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Thursday, May 17, 2018

'An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony'

Museum on Main welcomes historical actress Miriam Reed as the famous suffragette in "An Afternoon with Susan B. Anthony" at the Firehouse Arts Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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BodyTraffic -- contemporary dance

The innovative contemporary dance company BodyTraffic will perform cutting edge works by four leading choreographers at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Lynnewood celebrating new gateway

The Lynnewood community will celebrate the completion with a public dedication ceremony this Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in the church courtyard.

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British blues at Firehouse

The James Hunter Six will perform original blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll sets with vocals and guitar chops both gritty and beautiful at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater in Pleasanton.

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Livermore: Benefit to feature music for dancing

Valley Concert Chorale is holding a special benefit show Sunday, and it challenges the audience to sit still during the performance.

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Juanita Haugen Award recipients announced

Recipients of this year's Community of Character Juanita Haugen Awards have been named for exhibiting these values, and the three individuals and one nonprofit organization will be honored at a luncheon Tuesday.

Thursday, 1:30 PM | 1 comment
The bird counter at Shadow Cliffs

Unseen by many a Pleasanton resident, Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is home to a burgeoning civilization: a waterbird colony. And there you'll often find citizen scientist Bill Rose.

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News Digest: PUSD summer courses, Zone 7 election special, Livermore Street Fest

For the first time, Pleasanton Unified will be offering enrichment courses for students of all ages this summer.

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Sunflower Hill names first executive director

Nonprofit leader Edie Nehls has been hired as the first-ever executive director of Sunflower Hill, a Tri-Valley organization focused on residential and vocational opportunities for local adults with special needs.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

City holding developer fee workshop

Pleasanton city officials are hosting a public workshop Thursday evening to receive feedback from residents as part of the city's effort to update the development impact fees charged for new housing and commercial projects in Pleasanton.

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Senior Support laments loss of funding for free screenings

The Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is scrambling to save its free preventative health screenings after recently being informed that federal funding administered through Alameda County won't be available for the local program anymore due to federal budget cuts, according to the Pleasanton nonprofit's executive director.

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PUSD schools join others in Bike to School Day

Schools in Pleasanton Unified School District joined others across the Bay Area in Bike to School Day on May 10.

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Weekly endorsements for June primary

It's election time once again, and although these midterm primary campaigns haven't generated as much intrigue as we'd see in a presidential election year, there are nonetheless a handful of important topics on the ballot for Tri-Valley voters this June.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM | 4 comments
Council backs Carpenters Training Center expansion plans

The Pleasanton City Council threw its support behind plans from the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to redesign and expand its apprentice training facility on Santa Rita Road on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 10:45 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ash tree falls into Christesen's sign in downtown Pleasanton

Overnight or early Tuesday morning, a city-owned Modesto ash tree fell onto the sign above Christesen's western apparel shop in downtown Pleasanton.

Tuesday, 6:58 PM | 2 comments
Castlewood could consider selling Valley Course for new housing

Members of the Castlewood Country Club are facing some difficult decisions this summer. General Manager John Vest said Castlewood staff and the Board of Directors are exploring all options to address costly ADA-compliance concerns with the Castlewood clubhouse.

Tuesday, 5:16 PM | 23 comments
Zone 7 talking $2.8M contract for flood control facilities repairs

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors is set to consider approving a contract to repair the agency's flood control facilities Wednesday night.

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Livermore council likes mixed-use Legacy development concept

The Livermore City Council supported moving the proposed Legacy at Livermore project forward by authorizing staff to begin negotiating a development agreement.

Tuesday, 12:38 PM | 2 comments
Improv going 'Totally Tubular'

Pleasanton's teen improv troupe -- Creatures of Impulse -- continues to outdo its own performances at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Tuesday, 12:14 PM | No comments yet
Pleasanton Preps: Foothill softball ends regular season on 7-game winning streak

The Foothill softball team extended its winning streak to seven games with victories over Livermore and Amador Valley last week.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

PUSD offering summer enrichment courses for all ages

For the first time, Pleasanton Unified will be offering enrichment courses for students of all ages this summer.

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Memorial hike at Del Valle raises spirits -- and funds

Friends, families, co-workers and solo hikers are invited to Hope Hospice's eighth annual Hike for Hope on May 19 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.

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Council to debate Carpenters Training Center expansion plans

The Pleasanton City Council is set Tuesday to discuss a proposal from the Carpenters Training Committee for Northern California to redesign and expand its training facility on Santa Rita Road.

Monday, 4:05 PM | 3 comments
PUSD launches inaugural stakeholder survey

As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, parents, guardians, students and staff are asked to participate in the Pleasanton school district's inaugural "stakeholder survey."

Monday, 2:31 PM | 1 comment
Retired Zone 7 general manager dies at 86

Mun Mar, who served as general manager of the Zone 7 Water Agency for 33 years until retiring in 1990, died May 6 at the age of 86.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Amador student places third in Swalwell's Congressional Art Competition

Third-place finalist Shangxi Wu, a sophomore at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, placed with his pastel painting, “Old Man in Costume."

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Council election: Olson won't seek re-election, Narum running for second term

The Pleasanton City Council will have at least one new member this fall, with Vice Mayor Arne Olson confirming Friday he will not seek a second term in the November general election.

Sunday, 5:29 PM | 2 comments
Harvest Park principal announces resignation

Robin Munsell, principal of Harvest Park Middle School, announced last week that she would be resigning from her post at the end of the school year.

