain Health Talk Series

Submitted by City of Fremont


Join the City of Fremont's Family Caregiver Support Program and our guest speaker, Dr. Serggio Lanata, Behavioral Neurologist and Director of the Community Outreach Program at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, along with other experts in the field to learn the latest research on healthy aging and brain health. Q&A to follow after each lecture.


Seminar is in person at the FRC Pacific Room or online via Zoom. Registration is required for this FREE series. Register at city.fremont.gov/awcclasses. For questions email fsharifi@fremont.gov or call (510) 574-2035.



Brain Health Talk Series

Tuesdays, Jul 26 – Aug 16

1:30 p.m.


July 26 – Social Determinants of Brain Health in the Bay Area

August 2 – What is Normal and Abnormal Brain Aging?

August 9 – Nutrition and the Brain

August 16 – Physical and Cognitive activity for Brain Health


Register at: city.fremont.gov/awcclasses

(510) 574-2035




Construction to close Niles Canyon Road

Submitted by Fremont Police Department


Motorists planning to travel through Niles Canyon along State Route 84 from July 22 to July 25 should look for another route because of road construction work.


Caltrans will close the roadway, also known as Niles Canyon Road, in both directions from Palomares Road in Fremont to Main Street in Sunol for work on the Alameda Creek Bridge. The closure will start at 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 22 and continue until 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 25. In the case of rain or unanticipated developments, the closure will be rescheduled and the public will be notified.


During this closure, a contractor will work around the clock to install polyester concrete overlay on the existing bridge railings on Alameda Creek bridge deck in both the eastbound and westbound directions. Once concrete is cured, a temporary striping will be placed, and the road will be opened to traffic.


Portable changeable message signs will be in place to advise motorists about the closure throughout the weekend.



Traffic from Palomares Road:

  • Via: westbound Route 84 (Niles Canyon Road)
  • Southbound Route 238 (Mission Boulevard)
  • Onramp-to northbound Route 680
  • Offramp to eastbound Routh 84


Traffic from Southbound Route 233 (Mission Boulevard):

  • Via: Continue southbound Route 238
  • Onramp to northbound Route 680
  • Northbound Route 680
  • Offramp to eastbound Route 84


Traffic from Sunol and Pleasanton Sunol Road:

  • Via: Eastbound Route 84 (Niles Canyon Road)
  • Onramp to southbound Route 680
  • Southbound Route 680
  • Offramp to northbound Route 238 (Mission Boulevard)
  • Northbound Route 238
  • Westbound Route 84


Traffic from southbound Route 680 and westbound Route 84:

  • Via: Continue Southbound Route 680
  • Offramp to northbound Route 238 (Mission Boulevard)
  • Northbound Route 238


Caltrans officials are advising motorists to drive with caution and be aware of work zone alerts and follow detour signage posted during the construction. All-day traffic updates are posted online at 511.org and real-time traffic is posted on the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.




A Quiet-Loud July at Bankhead

Submitted by Ruth Egherman


July, with all its vacations and escapes from the heat, is a slower month here at The Bankhead in terms of the number of performers coming through our doors. Yet while it may be quieter, we still have a loud summer month planned with the remarkable rock-star stylings of Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats on July 22.


Fresh from the multi-platinum Stray Cats’ ‘40th Anniversary Reunion Tour’ and release of the first new Stray Cats album in 10 years, The Bankhead will be jolted with the rock energy of Grammy-nominated Stray Cats founder and upright slap bassist Lee Rocker, who has also toured and performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Levon Helm, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, and many more. Together with piano, harmonica, guitar and drums, Lee Rocker will perform Stray Cats hits and songs he performed with other music legends, right here in the Tri-Valley.


Bankhead Theater continues to keep COVID safety protocols in place with enhanced air circulation and no touch ticketing. Proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry at ticketed performances, unless noted as part of a contractual obligation with the artist. Tickets for all shows are available online, by calling (925) 373-6800, or at the box office windows. For a complete list of events visit livermorearts.org



Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats

Friday, Jul 22

8 p.m.

Bankhead Theater

2400 First St., Livermore

(925) 373-6800


Tickets: $20-$45 ($20 student/military personnel)




Local organization shares ‘our causes’

By Fatema Bhaiji


Rcoz.us, a play on the pronunciation of “Our Cause”, is a registered nonprofit founded by Roopali Rajvanshy. This platform aims to connect communities and remove the stigma of various topics through short and personal human stories that allows anybody to share what Rajvanshy describes as “everybody’s causes.”


The idea to create this organization came from Rajvanshy’s personal life, especially from the time she spent growing up in India. Within her community, she realized that people talked about accomplishments, which overshadowed significant topics such as mental health. Rajvanshy explains that, growing up, “We never talked about what we were personally going through and I didn’t know where to start.” When she moved to the U.S., she started working in marketing for various technology-focused companies in the Bay Area, but felt a lack of meaning in her work there. She realized that there were so many people like her who couldn’t express what they truly felt and the struggles they were going through. That is what kickstarted her idea to create Rcoz.us. Although she had been working on the idea of the organization for longer, the plan came together about two years ago to found the nonprofit.


Because the organization is Fremont based, several stories are local, but many come from around the globe. These stories come from people of all backgrounds and one that is impactful to Rajvanshy is a story about a pair of sisters. One needed a kidney, and the other sister was trying to donate her own. Because the other sister was on various medications, the doctor wouldn’t allow her to give her kidney, so she had to lie in order to save her sister’s life. The story described the trauma of her sibling being near death and the strong relationship between the sisters, encompassing Rcoz’s mission.


Rajvanshy details that these stories focus on “hope, aspiration, and overcoming adversity to build community.” One story that focuses on these ideals is a local one from the Bay Area. Carol Zilli, a high school teacher, created the organization Music for Minors II that allows students who are falling behind in school to take music classes, boosting their confidence. In Zilli’s upload to Rcoz, she describes why music is important for different people. One example Zilli includes is of an immigrant who was having difficulties learning the language; the first way she communicated when she started assimilating in the U.S. was through music. Rajvanshy describes these anecdotes as “true, authentic stories that make the platform available to everybody.”


To accomplish this, the organization allows anybody to upload a story. In order to upload to Rcoz.us, one can go to the website and use the sign-up form. One can submit their story themselves, record another person’s story to submit, or even have the organization record their story for them online. Once the upload is sent to Rcoz.com, it will be approved and uploaded onto their website for others to view. She continues to see the impact of her organization as one hundred stories have already been uploaded. This platform allows people to share their causes and gives communities a space to share all of “our causes.”



To learn more, visit Rcoz.us.




Rabbis Roundtable on Reproductive Rights

By Paul Mussack


On July 13, an online panel of local women clergy spoke about the Jewish view on abortion and what last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision means for the community.


“So many people on the right think of abortion as a form of birth control, and it’s so much more than that … the human part of being pregnant and having to terminate a pregnancy being completely overlooked,” said Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy of Congregation Shir Hadash.


Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz (Congregation Emeth) read from foundational texts to explain the origin of the Jewish view.


According to the Torah, if a man accidentally injures a pregnant woman and causes a miscarriage, the man must pay for the damage but the act would not be considered murder.


It is written in the Talmud that an unborn child is “mere fluid” until the fortieth day.


The Mishnah Ohalot prioritizes saving the mother’s life during a difficult delivery, unless the “greater part” of the baby has already come out; then it is considered its own person.


The 18th-century German Rabbi Jacob Emden permitted abortion not only to save the mother’s life, but also to “from woe associated with it that would cause her great pain.”


And in 1991, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein considered that the “ethical and humane factors” permitting an exception for birth control should also influence situations regarding abortion.


Cantor Felder-Levy reviewed the American laws related to the issue.


The First Amendment prohibits the government from “establishing” a religion. Under the “Lemon Test,” government can assist religion only for secular purposes, neither promoting or inhibiting religion, and without excessive entanglement between church and state.


The Constitution also guarantees no prohibition on the “free exercise” of religion. “This means that not permitting Jews to freely access abortion may interfere with our own understanding of Jewish law,” said Felder-Levy.


Jessica Blitchok, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, asked for a “moment of mindfulness” to help calm any anxieties before continuing.


Rabbi Zoe McCoon of Temple Beth Torah in Fremont brought up an important way to view the discussion.


“The framework of pro-choice versus pro-life does not sustain us, and also neither does religious beliefs versus secular beliefs, and in this category, neither does the phrase Judeo-Christian,” said McCoon. “Judeo-Christian is often a phrase that is used to suggest that we’re not just talking about Christian theology, regardless of what Judaism actually has to say.”


Rabbi McCoon mentioned that some Jewish organizations recently “felt as though they were not able to talk about abortion, because it was too partisan, [and] was too political” despite the many people looking up to these groups to say something.


