This year the team's challenge is Project Outreach, to find and address a community need in the most creative way possible, and the Pleasanton group has chosen to raise money for supplies to provide relief for the schools from the budget crisis. The drive will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of Office Max in Pleasanton, with 100% of the money and donations going to Foothill and Amador.
The event will include drawings and other fun activities so everyone is invited to stop by even if they cannot donate. Office Max is located at 5596 Springdale Ave. in JC Penney Plaza.
Post offices throughout the Bay Area are shortening their hours starting next month. Most changes will be to open 30 minutes to an hour later, while 10 post offices will close a half hour to an hour earlier. New hours will be posted on the post office doors and will be updated at www.usps.com on Feb. 20, when the new hours will take effect.
A U.S. Postal Service spokesman said that 30% to 35% of its business transactions now take place online. Also, marketing studies showed that most Bay Area customers don't arrive until after 9 a.m., with the biggest rush of activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Workers will shift their schedules for the new hours, which will not result in job losses.
Members of the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Retired Teacher Association has awarded $100 stipends to their successors, including four in Pleasanton.
Beth Christensen, a counselor at Foothill High School, will use her stipend to buy intervention posters; Ellen Gardner of Pleasanton Middle School will buy garden supplies for severely learning disabled students; Cindy McDonalds, also of PMS, will buy books for under-performing students; and Susan Wells of Fairlands Elementary School, will buy three spell checkers.
Eleven other Tri-Valley teachers, from Dublin and Livermore, also received stipends.