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How one local family shelter is dealing with the Coronavirus

In a normal year, the Winter Nights Family Shelter in Contra Costa County is blessed with over 3,500 volunteers. Each week some 100 helpers from faith congregations, scout troops, and service groups prepare and serve food, plan children’s activities and assist with laundry. The new shelter in place rules have …

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Farmers Markets Work to Create a Safe Shopping Environment

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS Amid the continuing safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic, some Bay Area farmers markets have closed, but there are many that remain open because they are considered essential businesses. Customers and farmers alike depend on direct-to-consumer fresh quality produce and other market products to feed …

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Obituary: Art Gluskoter (1933-2020)

Art Gluskoter passed away on the morning of February 26th after an extended illness shortly before his 87th birthday. Born to Max and Irene Gluskoter in 1933, Art graduated from Alhambra High School before volunteering to join the military in 1952 during the Korean conflict. A lifetime Southern California native, …

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East Bay Regional Parks announces new board members

The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2020. Ellen Corbett of San Leandro will serve as president; Dee Rosario of Oakland will serve as vice president; Colin Coffey of Hercules will serve as treasurer; and Beverly Lane of Danville will serve as secretary. …

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Obituary: Celeste Marques (1927-2019)

Celeste Marques passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2019. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese …

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Deadly Wild Mushrooms reappear at Regional Parks

Each year, mushrooms come out after the first rains of the season, which began on November 26. Mushrooms are ecologically important and can look beautiful – but some of them contain dangerous toxins. The death cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of the world’s most …

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Obituary: Wilhelmus Gerardus “Bill” Vanderklugt (1940-2019)

Bill Vanderklugt was born in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The son of a baker and one of 14 siblings, he immigrated to the United States in 1958 where he met and married “Bep,” his beautiful wife of 57 years. The couple became United States citizens in 1972 and lived in Lodi, Sacramento, Manteca and …

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