McCoon also brought up from a previous panel, the fact that many organizations had been preparing in case Roe v. Wade was repealed. For example, an abortion fund in California has ensured that visiting a clinic cannot be traced through phone records and credit card bills.


Rabbi Dantowitz followed with the comment that “each of us can make a difference, and it’s important that we engage in the work … but also recognize that we need to engage in self-care.”



A recording of the panel can be viewed on the Jewish Silicon Valley website:





Student-led organization promotes student volunteering

Submitted by Srinidhi Sampath


In the past few weeks, more than 300 new students have joined Student Bono’s intern network, helping the organization surpass their 1,000 student milestone.


Student Bono is a student-led organization based in Fremont with a two-fold mission of nonprofit vitality and student experience; the organization is working to counter the tumultuous times of change and unpredictability imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


In fact, Student Bono itself was founded by a high schooler during the pandemic. “I saw that there was a huge, untapped potential in the commitment, capability, and creativity of today’s high school students,” says rising senior Krish Parikh, the organization’s founder and Executive Director. “Student Bono was initially founded to harness that power as a force for good, and help the world during the challenges of the pandemic.”


After living life online during the pandemic and experiencing vocational uncertainty, students are gearing up to invest their newfound free time into meaningful endeavors. With this greater need for opportunities, where do students turn for help? A growing sanctuary is Student Bono, which bridges the gap between nonprofits attempting to sustain their initiatives and talented high school students with staff-level skills who are trying to hone their abilities.


Students can apply for these intern opportunities—which span from robotics and engineering to fundraising and graphic design—on the organization’s website, or by accessing any of its social media outlets. Nonprofit organizations in need of an adept student force can reach out to Student Bono, who will provide them with interns with skills relevant to the internship.


Now, almost two years after its founding, Student Bono has worked with 24 nonprofit partners including Endangered Species International, Oppia, and even Stanford University. With the completion of their most recent projects, they will have worked with over 1,000 students around the world, spanning from the Los Angeles and Chicago, to Egypt and India. Across all their internships, SB interns have raised over $18,727 and have educated thousands of people with their work.


“I’m sometimes in disbelief of how big of an impact Student Bono has had. We’ve been able to provide so many students with valuable opportunities for them to contribute meaningfully to the world, and we’ve been able to help so many nonprofits in fulfilling their missions,” adds Parikh.


As Student Bono continues to grow, they hope to touch more people–student interns, nonprofit organizations, and the thousands of people who benefit from the nonprofits and interns’ work– with their efforts. It’s a story of hope, where despite the challenges of the pandemic and the nonprofit staff exodus today, everyone, including teenagers, are rising up to address these challenges and help society. All it takes is a dream and the drive to create something that’s far greater than themselves. Parikh says, “To me, Student Bono is concrete evidence for the idea that youth can change the world.”



Student Bono



Instagram: @studentbono

LinkedIn: @studentbono




Support Ohlone Humane Society

Submitted by Angela Hartman


Ohlone Humane Society has a goal to raise $120,000 to cover 2023 annual operations costs for the Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehab Center (OHSWRC) in Newark. We need our communities support to keep running the wildlife center so you will continue to have a place to bring us injured and orphaned local wildlife.


OHSWRC’s mission is to ensure that any wild animal found injured, ill or orphaned is given the care it needs and is rehabilitated to be released back to wild. Since we opened in 1997, we have rehabilitated over 25,000 animals from the Tri-Cities. We support ourselves through donations, grants, memberships, and the 40 hardworking volunteers that show up seven days a week to support these animals in need.


We help so many different species of animals, it’s too many to mention here! Some of our recent patients are:


  • Raccoons, squirrels, opossums, skunks, foxes
  • California native birds of all kinds
  • Waterfowl like egrets, ducks, geese, and herons
  • Many species of raptors such as barn owls, great horned owls and hawks


In 2020 we took in 844 injured and orphaned wild animals, and in 2021 we helped 861. We often take wildlife outside of our service area since the pandemic started. In addition, animal control from all over the Bay Area have been bringing us wildlife as local rehabilitation facilities are either closed or operating in a limited capacity.


Yearly Operations Cost Breakdown

Rent and Utilities 20%

Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, Eggs, Baby Bird and Milk Formulas 25%

Veterinarian Animal Exams and Medication 10%

Medical Equipment, Building Maintenance, Habitat Refurbishing 5%

Full Time Wildlife Rehabilitator Center Manager & 2 Part Time Employees 40%


Any amount you can donate will be appreciated because, in the end, it all adds up. When you donate to this cause, you will help us fund another year of operations. This is a GoFundMe Certified Charity Campaign, your donation is tax deductible, and you will receive a PayPal Giving Fund official donation receipt.



Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/OhloneHumaneSociety) and Instagram (@ohs_wildliferehab). Caution: You might experience cuteness overload following us on social media.


To donate, go to: www.gofundme.com/f/help-keep-us-wild


Learn more about Ohlone Humane Society at: ohlonehumanesociety.org




Get ready for the unexpected with a disaster “go bag”

Submitted by Joshua Ferreira


Don’t think you need an emergency kit? Think again, say families who needed one.


Flashlights, a first aid kit and water bottles line the table. Lydia Walker is not going camping — she is preparing for disaster by putting together a “go bag.” Preparing in advance with a disaster-ready kit has helped families nationwide through extreme and abnormal weather events, which experts warn are on the rise.


Walker of Sunnyvale recognizes the need to be prepared for natural disasters. “Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m always on the road. It's important to me that I have my ‘go bag’ in my car just in case a disaster strikes,” Walker said. As a result, she uses trustworthy resources to help her prepare in advance.


“Having a personal preparedness plan increases your chances of staying safe,” according to a training program from Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.


Jolted awake by a neighbor’s urgent knocking, Aaron and Jacqueline Pate were horrified to see the encroaching flames of the fast-moving Woolsey fire that had been miles away when they went to bed. It burned to within 100 feet of their Westlake Village home in 2018 as part of California’s deadliest wildfire season on record.


“Because we had ‘go bags,’ we weren’t running around trying to pack things at the last minute,” Jacqueline Pate said. “We had the time we needed to comfort our kids and get everyone safely into the car.”


The Pates credited the disaster-preparedness help they received as Jehovah’s Witnesses, both through periodic reminders at their congregation meetings and from tips for putting together “go bags” on the organization’s website jw.org.


Disaster-preparedness suggestions and tips for putting together a “go bag” are available from at ready.gov.




Thinking of Lying on Your Resume? Here’s What to Do Instead

By Anne Chan, PhD, MFT


Have you ever lied on your resume or an interview? If so, you are not alone. Surveys have found that 50% to a whopping 78% of applicants have either lied or exaggerated on their resumes.


Such was the case with Mina Chang, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations of the State Department appointed in 2019. Chang, a former singer, apparently got the job by inflating and falsifying her credentials. For instance, she billed herself as a Harvard graduate when she had merely taken a continuing education course at Harvard that lasted for only a few short weeks. Chang also publicly stated that she had a degree in international development from the University of Hawaiʻi. However, her claim was quickly refuted when a university spokesperson stated that University of Hawaiʻi does not offer an international development degree nor does it have a record of Chang attending the university. On top of this, Chang created a Time Magazine cover of herself to give the impression that she was a lauded humanitarian. Soon after media outlets reported the inaccuracies in her resume, Chang resigned, without taking responsibility for her actions. Instead, she blamed her superiors for not defending her.


Chang’s case was newsworthy for a while, but sadly, lying on one’s resume is hardly breaking news. It is all too common for people to embellish one or more of the following:


  • Skill proficiency (e.g. claiming to have advanced mastery when one is actually a beginner)
  • Dates of employment (e.g. providing wrong dates so that one looks like one has been employed for a longer period)
  • GPA (adjusting the numbers upward)
  • Job title (adopting a more senior level title)
  • University (claiming to have graduated from a university when one is a few credits shy of completion or when one has only taken a continuing education course)
  • Job duties (overstating job responsibilities)


People lie on their resumes for several reasons: They are afraid of being underqualified; they badly want a better job or a better salary; they believe they can get away with it; or they believe that they should lie since everyone else is doing it. However, the problem with lying is that it is fairly easy for employers to catch you. For instance, employers can easily fact-check if you attended a university, when you were employed at a company and what your actual job title was. Moreover, employers can give a skills assessment to determine your actual level of proficiency. Writing, coding, designing, analysis, and language skills are all easily testable at the interview. Even if you get through the interview and secure the job, it is worth noting that California is an at-will state, which means that you can be fired for any reason (including falsifying your resume) or no reason.


