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  • East Bay's Park It: Fremont's Ardenwood offers butterfly viewings this weekend
    published on Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:23:56 GMT
    People around the world have many different ways of welcoming in the new year and celebrating it as an opportunity for a fresh start on life. The East Bay Regional Parks are no exception....
  • Jerry Brown puts his stamp on California’s influential high court
    published on Fri, 26 Dec 2014 04:43:45 GMT
    When Jerry Brown first served as governor of California, he set out to reshape the powerful California Supreme Court by appointing its first female chief justice. But his pick, Rose Bird, had never served as a judge before and came to be perceived as a liberal ideologue....
  • Donated portrait sessions put families' love in focus
    published on Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:07:37 GMT
    Twanisha Johnson and her children Lamonte Kennedy,4, Leonjanae Johnson,6 and Realidy,5 have their free portraits taken during the holiday fair at Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday Dec. 6, 2014....
  • Donors turn Christmas from bleak to bright for needy San Ramon family
    published on Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:09:27 GMT
    A financially struggling grandmother and a mom with two young twin boys were facing one of their bleakest Christmases yet. Bills due....
  • Alameda: Longtime butcher Joe Scalise dies at 80
    published on Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:19:59 GMT
    Joe Scalise has died, a man whose friendliness, hard work and commitment to quality helped make his family butcher shop an Alameda institution for more than three-quarters of a century. Known by legions of loyal customers as "Joe the Butcher," Scalise passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Dec. 19. He was 80. Joe Scalise learned about sausages, steaks and other cuts of meat from his father, "Papa Joe," who opened the original Joe Scalise & Sons Butcher Shop at Chestnut Street and...
  • Alameda city briefs: Capone's Speakeasy donates toys to Alameda police
    published on Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:14:58 GMT
    Capone's Speakeasy, 1400 Park St., sponsored a holiday toy drive and toys were collected by the Alameda High School girls basketball team. The entire team participated: Joey Lu, Asia Chhon, Audrey SooHoo, Ayanna Jabari, Fiona Young, Hannah Ingebretsen, Nutjerra Sangria, Natalia Watson, Sammi Lui, Srijana Lohani and Thianda Smith-Ramsey....
  • Reward in slaying of Oakland teacher increased to $25K
    published on Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:31:47 GMT
    A 60-year-old retired English teacher found slain in the Oakland hills last month was shot three times, and his stolen credit cards were used a few days later in downtown Oakland, police said Tuesday while announcing an increased reward in the case. The reward was bumped to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of David Robert Ruenzel, who was shot, possibly during a robbery, on Nov. 25 while hiking at Huckleberry Regional Preserve....
  • Oakland hills: Reward in teacher slaying raised to $25K
    published on Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:05:52 GMT
    East Bay Regional Park District Police Lt. Gretchen Rose, left, speaks to the media during a press conference to announce a $25,000 reward for information in the Nov. 25 slaying of 60-year-old David Ruenzel, at EBRPD headquarters in Castro Valley, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014....
  • Oakland: Scholarship fund named for iconic Skyline High coach
    published on Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:05:48 GMT
    The memory of Skyline High School's iconic football coach Tony Fardella will live on in part through a scholarship fund created this year in his name. Fardella's daughter, Tania Fardella, established the fund in her father's name to benefit Skyline High....
  • Piedmont/Montclair calendar: Chabot center hosts hike tonight
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:30:40 GMT
    Readers, the Library, and You. Learn how to download free books, magazines and mp3s from the library with this staff-led, hands-on workshop....
  • Final 2014 East Bay high school football poll
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:57:09 GMT
    Also receiving votes: Kennedy-Fremont , Piedmont , Antioch . The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay....
  • Police: Brentwood woman pimped 16-year-old girl at San Rafael hotel
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:59:03 GMT
    A minor traffic stop in San Rafael's Terra Linda neighborhood led to the discovery of a 16-year-old Washington state girl allegedly being sold for sex at a nearby hotel. Destiny Delaney Beasley, 20, of Brentwood was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of child trafficking, pimping, pandering and abducting a child for prostitution....
  • Tri-Valley letters: Pleasanton council ignores public's wishes in recent moves
    published on Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:18:50 GMT
    In three recent controversial actions, despite petitions, letters and oral arguments, the Pleasanton City Council chose to ignore pleas of residents and parents. First, they rezoned a gas station in the Meadows to include an alcohol-selling 7-Eleven within sight of highly congested Fairlands Elementary....
  • Candlelight vigil held in Newark for victims of Pakistani slaughter
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:45:39 GMT
    Mourners throughout the Bay Area gathered Dec. 18 in Newark to hold an Interfaith Candlelight Vigil to remember the 148 people -- 132 of them children -- who were killed by the Taliban at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan on Dec. 16. Participants at the vigil that was held in front of Mehran Restaurant spoke about the injustices of the violence caused by the Taliban. "We mourn the deaths of the innocent lives that were lost, many of whom were children, during the attacks that took place in Peshawar...
  • Milpitas chief petty officer retires after 22 years of service
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:16:26 GMT
    On Oct. 10, 2014, Chief Petty Officer Aaron I. Torres retired after a 22-year naval career which included 10 duty assignments ending with Navy Recruiting District San Francisco as a reserve quality assurance manager. Torres is a native of Manila, Philippines....
  • Fremont council gives input on planned I-880 Express Lane
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:16:01 GMT
    Fremont City Council on Dec. 16 received a report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission about an Express Lane that is proposed on each side of I-880 to streamline traffic congestion during peak times. There are two open Express Lanes nearby, on Interstate 680 between state Route 84 to Highway 237 heading southbound, and on I-880 as it connects to Highway 237, extending from Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas to North First Street in San Jose....
  • Big donation for Milpitas Food Pantry
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:49:50 GMT
    Milpitas Food Pantry Executive Director Karen Kolander, Jennifer Crozier , and Milpitas High School students Germain Louie , Chloe Lam and Natasha Gangal gather at the Milpitas Food Pantry Dec. 18 to present a $2,500 check from Republic to support holiday meals for in-need residents of Milpitas and Alviso. In addition to Republic's efforts to collect toys and food, Milpitas Unified School District rallied cash and food donations from residents for the Food Pantry through its Jack Emery Food Driv...
  • Dec. 25 Readers' letters: Christmas should be the celebration of the birth of Christ
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:54:09 GMT
    It was more apparent to me than ever this year the degree to which the commercial world has secularized Christmas. We respect the Jewish Hanukkah and the traditional feasts of other faith traditions, so why can't Christmas truly be the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ instead of the commercial craziness that has now even invaded Thanksgiving? It is almost impossible to find a greeting card that expresses the true meaning of Christmas....
  • Boys basketball: Sacred Heart Prep wins DJ Frandsen Blue Division title
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:22:44 GMT
    Break up the Monsters of the Mid-Peninsula.Sacred Heart Prep, that small, private, formerly all-girls school in Atherton turned athletic juggernaut, beat host Bellarmine College Prep 67-55 and Fremont of Oakland 81-63 to capture the Blue Division title at the DJ Frandsen Memorial Tournament.That is after a fall sports season in which the Gators won the Central Coast Section Open Division football championship, the CCS boys and girls Division II water polo championships and had a freshman, Sara C...
  • The biggest San Francisco Bay Area restaurant and bar closures of 2014
    published on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:17:13 GMT
    For natives, the most emotional losses were likely the old-school ones that said goodbye, namely Joe's of Westlake in Daly City and Joe's Cable Car in the Excelsior. On New Year's Eve, Chinatown stalwart Empress of China will say goodbye as well....