Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 9, 2010

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$25,000 to Axis

Axis Community Health received a $25,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to help Tri-Valley residents with little or no insurance get access to health care. The nonprofit organization has seen an increase in patients with more than 300 new patients coming in each month, according to Axis CEO Sue Compton.

The grant will help residents enroll in public health care plans enabling them to receive medical care. Axis Community Health provides medical, mental health, substance abuse counseling and health education services to those Tri-Valley residents who otherwise would not have access.

Paving projects will cause traffic delays

Due to construction on major Pleasanton roadways starting this week, drivers can expect minor traffic delays through August. Construction will take place on Stoneridge Drive between West Las Positas Avenue and Santa Rita Road; on Stoneridge Drive between Foothill Road and Stoneridge Mall Road; and on Santa Rita Road between Mohr Avenue and Jensen Street.

The project was postponed last fall due to bad weather. Funds for the project came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Congressional Page program

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D., Pleasanton) is accepting applications from high school juniors who want to participate in the 2010 Congressional Page program. He can nominate one student to work for the U.S. House of Representatives and attend school in Washington, D.C., this fall.

In order to be eligible, a student must be an incoming high school junior, live in the 11th Congressional District, be at least 16 but no older than 17 by Sept. 6, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in English, math, science, history and foreign language. Applications are due by July 21; interviews will be held July 24.

Firefighters fundraiser

"Fill the Boot," a fundraiser by the Pleasanton-Livermore Firefighters, brought in $11,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters stood at the intersections of Santa Rita Road and Las Positas Road in Pleasanton on June 24, and First Street and West Las Positas Boulevard in Livermore on June 22 to ask for donations for the neuromuscular disease that affects more than 1 million Americans.

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