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News - April 8, 2011

News digest

Pleasanton is accepting applications for its seventh Poet Laureate to advocate for the appreciation of the literary arts. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. April 29. Current Poet Laureate Deborah Grossman will end her term in June.

The Poet Laureate provides poetry at civic events such as dedications and public ceremonies, coordinates literary events, and serves on the Poetry, Prose & Arts Festival planning committee. He or she also is a liaison between Pleasanton and the schools, plus literary and community organizations.

Candidates must be Pleasanton residents who have published poetry. They must demonstrate affiliations with schools and literary groups, and they must be prepared to serve a two-year term without compensation, from July 2011 to June 2013.

After a preliminary screening, selected finalists will be invited to present their poems and visions to the Selection Committee in person in May. For more information, go to the city's website at or call Michelle Russo at 931-4847.

Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center on Black Avenue near Santa Rita Road is hosting the Pacific Masters Championship Swim Meet today through Sunday, which is expected to draw about 800 swimmers. The city has been working to alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

Participants and spectators are asked to use Gingerbread Preschool, Alisal Elementary School and Amador Valley High School as a first option for overflow parking. All three schools are closed today for spring break.

A delegation from Tri-Valley CAREs, based in Livermore, spent April 3-6 in Washington, D.C., to press officials for funding priorities other than nuclear weapons. The delegation planned to conduct approximately 100 meetings, working with colleagues from a dozen other states who are participating in the 23rd annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability "D.C. Days."

Tri-Valley CAREs also has joined scientists and community-based organizations up and down the West Coast to conduct background radiation monitoring after the Japanese nuclear tragedy to ensure that the results are publicly available.