The difference between expressing confidence and lying about one’s abilities can be confusing. Indeed, I always encourage people to take ownership of their achievements and to showcase these on their resumes. However, you would know if you are going beyond the truth if you are uncomfortable about being queried further about these accomplishments. For instance, if you say you are fluent in Spanish, would you be comfortable if they brought in a native Spanish speaker to test you? As you write your resume, keep in mind that an employer can quiz you on any line of your resume. So be sure that you can speak confidently and authentically about your capabilities showcased on each line. In addition, make sure your social media presence is compatible with what you have on your resume. Consistency matters when employers do background checks.


You do not have to resort to lying if you are uncomfortable with your skill set or education. Instead, take courses to add to your resume. There is a plethora of highly regarded and affordable online courses that will enhance your skill set and that you can legitimately include in your resume. This includes the $84,000 Advanced Management Program at Harvard that Chang took. But please cite this correctly!


If you’re tempted to lie or stretch the truth beyond recognition, please know that it is truly not necessary or advisable to lie on your resume. No job candidate or resume is perfect. Yours does not have to be perfect either. Be proactive and address the pieces where you fall short. If there’s something on your resume that makes you uncomfortable, explain it in the cover letter. If there’s a missing skill in your arsenal, fill the gap with continuing education. You don’t have to lie to get the job.



Anne Chan is a career counselor and licensed psychotherapist in Union City. She specializes in helping people find happiness in their careers and lives. You can reach her at annechantcv@gmail.com © Anne Chan, 2022






By John Grimaldi and David Bruce Smith

July 16 through 31


A capital idea

On July 16, 1790, the Founding Fathers ensconced the nation’s capital in what History.com described as “a swampy, humid, muddy and mosquito-infested site on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia,” named for George Washington “who saw the area’s potential economic, and accessibility benefits due to the proximity of navigable rivers.”


The French architect, Pierre L Enfant, was tasked with mapping out the city’s layout, and George Hoban worked up the design for the White House, but George Washington would never live there because he died in 1799 — a year before it was completed.


The Grateful American Book Prize recommends “Secrets of Our Nation’s Capital: Weird and Wonderful Facts About Washington, DC” by Susan Schader Lee.



Slavery abolished

On July 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln rounded up his cabinet and advisors to divulge his intention to issue an Emancipation Proclamation that would abolish slavery.


“Attempting to stitch together a nation mired in a bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln made a last ditch, but carefully calculated, executive decision regarding the institution of slavery in America. At the time of the meeting with his cabinet, things were not looking good for the Union. The Confederate Army had overcome Union troops in significant battles and Britain and France were set to officially recognize the Confederacy as a separate nation,” History.com reports.


Lincoln, however, waited until September 22, 1862, to release a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all enslaved people in the rebellious states — as of January 1, 1863.


The Grateful American Book Prize recommends “Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty” by Tonya Bolden.



Lawmakers’ first assembly

On July 30, 1619, the first legislature was assembled in Jamestown, Virginia.


According to History.com, “Earlier that year, the London Company, which had established the Jamestown settlement 12 years before, directed Virginia Governor Sir George Yeardley to summon a ‘General Assembly’ elected by the settlers, with every free adult male voting. Twenty-two representatives from the 11 Jamestown boroughs were chosen, and Master John Pory was appointed the assembly’s speaker.


On July 30, the House of Burgesses (an English word for “citizens”) convened for the first time. Its first law, which, like all its laws, would have to be approved by the London Company, required tobacco to be sold for at least three shillings per pound. Other laws passed during its first six-day session included prohibitions against gambling, drunkenness and idleness, and a measure that made Sabbath observance mandatory.”


The Grateful American Book Prize recommends James Horn’s “1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy.”



This feature is courtesy of The Grateful American Book Prize, which is an annual award given to authors who have created outstanding works of historical fiction or nonfiction for seventh to ninth graders. Visit them at gratefulamericanbookprize.com.




Webb’s First Image: light from 4.6 billion years ago

Kailash Kalidoss, Aerospace Enthusiast


NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched on December 25, 2021 has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. It is Webb’s First Deep Field image captured using the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam). Webb’s first image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail.


JWST is a collaboration between NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). JWST is currently in Lagrange point 2, also called L2, which is further beyond the earth’s moon orbit. This will keep Earth, Sun, and Moon all on the same side of the spacecraft all the time. This will mean that the net force of gravity acting on the telescope is nullified and the telescope has a stable orbit of its own. JWST unfolded to its functional dimensions en route to L2.


Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.

While the Hubble Space Telescope can now measure about 1,600 nanometres of wavelength, the JWST has extended this range to up to 30,000 nanometres. The first Webb image was unveiled at the White House on Jul 11, 2022. It is a composite made from images at different wavelengths, totaling 12.5 hours – achieving depths at infrared wavelengths beyond the Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields, which took weeks.


The image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago. The combined mass of this cluster produces the effect of a gravitational lens, magnifying much more detail behind it. Webb’s NIRCam has brought those distant galaxies into sharp focus – they have tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before. The scientific community will soon have much more in-depth access to the galaxies’ masses, ages, histories, and compositions, as Webb seeks the earliest galaxies in the universe that were formed after the big bang with the ability to analyze light from around 13.8 billion years ago.


In addition, the scientific community also hopes to uncover more information about exoplanets and also find new exoplanets, especially isolating the ones that show biosignatures through their chemical composition.



Kailash Kalidoss is an aerospace enthusiast and educator serving the Bay Area. Kailash first fell in love with aerospace as a teenager when he learned about aviation from his father’s role as a Ground Operations Manager. Kailash has since spent his efforts sharing knowledge about aerospace, astronautics, aviation, science and technology, and of course, the night sky. Kailash also represents the Civil Air Patrol and NASA as a volunteer.




News and notes from around the world

Submitted by The Association of Mature American Citizens



The experts say that your rubber tires will not stop lightning from striking your car, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC). It’s a lesson that Mr. and Mrs. Edward Whalen learned the hard way as they were driving in a storm near Tampa, Florida recently. Edward was in his truck and Michelle was behind him in her car when a bolt of lightning struck the truck and proceeded to hit her car. It was a fierce storm and it was all caught on video from Michelle’s car. A county deputy, Kristen Miceli, happened to be driving in the next lane and saw the whole thing. No one was injured.



If you are old enough, you may recall the frenzy Brigitte Bardot and her bikini caused around the world in the 1952 French film “The Girl in the Bikini,” recall the folks at the AMAC. At first it was scandalous. Some 68 years later, we’ve become accustomed to the skimpy swim suit. But the fact is that the bikini actually made its debut in 1946 when on July 5th fashion icon Louis Reard first introduced the two-piece bathing suit. Because it was so “explosive” he named it the “bikini” after America’s famous nuclear test that took place on Bikini Atoll in July of 1945. Thus, the annual celebration of International Bikini Day takes place on July the 5th. See video about National Bikini Day on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF4w09w1-dw.


Ritzy spuds

A side of French fries goes for a couple of bucks in most eateries, says AMAC. But at the pricey Serendipity3 restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan they don’t call them French fries, they call them Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites and they will set you back $200. After all it’s not just potatoes fried up by a hash slinger, it takes a genuine culinarian to do the cooking and a list of ingredients that few of us have ever encountered: Chipperbeck potatoes, Dom Perignon Champagne, J. LeBlanc French Champagne Ardenne Vinegar, cage-free goose fat from France, Guerande Truffle Salt, truffle oil, Crete Senesi Pecorino Tartufello cheese, shaved black summer truffles from Italy, truffle butter, organic A2 100% grass fed cream from Jersey Cows, Gruyere Truffled Swiss Raclette and a topping of 23-karat edible gold dust. See video about the French fries at Serendipity 3 on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z39vomxhrlE.



The Association of Mature American Citizens is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing membership in Washington, D.C. and in local congressional districts nationwide. More information is available on its website at www.amac.us.




Park It: Nature programs in regional parks

By Ned MacKay


Lots of interesting nature programs are on the schedule in coming days in the East Bay Regional Park District. Here are just a few options, all of them free activities available without advance registration:


“Nuts About Squirrels” is the theme of Family Nature Fun Hour from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Doug Siden Visitor Center at Crab Cove in Alameda. Discover what it’s like to be a squirrel on the ground or in the trees. The program repeats on Sunday, July 24 at the same time.


The visitor center is at 1253 McKay Avenue off Alameda’s Central Avenue. For information, call (510) 544-3187.



Nature-themed games, crafts and other activities are the plan for a naturalist-led Beach Break from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day at the West Beach swim area in Del Valle Regional Park south of Livermore. When the West Beach is closed, Beach Break takes place in front of the visitor center.


Or you can join in a campfire program from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Saturday until August 27 and September 3, when the program is from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. All programs are at the campground amphitheater. Non-campers are welcome, too. Del Valle is at the end of Del Valle Road off Mines Road about nine miles south of town. There’s a parking fee of $6 per vehicle.



