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News - December 20, 2013

News digest

Stealing Christmas

Two people have been arrested for stealing packages from the front porches of several homes in Pleasanton.

Angelo Jemmings, 30 of San Lorenzo and Angel Beasley, 34 of Castro Valley were arrested when police Officer Mark Sheldon caught their fleeing vehicle, thanks to witnesses who called police. The packages were returned to their owners.

Police say package thefts are "all too common" and ask people to report suspicious activity immediately.

"If you're having packages delivered, try to be home or ask a trusted neighbor to pick it up as soon as possible after it's delivered," said Crime Prevention Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker.

The second coming

The Double Road Race returns to Pleasanton on Sunday, Dec. 22 as a newly established event on the American running scene.

The race is run in two segments. Competitors run a 10K, followed by a concluding 5K after a recovery period of about an hour, with places determined based on the combined time. Bob Anderson, who conceived and created the event, says, "It's the only race with a halftime."

There will also be a Christmas 5K run and walk and a one-mile run for those 13 and under, and everyone who finishes a race will get a prize.

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Wrap masters

The Taylor Family Foundation's fourth annual holiday gift-wrapping fundraiser runs through Christmas Eve at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support The Taylor Family Foundation's (TTFF) mission to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support.

The foundation offers summer and weekend camp sessions at Camp Arroyofor children living with chronic and critical illnesses. Gift wrapping is on the first floor of the Stoneridge Mall near Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and costs $5 per package.