Sunday, 5:20 PM | 59 comments

Friday, May 11, 2018

PUSD to continue superintendent performance evaluation

The Pleasanton school board is set to continue the performance evaluation for Superintendent David Haglund at a closed session meeting Monday night.

Friday, 3:36 PM | 15 comments
Helping out in Puerto Rico

Bill Caldwell remembers the laments of Hurricane Maria survivors bemoaning their losses as "todo, todo, todo" -- "everything, everything, everything."

Friday, 12:23 PM | 2 comments
Pleasanton PD looking for smash-and-grab thief

Pleasanton police are searching for a man who allegedly cased a local liquor store before stealing from a car in the parking lot earlier this month.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Man pleads guilty for stabbing woman left for dead on Livermore road

In an unusual move, a Modesto man pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to a murder charge for the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Tracy woman in unincorporated Livermore in February, prosecutors said.

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Walnut Grove: Kids helping babies

A fifth-grade class at Walnut Grove Elementary School recently donated clothing, accessories and money for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.

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Mother-Daughter Lookalike Contest winners

Lisa and Kate Cole are the ultimate mother-daughter duo. "My mom is one of my best friends," said Kate, 18. "We're really close," agreed mom Lisa.

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Around Pleasanton: Remembering Sgt. Joe Rose, 29-year police veteran

The Pleasanton community, along with a large number of first responders, paid tribute this week to retired Pleasanton police Sgt. Joseph Rose, a World War II and Korean War veteran who died April 30.

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News digest: PUSD capacity meetings, Jail 'N Bail fundraiser & Run to Remember

Parents and community members are invited to attend two meetings in coming weeks surrounding student enrollment and capacity issues in Pleasanton Unified School District.

Thursday, 2:15 PM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Commission delays decision on Chabad Center for Jewish Life

The Chabad of the Tri-Valley's quest to host expanded religious services, a preschool and outdoor activities at its new Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road will have to wait at least another month.

Wednesday, 4:09 PM | 41 comments
Coroner identifies teen who drowned in San Ramon Valley High pool

The San Ramon Valley High School freshman who drowned in the school's pool Tuesday has been identified as 15-year-old Benjamin Curry of Danville by the Contra Costa County coroner's office.

Wednesday, 12:30 PM | 2 comments
Youth cricket tournament

The Tri-Valley once again played host to a showcase of the best young cricketers in the area, with Dublin and San Ramon squads coming away with the top awards in the Inter-School Cricket Tournament.

Wednesday, 11:23 AM | 4 comments
Lydiksen's Simpelo named PUSD Teacher of the Year

To Arlene Simpelo, "innovation" isn't just an educational buzz word to throw around. It's something to constantly embed in the classroom, thread into the curriculum. In Simpelo's case, innovation means teaching her first-grade Lydiksen Elementary School students how to code.

Wednesday, 11:22 AM | 1 comment
Pleasanton school board approves Chromebooks purchase

After a few hours of discussion, the Pleasanton school board approved the purchase of 7,000 new Dell Chromebooks for students in grades 4-12 Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 7:09 AM | 15 comments

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

San Ramon Valley High student drowns in school pool

A San Ramon Valley High School freshman died after being found unresponsive in the school's pool on Tuesday afternoon, according to Danville police.

Tuesday, 6:27 PM | 3 comments
Pleasanton PD seeks applicants for Teen Police Academy

The Pleasanton Police Department is recruiting local high-schoolers interested in taking part in this summer's Teen Police Academy, a three week program that begins June 12.

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Stoneridge Mall welcoming new, renovated stores

Spanish-based fashion retailer Zara is coming to Stoneridge Shopping Center later this year in time for the winter holiday shopping season, while three existing stores will have opened newly renovated spots in the Pleasanton mall by the end of this month.

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Pleasanton Preps: Strong week for Amador softball and hockey, Foothill lacrosse

The Amador Valley girls softball team kept rolling, posting convincing wins over Livermore and Granada last week.

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Students honored for completing PUSD's college-career prep program

School and community leaders gathered at Foothill High School last week to honor foster and kinship students who completed the district's college-career preparation and readiness program.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Best of the Best comedy at Bankhead

Bengt Washburn -- who has been described as ditzy, original, intelligent and truly hilarious -- will be one of four top comics in a Best of the Best showcase at the Bankhead Theater at 8 p.m. May 11.

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Red proclaimed as Pleasanton's new Ambassadog

Pleasanton has crowned a new Ambassadog for 2018 with Red, a 12-year-old golden retriever-chow chow mix who is part of the local Haas family, taking the ceremonial leash from Mayor Jerry Thorne last week.

Monday, 3:45 PM | 2 comments
Zone 7 breaks ground on new ozonation project

The Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors marked the groundbreaking of the agency's much-anticipated ozonation project Wednesday afternoon.

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Dublin man sentenced to prison for tax fraud

A 61-year-old Dublin man was sentenced to 16 months in prison for filing false corporate tax returns with the IRS, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Alex Tse.

Monday, 10:38 AM | 1 comment
Retired Foothill secretary Gretchen Piscotty dies after battling ALS

Gretchen Piscotty, a longtime Pleasanton resident and former Foothill High School attendance secretary, died Sunday night after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was 55.

Monday, 10:18 AM | 1 comment

Couples: Do you Really Agree or are you Afraid of not Agreeing?
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Castlewood may consider selling Valley course for development
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Pleasanton Readers' Choice ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Pleasanton Readers' Choice" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 20th. Stay tuned for the results in the June 29th issue of the Pleasanton Weekly.