There’s also a campfire program from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday at Anthony Chabot Campground, featuring games, songs, photos and stories about the park after dark. Non-campers are welcome. The campground is reached via Marciel Gate on Redwood Road about halfway between Oakland and Castro Valley. For information, call (510) 544-3187.



Insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods are the focus of a program from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 24 at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch, with naturalist Kevin Dixon.


Meet Kevin at the park’s innermost parking lot on Somersville Road, about 3½ miles south of Highway 4, for a safari in search of the leggy critters. Black Diamond Mines has a parking fee of $5 per vehicle when the kiosk is attended. The program is free. For information, call (510) 544-2768.


Arthropods are also the topic of a program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley.


Meet naturalist Trent Pearce at Tilden’s Environmental Education Center for a short walk to find some of the field- and forest-dwellers. The center is at the north end of Tilden’s Central Park Drive. For information, call (510) 544-2233.



Wednesday Walks are a series of naturalist-led hikes exploring various regional parks. There’s one from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on July 27 at Anthony Chabot Regional Park.


Meet the naturalist at Clyde Woolridge Staging Area at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Grass Valley Road in Oakland. This is about a six-mile trek on the Goldenrod, Columbine and Cascade Trails. No toilets along the way. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress for the weather. For information, call (510) 544-3187.



This is just a partial list. To view more programs, visit the park district website, www.ebparks.org and click on “Things To Do” at the top of the home page.






Getting Mars samples back to Earth: Perseverance searching for landing sites

By Brianna Wessling


NASA’s Perseverance Rover has spent over a year on Mars, exploring the planet and collecting nine samples from rocks and soil, so far, to someday bring back to Earth. In early July, the rover started scouting spots for the planned Mars Sample Return (MSR) Campaign to land.


For NASA’s return campaign, Perseverance is looking for a relatively flat, lander-friendly site close to the Jezero Crater’s ancient river delta, where the rover is currently collecting samples. Rocks and undulating surfaces could make it too difficult for a lander to touch down, so the team is looking for a pancake-like zone with a 200-foot radius.


The team has been scouting out an area on Mars, called the “landing strip” by the MSR team, from spacecrafts in orbit. But this is the first time the team is getting an up-close look at it with Perseverance.


“We had been eyeing these locations since before Perseverance’s landing, but imagery from orbit can only tell you so much,” Al Chen, MSR systems engineering and integration manager at JPL, said. “Now we have some up-close-and-personal shots of the landing strip that indicate we were right on the money. The landing strip will more than likely make our shortlist of potential landing and caching sites for MSR.”


The MSR Campaign aims to retrieve and deliver samples from Mars to Earth for intensive study in laboratories. The team is especially looking for signs of past microscopic life on the planet.


The first stage of the campaign, collecting samples of rock and sediment from the planet, has been underway since Perseverance landed in February 2021. The rover collected its ninth sample from the river delta on July 8. Perseverance cored its first rock in September 2021 and collected two samples from it. The rover is a 2022 Robotics Business Review 50 Innovation Award winner for the achievement.


The rover is equipped 43 sample tubes that it hopes to bring back to Earth. NASA is collaborating with its partners at the European Space Agency (ESA) to send another lander to Mars that will be equipped with another rover which will travel to Perseverance to collect its samples.


Also on board the lander will be a rocket that will take the samples to an ESA spacecraft orbiting Mars. In the orbiter, the capsule will be prepped for its final trip to Earth. The orbiter will need to seal the sample, sterilize the seal and place the sample into an Earth entry capsule. From there, it’ll be sent to Earth.



Brianna Wessling is an Associate Editor, Robotics, WTWH Media. She can be reached at bwessling@wtwhmedia.com




Eight intoxicating garden infusions

By Daniel O'Donnell


An egg to be served by itself can be boiled, fried, poached, scrambled or baked. Each of these cooking methods creates slightly different offerings. However, by combining different ingredients, an egg becomes unrecognizable in the final concoction. Egg yolks, butter and lemon juice are used to make hollandaise sauce. Yolks, clarified butter and white wine vinegar are combined to make béarnaise sauce. Egg whites, sugar, vanilla extract and crème of tartar can be whisked together to make a meringue topping. Similar remarkable transformations can be tasted when different sprits are infused with plants from the garden.


An alcohol infusion is made by steeping fruits, herbs or other foods in a liquor. Finding or leaving fruit in the bottom of a container created the earliest alcohol infused juices, possibly over 100,000 years ago. Through the ages, the process was refined making the creation of straight alcohols such as vodka, whiskey, and rum possible. However, many people never stopped creating juice infusions or infusing those purer liquors with fruits and herbs available to them. Today, Bay Area gardens are full of plants and fruits that make great-tasting alcohol infusions.


A sealable container and a cheesecloth or other strainer for removing flavor-imparting ingredients is all the equipment needed to begin a basic infusion. A high-quality alcohol should be used, especially to complement spices with subtle flavors. 1-part of infusing ingredients to 16-parts alcohol is a good general ratio for basic infusions. 80 proof liquors are best for extracting flavors from fresh ingredients, while 90 proof and above are better at showcasing tastes from dried contents. Always chop ingredients. Avoid mincing or using fruits and plants that break down easily as they are hard to strain. Infusing at room temperature is ideal in most cases.


It is best to keep the infusion recipe simple at first. Use a single ingredient from the yard or a few that pair well together. Cocktail recipes make good guidelines for deciding which type of alcohol to use. Many tequila drinks incorporate citrus slices or juices. Whiskey cocktails often use blueberries, cherries or apples. Vodka, having no pronounced flavor, is a common base for practically any flavored mixed drink. Besides creating one’s own infusion, there are many true and tried recipes. Below are some worth trying:


All bottles in the recipes are 750 ml unless otherwise stated, and each infusion should be shaken gently periodically.


Limoncello: 10 lemons, 3 ½ cups warm water, 2 ½ cups sugar, and 1 bottle of vodka. Shave lemons with a vegetable peeler. Remove any pith. Add lemon peels and vodka to a container. Dissolve sugar in warm water and combine with vodka and lemon peels. Infuse for one to four weeks, depending on desired citrus taste. Strain into a decorative bottle and store in the freezer.


Lavender Gin: 6 tsp fresh lavender blossoms and 1 bottle of floral gin. Place blossoms in a jar, pour in gin, seal, gently shake and let stand. Lavender blossoms can over-infuse making gin bitter tasting, so sample after five hours. If not ready, taste every hour until gin is fragrant. Strain into a decorative bottle.


Scented Geranium Vodka: 1 cup of loosely packed scented geranium leaves and 1 bottle of vodka. Gently crush geranium leaves before adding them to a container. Cover with vodka, seal, and let infuse for two days. Strain into a decorative bottle.


Apple Pie Bourbon: 3 sliced apples, 3 cinnamon sticks, 10 – 12 whole cloves, ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 bottle of bourbon. Combine all ingredients in a container and seal. Let stand for two weeks. Strain into a bottle, or for presentation purposes, into three mason jars and add apple slices back in.


Nasturtium Rum: Enough nasturtium flowers to loosely fill a 750 ml container or 3 smaller ones and 1 bottle of pale rum. Cover flowers with rum, seal, and steep for up to three weeks. Strain into a decorative bottle.


Rose Petal Vodka: Enough rose petals to fill a 750 ml container or 3 smaller ones, 2 tbsp of sugar, 1 bottle of vodka. Pour sugar and vodka over rose petals, seal, and infuse for no more than 3 days. Strain into a decorative bottle.


Lemon Balm Liquor: 3 cups of lemon balm leaves, zest of 3 lemons, 1 cup honey, and 1 bottle of vodka. Gently crush lemon balm leaves and combine with all other ingredients in a jar and seal. Infuse for four to six weeks and strain into a decorative bottle.


Homemade Gin: 2 tbsp of juniper berries, ¾ tsp coriander seeds, ¼ tsp allspice, a 3-inch peel of any citrus fruit, 1 bottle of 100 proof vodka, and about a ¼ tsp of any botanicals sourced from the garden. Botanicals could include lavender, rosemary, yarrow flowers, yerba buena leaves, or any other plant with a pronounced flavor. Combine ingredients and infuse for one month or so until taste is satisfactory.


When plants and fruits from the garden are used to transform a bottle of alcohol into a delectable drink, the enjoyment it brings is just as intoxicating as the beauty of the plants and flowers themselves.



Daniel O'Donnell is the co-owner and operator of an organic landscape design/build company in Fremont. www.Chrysalis-Gardens.com




Journey down the rabbit hole with San Leandro Players in Harvey

By Hugo Vera


As Mark Twain once wrote, “Happiness and sanity are an impossible combination.” Such is the underlying theme of the San Leandro Players’ production of Harvey. Directed by Dana M. Fry and based on the 1945 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase, Harvey is an endearing story that balances magic realism with relevant social commentary.


