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News - May 10, 2013

News digest

Drug dropoff nets 787 pounds of meds

A drug takeback program at the Pleasanton Police Department brought in enough prescription medication to fill 22 large boxes. That is in addition to 10 boxes dropped off at the city's operations center at a recent E-Waste collection day.

Together, those boxes of meds weighed more than 787 pounds.

The program was run by the Pleasanton Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, giving residents the opportunity to drop off potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

One way people are getting addicted to dangerous drugs is by raiding the medicine cabinets of their friends and family, according to a news release from the department.

It's the third year for the program, which was heavily attended by residents.

Principal Hansen to be honored at retirement party

The Amador PTSA is holding a farewell fete for retiring Principal Jim Hansen next week.

The goodbye party will be Wednesday, May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wine Steward, 641 Main St. in Pleasanton, with wine and light hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets are $20 before the event by emailing Rob Campbell at and $25 at the door, with proceeds going to the school PTSA.

Swingin' Blue Stars to perform at Firehouse

The Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet return to the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton for its third annual Memorial Day Weekend appearance. Featuring a back-up swing band, this group of four female vocalists has become iconic for their USO-style performances showcasing songs of the '40s and '50s.

This year's show is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Originally calling themselves The Singing Blue Star Moms, the group was founded by members of the East Bay Blue Star Moms who had sons and daughters serving in the military.

They'll perform many of their fans' favorites, including "In the Mood," "Rum and Coca-Cola," and "The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B."

Tickets are $12 to $25, with child, senior, and group discounts available. They can be purchased online at, by calling 931-4848, or at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. Box office hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two hours prior to performances.


The Digest item last week on the new link of the Iron Horse Trail from Pleasanton/Dublin BART to Santa Rita Road should have said the groundbreaking took place May 1; the link will be completed later this year.

An article in a story last week about auto burglaries incorrectly stated that police will put fliers on car windows. Those fliers, alerting residents of a potential theft, will only be left on door jambs.


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