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DOING COLLEGE

Making Personal Contacts in College Admission

A reader asks: I read with interest your last column about college admission. However, I am not certain how one contacts a college prior to sending the application....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 29, 2010
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AROUND TOWN

A waitress many of us know says goodbye

Those of us who dine frequently at Vic's All-Star Kitchen are also good friends of Patti Benson, who's been Vic's restaurant manager for the last 11 years and was...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Jul. 26, 2009
Last comment by Marcia Kernan, on Nov 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm | 3 comments | 7748 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Secrets of the College Application Process

A resident asks: I have read your articles for some time and have enjoyed them. They are always informative and interesting. I have one son in college and another...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 15, 2010
There are no comments yet. 8362 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

Shall we trample the rose because of the thorns?

I recently received an email from a frequent Town Square contributor that said, "This morning I discovered that someone has falsely posted using my online identity."...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 2, 2008
Last comment by Suzy Q, on Nov 15, 2010 at 9:57 am | 14 comments | 18124 Views

AROUND TOWN

Cleaning up Town Square

When the Town Square forum rolled out as a part of our updated sites in early 2007, we weren't exactly sure how the community would respond. Designed to be a digital...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Oct. 12, 2010
Last comment by Pleasanton Parent, on Nov 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | 20 comments | 8711 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Academic Separation from College: What's Next?

A Danville parent asks: My son received a letter of academic separation from the university he attended last year in New York State. He did not want to leave and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 1, 2010
There are no comments yet. 8516 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Early Test Preparation Can Hurt College Admission

A grandmother asks: Is it my imagination or is the college application process starting earlier each year? I have nine grandchildren and four of them are in high...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 18, 2010
There are no comments yet. 8397 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Does test preparation really help in college admission?

An Alamo resident asks: I don't mind spending money if it's well spent. What are the benefits of test prep? Does it work and how much do test scores count in...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2010
There are no comments yet. 7415 Views

AROUND TOWN

Downtown studies need public exposure

Two outside consulting agencies have been hired to help the city and the Pleasanton Downtown Association come up with marketing and nightlife entertainment strategies...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Mar. 12, 2010
Last comment by Savannah, on Sep 30, 2010 at 3:40 am | 8 comments | 8371 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Colleges want to know why you are applying. Here's how to respond to this important question!

Question: I am having trouble with a question that it seems all the private colleges on my list ask: "Why do you want to attend our college?" What are the colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 19, 2010
There are no comments yet. 6833 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Common Application Can Streamline College Admissions

Question: I keep hearing about the Common Application? What is it and why is it important? ~Danville resident Dr. LaScala responds: The Common Application (www.commonapp.org)...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2010
There are no comments yet. 7182 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Don't Let A College Education Bury You in Debt!

It has been wisely noted that money rarely goes to those who need it most, but rather it winds up in the hands of those individuals who best understand the process...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 9, 2010
There are no comments yet. 7464 Views

AROUND TOWN

Financial woes continuing at daily newspapers, which are mirroring state in ordering staff ?furloughs?

State of California workers aren't the only ones being required to take days off from work without pay, being called "furloughs" in business-speak. Tough times...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Feb. 11, 2009
Last comment by ru_vladimir, on Jul 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm | 6 comments | 6398 Views

AROUND TOWN

Don?t count Nostrand out in future elections

Fellow business associates and friends crowded into a newly-expanded outdoor seating area the other day to celebrate its official opening at the Hop Yard American...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Jul. 22, 2010
Last comment by You Know You're Old School Pleasanton if....., on Jul 24, 2010 at 9:39 am | 2 comments | 8569 Views

DOING COLLEGE

7 Steps to Successful College Admissions Transfer: Part II

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. Although I have been an advisor for years, my heart still skips a beat...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 23, 2010
There are no comments yet. 7388 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Navigating the Transfer Path in College Admissions

Community college student Danielle Guzman dreams of transferring to Cal State San Diego. Her goal: to earn a bachelor's degree in social work and work as an adoption...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2010
There are no comments yet. 7283 Views

AROUND TOWN

Mommy jewelry? Now I know!

I've never been a shopper for mommy jewelry, but maybe I'll start. There's a lot of demand for these personalized mini-tags and necklaces, making and selling them...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Apr. 3, 2009
Last comment by Kimberly, on May 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm | 2 comments | 8153 Views

AROUND TOWN

Smoking ribs for a benefit

It's hard to be a food taster when you're faced with an abundance of carefully smoked ribs at a Fairgrounds cook-out. It was the second annual "Taste of Summer"...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on May. 28, 2010
Last comment by pharmacy technician, on May 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm | 2 comments | 8133 Views

AROUND TOWN

Amador coach among 4,700 losing jobs at NUMMI

This week, my good friend and lifelong Pleasanton resident Ken Villegas will find himself unemployed for the first time since graduating from Amador Valley High...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Mar. 29, 2010
Last comment by Pleasanton Mom, on May 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm | 29 comments | 9866 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Getting Organized for Your Senior Year

Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 10, 2010
There are no comments yet. 8946 Views
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