Set in the 1930s United States, this production centers around eccentric socialite Elwood Dowd who comes into a massive fortune after inheriting his mother’s estate. When Elwood insists that he has befriended Harvey, an invisible talking rabbit who stands at over six feet tall, Elwood’s sister Veta Simmons takes matters into her own hands and attempts to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. Over the course of this roughly two-and-a-half-hour play (counting intermission), Veta’s attempt to commit Elwood evolves into a journey of self-discovery for various members of the Dowd family as well as those around them.


Front and center of this ensemble is Keith Jefferds who plays Elwood. Jefferds’ portrayal of Elwood is the absolute crux of the play as he juxtaposes the charismatic and humorous side of Elwood with profound, introspective monologues that contain a timely message despite the play being a “period piece.” Complementing Jefferds’ performance as Elwood is Terry Guillory’s performance as Veta Simmons. Jefferds and Guillory’s on-stage chemistry effectively conveys the obvious power struggle between the two siblings as Elwood’s devotion to Harvey undermines Veta’s well-meaning but ultimately superficial motive to have her brother exiled. =


The supporting cast composed of (but not limited to) Zoe Novic as Myrtle Mae Simmons (Veta’s headstrong daughter), Thomas Farley as the methodical Dr. William Chumley and Kathy Blumenfeld as sanitarium nurse Ruth Kelly all bring a unique flair to these characters as their individual arcs take form under the overarching quest to accept Harvey’s existence and recognize the ghostly rabbit’s contribution to the wellness of the Dowd family.


In addition to the on-stage performances, the set-design is top-tier. Despite the smaller, more intimate confines of the San Leandro Museum Auditorium where the play is held, the set’s clever use of props and multiple points-of-entry help distinguish which scenes are set in the Dowd residence and which are set in the sanitarium. The expert work of the sound booth is also evident in this production as the pre-recorded sounds of party-chatter and downtown “white noise” further aid in the audience’s suspension of disbelief.


As a whole, this production will most definitely be enjoyed by adults. While nothing in this play is excessively crude or suggestive, the “dark-humorous” aspects of this play as well as its commentary on topics such as classism, gender roles and mental health are obviously intended for mature audiences. Those who enjoy the “slice-of-life” genre as well as fans of the 1950 and 1996 film adaptations of Harvey will surely enjoy the San Leandro Players’ production.


Health and Safety: Masks must be worn and proof of vaccination is needed for entry.




Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, August 14

Saturdays: 8 p.m.

Sundays: 2 p.m.

Fridays, Aug 5 & 12: 8:00 p.m.

San Leandro Museum Auditorium,

320 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro

Enter through back courtyard


Admission: $20 for general, $15 for seniors, under 12 and students with ID




Fremont City Council

July 12, 2022


Consent Calendar:

  • Continue meetings via videoconference until Augusts 9, 2022.
  • Authorize contract with California Department on Aging for Senior Services.
  • Authorize playground maintenance contract with SpectraTurf, Inc. in an amount not-to-exceed $891,344.
  • Authorize wage increase and amend employment agreement with City Attorney Rafael E. Alvarado Jr.
  • Authorize wage increase and amend employment agreement with City Manager Karena McGee Shackelford.


Ceremonial Items:

  • Proclaim National Night Out Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Public Affairs Manager Amy Gi accepted the proclamation.
  • Ceremonial presentation of painting to City of Fremont by Michi Yee, President of Country Club of Washington Township.
  • Proclaim Summer Learning Week, July 11-15, 2022. Community Service Director Suzanne Wolf and Recreation Superintendent Irene Jordahl.


Public Communications:

  • Comment about police report completeness including name and status.
  • Return Fremont Boulevard through Centerville to two lanes in each direction.
  • Unreported moving violations in annual financial report.


Items Removed from Consent:

  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with Fremont Police Association.
  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with Fremont Association of Management Employees.
  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with Fremont Fire Fighters.
  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with Fremont Battalion Chiefs.
  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with Professional Engineers and Technicians Association.
  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with Teamsters Local 856.
  • Approve successor Memorandum of Understanding with City of Fremont Employee Association.

PASSED 6-1 J(Nay, Kassan)



Scheduled Items:

  • Public Hearing of draft of 2023-2031 Housing Element
  • Amend Fremont Municipal Code authorizing salary increase for Mayor and Council Members to take effect when “new” council is installed (December 2022). PASSED 6-1 (Nay, Salwan)



Mayor Lili Mei                                               Aye

Vice Mayor Raj Salwan, District 5                Aye, 1 Nay

Teresa Keng, District 1                                   Aye

Rick Jones, District 2                                      Aye

Jenny Kassan, District 3                                 Aye, 1 Nay

Yang Shao, District 4                                     Aye

Teresa Cox, District 6                                     Aye




Newark City Council

July 14, 2022



  • Introduction of employees Rebecca Hicks, Recreation Coordinator at Newark Senior Center and Alysia Reyes, Junior Engineer
  • Proclamation for the Portuguese Fraternal Society of American Council Holy Ghost Festival 99th anniversary
  • Public Works Director Soren Fajeau recognized for 25 years of service with the City of Newark


Consent Calendar:

  • Approval of audited demands
  • Approval of June 23, 2022 special and regular meeting minutes
  • Adopt a resolution finding that there is a proclaimed state of emergency; authorizing continued remote teleconference meetings


Public Hearing

  • Hearing to consider property owners’ objections and adopt a resolution confirming the Superintendent of streets’ report concerning weed abatement


Other Business

  • Newark Railroad Quiet Zone Study presentation
  • Ordinance amending Newark Municipal Code to increase salaries of City Councilmembers and Mayor by 10 percent. Motion passed; (3-1-1) Nay (Bucci), Absent (Freitas)


City Council Matters:

  • Newark library providing free student lunches all summer
  • Newark Mariachi Festival Sunday, July 24
  • Mayor Nagy and council member Sucy Collazo will not be running for re-election



Mayor Alan Nagy                               Aye

Vice Mayor Michael Hannon             Aye

Luis Freitas                                         Absent

Sucy Collazo                                       Aye

Michael Bucci                                     Aye, 1 Nay




Union City City Council

July 12, 2022


Proclamations and Presentations:

  • Proclamation recognizing July as Parks and Recreation Month.
  • Fourth of July After-Action oral report, Police Chief Jared Rinetti.


Consent Calendar:

  • Waived further reading of proposed ordinance (this permits reading the title only in lieu of reciting the entire text of any proposed ordinance).
  • Approve the minutes of city council meetings held on June 28, 2022.
  • Adopt a resolution designating voting delegate and alternate delegate for League of California Cities Annual Conference – September 7-9, 2022 in Long Beach.
  • Adopt a resolution accepting Measure B, Measure BB and Measure F Vehicle Registration Fee Audit Reports.
  • Reaffirm a State of Emergency resolution to continue conducting city legislative board meetings remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic health and safety concerns for another 30 days beginning July 12.


Public Hearings

  • Conduct a public hearing and adopt a resolution confirming the assessment and order the levy for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No 3 for fiscal year 2022-23.
  • Conduct a public hearing and adopt a resolution approving site development review for the development of two 5-story buildings containing 123 affordable rental housing units at 33945 7th St.


City Manager Reports:

  • Consider and adopt a resolution asking voters at the November 8, 2022 election to consider a nine-year extension of the existing voter-approved local one-half cent transactions and use (sales) tax with no increase in tax rate to maintain city services.



Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci  Aye

Vice Mayor Pat Gacoscos     Aye

Emily Duncan                       Aye

Jaime Patiño                          Aye

Gary Singh                            Aye




League announces Voter Information Book

Submitted by Angelina Reyes, President, League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark, and Union City


League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City, a nonpartisan civic organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, announced that it is planning the (eleventh) edition of the Voter Information Book (VIB) for the upcoming 2022 elections. The League is extending an open invitation to all candidates running for elected positions in Fremont, Newark and Union City in the November 8th election to participate. If there are local ballot measures, opponents and proponents may also choose to be part of the VIB.


Many candidates cannot afford expensive personal direct mailers to get their message to voters. VIB has been a highly successful alternative in previous elections where candidates for local office have leveraged a cost-effective method.


Candidates may design and submit two pages of information combining text and graphic elements. The collected pages will be assembled into a book according to the order in which the office appears on the ballot. A VIB will be delivered to each household in the Tri-Cities by the US post office. All participating candidates share the cost of the book with the cost decreasing per candidate as more candidates participate. The cost per household contact should be much less when compared to mailing an individual piece.


The Project Chair said, “It is expensive to run a campaign. We are attempting to level the playing field so that qualified candidates who are considering running for office will have a more affordable means of getting their message across to the voting public.”


