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2 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times
Located in the world's finest environmental classroom -- an outdoor garden -- the Sustainable Schools Summit aims to insure that "no child is left inside." Open to teachers, educators and parents of students in Contra Costa County schools, the Gardens at Heather Farms plays host for the Sept.
5 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times
Even after more than 50 years of combining his experience as a student, lecturer, writer and county arts commissioner cumulatively devoting his lifetime to arts, one unforgettable experience comes to Darwin Marable's mind. It was the time several years ago when he and his wife Joan packed up and ventured out to a four-month long trip touring the art world of western Europe.
9 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors: 9 a.m. County Administration Building, Room 107, 651 Pine St., Martinez. 925-335-1900.
The Drama Factory debuts its first production with "The Magic Flute" at the Nick Rodriguez Theatre, 213 F St. in Antioch. Directed by John Ballesteros, the play is a "fantastical story about a dandy prince who, with the help of a zany bird catcher and a magic flute, must rescue the daughter of an angry queen from the clutches of a sun worshiping brotherhood and the evil henchman, Monostatos."
A middle school English educator and high school automotive technology instructor are Contra Costa County's 2014 Teachers of the Year. Elizabeth Lanfranki, who is beginning her fourth year of teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High in Pittsburg, and Brian Wheeler, who is starting his fifth year of teaching at Alhambra High in Martinez, were selected from among four finalists based on speeches, classroom visits and application packets.
The retired San Ramon fire chief who brainstormed the idea for a smart-phone app that alerts citizens trained in CPR to cardiac emergencies in their vicinity will be one of the speakers at the 2014 TEDx symposium, set for Sept. 20 at Las Positas College in Livermore.
BART is investigating whether one of its police officers acted properly when he slammed a female passenger to the floor of a train at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station, an encounter captured on video and posted online, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday. Some witnesses said the woman, whose name wasn't released, had done nothing to warrant being taken to the ground.
A dog was rescued from a one-alarm fire at an apartment in San Pablo on Monday afternoon, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said. The fire was reported around 2:20 p.m. at a two-story apartment in the 1400 block of Bush Avenue, according to Fire Inspector George Laing.
In spite of what we think when we hear the word, having an audit done is not a negative thing. As a charitable organization, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano knows we should have outside experts evaluate the way we manage our financial affairs.
A Walnut Creek man suspected in multiple burglaries from recent months is in jail after allegedly burglarizing a home in Orinda on Friday, Contra Costa County sheriff's officials said. Kyle Facchin, 30, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of residential burglary, resisting arrest, impersonating another person and narcotics possession, according to the sheriff's office.
A 24-year-old has been identified as the man shot and killed by a police officer after fighting with the officer in front of a liquor store in Richmond early Sunday morning. Richard Perez II of Richmond was shot dead in front of Uncle Sam's Liquor Store a short time after 12:15 a.m. Sunday, according to police.
A jury has ruled that a 24-year-old Alamo man who died while in custody at the county jail in Martinez last March committed suicide, according to county sheriff's officials. The Contra Costa County coroner's inquest jury found that David Bremer died on March 20 from "asphyxia due to aspiration of food," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
UFOs in the news on the West Coast of the USA: San Jose California - taken by different cameras in different locations On Friday morning in Northern California, as well as in Oregon and Nevada, a mysterious bright white UFO was seen streaming across the West Coast skies. Around 6:00 a.m. the mysterious bright white light was seen in the California skies over San Jose in the Bay Area, as well as in Oxnard, Mammoth Lakes, Contra Costa County, and Sacramento.
Firefighters are responding to a one-alarm fire in Pittsburg this afternoon, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District dispatcher said.
The Contra Costa County Times reported Sunday that the safety of thousands of railroad bridges in California is now left to rail line companies and one federal inspector responsible for 11 states. One of the first tasks for the new inspectors once hired by the California Public Utilities Commission will be to compile a list of all railroad bridges in the state.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 02:20 pm
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