When filing closes August 17, 2022, all candidates who have provided contact information will be notified of this year’s opportunity and requirements. Those candidates who are interested in participating should visit lwvfnuc.org to find more information, view a copy of VIB 2020 and register to participate. The book requires a minimum number of candidates to participate in order to make it cost-efficient.


Voters will get the information needed to make educated and informed voting decisions while candidates get their message across to the voting public at great value by participation in the League of Women Voters “VIB 2022.”



Voter Information Book 2022





Alameda County Fire Department Log

Submitted by ACFD


Thursday, July 14

  • At 5 p.m. firefighters responded to a residential structure fire on Sunnyside Drive in San Leandro. Upon arrival, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the house. They contained the fire within 30 minutes; there were no injuries.




BART Police Log

Submitted by Les Mensinger and BART PD


Saturday, July 9

  • At 2:37 a.m. a man identified by police as Terrance Bell, 31, of Redwood City was arrested at Milpitas station on suspicion of trespassing on railroad property. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.



Sunday, July 10

  • At 6:15 p.m. a man identified by police as Jose Cervantesnoriega, 47, of Hayward was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and on outstanding warrants. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.



Monday, July 11

  • At 6:10 a.m. a woman identified by police as Keturah Carlisle, 46, of Oakland was arrested at San Leandro station on suspicion of assault and resisting an officer and a warrant. She was booked at Santa Rita Jail and issued a prohibition order.


  • At 9:04 a.m. a man identified by police as John Moss, 56, of San Francisco was contacted by officers while on the trackway between Bay Fair station in San Leandro and Hayward station. He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on transit property and battery on an officer. After being medically cleared, he was booked at Santa Rita Jail and issued a prohibition order.


  • At 12:13 p.m. two men, identified by police as Manuel Ponce, 58, and Joseph Martinez, 59, both of Hayward were arrested at Fremont station on outstanding warrants and booked at Santa Rita Jail.



Wednesday, July 13

  • At 6:30 a.m. a person identified by police as Keveen Satchel, 26, of Oakland was contacted at Warm Springs/South Fremont station on suspicion of fare evasion. A record check showed two outstanding misdemeanor warrants totaling $25,000 in bail. Satchel was booked at Santa Rita Jail.


  • At 11:50 a.m. a person identified by police as Hasani Bell, 24, of Union City was contacted on the platform at Union City station on suspicion of fare evasion. A record check showed an outstanding $20,000 warrant issued in Union City. Bell was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail.


  • At 7:17 p.m. a man identified by police as Ruben Blankas, 46, of Antioch was arrested at Bay Fair station in San Leandro on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and on a warrant. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail.




Emergency crisis line goes live

Submitted by Milpitas Police Department


For people who are experiencing a personal or emotional crisis and need help right away, a new telephone resource service is now available in Milpitas and neighboring communities.


By dialing or texting to 988 callers have access to trained counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use and other mental health crises. Service is also available online at 988Lifeline.org. The service launched July 16 in Milpitas and is available 24-hours a day.


  • How does 988 differ from 911?

People who call 988 will be connected to trained crisis counselors and local crisis care resources, which are distinct from 911, which dispatches paramedics, firefighters, and police to emergencies as needed. The 911 system generally does not attempt to provide counseling and crisis resolution over the phone. Rather, 911 is designed to quickly triage calls so that emergency personnel can be dispatched to a caller's location as soon as possible. The intention behind 988 is that mental health crises will get an emergency mental health response, rather than a police or paramedic response.


  • Not sure which number to call?

988 is 24/7 crisis and support for anyone who needs help. It can be used when having thoughts of suicide, mental health crisis, or substance use crisis. Mental health crises that don't require additional intervention can be handled by 988 operators.


In some situations, such as suicide or imminent risk of suicide, a medical emergency, a violent crime in progress or another scenario in which someone's physical health or safety are involved, callers should dial 911.


  • How do calls route to 988?

988 is NOT like 911. The way that calls are routed for 988 are based on the area code of the caller. For example, if a caller has a 916-area code and they call from Santa Clara County to 988, the call would be routed the Sacramento area crisis center.


Not all call centers are open 24/7, some may shut down and certain centers of the 200 in the network are assigned as backup or overflow centers. Backup or overflow centers also are provided to ensure that no one gets a busy signal when they call 988.


More information about the new dialing code is available on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website at samhsa.gov/find-help/988.




A family affair

Submitted by Union City Police Department


For the first time in its 56-year history, Union City Police Department has a father and daughter on its roster of police officers. When Madison Geldermann was sworn in as an officer in early July she joined her father, veteran officer Nate Geldermann on the force serving the Union City community.




Multiple arrests made in 2021 homicide

Submitted by Hayward Police Department


Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of a Hayward man who was found lying injured on a street near downtown Hayward in late 2021 and later died.


In a July 13 statement, officials from Hayward Police Department (HPD) said the suspects, ranging in age from 19 to 48, were taken into custody following months of investigation by involving several East Bay police departments.


The case started Monday, October 4, 2021 when officers were called to the 400 block of W. A St. at about 6:50 p.m. to investigate a report of an injured male who was unconscious on the ground. Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel found the victim, later identified as Yeison Toroc, 25, of Hayward. Police said Toroc suffered injuries consistent with being assaulted and was taken to a hospital where he died.


Throughout the course of the investigation, six suspects were identified and, on June 30, 2022, four were placed under arrest. These arrests were made as a result of a multi-jurisdictional operation with assistance from Union City Police Department, Fremont Police Department, Oakland Police Department and San Leandro Police Department.


Police identified the first four arrests as:

  • Cristian Inocencio, 19, of Fremont
  • Daniel Angulo-Armenta, 20, of Hayward
  • Jonathan Delacruz, 24, of Union City
  • Kevin Gonzalez, 27, of Hayward


On July 5, 2022, a fifth suspect, identified by police as Juan Navarro, 48, of Hayward was taken into custody by Hayward Police Department. Then, on July 13, through the collaborative effort with and assistance from the South Monterey County Task Force, HPD Detectives took the sixth and final suspect, into custody, they identified him as Victor Lucero, 31, of Oakland.


A homicide investigation is continuing and police are asking that anyone with information to contact HPD Detective Justin Green at (510) 293-7176.




Letter to the editor


I’m writing about the ban on autonomous tractors [The Robot Report, July 5]. They should ban them. I don’t like them at all and I don’t care for them. I feel the same way about cars too.


They are over doing it with all this autonomous technology you can’t trust at all. It’s all a bunch of junk. It’s not safe at all. I have some tractors that you sit on and drive, that is the best way and the right way. I don’t like robots, I don’t believe in them, they are stupid.


I hope Mike Oitzman reads this letter and what I have to say about this. I’ve never heard of Monarch Tractors.


Leonard F. Rose





East Bay Swim League upcoming Championship

Submitted by Bob Rogers


The 43rd Annual East Bay Swim League (EBSL) Championships is coming up. This is EBSL’s first championship since 2019 and everyone in the league, including volunteers, coaches and swimmers are excited to hold this event again. Typically, this is a one-day event, but this year, due to Covid and the need to reduce the number of people at the event, it will be two days. 13 – 18-year-olds will compete on Friday, July 22 and four – 12-year-olds on Saturday, July 23 at Chabot College.


Each team is allowed 100 swimmers who compete in the medley relay, individual freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, 100-yard individual medley (combo of all 4 strokes) and freestyle relay. Scores from both days will be combined and the League Champion and announced on Saturday afternoon.


EBSL started over 30 years ago to help develop the love of swimming in the East Bay. The purpose of EBSL, is to provide young swimmers with an opportunity for summer recreational swimming competition, in an atmosphere that fosters sportsmanship, team spirit, cooperation and respect for the other swimmers and the league.


It was started in the Hayward area, but has spread to Southern Fremont, Newark, San Leandro and Castro Valley. Each year EBSL hosts its championship meet where all teams in the league compete to determine the overall league champion.



East Bay Swim League Championship

Friday, Jul 23 – Saturday, July 24

Friday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Chabot College

25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward





Growing local cricket scene

By Eric Donato


On any given weekend in the Bay Area, public park athletic fields are busy with organized sports activities. In the East Bay region, amidst baseball, softball and soccer games, there is a growing presence of cricket games. To the uninitiated, the game appears to be a peculiar version of baseball with familiar pitching, batting, fielding and runs. One can't also help but observe the differences, including the running start before releasing the ball, three sticks behind the batter, and indirect trajectory of the ball pitched, which involves a ground bounce before being hit with a flat-sided bat.


Unlike baseball, cricket is played with two bases on opposite ends of a strip, each with a batter in the middle of concentric play areas. Cricket is far from a novelty sport. After all, historically, it predates American baseball by hundreds of years. The sport of baseball as we know it is, in fact, a derivative of cricket. Cricket has a massive global following with an avid fan base and is a popular mainstream sport across Europe, West Indies, Oceana and South Asia.


Though the popularity of cricket in America is relatively small compared to overseas, the local Bay Area cricket scene is well and thriving as an organized sport. Sustaining the sport is championed primarily by the established and growing generations of South Asian communities. There are 56 registered clubs listed on the Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA), with a rotation of about a dozen teams actively participating in league tournaments across its many divisions and formats at some point in the year. When one asks, “when does the local cricket season start?” the appropriate answer is “all the time.” The NCCA league calendar is busy year-round, with twelve or more series tournaments, some running concurrently and in short succession.


NCCA President Ganesh Sanap boasts, “the Bay Area is the only area in the world where 12 months of Cricket is played.” Tri-City-based NCCA clubs include, but are not limited to, Fremont Warriors CC, Cougars CC, Indus Cricket Club, Union City CC, All Stars Cricket Club, East Bay CC, Afghan Zwanan CC, Kings CC and Bay Area Cricket Club. The local cricket league scene is also not limited to NCCA. There is also Bay Area Cricket Alliance (BACA), CricBay, and Tennisball Cricket Association (TCA).


Rath Shetty, Fremont resident and organizer of Warm Springs Tennis Ball Cricket League (WCL), currently with ten active teams, started the independent cricket league a few years ago. He said, “We follow the Indian Premier League (IPL) modern format and adopted the use of a modern tennis ball as an alternative to the hard leather ball, a standard in the traditional game format.”


Shetty added that the type of cricket game format played in WCL is referred to as “20-20.” This cricket game format is more suitable locally because you don't have to play an all-day game or use a hard leather ball that requires special protective equipment. He shared that part of the motivation for starting a local Warm Springs cricket league was the opportunity to play with every team in the league. “The other established leagues are more competitive, so your team has to climb different divisions. And with so many teams, you don't get the chance to play all the teams.” He added “most WCL teams are from Warm Springs Cricket Club (WCC), with the majority from Fremont and Union City, but we also have registered teams from Pleasanton.”


Despite the growth and expanse of the local cricket scene, it is not without its challenges. NCCA three-term president, Ganesh Sanap, pointed out that “building dedicated cricket fields would make a big difference in the local growth of the sport. We could play night games, or seniors could get involved more. A few league organizers are addressing this with representation at the city level.” Soccer and school baseball fields are typically repurposed for cricket games. The fields are playable, but remain subpar with the ideal standard turf for professional cricket matches.


The regulation pitch area where the ball is bowled is typically made of grass and clay, which is expensive to maintain. Bhavani Peddada, one of the NCCA organizers and local coach, explained, “ideally, the grass should be kept to about two inches or even a quarter inch for international cricket quality.” Like golf, the quality of grass could determine the roll and bounce of the cricket ball after being hit, a critical factor in fielding. The lack of standard playing grounds is hardly a deterrent as NCCA continues to thrive. Ganesh Sanap says “we even drive down to Southern California for inter-league games.”


Sanap, Shetty and Peddada all have a positive outlook the local cricket scene. Peddada added that the youth have a growing participation. He said, “we have after-school programs, summer cricket camps and it is even played as a school sport. We are taking the kids, putting them in camps. coaching them and building teams.” They also noted the growing involvement of girls in the game.


You can catch a game played most weekends locally at the Fremont Sports complex next to Lake Elizabeth, Northgate Park, Sea Breeze Park in Union City, Irvington Park or NCCA Livermore Cricket Ground.



To learn more about local cricket, leagues, teams, club registration, and more, visit:

Warm Springs Cricket Club (WCC): www.cricclubs.com/WCLBayarea

Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA): www.cricclubs.com/NCCA

Bay Area Cricket Alliance (BACA): www.bayareacricket.org




Honor Roll


University of Findlay, Ohio

Spring 2022 Deans List

  • Elaine Ng of Fremont
  • Joshua Cheng of Castro Valley


Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Yuankai Cai of Milpitas
  • Yulun Hsiao of Fremont


Rochester Institute of Technology

Spring 2022 Dean’s List

  • Audrey McIntosh of Newark
  • Nelson Palacios Arrechea of Hayward
  • Amanda Bui of Fremont


University of Utah

Spring 2022 graduates

  • Julianna Tran of Union City
  • Madasyn Mcglothlin of Fremont
  • Alleliahamabelle Nuguid of Fremont
  • Alawna Sullivan-Jimenez of Hayward




Fremont students win top academic award

Submitted by Laura Forrest


Officials from Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) recently announced that seven district students have been named 2022 National Merit Scholarship winners.


The FUSD students are among more than 1,200 high school seniors/recent graduates announced July 11 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which awards these scholarships to National Merit Finalists who plan to attend the U.S. college or university financing the award.


American High School

  • Lucas C. Gobaco
  • Arjo Goswami
  • Akshat N. Parikh


Irvington High School

  • Vinay Patil


Mission San Jose High School

  • Sahiti Alladi
  • Chloe L. Lin


Washington High School

  • Jack Peng


“Our outstanding students continue to excel, thanks in large part to our phenomenal educators and wider community that supports each of our students to succeed in academics and beyond. I congratulate our graduates and these scholarship recipients on all they achieved in the past school year, and wish them well in the new chapters they’ve just begun,” said FUSD Superintendent CJ Cammack.


The latest winners bring FUSD’s total National Merit Scholars to 47 from the Class of 2022. In June 2022, seven FUSD students were named winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. In April 2022, nine FUSD students were named winners of corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. In May 2022, 24 FUSD students were named as winners of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.


Seniors from each comprehensive high school in FUSD, 169 in all, were named 2022 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in September 2021. Finalists must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Scholarship winners also submitted applications demonstrating their academic record, community service, leadership, employment and honors/awards received.


More information about the awards is posted on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation webpage at www.nationalmerit.org.




Florida man tries to flee deputies on a riding lawn mower

Associated Press


CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP), July 10 — Florida deputies used a taser to stop a man who tried to avoid arrest by fleeing on a lawn mower on July 9.


The Okaloosa County sheriff's office said it was trying to serve arrest warrants on the 40-year-old man and found him on the mower in a backyard. They shouted at him to stop and get on the ground when he tried to escape on the mower.


Deputies chased him on foot before using the taser. When he was finally caught deputies found him with a revolver, a handcuff key and a pipe with methamphetamine residue. He is facing charges of grand theft, grand theft of a vehicle, felony criminal mischief, two counts of resisting an officer, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed handcuff key, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony failure and other counts.




Teen saves police officer and 3 others from drowning

Newsfinder from AP


MOSS POINT, Miss (AP) Jul 06 2022 — City officials are commending a Mississippi teen for saving a police officer and three teenage girls from drowning in the Pascagoula River.


Corion Evans, 16, jumped into the river around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after he saw a car drive off the I-10 boat launch. The driver of the vehicle said she was following her GPS and did not realize she was headed for the water's edge, according to a Moss Point Police Department news release Wednesday.


Evans and one of his friends, Karon Bradley, jumped in and helped get the teenagers inside the vehicle onto the roof, WLOX-TV reported.


Moss Point police officer Gary Mercer was called to the scene and said Evans was already in the water when he arrived. Mercer said he jumped into the river and began assisting one of the teenagers before she panicked and caused him to go underwater. Evans then helped Mercer and the teenager reach the shore.


“If Mr. Evans had not assisted, the situation could have turned out differently, instead of all occupants being rescued safely,” said Moss Point Chief of Police Brandon Ashley.


The Moss Point mayor and board of aldermen presented Evans with a certificate of commendation for his actions Tuesday night.


“We are proud of the young man for having the courage to forget about himself and jump into the water,” Mayor Billy Knight told The Associated Press. “It's not often enough that you see people put others above themselves.”









Monday – Friday, June 22 – July 22

Words for Lunch

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Lunch and reading activities

Hayward Public Library, Heritage Plaza

888 C St., Hayward



Monday – Saturday, July 1 – July 31

Sunrise and Sunset

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Watercolor/pastel paintings by Robin Scholl

Portola Art Gallery

Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park



Monday – Friday, July 5 – August 11

Climate Change: Endangered Planet

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artists reflect on our climate emergency

John O’Lague Galleria

Hayward City Hall

777 B St., Hayward

(510) 581-4050



Monday and Wednesday, June 22 – July 22

Words for Lunch

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Lunch and reading activities

Mia’s Dream Come True All Abilities Playground

28377 Huntwood Ave., Hayward



Tuesday – Saturday, July 12 – July 30

Bissell Empty the Shelters $

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Adopt a dog, rabbit, kitten or cat for $20

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward





San Lorenzo Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 pm.

1062 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo




Newark Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6430 Thornton Ave., Newark



First Thursdays

Plethos Comedy Lab $

8 p.m.

Ever-changing lineup of Bay Area comics (18+)

Castro Valley Marketplace Lab 200

3295 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley


Tickets: $10


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Patterson House Tours

11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Tour the Patterson House Museum

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Animal Feeding

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check for eggs and feed livestock

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Ride the Rails

10:20 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Travel on the train through the eucalyptus groves

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(888) 327-2757



Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 31

Picasso at the Lapin Agile $

Fri/Sat: 8 p.m., Sun: 6 p.m.

Comedy imagines a meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein

Chanticleers Theater

3683 Quail Ave., Castro Valley



$27 General Admission; $22 Senior/student


Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, July 16 – Aug 14

San Leandro Players Present: Harvey $

Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

Fridays 8/5 and 8/12: 8 p.m.

San Leandro Museum/Auditorium

320 West Estudillo Ave, San Leandro

(510) 895-2573


$20 general; $15 seniors & under 12



Fremont Street Eats

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

3500 Capitol Ave., Fremont



First Fridays at Chabot Space $

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hands-on activities, workshops, and performances

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland


$15 adults, $10 seniors/kids, $5 members


Third Saturdays

Investigating Space $

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Discuss topics in exploring space with researchers and scientists

(Included with admission)

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland




Laugh Track City

8 p.m.

Improvised games and scenes based on audience suggestions

(Please show proof of vaccination)

Made Up Theatre

4000 Bay St., Ste B, Fremont

(510) 573-3633


Tickets: $15


Saturdays, July 2 – August 27


2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Upbeat pop music and bubble machines

Courtyard near Old Navy

39281 Fremont Hub





Tuesday, July 19

Climate Action Plan Workshop #2

6:30 p.m.

Learn and provide input on Hayward’s proposed draft measures

Via Zoom



Register at: https://bit.ly/3RDDJHu


Wednesday, July 20

How to Get into the College of Your Choice

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tips and strategies to demystify college admissions

RSVP for link: https://bit.ly/FreeCollegeEvent


Thursday, July 21

Employment Fair

9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Bring your resume; possible interview on site

Age Well Center at South Fremont

47111 Mission Falls Ct., Fremont



Friday, July 22

Family Caregiver Film Series: Strangers in Good Company R

10:30 a.m.

Eight elderly women find themselves depending on each other

City of Fremont

3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont


(510) 574-2035


Friday, July 22

Rancho Del Agua Caliente Tour

10:30 a.m.

Tour the adobe, display of artifacts

Galindo-Higuera Adobe

47300 Rancho Higuera Rd., Fremont



Friday, July 22

Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats

8 p.m.

Evening of music by upright slap bassist

Bankhead Theatre

2400 First St., Livermore



Friday-Sunday, July 22 – 24

National Adoption Weekend $

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Adoption fee $20

Hayward Animal Shelter

16 Barnes Ct., Hayward



Saturday, July 23

Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force R

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Help beautify downtown Hayward

Grabbers, bags, and gloves provided

Heritage Plaza

835 C St., Hayward



Saturday, July 23

Storefront Storytime

11 a.m.

Mindfulness book reading “I Am Peace”, walk-up art workshop

Books on B

1014 B. St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Saturday, July 23

Pressing Plants

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Take home your own pressed and preserved plant

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, July 23

Berry Picking

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bring a basket and gather berries

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, July 23

Clothespin Dolls

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Create and dress up your own doll

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont


(888) 327-2757


Saturday, July 23

Tail Wagging Tales

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Read your favorite book to Bentley the dog

Centerville Library

3801 Nicolet Ave., Fremont



Saturday, July 23

Pop-Up Pet Adoption Event

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free adoption of rabbits, cats, guinea pigs and maybe dogs

San Lorenzo Library

395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo

(510) 293-7200



Saturday, July 23

Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force R

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Help beautify downtown Hayward. Grabbers, bags, and gloves provided

Heritage Plaza

835 C St., Hayward

Register on Eventbrite.com


Saturday, July 23

Folklorico Fun in the Sun Festival $

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Food, vendors, games, folklorico performances

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza

1472 Zephyr Ave., Hayward

(510) 303-1042



Saturday, July 23

Campfire Program

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Nature topic “Skulls and Skins”, games, songs, activities.

Parent participation required.

Dumbarton Quarry Campground

9400 Quarry Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturday, Sunday, July 23-24

Discovery on Demand

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hands-on activities, live animal feeding, learn about habitats

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Saturday, Sunday, July 23-24

Nectar Garden Exploration

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Discover native pollinators and plants

Coyote Hills Visitors Center

8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont

(510) 544-3220



Sunday, July 24

Wheat Harvesting

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Help mill grain into stone-ground flour

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(888) 327-2757



Sunday, July 24

Victorian Herbal Remedies

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Make your own herbal tea to take home

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont

(888) 327-2757



Monday, July 25

Process Art Project – Peaceful Wish Sticks

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Decorate sticks with personal hopes and wishes for peace

Books on B

1014 B. St., Hayward

(510) 538-3943



Monday, July 25


5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Police escort drive on residential streets to show off fun and colorful vehicles

Southland Mall Parking Lot

Winton Ave. & I-880



Tuesday, July 26

Brain Health Talk Series: Social Determinants of Brain Health in the Bay Area R

1:30 p.m.

Latest research on healthy aging

Family Resource Center – Pacific Room

39115 Liberty St., Fremont



Tuesday, July 26

Age Well, Drive Smart R

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Aging and its effects on safe driving 65+

Age Well Center at Lake Elizabeth

40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont





Summer Outdoor Movie Nights & Concerts


Free Outdoor Movies

8 p.m.

Bring picnic dinner, low-back chairs or blankets, flashlights


Sing 2

Saturday, July 22

Kennedy Park

19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward



Friday, August 19

Castro Valley Community Park

18988 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley


Addams Family 2

Friday, September 10

Meek Estate Park

240 Hampton Rd., Hayward





Classic Movies Under the Stars

Reserve tickets at www.milpitas.gov

$5 per person


Some Like It Hot

Friday, August 12

8 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza, Milpitas



Movie Night Out

Reserve tickets on www.milpitas.gov

$10 = up to 6 seats


Sing 2

Friday, July 29

8:30 p.m.

Foothill Park, Milpitas

Summer Concerts



Dive in Movie: Luca

Friday, July 22

Doors Open: 7 p.m.

Showtime: 8 p.m.

Farrelly Pool

864 Dutton Ave., San Leandro

(510) 569-1245


Tickets: $3 online, $6 at the door



Milpitas Summer Concert Series


The Cires

Friday, July 22

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Pinewood Park

Starlite Dr., & Lonetree Ct., Milpitas


Jordan T

Friday, August 5

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hall Park

La Honda Dr., Milpitas



Groovin’ at the Grove Free Summer Concerts

Gates open: 4 p.m.

Concert: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


July 22 – Cisco Kid

August 5 – Servants


Shirley Sisk Grove

NewPark Mall, Newark

Bring a blanket or low-back chair




Fremont Summer Concert Series

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


July 21 – Almost Famous

July 28 – Big Bang Beat

August 4 – Jukebox Heroes

August 11 – Aja Vu


Central Park Performance Pavilion

40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

(510) 494-4300




Pacific Commons Summer Concert Series

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


July 22 – Gary Flores Trio (Latin jazz/salsa)

August 26 – TinMan (classic rock)

September 23 – Last One Picked (rock, blues, country)


Pacific Commons Shopping Center

Auto Mall Parkway at I-880, Fremont

(510) 770-9798



3 O’Clock Jump

Third Saturdays: August 20, September 17, October 15

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Big Band music in outdoor patio (no cover fee)

World Famous Turf Club

22519, Main St., Hayward

(510) 244-3449




Russell City Awareness Blues Series

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


July 23 – Salute to Russell City Blues Women

July 30 – West Coast Caravan of All Stars (closing festivities)


Heritage Plaza

888 C St., Hayward


Hayward City Hall Plaza

777 B St., Hayward




Hayward Oddfellows Summer Concerts

Sundays; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


August 7 – 3 O’Clock Jump

August 14 – Uncle Rico’s with The Hypnotones, Mike Meagher’s Music Machine, Brown & Lee, Alrighty Then, and Spirit Flute

August 21 – Gravity

August 28 – SweetSp0ts

September 11 – Hayward La Honda Music Camp

September 18 – Giant Spiders and 129

September 25 – East Bay Youth Orchestras and East Bay Symphonic Band


Hayward Memorial Park Outdoor Amphitheater

24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward




150 Minutes of Music and Light

Thursday, August 11

Food trucks: 5:30 p.m.

Band begins: 6:30 p.m.

Hella Fitzgerald concert, food trucks, light show sponsored by Pinnacle. Bring a lawn chair.

Marina Park

14001 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro