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                                                         Moving Arts
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 MDUSD Superintendent Resigns                                                  US POSTAGE
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 Concord Mayor’s State of the City Report                                      CLAYTON, CA
                                                                                PERMIT 190
 Dan Ashley’s “The One-Minute Hero...”
 Concord Soccer Scores For the Kids
 Expanded ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Inside
 Please call us today to schedule a private tour of our beautiful campus

                                                                                                                                                            Moving Arts in Concord
                                                                                                                                                                        The Moving Arts Dance Center tack-

                                                                                                                                                             3          les a balance between art and life


                                                                                                                                                            What Really Matters
                                                                                                                                                                        Special Correspondent ABC-7 News

                                                                                                                                                             7          Anchor Dan Ashley talks about
                                                                                                                                                                        the one-minute hero we all know

                                                                                                                                                            State of the City Report
                                                                                                                                                                        Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister

                                                                                                                                                             9          reports on the overall health of the
                                                                                                                                                                        city and the effects of the economy


  Phone: 925.825.4644 4347 Cowell Road, Concord, 94518 www.woodroseacademy.org                                                                              Senior Living Downtown                                Cover:
                                                                                                                                                                        Boasting an affordable yet quality

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Devon LaRussa and
                                                                                                                                                                        facility downtown, Plaza Tower wants      Terrin Kelly take flight in
                                                                                                                                                                        to be the place senior life begins        the Moving Arts Dance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Center's presentation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Giselle Act III", an
                                                                                                                                                            Police Helping Youth                                  original piece created
                                                                                                                                                                        At risk kids are mentored by members      by Anandha Ray.


                                                                                                                                                            13          of the Police Athletic Association who
                                                                                                                                                                        try to teach and motivate local youth
                                                                                                                                                                        to stay out of trouble and develop a
                                                                                                                                                                        richer life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Scott Belding



                                                                                                                                                            Superintendent Resigns
                                                                                                                                                                        After a contentious year, the MDUSD

                                                                                                                                                            20          board of education strives to survive a
                                                                                                                                                                        budget crisis with new leadership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other Stuff
                                                                                                                                                            Poetry Aloud
                                                                                                                                                                        Mt. Diablo High School student makes RoundAbout . . . .4

                                                                                                                                                            21          her poetic mark during countywide
                                                                                                                                                                        contest involving 800 students       Mayor’s Open
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A New Green
                                                                                                                                                            ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT                                  Generation . . . .12
                                                                                                                                                                        It keeps getting better - our

                                                                                                                                                            25          expanded guide covers local
                                                                                                                                                                        reviews and local events.
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                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Scott Belding
                                                                                                                                 DANIEL YVEDAYVE & GENNADY SYTNIK TAKE FLIGHT
                                                                                                                                 as they rehearse one of the dance routines




                                                                                                                                     “In these dark days,
                                                                                                                                      people get it. Their
                                                                                                                                      lives are changed.”
                                                                                                                                                    - Anandha Ray
                                                                                                                                                    Artistic Director of
                                                                                                                                              Moving Arts Dance Center



          By Lou Fancher                     cliché of completing each other’s sen-      talent and the eager dance audiences in     Belding complete the last stages of the
             The Concordian                  tences, they share a graceful, organic      the Bay Area, Ray planted her roots in      dance company’s current project. Ray
                                             understanding.                              Contra Costa County. With the perse-        speaks of the future, of the center as a
        nandha Ray is in the construc-          Belding prefers to ground the dis-       verance of a saint, the endurance of an     “community,” stretching out her long,

A       tion business. Recognized offi-
        cially as the artistic director of
the Moving Arts Dance Center, Ray’s
                                             cussion in facts and logic. “Society is
                                             desensitized, with information so
                                             abundant through the Internet,” he
                                                                                         Olympic athlete and a nomadic exis-
                                                                                         tence resulting in multiple moves with-
                                                                                         in the East Bay, the MADC has at last
                                                                                                                                     capable arms as if to embrace the new
                                                                                                                                     space and all the people within its
                                                                                                                                     walls.
position requires three skills of a mas-     muses.                                      found a permanent home in Concord.             Indeed, the dance center is more
ter builder: careful renovation,                Ray allows the conversation to spiral       The warehouse nestled in the fork        than an armful – encompassing the
thoughtful restoration and constant          and float, like a kite caught in shifting   where I-680 and 242 divide boasts two       school’s students, a thoughtfully cho-
innovation.                                  cross currents. “We’ve lost our sense of    studios, one of which converts into a       sen faculty, a professional modern
    Behind the MADC’s sturdy facade of       touch,” she says, extending her part-       90-seat theater, offices, plentiful stor-   dance company, a growing, enthusias-
dance and imagination, Ray is an             ner’s thoughts beyond technology to         age space for costumes and lighting         tic audience, a bounty of affiliated
imposing entity – a more than 50-year-       humanity.                                   and convenient parking.                     artists and arts organizations, a dedi-
old in a hardly seems 30-year-old               In the end, one is struck not so            Unfortunately, demolition has also       cated pack of volunteers, and valuable
body, brimming with energy. Years of         much by their contrasting styles as by      been necessary. For that, Ray needed        corporate and private support.
training dancers has honed her mus-          the commonality of their vision.            not dynamite, but patience, because            Remarkably, it is the fear of being
cles, while decades of forging ahead –          If this pas de deux they perform isn’t   the problem wasn’t exactly in Concord.      alone that propels Ray forward. To find
despite the bumps and bruises                impressive enough, the vision they          The problem was in the Caldecott            expression, she choreographs on the
involved in heading an arts organiza-        share for MADC is breathtaking,             Tunnel. Expecting a flood of dancers to     dark side – often grounding her work
tion – have “bulked up” her vision and       expansive, ambitious. At the heart is a     jeté over the hills and pirouette in her    in life’s painful, bitter truths.
solidified her sense of purpose.             profound belief in the value of the         direction, Ray was sorely disappointed.        “In these dark days, people get it.
    She’s the forewoman, so it’s not         product.                                       Despite a proliferation of eager bal-    Their lives are changed,” she says,
hard to picture her raising the Concord         “Art is vital to life,” Ray says, her    let dancers, several excellent ballet       sounding softly surprised.
dance center’s new roof single-handed-       face glowing as the conversation moves      schools and sizable, adoring ballet            She has made the dance center a
ly. But Ray is too experienced to            beyond budgets and ballet to modern         audiences flourishing this side of the      home: a place for practicing art, for
believe that a construction project is a     dance – her great love.                     tunnel, modern dance struggled to           nurturing children, for developing
solo act. Moving in tandem with Ray is          With unwavering focus, Belding           make the trek beyond Berkeley.              resilient, intelligent adults, for “moving
Scott Belding, the center’s executive        brings her thoughts back to earth. “For        Fortunately, the persistence and         people with dance.” Then she flings
director and man of many talents.            every fundraising ‘no,’ there’s another,    devotion so integral to being a dancer      wide her doors and invites every one of
    These two veterans of the entertain-     much better ‘yes’ around the corner.”       has served her well. Destroying the         us to feel welcome.
ment world form a brilliant partner-            Central to achieving their greater       wall of indifference was messy, but the
ship. Like peanut butter and jelly or,       purpose is this business of building. As    burst of light shining on MADC today           Moving Arts Dance is at 1281
more appropriately, like Balanchine          everyone knows, the first step in suc-      makes the dust and dismay a mere            Franquette Ave. For more informa-
and Kirstein, they are different but per-    cessful construction is selecting the       memory.                                     tion, call 825-8399 or visit
fectly matched. Without falling into the     right location. Mindful of the abundant        Now in their new home, Ray and           www.movingartsdance.org.
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r        ound                                                                                                                                           Family Stress

                          about
 Crab dinner raises awareness of Meals on Wheels program
                                                                                            People, places and things
                                                                                            seen around Concord
                                                                                                                                                       center caters to
                                                                                                                                                        romance as a
                                                                                                                                                         fundraiser
                                                                                                                                                       The Family Stress Center had a very
                                                                                                                                                   romantic and very sold out fundraiser
                                                                                                                                                   for Ellen’s Guild on Feb. 12 at the
   The 18th annual Meals On Wheels by Senior Outreach                                                                                              Shadelands Art Center in Walnut
Services crab feed fundraiser on Feb. 6 at Centre Concord                                                                                          Creek. More than 180 people sampled
was a great success. People from all over the county dined                                                                                         wines and chocolates, bought raffle
on crab, made bids on silent and regular auction items and                                                                                         tickets and bid on gift baskets and
were entertained by a lion dance from Tomizaki Champion                                                                                            silent auction items.
Kung Fu.                                                                                                                                               “This is our first year doing this
   Sandy Warren, executive director of Meal on Wheels,                                                                                             event, but we have been doing dinners
hopes to net about $15,000. “We desperately need it                                                                                                every year for five or six years. This is
because government grants don’t cover our administrative                                                                                           the first time we’ve done a wine tast-
costs,” she said.                                                                                                                                  ing,” said David Dolder, vice president
   The need for services is up 15 percent over last year,                                                                                          of the Board of Directors. “We’ve got
Warren added. “Budget cuts are coming and so we’re going                                                                                           more people coming tonight than any-
                                to be in the situation of more                                                                                     thing we’ve ever done – it’s very excit-
                                need and less funds.”                                                                                              ing. We have nine, 10 wineries from all
                                   The event was co-spon-                                                                                          around the Bay Area, just not from one
                                sored by the Concord Senior                                                                                        location, who have come to support us
                                Citizens Club.                                                                                                     tonight.”
                                   It was the first year of                                                                                            The Family Stress Center’s mission
                                table sponsorship for Paul                                                    Photos by Mike Dunn/The Concordian   is to strengthen families and to treat
                                Doolittle’s group, National              KEN RISHELL, LEFT, SHARON FITZGERALD AND PAT RISHELL are from the
                                                                                                                                                   and prevent child abuse and neglect in
                                Electrical Contractors                   Concord Senior Citizens Club. Fitzgerald is with Meals On Wheels’
                                                                         Senior Outreach Services.                                                 Contra Costa County by providing
                                Association-International                                                                                          counseling, educational and support
                                Brotherhood of Electrical                always like to take part in our community.” he said.                      services focusing on the essential needs
                                Workers.                                    “We have 10 people, 10 full crab eaters – we brought in                of children and their families.
                                   “We bought a table for the            the ringers for this one!” he added with a laugh.
ANNE LAGACHE, a volunteer from crab feed because we really                  For more information, visit http://mealsonwheelsofcon-
the Beachcomber Singles group, agree with the Meals on                   tracosta.org/about_us.php.
makes her silent bid on a gift Wheels program. We realize                                                                  -Mike Dunn
basket.                        the need out there, and we



                            Solving the mystery of volunteering
   People often want to help out in the community but don’t              Counseling, Ken and Jan Carpoff of Concord Volunteers in
know where to start. On Feb. 10, Hearing and Doing, spon-                Police Service, Etta Maitland of the Ombudsman Office of
sored by Church Without Shoes, held a panel discussion at                Contra Costa County, Linda Grooban of Caring Hands and
the Concord Senior Center to help potential volunteers find              Sandy Warren of Meals on Wheels by Senior Outreach
the right path.                                                          Services.
   Each panel member discussed the needs, opportunities                     “We are advocates for elderly and dependent adults who
                                                                         are in nursing homes and residential care facilities all across
                                                                         Contra Costa County,” said Maitland, executive director of
                                                                         Ombudsman Services.
                                                                            The ombudsman office has been in existence for 25 years.                                     Mike Dunn/The Concordian
                                                                                                                                                   CAROLE TEMPS bids on an item during the
                                                                         “We have our office right in downtown Concord, but we
                                                                                                                                                   silent auction.
                                                                         serve the whole county,” she added. “We have a wonderful
                                                                         corps of volunteers who make regular humanitarian visits,                    “We serve about 7, 000 people a
                                                                         but we have a lot of budget cuts so we now have 2.6 staff                 year throughout Contra Costa County,”
                                                                         left. But we do a lot of work. We work on residents’ rights               said Jennifer Stasch, director of devel-
                                                                         and complaints about their care, or lack of care.”                        opment.
                                                                            Avis Connolly, the city’s senior program manager, said                    According to Stasch, the majority of
                                                                         Concord is talking about matching volunteers with senior                  the families live on an annual income
                                                                         services providers – “such as the ombudsman office, the                   of $15,000 or less. “We’re supporting
                                                                         Senior Helpline that needs volunteer drivers, the senior cen-             grandparents who are taking care of
                                                                         ter.”                                                                     children who have been removed from
                                                                            The city has volunteer opportunities as well, including                the home. We’re supporting fathers.
                                              Mike Dunn/The Concordian
                                                                         helping with the phones or providing activities. “If you have             We are supporting children who have
RICHARD WELCH, LEFT, TALKS WITH JANET JOHNSON OF SENIOR HELPLINE AND
ETTA MAITLAND, executive director of Ombudsman Services of Contra
                                                                         special talents, they can be put to use,” Connolly noted. “We             been abused,” she said. “We are pre-
Costa.                                                                   have Meals On Wheels here that needs volunteer drivers.”                  venting children from being abused by
                                                                            Church Without Shoes is a faith-based group of more                    being able to go into the schools and
and ways for those who want to help seniors and others in                than 30 Diablo Valley churches. The group looks for ways to               providing them with the tools so they
need in the Diablo Valley. Organizations and programs from               work together to serve. Each Hearing and Doing panel fea-                 can be safe. We really involve the
around the county set up displays where representatives                  tures experts from the community and focuses on a specific                whole family in preventing and treating
explained their programs and services to potential volun-                topic of concern. For more information, visit                             child abuse and neglect.”
teers. Panel members were introduced by Elaine Welch,                    http://hearinganddoing.com.                                                  For more information, call 827-
executive director, of Contra Costa For Every Generation.                   For more information about the Concord Senior Center                   0212 or visit familystresscenter.org.
Those who spoke were Linda Schaeffer of Senior Peer                      or volunteering, call 671-3320.                  -Mike Dunn                                            -Mike Dunn
March, 2009                                                  The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com                                                                           Page 5



r aboutound
                                                                                                                                              Concord resident
                                                                                                                                                 new liaison
      Wren students make giving a true Valentine experience                                                                                       for Travis
  On Feb. 11, the students of Wren Avenue Elementary                          “In January, we all came together as a community – mak-           Credit Union
School in Concord celebrated Valentine’s Day by raising                    ing and collecting items needed for our local nursery,” said
needed items and money to donate to the Bay Area Crisis                    Michele Blake, one of the Chevron volunteers involved. “I           Eric Maldonado has been appoint-
Nursery.                                                                   just want to say thank you so much to everyone at Wren for       ed community involvement officer
                                                                           making this event a huge success.”                               for Travis
                                                                              “It was wonderful to see the excitement on the children’s     Credit
                                                                           faces when we came to pick up their donation,” said Sandy        Union. The
                                                                           Hathaway, community relations director for the Crisis            Concord
                                                                           Nursery. “They were really happy to be helping; even the lit-    resident will
                                                                           tlest ones understood how important they were to us.”            be responsi-
                                                                              Pointing out that the school had 350 students, she added:     ble for rep-
                                                                           “We were amazed to learn that the children had voted unan-       resenting
                                                                           imously to ‘share their love’ with the Crisis Nursery. They      the credit
                                                                           were excited about voting and genuinely happy to be help-        union at
                                                                           ing. They were so attentive and well-behaved when we spoke       community
                                                                           to them – great children! Their parents and the school           and indus-
                                                                           should be very proud of them.”                                   try events
                                                                              The Bay Area Crisis Nursery provides residential care for     and pro-
                                                                                                                                                                ERIC MALDONADO
                                                                           children birth through age 11 while their parents deal with a    moting
                                                                           crisis (homelessness, illness, domestic violence, drugs or       credit union
                                               Photo by Nancy Scott/BACN
GIFT BASKETS OF NEEDED SUPPLIES for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery were       alcohol, etc.) or stress from parenting.                         products and services in Contra
collected by the students of Wren Avenue Elementary                           For more information, visit www.bacn.jkmas.com.               Costa County.
                                                                                                                                               Additionally, he will serve as a
                                                                                                                                            public relations generalist to include
                                                                                                                                            advocacy for members and potential
                     Milestone reached in planning for Concord                                                                              members of modest means. He’ll be
                                                                                                                                            working out of the Travis branch in
                            Naval Weapons Station site                                                                                      the Clayton Valley Shopping Center.
                                                                                                                                               Maldonado was formerly with
   Last month, the city reached an              the Local Reuse Authority (LRA),                Concord BART station, a series of           Northwestern Mutual Financial
important milestone in the three-year-          unanimously approved the Clustered              three pedestrian-friendly villages west     Network, where he served as a finan-
long process to prepare the shuttered           Villages alternative as the Preferred           of Mt. Diablo Creek, and designates         cial representative. He sits on the
Concord Naval Weapons Station for               Reuse Plan Alternative at its Jan. 12           about 65 percent of the 5,028-acres         board of the Contra Costa County
reuse.                                          meeting.                                        site as parks and open space. The plan      Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and
   On Feb. 4, the city formally submit-            “The plan is the result of an exten-         includes land for a number of commu-        is a member of the Concord Chamber
ted a Preferred Reuse Plan Alternative          sive and successful community-based             nity amenities, including a tourna-         of Commerce.
to the Department of the Navy and a             planning process that began in 2006,”           ment-level sports complex, a universi-         He has been recognized by
Homeless Assistance Plan to HUD, as             noted Mayor Laura Hoffmeister.                  ty/education center, a public safety        Congressman George Miller, Sen.
required by base closure law.                   “Since that time, over 36 public meet-          training facility, and a variety of types   Tom Torlakson and Assemblyman
   The submissions allow the Navy to            ings and 8 community workshops have             of active and passive parks. The plan       Mark DeSaulnier for his service to
proceed with federal environmental              built consensus around the Reuse Plan           will undergo additional environmental       the community.
review under the National                       and Homeless Assistance Plan. The               review by the City before it is adopted        “Eric’s extensive community
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as              LRA is pleased with the outcome of              as the City’s final Reuse Plan later this   involvement experience, coupled
required prior to disposition of the            this process from both a City as well as        year.                                       with his seasoned background in
property, and HUD to initiate its               regional perspective,” she added.                                                           financial services, makes him a high-
review of the homeless plan for com-               The Clustered Villages alternative             For additional information, visit         ly valuable member of the Travis
pliance with base reuse mandates.               features retail, residential and com-           www.concordreuseproject.org or call         team,” said Lila Dressen, executive
   The Concord City Council, acting as          mercial development near the North              (925) 671-3001.                             vice president of Travis Credit
                                                                                                                                            Union.




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                                                                                       Thelma was petrified to get out in          entrance. She saw Cab Calloway, Pearl


centenarians
  Concordians celebrate 100 years
                                                                                       Mississippi and sat on the bus praying.
                                                                                          When she arrived in NYC, she got a
                                                                                                                                   Bailey and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
                                                                                                                                   perform at the Apollo Theatre or the
                                                                                       job at a dressmaker’s shop. “I did a little Cotton Club.
                                                                                       of everything – running errands, work-
                                                                                       ing the switchboard, sewing, dressing
                                                                                                                                       In New York, she married a chauf-
                                                                                                                                   feur, William Brown. He would take
                                                                                       the mannequins in the display windows       people to Saratoga and other racetracks
                                                                                       and delivering clothes,” Thelma said.       in New York, then return home to pick
   After 100 years, Concord resident                                                      She became so good at her job that       up Thelma and take her for a ride. “We
                                                                                       when the company went out of business, traveled all over New York and Canada,”
      marvels at political change                                                      she was immediately snapped up by a
                                                                                       competitor.
                                                                                                                                   she recalled.
                                                                                                                                                               Thelma lived in
         By Jay Bedecarré                    would be a black president, but I never   Eventually, she                                                      her Jamaica, Queens,
        Special to The Concordian            thought I’d be alive to see it,” Thelma   worked for three                                                     home for more than
                                             explained while sitting in the living     firms in the fash-                                                   50 years. When the
       helma F. Brown filled out her                                                   ion district. “I                                                     owner of her third

T
                                             room of a Concord home with her care-
       absentee ballot for Barack Obama      giver, Andrella Bohanna.                  never had to look                                                    dress shop retired, so
       last fall, voting as she’s been          Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister        for a job,” she                                                      did Thelma.
doing for quite some time. The unusual       and a group of neighbors and friends      proudly explained                                                       A few years ago, a
thing about this simple act of an            were on hand last month to help           as she rattled off                                                   friend drove Thelma
American citizen exercising her rights is    Thelma celebrate her 100th birthday on    the addresses of                                                     across the country
that when she was born, Thelma or her        “Thelma F. Brown Day” in Concord.         each of her                                                          and she settled in
seamstress mother never could have              Thelma spent her childhood and teen    employers.                                                           Walnut Creek and
dreamed this would happen.                   years in New Orleans, where she attend-      Eleanor                                  Photo by City of Concord
                                                                                                                                                            then Concord. She
   When Thelma was born in New               ed Catholic school. She married, had a    Roosevelt had her MAYOR LAURA HOFFMEISTER honors Thelma              likes Concord, but
Orleans on Feb. 7, 1909, women in the        child who died in an accident and         hats made on the Brown’s 100th birthday with a Proclamation “it’s so quiet out
United States were not allowed to vote       divorced.                                 same floor Thelma                                                    here!”
and blacks in the South were disenfran-         At the height of the Depression, the   worked on and she would often see the           She delights in talking about politics
chised. The odds were astronomical that      22-year-old’s mother passed away and      future first lady.                          or her beloved New York Mets. She
a black woman from the South would           Thelma got on a bus and headed for           “I first voted for (Franklin) Roosevelt  watched the Jan. 20 inauguration festiv-
ever cast a vote for an African-American     New York City, where two aunts lived.     because I didn’t have enough money to       ities from dawn till dark. Rev. Peter
presidential candidate.                      The bus stopped in Meridian, Miss., so    be a Republican,” Thelma said with a        Lofredo of St. Agnes Church and
   “As a child I was always told there       passengers could use the restroom.        laugh.                                      Josefine Stolz of Caring Hands are regu-
                                                                                          Wallis Simpson, the American             lar visitors.
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                                                                                       too. Thelma would deliver clothes to the summed up her first 100 years: “I’ve
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                                                                      Dan Ashley

     André and Tiffany Gensburger
       Tamara and Bob Steiner
              Publishers
                                                                          what really
          André Gensburger
            Editor-in-Chief
      andre@myconcordian.com
            Tamara Steiner
                                                                               matters                                             sap on the committee hearing hot
                                                                                                                                   seat, or the NFL star prancing around
                                                                                                                                   the field after knocking an opponent
                                                                                                                                   senseless, and on and on. What a
                                                                                                                                   refreshing change to see the quiet
            Associate Editor                                                                                                       dignity of the reluctant media sensa-
        Chief Operating Officer                                                                                                    tion.
      tamara@myconcordian.com                  The one-minute hero shows us                                                           Sometimes, we are quick to put the
                                                                                                                                   wrong people on pedestals for the
              Pete Cruz
           Graphic Designer                        a lifetime of integrity                                                         wrong reasons; it’s nice to see the
                                                                                                                                   right one sitting up there for all the
       pete@myconcordian.com                                                                                                       right reasons.
                                                  n 60 seconds, less time than it        surance before we go hurling into the        We can list ad nauseam the jocks
               Bev Britton
               Copy Editor

             Beth Neudell
                                             I    takes to brush your teeth, Capt.
                                                  Chesley Sullenberger made a series
                                             of complex decisions that kept 154 peo-
                                                                                         air in that small movie theater wrapped
                                                                                         by a thin steel membrane. He has all
                                                                                         the attributes central casting would
                                                                                                                                   in jail for guns, drugs, animal abuse,
                                                                                                                                   etc. Throw in the Blagojeviches of the
                                                                                                                                   world and the occasional rampaging
                                                                                                                                   movie star, and you wind up with a
          Display Advertising                ple depending on him alive.                 send over: kind but serious eyes, a
                                                A flock of birds that chose the pre-     capable manner and the silver hair that   dubious list of distinctions from peo-
       beth@myconcordian.com
                                             cise wrong moment to share the air-         connotes the “he’s seen it all” experi-   ple who should know better. Even
            Christina Scarlott               space with his jetliner instantly turned    ence that any anxious flyer is glad to    that all-American Olympic gold
             Administration                  a routine takeoff from New York’s La        see on the way to their seat.             medal machine Michael Phelps has
                                             Guardia airport into a near death expe-                                               slipped a notch or two thanks to a
                Dan Ashley                                                                    An unassuming hero                   bad decision and a not-very-kind fel-
         Special Correspondent               rience for the passengers. It was an
                                             unwanted opportunity to test the train-        Sully is a role model we can all       low partier turned photographer.
         dan@myconcordian.com
                   |                         ing of the pilot and crew.                  learn from, but for far more than the        Don’t bother looking for any com-
             Jay Bedecarré                      With both engines shut down only a       courage he demonstrated in the cock-      promising photos of Sully on the
         Special Correspondent               few thousand feet into the climb, there     pit on Jan. 15. As impressive as his      Internet, because something tells me
         jay@myconcordian.com                was almost no time to produce any           nerve and his skill as a pilot are, his   you won’t find any not with this guy.
                                             result other than utter disaster. But       humility and decency as a human              What really matters is that we rec-
                                             that’s not what happened.                   being are equally worth emulating.        ognize the genuine article when we
              Staff Writers                                                                 This is a guy who, for 40 years, has   see it. You and I may never save a
                                                “We’re gonna be in the Hudson.”
             Jeanna Ross                        These six words said so calmly and       done his job quietly and competently      planeload of people, but we can learn
       jeanna@myconcordian.com               so decisively by an airline pilot from      and that was satisfaction enough.         nonetheless from the heroism and the
                                             Danville have become synonymous             Now, because of the most rare of          humility of Capt. Chesley
             Mike Dunn                       with courage.                               freak mid-air mishaps, he’s famous        Sullenberger; he can make us all bet-
        mike@myconcordian.com                                                            for doing “what we were trained to        ter in big ways and small ones.
                                                “Sully” is our new national hero and
                                             we could not ask for a better one. His      do” as he so humbly put it during a          He reminds us of what people are
             Denisen Hartlove
                                             bravery, level-headedness and icy pro-      welcome home celebration in               capable of being: smart, solid, dedi-
       denisen@myconcordian.com
                                             fessionalism are the stuff of major         Danville two weeks after the splash       cated and decent. In an era where so
             Lou Fancher                     motion pictures – Harrison Ford type        landing.                                  many of our role models disappoint,
         lou@myconcordian.com                heroics, only better because he’s the          There is something about the unas-     one cannot help but feel fairly certain
                                             real deal.                                  suming hero that is so much more          that Sully is not going to let us down
             Mary Ellen Butler                                                           compelling, especially these days.        just like he didn’t let a single person
      maryellen@myconcordian.com                   Thinking safety first                    You can’t turn on the television       on that plane down.
              We Remember
                                                I am writing this a few days after the   today without seeing people calling
            Jill Ann Bedecarré               release of the tower recordings from        attention to themselves. The talking
                 1950-2007                   U.S. Airways flight 1549 and only a few     heads on cable screaming some point          Dan Ashley is an anchor at ABC-7
           Her spirit is our muse            minutes after watching the first televi-    of view they cannot possibly really       News and can be seen weeknights at 5,
                                             sion interview of the deservedly named      believe, the politician showboating       6 and 11 p.m. on ABC-7 and at 9 p.m.
   The Concordian, published in Clayton,
CA, is a sister publication to The Clayton   “Hero on the Hudson.” If you didn’t         for the cameras while putting some        on KOFY-TV20.
Pioneer. It is delivered by mail, free to    hear the air traffic transmission or
approximately 34,000 residences with every   watch the interview on television, go to
business in Concord receiving one.           YouTube because they are not to be
                                             missed.
           LET US KNOW YOUR NEWS
                                                Not only did this 58-year-old veter-
    Weddings, engagements, anniver-
saries, births, deaths, events, sports       an pilot put his plane down on the
news, accomplishments, school news           river in one piece, but this outwardly
and more. Please let us know of these        ordinary man then twice walked the
important events by using the forms on       length of the cabin as it filled with
our Website at                               freezing cold water to make sure every
    www.myconcordian.com or email            last soul on board had gotten out.
        info@myconcordian.com or                Only then did Sully leave his plane
      calendar@myconcordian.com              but not before thinking to grab the
    These items are published free for       maintenance log that the NTSB investi-
Concord residents as space permits.          gators would surely want to study. Are
Please visit the Website to find addition-   you kidding? Harrison wouldn’t even
al forms for submitting a press release,     be cool enough to do that in the
letter to the editor, story ideas and        movies.
sports items.                                   Sully, as we have come to call him as
                 CONTACT US                  if we know him, is an example to us all.
    The Concordian, 6200 H Center            He is the sort of pilot I always like to
Street, PO Box 1246, Clayton, CA             see when I board a plane and glance
94517. Tel: (925) 673-5367                   into the cockpit for a quick bit of reas-
Fax: (925) 672-6580
          info@myconcordian.com
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             c         ity
                       beat
                                                                                                 damage programs with the cuts that
                                                                                                 we’ll need to have come back when
                                                                                                 the budget’s back.”
                                                                                                    Officials at the meeting expressed
                                                                                                 frustration with the current state
                                                                                                 budget progress – or lack of such. The
                                                                                                 county receives 31 percent of its fund-
      County looking for ways to                                                                 ing from Sacramento, with another 18
                                                                                                 percent from the federal government.
          beat the recession                                                                        “I really do wish the legislators
                                                                                                 could come to one of my waiting
            hile Republican and Democrat      Employment and Human Services                      rooms to see the people waiting in

W          state leaders continued to
           squabble over the state budget,
Contra Costa County leaders are scram-
                                              Department, also attended the meeting.
                                              His department alone suffered more
                                              than $25 million in cuts in 2008-’09,
                                                                                                 line to get help,” Valentine said. “It is
                                                                                                 the state’s failure to fund programs
                                                                                                 that’s put us into this hole. … It really
bling to find the means to keep crucial       with 74 county employees laid off and              shows the fragility of the safety net.”
services available to residents.              another 100 temporary employees sent                  Bonilla shared Valentine’s disen-
    Contra Costa County is facing $56         home.                                              chantment with the state’s process.
million in new budget cuts, on top of the        “The problem is simply we have fewer            After spending the day in Sacramento
$90 million the county already cut out of     resources to serve many more people,”              in meetings with state legislators, she
its budget in 2008.                           he said. “The people now coming in to              said it was “disturbing to hear it’s not
    Superintendent Susan Bonilla, head                                                           really a debate anymore – it’s just the
of the Contra Costa County Board of                                                              same thing over and over.”
Supervisors, appeared at a meeting of                                                               “We can take some encouragement
the Diablo Valley Democratic Club along                                                          that across the state, the people are
with other county department heads on                                                            going to demand more of a problem-
Feb. 18 to discuss the status of the coun-                                                       solving approach (from legislators)
ty’s budget. She described the efforts to                                                        and not just a digging in of heels.”
reduce the impact of cuts to county serv-                                                           Some local Democrats are already
ices for residents as extremely challeng-                                                        beginning that process. A resolution
ing. “The effect isn’t so much on govern-                                                        was passed at the meeting to support
                                                                                                 a change in the state Constitution to
                                                                                                                                             Healing Arts Studio
ment as it is on the people,” she said.
    “Frequently when we help somebody,                                                           require a simple majority for passing
                                                                                                 budget and revenue-related legisla-
                                                                                                                                             FM Alexander Technique
it’s because they have nowhere else to                                                                                                       Posture therapy for equestrian,
go. The strain on this safety net is just                                                        tion. A two-thirds vote is currently
                                                                                                 required.                                   sports and backpack issues
unprecedented.”
    Current county statistics show an
unemployment rate of 7.6 percent as of
                                                                                                    The resolution stated in part,
                                                                                                 “(The) two-third’s rule has resulted in
                                                                                                                                             Warm Oil Treatment
December 2008, or 41,000 members of                                                              a fiscal catastrophe for the state of       for body and hair
                                                                                                 California and has caused undue harm
the workforce without jobs.
    Programs cut include those providing
                                                               Denisen Hartlove/The Concordian   to the health and welfare of its citi-      Reflexology - Hands and feet therapy
                                              SUPERVISOR SUSAN BONILLA shares her reces-
                                                                                                 zens.”
financial, food and medical assistance to
families. Meanwhile, the need for these
                                              sion concerns regarding the state budget
                                                                                                    After the meeting, Bonilla said she       Deep Tissue Massage
services continues to rise.                   apply for general assistance are people            sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
    CalWORKS, which provides help for         who were working, whose unemploy-                  “The bottom line is the projections                         also available for lectures
needy families, has seen an increase in       ment insurance has run out, but who are            we’ve seen say that there will be a              T
applications of more than 30 percent.         not able to find a job.”                           very strong recovery in the Bay Area.”           h                  Call Carol Longshore
Applications for medical assistance from         Half of the county’s child welfare staff,          In the meantime, she asked that
                                                                                                 county residents band together. She’s
                                                                                                                                                  e                            685-6710
the county increased by 76 percent in         who conduct child abuse investigations,
2008.                                         were lost. The remaining workers saw
                                              their case loads double.
                                                                                                 seen groups throughout the area build
                                                                                                 strong communities and partnerships.        Healing
  Housing market takes a hit                     The number of social workers                       “I have seen a lot of very positive
   Bonilla attributed much of the budget      employed to investigate complaints of              response and support from businesses          H
woes to the rapid growth and subse-
quent plunge of home sales and values in
                                              elder abuse and neglect has been cut
                                              from 14 to six. “Only the most serious
                                                                                                 and non-profit partners, to work
                                                                                                 together and help people in need,” she
                                                                                                                                              u
the area, along with the high rate of fore-
closures. “There were so many new
                                              elder abuse cases can be properly inves-           said.                                        t
                                              tigated,” said Valentine.                             As an example, she cited an
homes that were being built, and people          Bonilla said that as of Dec. 31, 2008,          attendee at that night’s meeting. The
were taking out loans that became com-        the county was forced to lay off 100               person had retired two years earlier
pletely unaffordable,” she said.                                                                 from decades of work as a social
   According to the East Bay Economic
                                              employees. “Real people, real jobs,” she
                                              emphasized, drawing a distinction                  worker and offered to work for a day                    Spring Special
Development Alliance, foreclosures in                                                            or two each week for the county in the
Contra Costa County rose 218 percent
between 2006 and 2007.
                                              between laying off current employees vs.
                                              eliminating vacant positions.                      wake of the cuts. Another example is
                                                                                                 the Assistance League, a volunteer
                                                                                                                                                  FREE 20 minute
   Meanwhile, the county’s median
home prices dropped from $571,000 in
2006 to $250,000 in 2008, cutting
                                                 Trouble at the state level
                                                 She said that the key to making it
                                              through a budget crisis of this magni-
                                                                                                 organization that Bonilla said clothed
                                                                                                 3,300 needy schoolchildren in the last
                                                                                                 year.
                                                                                                                                                      session for
property tax revenues to the county.
   Joe Valentine, director of the county’s
                                              tude is to think strategically. “We
                                              want to make sure we’re not going to
                                                                                                    “We’re seeing the best in people,
                                                                                                 stepping forward to help,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                    new customers
March, 2009                                            The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com                                                                                     Page 9

   Mayor reports on how city is weathering financial storm                                                                                         Crime reporting
                                                                                                                                                   available online
        By Tamara Steiner
            The Concordian                                                                                                                          The Concord Police Department
                                                                                                                                                recently joined police departments
        espite the budget crisis in                                                                                                             throughout the state who have added

D       Sacramento and a worldwide
        recession, Concord’s financial
health is stable and the city is poised
                                                                                                                                                on-line crime reporting to their arsenal
                                                                                                                                                of victim reporting options.
                                                                                                                                                    The new system makes reporting a
to ride out the recession, says Mayor                                                                                                           crime more convenient. Reports eligible
Laura Hoffmeister.                                                                                                                              for on-line reporting include lost property,
   Furthermore, the city’s infrastruc-                                                                                                          thefts under $400 with no suspects/wit-
ture is sound due to the millions of                                                                                                            nesses, theft under $400 from an
dollars in city and Redevelopment                                                                                                               unlocked vehicle with no suspects/wit-
Agency funds spent on revitalization                                                                                                            nesses, tampering with a vehicle, vandal-
and rehabilitation projects through-                                                                                                            ism under $400, and harassing phone
out the city.                                                                                                                                   calls of a non-threatening nature.
   Addressing some 260 Chamber of                                                                                                                   The on-line system does not replace
Commerce members at the annual                                                                                                                  having crime reports taken by officers
State of the City luncheon at the                                                                                                               if that is the preference of the victim,
Concord Hilton on Feb. 3,                                                                                                                       but is offered as a convenient option
Hoffmeister warned of lean times to                                                                                                             for busy residents.
come. But she assured the audience                                                                                                                  To submit a crime report on-line, visit
that budget reductions and a healthy                                                                                                            the City of Concord Web site, type “crime
“rainy day” reserve will carry the city                                                                         Tamara Steiner/The Concordian   report” in the search window and select
through the next several years with-       THREE MAYORS: LAURA HOFFMEISTER (current), Dan Helix (retired), and Bill Shinn (former)              the first option on the search results page.
out major cuts to essential services.      attended Hoffmeister’s State of the City Luncheon at the Concord Hilton                                  Anyone with questions regarding
   The city’s infrastructure is solid                                                                                                           the system may contact Lt. Tim
                                           by the Chamber of Commerce for                   nition for both longevity and signifi-
and revitalization has been robust                                                                                                              Runyon at (925) 603-5902.
                                           contributions to the economic well-              cant business growth. East Bay
since 1974 with the formation of the
                                           being of the city.                               Business Times named the company
Redevelopment Agency, which
                                              Recognized for significant busi-              the 29th fastest growing in the East
receives $14-$15 million in incremen-
tal property tax revenue every year,
                                           ness growth was Biocare Medical,                 Bay. M&W Tax Service, owned by                       You can help solve
                                           which was named the 36th fastest-                Jan Townsend, began providing tax
less whatever is diverted by the state
(last year, it was $1.2 million). Of the
                                           growing company in the East Bay last             preparation and financial planning                   violent crimes and
total redevelopment money received
annually, about $8 million goes to
                                           year by the East Bay Business Times.
                                           The company has increased its rev-
                                                                                            services in 1959.
                                                                                               Galaxy Press opened in Concord                     stay anonymous
                                           enue nearly 50 percent in three                  31 years ago and is the first printing
service bond debt – leaving the rest                                                                                                               The Bay Area Crime Stoppers
                                           years. Biocare employs more than                 business in Concord to receive a
for new programs and projects.                                                                                                                  (BACS) provides a way for the commu-
                                           100 and plans to add 30 jobs in the              “green” designation by the county’s
   “Redevelopment gets a really bad                                                                                                             nity to inform law enforcement of tips
                                           coming year.                                     Green Business Program.
rap,” said Hoffmeister. “People think                                                                                                           regarding crime. BACS Call Center
                                              Several businesses were honored                  Recognized for their significant
of a bulldozer running over grand-                                                                                                              answers the TIPS line 24/7 providing
                                           for longevity. Concord Jewelers ,                sales tax contribution, Sears of
ma’s house.”                                                                                                                                    instant encrypted crime info to the
                                           owned by the Ricco family since                  Concord has been an anchor tenant
   But in reality, she noted, “reuse,                                                                                                           Police Coordinator. BACS Call Center
                                           1986, opened on Main Street in 1907.             in the Sun Valley Mall since it
rehabilitation and revitalization pro-                                                                                                          provides multilingual translation serv-
                                           Fleury’s Floor Covering, owned by                opened in 1966. The store employs
vide real economic stimulus …”                                                                                                                  ices for 30 of the most spoken lan-
                                           Kimberlee and Al Fleury, has been                230 and has consistently been one of
                                           doing business in Concord for 34                 the top performing stores in the                    guages of the World.
  Weapons Station among                                                                                                                            800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)
      key projects                         years.                                           region.
                                              Entisys Solutions received recog-                                                                    www.bayareacrimestoppers.org.
   In recent years, redevelopment
funds have been pumped into the
city’s economy by major revitaliza-
tion projects in the downtown, North
Concord, the Monument Corridor
and around the airport. Major proj-
ects have included the Bank of
America technology center, the
Brendan Theatre, the Metroplex
Office Center, Salvio Pacheco Square
and Auto Row along Market Street.
   Hoffmeister said several large
commercial and affordable housing
projects are waiting in the wings,
“ready for recovery.”
   By far, the biggest project on
Concord’s horizon is the 5,200-acre
Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan.
After four years of planning, the city
submitted a “clustered village” con-
cept to the Navy in January. The
design includes 65 percent open
space, 12,200 residential units, 6
million sq. ft. of commercial develop-
ment and 250 acres dedicated to
educational use, all to take place over
the next 30 to 40 years.

 Local businesses honored
  At the meeting, several local busi-
nesses were given special recognition
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                                                                                                                                      Literacy Coalition Board, both with
                          Mayor Laura M. Hoffmeister                                                                                  quarterly meetings. Shinn meets month-
                                                                                                                                      ly with the regional transportation com-




                            o pen
                                                                                                                                      mittee TRANSPAC, advising on expen-
                                                                                                                                      ditures related to Measure J – a county-




                               office
                                                                                                                                      wide special tax for transportation. He
                                                                                                                                      also serves on the Citizen Corps
                                                                                                                                      Community Emergency Response
                                                                                                                                      Team, with quarterly meetings. I serve
                                                                                                                                      as Concord’s official on the County
                                                                                                                                      Connection Board of Directors, with
                                   For City Council members, regular                                                                  monthly meetings.
                                                                                                                                         Each of these bodies often has
                                    meetings are only the beginning                                                                   focused topic subcommittees that
                                                                                                                                      involve additional meetings.
            any people do not realize that   tions to the full City Council on topics    tee, which covers arts, special events,         Lastly, there are representations that

M           the City Council members are
            elected at large and each year
choose a mayor amongst themselves.
                                             appropriate to that committee.
                                                These subcommittees meet monthly
                                             or as needed. All of these meetings are
                                                                                         parks, golf course, trails/openspace,
                                                                                         youth programs and our sister city pro-
                                                                                         gram with Kitikami, Japan. This com-
                                                                                                                                      have been made on a regional basis.
                                                                                                                                      Allen is on the Local Agency Formation
                                                                                                                                      Commission, dealing with city and spe-
   None of these positions are full-time     open to the public.                         mittee also oversees and serves as liai-     cial distinct boundary and annexations.
paid jobs. In general, we are volunteers        Vice Mayor Guy Bjerke and I serve on     son for the Human Relations                  Shinn chairs the East Bay Regional
with a modest stipend that covers some       the committee for Policy Development        Commission and our Parks, Recreation         Communication System. This body
of the time, gas, and phone expenses,        and Internal Operations, which covers       and Open Space commission on which           assures that in a disaster, city emer-
etc, needed to hold the office. All of us    budget, policy development, facilities      our citizens serve.                          gency responders can communicate
have full-time jobs or are recently          use, community relations and the base                                                    with other cities and agencies through
retired.                                     re-use, and oversees and serves as liai-            Pinpointing topics                   their radios. Shinn also serves as the
   We do not have our own dedicated          son for the Personnel Board on which            In addition, there are three Ad Hoc      Homeless Program Liaison to the
staff. The city manager administrative       our citizens serve.                         committees which meet as needed to           Mayors’ City-County Relations
assistant helps support and coordinate          Councilwoman Helen Allen and I           address and focus on specific topics for     Committee.
our needs in serving the community.          serve on Infrastructure and Franchise,      a limited period of time.                       I serve on the Mayors’ Conference,
   Most cities have two meetings a           which covers transportation, cable, com-        Allen and I serve on the Housing         which meets monthly to discuss and
month, but in Concord our typical            munication/technologies, solid              Element Update Ad Hoc. I also serve          coordinate issues within Contra Costa. I
schedule is three formal meetings a          waste/recycling, public works, sewer        with Shinn on the Los Medanos working        also serve as liaison to the Concord
month. This allows us to complete busi-      and any other franchise issues. It also     group, along with Planning                   Chamber of Commerce.
ness at a reasonable time, because items     oversees and serves as liaison for the      Commissioner Kevin Costa, to discuss            We all report items of interest to our
can be spread over more meetings.            Board of Appeals on which our citizens      issues with elected and appointed offi-      colleagues and the public at the end of
   The City Council members spend            serve.                                      cials from Pittsburg about the ridgeline     City Council meetings.
much time preparing for meetings,               Bjerke and Allen are on Housing and      that is shared between Concord and              As the official spokesperson for the
including reading reports, meeting with      Economic Development, covering the          Pittsburg.                                   City Council, I respond to the press,
staff, etc. We may also have special         downtown, redevelopment project                 And finally, I serve along with Bjerke   attend various functions from a neigh-
meetings to discuss and provide direc-       areas, housing, mobile homes and            and two planning commissioners on the        borhood meeting to ribbon cutting for
tion to our city attorney on pending or      development permitting. It also over-       Economic Vitality Ad Hoc committee to        new businesses, meet with existing busi-
anticipated legal action or personnel        sees and serves as liaison for the Design   discuss and coordinate issues related to     nesses and welcome organizations hold-
matters.                                     Review Board on which our citizens          improving and enhancing the economic         ing conventions in our hotels.
                                             serve.                                      health of the city.                             As you can see, the City Council stays
      Variety of committee                      Councilmen Bill Shinn and Mark               Other external appointments I made       busy working for you beyond just the
          appointments                       Peterson serve on Neighborhood and          include Allen to the Association of Bay      regular meetings. Concord’s traditional-
   In addition, your council members         Community Services, which covers            Area Governments, which has quarterly        ly strong representation on so many of
serve on numerous city, county and           neighborhood issues and neighborhood        meetings to coordinate issues of region-     these important committees provides an
statewide committees and boards. As          programs/projects, social service issues,   al interest. The East Bay League of          important voice on issues of regional
mayor, in consultation with my col-          American with Disability Act issues and     California Cities, with its monthly meet-    significance.
leagues, I made these appointments at        programs for the elderly, and oversees      ings, is handled by Shinn. He also serves       All of this can easily add up to 40
the beginning of the year.                   and serves as liaison for the               at the state level on the Public Safety      hours a week or more which we do out
   The City Council has five standing        Commission on Aging and its                 Committee, while I serve on the              of our true interest in bettering our
committees, with two council members         Community Services Commission on            California League’s Environmental            community.
serving on each of them. In general, we      which our citizens serve.                   Policy Committee.                               Send your comments and con-
each serve on two city standing commit-         Peterson and Shinn also serve on the         Bjerke is on the Mt. Diablo Unified      cerns to Laura Hoffmeister, the
tees. Each committee is responsible for      Recreation and Cultural Affairs commit-     School District Safe and Drug Free Task      City Council or city staff at
overseeing and making recommenda-                                                        Force Advisory and the Central County        cityinfo@ci.concord.ca.us.


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Senior independent living –
The start of senior life – not the end
                                                                                                    that is what you need to be safe and      keeps them upbeat. It’s the little
                                                                                                    still be considered independent.”         things that give the most pleasure.”
                                                                                                       Noting that places for low income         Plaza Tower also takes advantage
                                                                                                    senior living are limited, Cronin         of a city-provided bus service to
                                                                                                    believes that this problem is             take residents to the Concord
                                                                                                    increasing with time as the baby          Senior Center or shopping twice a
                                                                                                    boomer population reaches their           week. Cronin is happy that the cen-
                                                                                                    senior years. The situation is made       ter has negotiated $14 a month
                                                                                                    worse by our present economic con-        extended TV service that keeps it
                                                                                                    ditions.                                  affordable for the residents.
                                                                                                       “Their insurance goes up and              It has been almost 24 years since
                                                                                                    they are on a fixed income,” she          Plaza Tower opened. Heritage
                                                                                                    said. “It is very difficult to make it.   House started as a church outreach
                                                                                                    You go to the store and food prices       from the neighboring Presbyterian
                                                                                                    are going up, and if it is a choice of    Church, with the same philosophy
                                                                                                    doing without some food or without        of providing affordable housing for
                                                                                                    their medication, they choose to cut      local seniors. Even though Plaza
                                                                                                    back on their food.”                      Tower has no religious affiliation, it
                                                                                                       This is not a good solution,           owes its existence to the church for
                                                                                                    because without adequate nutrition,       the buildings and the philosophy.
                                                                                                    mental ability deteriorates quickly.         “It’s a great place to live,” Cronin
                                                                                                    “They can go downhill very fast,”         said.
                                                                                                    Cronin added.
                                                                                                       With a staff she calls “excellent,”      Seniors interested in learning
                                                                                                    Cronin aims to provide enough out-        more can stop by, get a tour and
                                                                                                    lets to keep her residents happy and      add their names to what Cronin
                                                                  André Gensburger/The Concordian
                                                                                                    busy and she wants them to know           describes as a “short” waiting list.
NANCY CRONIN, LEFT, PATRICIA BONEQUI, POLLY OLSON   AND   KAREN HEISINGER are part of the
happy and proud staff of Plaza Tower.
                                                                                                    that they are valued.                     Plaza Tower is at 2020 Grant St.
                                                                                                       “We gave all 300 residents             For more information, call 685-7887
                                              icy excludes anyone with an income                    Valentine’s cards,” she said. “It
       By André Gensburger                    of more than $46,350 per year. The
             The Concordian                   Plaza is about affordable living and
                                              they cater to a wide range from low
           ith an increasingly aging

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           living longer, independent
living facilities, such as Plaza Tower
                                              income up to that level.
                                                 “We have 20 apartments that we
                                              rent for a lot less money,” said
                                              Nancy Cronin, the facility adminis-
in the heart of the cosmopolitan-             trator with 13 years working for
styled downtown Concord, defy the             Barcelon Associates Management
age old expectations of being places          Corp., who operates the facility.
to die. Instead, they are places to              “We have a wonderful board of
live, thrive and enjoy those senior           directors,” Cronin said. “Their main
years as being the best possible.             goal is to keep the rents as low as
   Plaza Tower, across the street             possible.”
from county supervisor Susan                     Cronin is quick to point out that
Bonilla’s Salvio Pacheco Square               the definition of independent living
offices, offers a variation on senior         has changed over the years. These
living. It caters to seniors who qual-        days, the definition is living with or
ify not through an upper income               without help. “As much as is needed
requirement, but rather a cap on              to be safe,” she explained. “You can
what they can have earned. The pol-           have a 24-hour a day caregiver if




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Police Athletic Association mentors at-risk kids
            By Denisen Hartlove                             mentoring, show them a different way,                  Capt. Katherine Wayne is the com-          employment, they stay out of trouble,”
                      The Concordian                        a different direction. Our whole goal is            mander of the San Jose office of the          he said.
                                                            to make these youth successful.”                    California Highway Patrol and a mem-             Crossroads was also a recipient of
           hen Concord resident, Neil

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                                                                                                                ber of CCPAA. Wayne teaches “Teen             one of CCPAA’s $1,000 athletic equip-
           Stratton retired from the                                 Turning to sports                          Mom to Career Mom” classes to teen            ment awards. Stratton brought by soc-
           Walnut Creek Police                                 The CCPAA funds grants for law
                                                                                                                mothers at Crossroads Necessary High          cer balls, along with softball and volley-
Department as a captain in 1995, he                         enforcement officials who work as
                                                                                                                School in Concord.                            ball equipment, and then stayed to
wasn’t ready to hang up his belt and                        mentors to children. Grants of $250 to
                                                                                                                   Wayne talks to the girls from the per-     coach the students.
shield. Instead, Stratton used his new-                     $1,000 are given to cover activity costs,
                                                                                                                spective of someone who’s been in their          “They actually got to be silly and be
found time to reach out to at-risk chil-                    from Little Leagues to traveling sports
                                                                                                                shoes. Once upon a time, she was a            kids and run,” said Neudecker. “It gave
dren – teaching and motivating them                         team registration fees, scouting groups
                                                                                                                young single mother, struggling to finish     them a chance to not be confined in a
to make choices that will move their                        to violin lessons and more.
                                                                                                                her education while raising a child.          classroom.”
lives in positive directions through the                       In addition, the group funds three
                                                                                                                   “I did it, but not without the help of a
Contra Costa Police Athletic                                $1,000 grants annually to different                                                                      Making a difference
                                                                                                                lot of people,” Wayne said of her experi-
Association.                                                schools in need of athletic equipment.                                                               Bill Holian, who worked as a police
                                                                                                                ence. “A lot of those kids don’t have that
                                                                                                                kind of support at home.”                     officer for “forever,” has since retired
                                                                                                                   “She doesn’t sugarcoat it. She said it     and is one of CCPAA’s newest recruits.
                                                                                                                was tough,” noted Pam Neudecker, the          He teaches the Positive Mental Attitudes
                                                                                                                administrator at Crossroads High.             classes.
                                                                                                                   Nevertheless, the girls find hope in          “You can see when their heads start
                                                                                                                Wayne’s lessons. “Since she could do it,      nodding up and down that they like the
                                                                                                                they could do it too,” Neudecker added.       message,” he said of the students’ reac-
                                                                                                                   “One thing I always try to hit home is     tions to the program. “You’re not
                                                                                                                that they need to put themselves in a sit-    preaching to them. You’re just telling
                                                                                                                uation where they have choices,” said         them, ‘Hey, you have choices. You can
                                                                                                                Wayne. “If they drop out of school, don’t     make it hard on yourselves, or you can
                                                                                                                have an education, they won’t have            make it just a little bit easier.’
                                                                                                                choices. They’ll just have what’s left           “I think some of them get it. You get
                                                                                                                over. Education is the most important         tired of hitting your head against the
                                                                                                                thing they can do.”                           wall, and you’re looking for someone to
                                                                              Denisen Hartlove/The Concordian      Stratton agrees with this outlook. “If     tell you it’s OK to stop. When you can
N EIL S T R A T T O N ,   TEACHES   “T HE POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDES ” to encourage at-risk kids to stay         they get their education, their high          reach out and give these people a hand,
in school.                                                                                                      school diploma, their GED, they go on         you say, ‘Here, let’s try it one more
                                                                                                                to college or vocational training, they get   time.’”
   Now in its 14th year, the group of                       “If we get them involved in sports,
active and retired law enforcement offi-                    they’re not just hanging around trying
cers works to reach at-risk children                        to figure out what to do next,” said
before they can get into trouble. They                      Stratton.
have given mentoring grants and                                The CCPAA is privately funded.
taught Positive Mental Attitudes class-                     “Our board does not approve of tele-
es to more than 1,600 children in 2008                      phone soliciting,” Stratton said firmly.                               Inside Rodie’s Feed & Country Store
alone.                                                         Instead, they organize fundraisers
   According to the U.S. Department of
Justice, 17 percent of all violent crime
                                                            such as the annual Kops for Kids
                                                            run/walk and the Kops for Kids Golf
                                                            Classic, now in its 11th year. Last year’s
                                                                                                                     SPRING CLEARANCE
arrests were juveniles in 2006.
Stratton’s group aims to lower that                         golf event brought in more than
                                                            $13,000.
number.
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                        Josie Van Fleet                                                                                              Back to Health Medical Center is


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                                                                                         married couple must make
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   In its effort to revive the housing       credit even if you don’t have much tax      person or $170,000 for a married
market, the federal government includ-       liability.                                  couple.
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time home buyers in the economic             buyer, you must meet the following          In any case, with the tax credit, low       The Concordian is 100
stimulus package. But, be watchful –         requirements:                             home prices and the federal govern-            percent advertising
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                                                                                     They were also required to buy gro-
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                                                                                                                               uled to be demolished this year at the
                                                                                                                               expense of the Crossings’ homeown-
                                                                                                                               ers because it is disintegrating. Then
                 For More                   houses. It’s the remainder of the        deducted from their salaries. The         the little firehouse, being used for
                          Informatio        Cowell Portland Cement Plant,            company store’s prices were higher        storage, will be all that’s left of Cowell
                                    n:
   Brand Bui     Matt Lope                  opened in 1908 by Henry Cowell.          than others around.                       Village and the largest cement com-
            lder and R       z
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             (    925) 699-                 the world, and Cowell later gave it to   trouble with the dust and their wives        The Crossings Homeowners
                           1371
                                            his son Samuel. Houses were built in     were troubled by the dust on clothes      Association is planning an area with a
                                            the nearby village of Cowell for work-   they hung out to dry. They                commemorative plaque honoring the
                                                                                     approached the company but man-           smokestack and its history. Be watch-
                                                                                     agement refused to take care of the       ing for more information.
                                                                                     problem, so the farmers sued – and           This month, the Concord Historical
                                                                                     lost.                                     Society has two events. Sister Mary
                                                                                        In 1933, a young lawyer named          Grace Puchac will speak to members
                                                                                     John Garavanta took the case. After a     at the Lunchin’ and Learnin’ Lecture
                                                                                     53-day trail, he won and the judge        at Legends at 11:30 a.m. Mar. 7. Her
                                                                                     ordered the cement company to put         topic is the transformation of the
                                                                                     dust collectors on its chimneys.          Adobe building.
                                                                                     Garavanta became a local hero and            Our next event is the annual din-
                                                                                     went on to serve as the first munici-     ner for members and guests at 6 p.m.
                                                                                     pal judge in the ’50s and ’60s.           Mar. 19 at Oakhurst Country Club.
                                                                                        The company closed the plant in        Father Richard Mangini will give us
                                                                                     1947, when the workers went on            some memories of growing up in
                                                                                     strike and management did not want        Concord with a talk entitled “Playing
                                                                                     to meet their needs.                      Cops and Robbers.”
 Replace your old windows and get a Federal Tax Credit of 30%                           The cement factory and village
    ($1,500 max.) for energy efficient home improvements.                            were torn down in the ’70s to make           If you need more information, call
                                                                                     way for a subdivision known as The        the Resource Center on Tuesday after-
                                                                                     Crossings. The smokestack and the         noons at 827-3380. We love to hear
                                                                                     village firehouse were the only saved     from you.




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l sports
     ocal

       If youth
       soccer’s
    your game,
        options
     abound in
        Central
        County
                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Gwenn Hays
         By Jay Bedecarré                              KIANA MASON   OF   DIABLO FC 95 BLUE splits her defenders in an under 13 competitive game
        Special to The Concordian

    n simpler, slightly less hectic times,   (MDSA) began in the Clayton Valley             60 yards by 120 yards, without trees or       program only. In its inaugural 2008

I   say 20 years ago, the youth sports
    calendar was fairly well-defined for
parents and youngsters alike.
                                             area in 1980. All of these groups, at one
                                             time or another, operated under the
                                             AYSO’s five tenets of “everyone plays,
                                                                                            other vegetation, were few and far
                                                                                            between.
                                                                                               A group of local civic leaders and par-
                                                                                                                                          season, teams competed in Hawaii,
                                                                                                                                          Idaho, Arkansas and Florida. Diablo FC
                                                                                                                                          teams won State Cup, regional and
   In the fall, there was football and       balanced teams, open registration, posi-       ents did a large amount of fundraising        North American championships.
soccer and during the winter, basket-        tive coaching and good sportsmanship.”         and worked with Cal State East Bay and           The club participates under the
ball. Spring sprung and baseball and         What more could a parent want?                 the city of Concord to build the Daniel       national umbrella organizations of US
track came along with it. Finally in            But growing enrollment and passion          E. Boatwright Youth Sports Complex,           Club Soccer, Super Y-League and US
summer, it was swimming or a well-           for the sport rolled over into more com-       which opened in 2000 on the Concord-          (California) Youth Soccer Association.
earned rest for parents worn out from        petitive programs, and that competition        Clayton border. The city of Clayton           Its 48 competitive teams for boys and
loading the minivan and hauling kids to      wasn’t just on the field of play. The          opened its community park a few years         girls from under 9 through under 21
practices, games, meets and tourna-          leagues in this area (and everywhere           before then, also helping ease the            play in leagues and tournaments local,
ments.                                       else) competed to secure use of the            crunch for field space.                       regionally and nationally.
   Locally, the youth soccer scene has       valuable but finite fields and then               Somehow the needs and demand                  This year, WCSC is taking another
embraced all of those levels. The sport      sought to fill those facilities with play-     were met, and registration in soccer          step by affiliating with the Women’s
exploded in participation over a quarter     ers who now had choices where they             continued to rise. The local leagues          Premier Soccer League, an independent
century ago, when numerous organiza-         could play.                                    offered “K league” for 5- and 6-year-olds     national league whose main focus is on
tions started to serve the ever-expand-         As in every endeavor, the com-              up to the highest age group of “under         the development of highly competitive
ing need.                                    petitive looked for more challenges            19.” This allowed athletes to play from       amateur women’s soccer teams.
   Parents found the sport met many of       and Diablo Valley Soccer Club                  the time they entered kindergarten until         The Walnut Creek Power is the local
their real and perceived needs for their     (DVSC) evolved out of CAL in 1991              they left for college.                        team which will wear the same colors
children. It was a good means for their      with a competitive program for the                Today, a young person can play soc-        as the WCSC youth teams. WCSC com-
children to get outdoor exercise, expo-      Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill and            cer year-round with Diablo FC or              petitive teams play in CYSA and US
sure to competition and teamwork and         Martinez area to match that                    WCSC. Someone looking back fondly on          Club Soccer leagues, tournaments and
something almost every skill and size        already offered by WCSC. A decade              “the good ol’ days,” when soccer was a        cup competitions. Yet true to its origi-
level could participate in without much      later, Mt. Diablo Soccer League                fall sport, can still play in MDSA,           nal mission, 75 percent of the 2,900
fear of injury.                              (MDSL) sprang from MDSA with its               Concord AYSO or WCSC from August              players in WCSC are on the recreation
                                             own competitive program.                       until November. The vast majority of          level.
     Soccer kicks in during                     Coming full circle, DVSC and MDSL           participants in those recreation pro-            MDSA has the largest Concord-based
           the ’70s                          merged a year ago to form Diablo               grams do just that.                           youth soccer program and draws 95 per-
   The Concord Athletic League (CAL),        Futbol Club.                                      However, even the AYSO programs            cent of its players from Concord and
1970, and Walnut Creek Soccer Club                                                          have expanded to add select programs          Clayton. About 135 teams play each fall
(WCSC), 1971, were the first to offer          Field space at a premium                     in the winter.                                and nearly 40 percent return for spring
organized recreation programs for local         This explosion of interest in soccer                                                      league, a program that didn’t exist 20
residents. Concord American Youth            put a strain on local municipalities and           Playing at the elite level                years ago.
Soccer Organization (AYSO) evolved           school districts for use of fields.               For the competitive player, there is          “We believe the best way for kids to
out of a baseball group, Pacific Coast       Concord had developed a tremendous             coaching and training by former profes-       learn soccer is to play. Therefore MDSA
League, with soccer initially the “second    park system in the 1960s, before there         sional and international players, and         mandates that every player on all teams
sport” in the 1970s. It became soccer        was even a thought of organized soc-           leagues and tournaments that take play-       play at least three quarters of every
only in 1986.                                cer. Baseball diamonds and basketball          ers around the country.
   The Mt. Diablo Soccer Association         courts abounded, but flat grass spaces            Diablo FC is a competitive soccer                      See Soccer, page 19
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      was so excited when a                 mend hydrogen peroxide 3 percent,

I    Concordian reader contacted me
     and asked me what all this
“swishing” was about, so I thought
                                            found at any drug or food store. You
                                            may prefer minty mouthwashes (now
                                            available alcohol-free), salt water or
other readers might have the same           even prescription mouth rinses.
question. This sparked the idea of             Next up is flossing. Not only are
incorporating your dental questions         you removing food from between
into my column. I have set up a spe-        your teeth, you’re bringing the medic-
cial email address, concordians-            inal rinse in between your teeth.
miles@sbcglobal.net, just for you.          There are many floss aids available at
Please feel free to email me about          local drug or food stores.
dental topics.                                 Then, brushing gives your whole
   More research every year shows           mouth a cleaning, plus a massage.
links between gum disease and other            Now is the appropriate time to
medical disease like heart disease,         rinse a final time with extra fluoride.
rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.          The leading over the counter brand is
Prevention is the key. The best way to      ACT. It’s not just for kids!
keep your smile healthy and bright is          I look forward to your emails and
to swish, floss, brush and swish            discussing relevant dental issues.
again.
   First, swish vigorously with any         Contact Robert H. Waldman, D.D.S.
                                            at 925-682-6940, by email at
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Soccer, from page 18                                                                                                       Fam carin
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game [National AYSO mandate is at           The VIP program provides a quality soc-                                       with         hea
                                                                                                                                           lth
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least half of every game],” MDSA            cer experience for children and adults
                                                                                                                             t den
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explains.                                   mental challenges make it difficult to                           ve       exc
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and more fun when teams of equal abili-        Concord has one other youth soccer         Ou                              Providing comprehensive dental care including
ty play. MDSA is committed to positive      group which is not affiliated with a                                          implant, veneer and other cosmetic restorations
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the players and ultimately leads to bet-    mostly Hispanic families. The season
ter-skilled and better-motivated play-      runs spring through fall.
ers.”
   Concord AYSO offers a full range of
recreation programs in fall, winter and
                                               For information on Concord AYSO,
                                            call 685-AYSO or visit www.concor-
                                                                                       The banks own a number of
spring for more than 800 players utiliz-
ing fields in central and north Concord,
                                            dayso.org.
                                               For Diablo FC, call 798-GOAL or
                                                                                       homes in the area. Many of them will be
including Concord’s newest park at El       visit www.diablofc.org.                    fixers. If you are considering buying and would like to
Dorado and Westwood schools.                   Reach MDSA at 825-GOAL or               tour bank owned properties go to
   Concord AYSO has the distinction of      www.mdsoccer.org.
playing host to the only VIP Challenger        Contact WCSC at 930-0210 or                 www.tourbankowned.com or call 800-834-9096
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MDUSD superintendent’s resignation
focuses board on budgetary resolution
                                              the school district. The district and the             District looks to parcel tax                      need to be cut on top of the existing cuts
       By André Gensburger                    community face many challenges, and                                                                     making a parcel tax even more pressing.
                                                                                                    As the board focuses on ways to gener-
             The Concordian
                                              the board members felt that new lead-              ate new revenue, it is hoped that a much-               “All funds from the proposed ballot
                                              ership was necessary to achieve many               discussed parcel tax of $99 per year                 measure would be used here in our local
         he much-anticipated Feb. 10

T       announcement of the resignation
        of Mt. Diablo Unified School
District (MDUSD) Superintendent
                                              of the desired outcomes.
                                                 “Dr. Nicholl’s financial and education-
                                              al experience will help ensure that the
                                              district will be well-led while we begin
                                                                                                 would help retain many of the educational
                                                                                                 services in danger of being cut or already
                                                                                                 cut, by raising $7.5 million per year. With
                                                                                                 the just passed state budget, the district
                                                                                                                                                      elementary, middle and high schools to
                                                                                                                                                      support student achievement and build
                                                                                                                                                      a strong academic foundation for our
                                                                                                                                                      children,” trustee Paul Strange said on
Gary McHenry has cleared the way for
                                              the search for a new superintendent.”              estimates an additional $8 million will              the MDUSD bog site. “The state could
a now-unified board to focus on the
                                                                                                                                                      not take a single dime.”
budget crisis that is already causing
                                                                                                                                                         In addition, none of the funding
school closures in other Bay Area dis-
                                                                                                                                                      could be spent on administrator salaries
tricts.
                                                                                                                                                      and would be monitored by independ-
   Assistant Superintendent Dick
                                                                                                                                                      ent citizen and mandatory annual
Nicholl was appointed interim superin-
                                                                                                                                                      audits. The tax would expire after five
tendent. McHenry will receive about
                                                                                                                                                      years and could not be renewed.
$150,000 with his resignation effective
                                                                                                                                                         “I think the new board majority has
in September 2009, although he will not
                                                                                                                                                      shown that it will take the lead in mak-
report to work. He also will have health
                                                                                                                                                      ing changes,” Strange said.
benefits through the remainder of what
                                                                                                                                                         The district hopes to have the parcel
would have been his contract term.
                                                                                                                                                      tax added to the special election that
   “We now look to the future and ask
                                                                                                                                                      will be held on May 19.
our employees, parents and greater
                                                                                                                                                         Citizen input on the parcel tax plan is
community to work with us to improve
                                                                                                                                                      welcomed at the district meetings or
our district together,” trustee Gary
                                                                                                                    André Gensburger/The Concordian   through email at
Eberhart said at the start of the board       FRUSTRATION OVER BUDGET CUTS HAS BEEN   BUILDING   since parents and teachers demonstrated              schoolmeasure@gmail.com.
meeting. “This is a time of change in         during the governor’s 2007 visit.




Parent teacher groups strive for district
fundraising solutions
       By Denisen Hartlove                    coming from the teachers for the basic,
             The Concordian                   bare bones things at the school that the
                                              district or the school is not able to pro-
           ith budget cuts casting an         vide simply because budgets have been

W          ever-present dark shadow
           over California education,
public schools are increasingly relying
                                              slashed tremendously,” she said.
                                                 School crossing guards are funded by
                                              the Ayers PTA as well, though not with-
on the efforts of parent teacher associ-      out some bureaucratic hurdles. “PTA
ations to keep teachers supplied with         insurance rules do not allow for PTA’s
day-to-day necessities.                       recruiting or coordinating volunteers for
   Parents and administrators at sever-       this, so we are reimbursing the school                TRACI GOULD WORKS THE BEAN BAG BOOTH at a recent
al Mt. Diablo Unified School District         district for lunchroom aides to cover the             Ayers Elementary carnival. PTA groups increasingly rely on
                                                                                                    fundraisers like these to support budget-starved programs
schools agreed that such clubs have           crossing guard duties,” she said.                     Photo by Denisen Hartlove/The Concordian
provided an increasing level of support          According to Jimmy Araujo, presi-
to cash-strapped schools.                     dent of the Pine Hollow Middle School
                                                                                                 goods students can buy from the stu-                    She said donations to the PTSA are
   “Basically, it helps us survive,” said     Parent Teacher Student Association,
                                                                                                 dent store with tokens awarded for                   waning. “In some of our families where
Gary Swanson, principal at Clayton            his group banded together and helped
                                                                                                 good behavior to teacher appreciation                both parents have been laid off, getting
Valley High School in Concord.                put in a video surveillance system to
                                                                                                 lunches, basics such as paper for the                membership drives is harder and fund-
   Due to budget troubles, programs at        reduce school crime, to the tune of
                                                                                                 teachers to use on classroom projects                raising becomes a lot tougher,” said
CVHS have had to be cut – including a         $20,000. In addition, each year they
                                                                                                 and contributions to the fees required               Whitmarsh, who also noted that corpo-
career fair for students and supplies for     allocate $200 to each teacher to pay
                                                                                                 for teachers to become nationally                    rate donations have decreased.
teachers. As an example, Swanson              for basic classroom supplies.
                                                                                                 board-certified.
talked about a video series for teachers         “The PTSA basically provides sup-                                                                      The fundraising continues
                                                                                                     “We used to get enough money
on how to deal with behavioral issues         port to the teachers, to the principal                                                                     Ayers Elementary School has also
                                                                                                 through the district to fund that,”
in the classroom.                             and mostly to the kids,” Araujo said.                                                                   seen fund-raising revenues go down.
                                                                                                 Sherry Whitmarsh said of the board-
   “Normally, we would have funding                                                                                                                   See’s Candy sales for the association
                                                    Parents also hard hit                        certification fees. “The schools don’t
for that,” he said. “But with the budget                                                                                                              have dropped from $15,000 in previ-
                                                 Parent teacher groups aren’t                    get as much from the district level. The
the way it is, that’s all been frozen. They                                                                                                           ous years to $8,000 last year, nearly a
                                              immune to the effects of the recession,            district doesn’t get it from the state –
(Parent Faculty Club members) stepped                                                                                                                 50 percent reduction. This lack of
                                              however. This problem is especially                it’s the trickle-down effect.”
in and said, ‘We’ll take care of it.’ ”                                                                                                               funds affects the group’s ability to sup-
                                              acute at schools where median family                   Whitmarsh is a member of the
                                                                                                 MDUSD Board of Education, as well as                 port areas such as crossing guards.
       Helping fill the gap                   incomes are low.
                                                                                                                                                         The Ayers PTA is holding a
   Kristi Buchholz of the Ayers                  At Oak Grove Middle School, about               the parent of two children attending
                                                                                                 Oak Grove Middle School and Ygnacio                  fundraiser on March 6 at Centre
Elementary Parent Teacher Association         five-sixths of the students are on free
                                                                                                 Valley High School in Concord. In her                Concord, with parents paying $39 per
said that their group funds everything        or reduced-cost lunch programs, and
                                                                                                 remaining spare time, Whitmarsh also                 ticket to attend a dinner catered by
from basic classroom supplies to a fall       the recession is hitting their PTSA
carnival for students and their families.     especially hard.                                   serves as vice president of the Oak
                                                 The PTSA funds everything from the              Grove PTSA.                                          See Parent-Teacher, page 21
   “We’ve certainly seen the demand
March, 2009                                                      The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com                                                                              Page 21


Mt. Diablo student takes poetry to heart
       By Mary Ellen Butler                         their literary heritage.                        23 in Sacramento. The winner of that          national finals in April in Washington,
               The Concordian                          “I always liked Shakespeare and              contest will represent California at the      D.C.
                                                    drama,” Ridgley said before going on
      avannah Ridgley, a freshman at                stage. “When I saw ‘West Side Story,’ I

S     Concord’s Mt. Diablo High
      School, won a spirited third place
in a recent countywide poetry contest.
                                                    knew it was a version of ‘Romeo and
                                                    Juliet.’ ”
                                                       Ridgley’s father, Steve, and her
   Out of 12 contestants from different             sixth- and eighth-grade teachers at
high schools in Contra Costa County,                Benicia Middle School encouraged her
Ridgley was propelled into the top                  budding interests. Now, Barbara
three by her animated delivery of                   Lamberti, Ridgley’s language arts
“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and                  teacher at Mt. Diablo, recognizes her
“Sonnet XVIII: Shall I Compare Thee                 potential.
to a Summer’s Day?” by William                         “Savannah is a very talented young
Shakespeare.                                        lady,” Lamberti said. “I think she will
   The second annual county finals of               eventually go into the performing arts.”
the “California Poetry Out Loud”                       The competition proceeded smooth-
National Recitation Contest took place              ly as each teen dramatized two selec-
Feb. 8 at the Dougherty Valley                      tions chosen from a long list of pub-
Performing Arts Center in San Ramon.                lished poems. The seven judges scored
Sponsors included the National                      on several factors, including level of
Endowment for the Arts, Poetry                      difficulty, articulation, stage presence
Foundation, California Arts Council                 and overall impression. An enthusiastic
and the Arts and Culture Commission                 audience of students, families and
of Contra Costa County.                             teachers lent its support.
   More than 800 students participat-                  Junior Diane Rodriguez of Monte
ed in the classroom preliminaries, from             Vista in Danville came in first. Senior
which schoolwide winners were cho-                  Annelyse Gelman of Orinda’s
sen. The contest aims to help young                 Miramonte was second.
people master public speaking skills,                  Rodriguez will represent the county
build self-confidence and learn about               in the state finals competition on Mar.



Parent-Teacher, from page 20
Elegant Occasions and take part in an               them in the home and bring them into
auction for items donated by local                  us,” she reported.                                                                                              Mary Ellen Butler/The Concordian
                                                                                                    SAVANNAH RIDGLEY, 15, MT. DIABLO HIGH SCHOOL ninth grader and third place winner in the
restaurants and museums.                               At CVHS, Swanson says that in addi-
                                                                                                    countywide finals of the “California Poetry Out Loud” National Recitation Contest, cele-
   “I’m a little worried about what’s               tion to the PFC, students are getting           brates her good showing with her Language Arts teacher Barbara Lamberti.
going to happen next year,” said                    involved in supporting their school. For
Buchholz, who is especially concerned               example, students in the Renaissance
about crossing guard costs. “If our                 program provide recognition certificates
fundraising is not as successful this               for students who have made special
                                                                                                      WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR COPY OF THE CONCORDIAN
year, this vital service may have to be             progress or need recognition.                     Todos Santos Plaza: Peets, Starbucks, Sonoma Bank, Panama Red Coffee,
cut as well.”                                          “It’s not that it’s perfect now, but           Supervisor Bonilla’s office, John Muir Hospital Concord, City Hall, Sun Valley
   Nevertheless, parents throughout                 we’re making progress toward develop-             Mall Management Office, Concord Blvd:Chamber of Commerce, Starbucks
the district continue to find ways to               ing pride in the school,” he said.                Dana Plaza: Starbucks, Cocobella Clayton Rd: Dr. Waldman DDS,Concord
help.                                                  “The PTA is all about child advoca-            Royale,Aegis, Starbucks (at Treat), Clayton Valley Shopping
   At Oak Grove, Whitmarsh said that                cy,” Whitmarsh added. “Anytime you                Center/Clayton Station: Peets, Starbucks, Clayton Books OakGrove/Treat:
cash-strapped families are volunteering             have parents together on a campus                 Starbucks Kohl’s Shopping Center: Starbucks, Monument Blvd: Harvest
their time. “A whole bunch of our                   working side by side, where otherwise             House. If you would like your business to be a pickup location please contact us
Latino moms do every other month                    they wouldn’t have been meeting, it’s
lunches for the teachers. They prepare              a plus.”


    Significant Aid to College-Bound Students
           in Economic Stimulus Package
              Details revealed at Free College Planning Night
 College Planning Specialists, CFS Inc., the Bay Area’s leading and most trusted college planning
 organization will be at Concord High School to help the parents of college-bound high school
 sophomores & juniors untangle the daunting ‘college funding’ web.

 At this Amazing Workshop, Sean & Alexis will show you…
   How you can double or triple your eligibility for Aid
   The single biggest mistake 9 out of 10 parents make when planning for college
   4 things you & your student must know before your child starts applying to colleges
   How SIX-FIGURE income families can save $30,000 off college costs!
   The 5 little known secrets to pay for college even if you don’t qualify for financial aid

                                     Next Workshop date
                                        Tues. 3/31, 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
                                     Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd. Concord



Sean Connors        Alexis Alekna
  Call 1-888-210-2606                    www.CollegeFundsNow.com
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                                          d           irectory of
                                                        advertisers
                                                                                                                                           Doug Prutton

Automotive
D & H Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .356-0683
                                                                                                                                                  legal
Business Services
Chaotic Cancellation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .330-2795
Law Offices of Douglas A. Prutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .677-5080
Matt Lopez, LocalAdLink.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .699-1371
Todos Santos Business Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .521-9922
                                                                                                                                                    briefs
Chiropractic Services
Michael Patrick DC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .858-5690
                                                                                                                                          Developing a specialty in
Computer Services
Net Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-6029                              car accident cases
Construction and Trades                                                                                                  or my first five years as a lawyer,   time-consuming that I end up earning
A and J Fencing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .939-2105
Granelli Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .858-3866
Straight Line Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .335-9801
                                                                                                                  F      I worked for two large law firms
                                                                                                                         defending mostly car accident
                                                                                                                  cases. I represented the driver who was
                                                                                                                                                               less than minimum wage, or if we lose
                                                                                                                                                               (which rarely happens!) I earn nothing.
                                                                                                                                                                  I feel confident that in most cases I
Dentist                                                                                                           being sued, but I was paid by that dri-      can get the client at least 33.3 percent
Center for Dental Health & Rejuvenation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .930-8488                     ver’s insurance company.                     more from the insurance company
Robert H. Waldman D.D.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-6940                 Since the law firms billed the insur-     than they could going it alone.
Dining and Entertainment                                                                                          ance companies by the hour, my life             Smaller cases involving a minor
Diablo Light Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .944-1565        revolved around filling my timesheet         accident and minor neck and back
Concord Hilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .349-2609      with billable hours every day and try-       injuries (whiplash) might be the excep-
Sophia’s Southern Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .427-0202            ing to save the insurance companies          tion. These cases are worth much less
Willows Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .798-1300     money by either defeating the claims or      than they were 10 or 15 years ago. In
Education                                                                                                         at least paying as little as possible on     these types of cases, I get hired more to
Hope Academy for Dyslexics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .687-7555                them.                                        take away the hassle of dealing with
Wood Rose Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .824-4644                I grew disillusioned with this use of     the insurance company than for being
Financial Services                                                                                                my law license, so about 22 years ago I      able to get the client more money.
Andre-Grimesey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-3000        switched sides and started representing         If you are injured in a car accident,
CD Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .825-0900           injured persons. Over the years, I have      my advice is not to trust the insurance
Chaotic Cancellation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .330-2795        probably been involved in more than          company. Although most adjusters are
College Planning Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .627-3570            1,000 car accident cases.                    nice and perform their jobs ethically
Thomas J. Miller, CPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .354-1385              Overall, representing injured per-        and responsibly, the fact is that their
Travis Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-877-8328           sons has been satisfying. Most of these      interests and yours are not the same.
Fitness                                                                                                           people have little experience with the          I suggest you talk with a lawyer on
Curves for Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .603-7555          legal system and so they rely on me to       the phone or in person. You can easily
Ladies Workout Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .408-8888            help them. Most clients are apprecia-        find a personal injury lawyer who will
Traveling Trainers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .890-6931      tive of my work, though, of course, I        agree to talk with you for free, includ-
Weight Loss Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .685-2858           always have some who are difficult to        ing calling the Contra Costa Bar
Funerals                                                                                                          work with, who exaggerate their              Association Referral Service at 825-
Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-4242                     injuries, who malinger and who seem          5700.
Home and Garden                                                                                                   to view getting injured in a car accident       Beware of lawyers who have big ads
HandymanRick.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .932-8956            as winning the lottery.                      in the yellow pages or advertise on tele-
Navlet’s Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .681-0550             I represent injured persons on a          vision or radio. In my opinion, most of
Nichols Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9955         contingency fee, meaning that I get          them are looking for volume work.
Window Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-1930        paid by receiving a percentage (usually         Also watch out for lawyers who tell
Homes and Housing                                                                                                 33.3 percent) of whatever we collect         you what your case is worth when they
Bennison, John - J. Rockcliff Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .787-6965                from the insurance company. I like this      meet with you or talk with you the first
Coates and Sowards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .408-371-8770 x 15                 arrangement, because I have to per-          time. These lawyers are just trying to
French, Lynne - Windermere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8787                form to earn my money. Meanwhile, I          get you as a client. A good lawyer
Lueck, Richard - Century 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-834-9096                 don’t have to send out bills to clients      knows that he or she needs to gather
Plaza Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .687-1200   and deal with the headaches of collect-      all of the facts and documents before
Van Fleet, Josie - J. Rockcliff Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .280-6470                 ing on those bills.                          putting a value on a case.
Legal Services                                                                                                       Lawyers have used this percentage
Douglas A. Prutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .677-5080        for as long as I have practiced. When          Doug Prutton is an attorney in
Personal Products and Services                                                                                    cases settle without too much effort, I      Concord. Contact him at
Bella Mia Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .680-7792     do very well. But some cases become so       (925) 677-5080.
Cutting Loose Hair Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .609-8807
Dryclean USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-5653
Excel Hair & Nails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-7278
Massage Envy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-3689
Salon Epiffani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .363-5432
Supercuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .671-2525
The Healing Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .685-6710
Wentling Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .685-7760
Pet Services
Apronstrings Pet Sitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .798-7621
Aussie Pet Mobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-738-6624
O’Brien Family Pet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .899-7354
Rodies Feed and Country Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-4600
Recreation                                                                                                          We can assist you with:                           Contingency fees
                                                                                                                                                                      Free consultation
D’Ann’s Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .827-0733
                                                                                                                         Wrongful termination                        25 years experience
Shopping
Clayton Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .673-3325            Overtime & wage claims
Something Special . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-3666                Harassment & discrimination
Services, Other                                                                                                          Auto accidents & slip/falls                                   (925) 677-5080
Concord Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-9113                                                       1866 Clayton Rd., Suite 211,Concord
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g             etting                                                                                          Three Springs Flower Walk
                                                                                                                 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 18. A mostly gentle
                                                                                                              hike led by Sue Watson. Meet at MP14, pullout
                                                                                                                                                                      in Concord. RSVP at 827-3380. The Historical
                                                                                                                                                                      Society Resource Center is open 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays
                                                                                                                                                                      and by appointment. Walking tours are available




                        out
                                                                                                              parking at top of grade on Marsh Creek Road,            for groups of five to 15 by appointment. 1601
                                                                                                              Clayton. Sponsored by Save Mount Diablo. Heavy          Sutter St., Suite E, F. 827-3380 or www.conhist-
                                                                                                              rain cancels. Contact Sue at 254-4077 or sjwat-         soc.org.
                                                                                                              son@att.net.                                              CONCORD LIONS CLUB meets 7 p.m. the third
                                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday of the month, La Tapatia Mexican
                                                                                                              Four Days Diablo                                        Restaurant, 1802 Willow Pass Road, Concord.
                                                                                                                 April 29-May 2. Take in the 39-mile Diablo Trail     Contact Liz at 687-3594.
                                                                                                              from Walnut Creek to Brentwood with a small               CONCORD MYSTERY BOOK CLUB meets 2:30 p.m.
ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT                                      FUNDRAISERS                                           group. www.savemountdiablo.org.                         the second Sunday of the month, Concord Library,
                                                                                                                                                                      2900 Salvio St. 646-5455.
Creekside Arts Celebration                              Ayers PTA Dinner/Auction                              Diablo Trail Endurance Ride                               CONCORD ROTARY meets 12:15 p.m. Fridays,
  6-8:30 p.m. March 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 7              6:30-11 p.m. March 6. “An Evening in Hawaii,”         June 27. Save Mount Diablo offers its first recre-   Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Contact
and 1-5 p.m. March 8. With the theme “Cultural          with dinner by Elegant Occasions, to benefit Ayers    ational opportunity for equestrians on this 30-mile     Jerry at 675-1042.
Legacies … Reflections of Our Past,” this arts cele-    Elementary School. $39 or 2 for $75. Centre           limited distance and 50-mile endurance ride that
bration supports environmental education pro-           Concord, 5298 Clayton Road. Contact Kristi at                                                                   CONCORD SENIOR CLUB holds ballroom dancing,
                                                                                                              starts and finishes at Castle Rock Park in Walnut
grams in the library’s certified wildlife habitat.      676-5215 or AyersPTA@astound.net.                                                                             1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays
                                                                                                              Creek. www.savemountdiablo.org.
Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 673-0659 or                                                                                                                       and 8-11 p.m. the second Saturday of the month.
www.creeksideartists.org.                                                                                                                                             Sponsored by the Concord Senior Club. 2727
                                                        YV Athletic Boosters                                                                                          Parkside Circle, Concord. 798-4557.
“Above the Violet”
                                                        Dinner/Auction                                        VOLUNTEERS                                                CONTRA COSTA BLUE STAR MOMS CHAPTER 20
                                                          6-11 p.m. March 7. BBQ, auctions, music,
  March 6-22. An OnStage fantasy for the entire                                                                                                                       members have sons and daughters in uniform. Visit
                                                        dancing and a raffle to benefit Ygnacio Valley High   Adult Literacy Tutor Training
family. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr.,                                                                                                                   ccbluestarmoms.org. Social and support meeting,
                                                        School sports. $35. Centre Concord, 5298                 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Walnut Creek. www.onstagetheatre.org or 943-                                                                                                                          6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month.
                                                        Clayton Road. Contact Natalie at 689-7690 or          March 10 and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 14.
SHOW.                                                                                                                                                                 Business meeting, 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of
                                                        yvhsboosters.com.                                     Volunteer are needed to help non-English speaking       the month, Community Room, Concord Police
                                                                                                              adults to read, write and speak English well            Department, 1350 Galindo St. Contact Becky at
Mystery Sunday at the Library                                                                                 enough to function in our society. Diablo Valley        286-1728 or bwilliams@ccbluestarmoms.org.
  2:30 p.m. March 8. Mystery authors Hailey Lind        Markham Arboretum Plant Sale                          Literacy Council, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord.
and Janet LaPierre will speak. A free event spon-       10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 7. Featuring California          $15. Call Shirley at 685-3881.                            CONTRA COSTA CHESS CLUB meets 7-9:30 p.m.
sored by the Concord Friends of the Library.            native plants and more. Markham Nature Park and                                                               Thursdays, Starbuck’s, 1536 Kirker Pass Road,
Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. 646-5455 or            Arboretum, 1202 La Vista Ave., Concord. 681-          American Red Cross                                      Clayton. The club is an affiliate of the United
ccclib.org.                                             2968 or www.markhamarboretum.org.                       Blood Drive: 12-5 p.m. March 11. John Muir            States Chess Federation and players of all ages
                                                                                                              Medical Center, Ball Auditorium, 1601 Ygnacio           and skill levels are welcome. Contact Mike at 639-
                                                                                                              Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 800-GIVE-LIFE or             1987 or www.uschess.org.
“The Producers”                                         Curves Food Drive
                                                                                                              BeADonor.com. Code MUIR.                                   CONTRA COSTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY meets at 7
   Through March 15. Diablo Light Opera                    March 9-28. Curves is waiving its normal service
                                                                                                                Volunteer Orientation: 10 a.m. March 10 and 3         p.m. the second Thursday of the month, Church of
Company launches its 50th anniversary season            fee for any new member who brings in a bag of
                                                                                                              p.m. March 13. Learn about the different ways to        Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3700 Concord
with Mel Brooks’ blockbuster musical. Lesher            non-perishable groceries and joins during the food
                                                                                                              help. 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Contact          Blvd., Concord. rootsweb.com/.~cacccgs/.
Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek.      drive to benefit local food banks. Anyone can drop
                                                                                                              Mandy at 510-594-5211 or lewism@usa.red-
943-7469 or www.lesherartscenter.org.                   off non-perishable food items Monday through                                                                     CONTRA COSTA MINERAL & GEM SOCIETY meets the
                                                                                                              cross.org.
                                                        Friday during business hours. 4375 Clayton Road,                                                              second Monday of the month at Centre Concord,
                                                        Concord. 603-7555.                                                                                            5298 Clayton Road. 429-2748 or 779-0698 or
“Forever Plaid”
   Through March 15. A comic musical tribute to                                                               CLUBS                                                   http://home.comcast.net/~contracosta
                                                                                                                                                                      mineralandgem/site/.
“guy groups” and hits of the ’50s. Willows Cabaret                                                               AMERICAN LEGION POST 171 meets the third
at the Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St., Martinez.        SCHOOLS/YOUTH                                         Tuesday of the month. 5 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meet-
                                                                                                                                                                         DIABLO NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, a coin-collecting
798-1300 or www.willowstheatre.org.                                                                                                                                   club, meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the
                                                                                                              ing. Concord Veterans Memorial Hall, 2290
                                                        Oak Grove Rummage Sale                                                                                        month, Veterans Memorial Hall, 2290 Willow Pass
                                                                                                              Willow Pass Road.
                                                           2:45-5 p.m. March 13 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                                     Road, Concord. Contact Mike at 825-0649 or
Bookies Award Dinner                                                                                            B2F BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP meets noon-             xsteamerx@aol.com.
  6 p.m. March 19. A fundraiser for Project             March 14. Donations needed: clothes, shoes,
                                                        housewares, home decor, etc. Oak Grove Middle         1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the
Second Chance with author Annie Barrows of "The                                                                                                                         DIABLO VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB meets 7 p.m.
                                                        School, 2050 Minert Road., Concord. Call Martha       month. Contact Lori at 998-8844 or lori@lori-
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."                                                                                                                       March 18, with Pat Snyder championing the single
                                                        at 682-1843.                                          hagge.com.
Dinner, plus live and silent auctions. Lafayette Park                                                                                                                 payer bill in California. Ygnacio Valley Library,
Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. $50. 723-5811. To                                                                   CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CONCORD/CLAYTON                  2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 946-0469
                                                                                                              MAGNOLIA BRANCH meets 7-9 p.m. the first Monday         or www.dvdems.org.
vote for your favorite book, visit ccclib.org/psc.      Gehringer Park Swim Club
                                                                                                              of the month in Concord. Contact Lori at 998-
                                                          11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 14; 4-6 p.m. April 8; 4-6                                                                DIABLO VALLEY MACINTOSH USERS GROUP meets
                                                                                                              8844 or lori@lorihagge.com.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”                             p.m. April 27. Sign-ups for Swim Clinic, Swim                                                                 6:30-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Bert
                                                        Team and Swim Lessons. Club membership not               CIRCLE OF FRIENDS meets the second Monday of         Monroy presents Photoshop digital art March 17.
   7:30 p.m. March 20-21; children’s matinee
                                                        required. 1790 Lynwood Dr.                            the month, Walnut Country Club, 4498 Lawson             Bancroft Elementary School, 2700 Parish Dr.,
2:30 p.m. March 21. Diablo Ballet, along with
                                                        www.pozzifamily.net/gators.                           Ct., Concord. This women’s group builds relation-       Walnut Creek. 689-1155 or www.dvmug.org.
dancers from the Ballet’s Apprentice and
                                                                                                              ships and ties through educational presentations
Professional Intermediate Program and students                                                                                                                          DIABLO VALLEY WINGS, Chapter P of the Gold
                                                                                                              and social events. Contact Lori at 998-8844 or
from Civic Arts Education. Lesher Center for the        Mad Hatter’s Tea Party                                lori@lorihagge.com.
                                                                                                                                                                      Wing Touring Association, meets the second
Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. 943-SHOW or           4 p.m. March 19. Children 3-12 are encour-                                                                  Tuesday of the month. 6 p.m. social hour, with din-
www.lesherartscenter.org.                               aged to wear their craziest hats and follow the          CLAYTON VALLEY GARDEN CLUB meets 7 p.m. the          ner at 7 p.m. Sizzler, 1353 Willow Pass Road,
                                                        White Rabbit on a free adventure. Concord Library,    second Wednesdays of the month, Diamond                 Concord. 686-3774 or www.GWTA-CA-DVW.org.
                                                        2900 Salvio St. 646-5455.                             Terrace, 6401 Center St., Clayton. Nancy Harvey
Quilt Show                                                                                                    will speak on plant propagation March 11. Call
                                                                                                                                                                        EAST BAY CASUAL HIKING GROUP is for all ages and
   10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m.                                                                                                                         abilities. Hikes range 3-9 miles or 2-4 hours. No
                                                                                                              Dorothy at 672-2526.
March 22. Sponsored by the Guild of Quilters of         Dream Interpretation for Teens                                                                                membership fees. http://Hiking.Bondon.com.
Contra Costa County. The public will have an               7 p.m. March 19. Learn how to interpret your          CLAYTON VALLEY WOMAN’S CLUB meets 9:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                         ELLEN’S GUILD meets 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the
opportunity to make blocks for quilts for the Quilts    dreams with lifelong dream interpreter Steve          for coffee, 10 a.m. meetings, second and fourth
                                                                                                                                                                      second Tuesday of the month in various locations.
of Valor project. Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton          Klitzing. Pick up a couple of free2Dream clouds at    Tuesday of the month, Holy Cross Lutheran Church,
                                                                                                                                                                      The non-profit supports the Family Stress Center,
Road. www.contracostaquiltguild.org or 370-8677.        the library, record your dreams and bring them to     1090 Alberta Way, Concord. Call Joyce at 672-
                                                                                                                                                                      helping to make a difference in the lives of under-
                                                        the free event. Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.      3850.
                                                                                                                                                                      privileged children. Contact Karen at 820-2371 or
“On Golden Pond”                                        646-5455 or ccclib.org.                                 CLUTCH BUSTERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB meets 7:30-          karend@pacbell.net or Jennifer at 827-0212,
  March 23-April 26. The Willows explores the                                                                 10 p.m. Thursdays, Mt. Diablo Woman’s Club,             ext.107 or Jennifer.stasch@familystresscenter.org.
enduring relationship between a couple who’ve           Teen Book Club                                        1700 Farm Bureau Road, Concord.                         www.familystresscenter.org.
been together well over 50 years. Willows Theatre,         4:30 p.m. March 24. The next book is “My              CONCORD ART ASSOCIATION meets 12:50-3 p.m.             KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER CONCORD meets noon
1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. 798-1300 or                Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. Reserve your copy   the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings include       Wednesdays, The Old Spaghetti Factory, 1955 Mt.
www.willowstheatre.com.                                 today. Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. 646-5455      an educational program by an invited artist with        Diablo St., Concord. Contact Sandra at
                                                        or gworsham@ccclib.org.                               demonstrations of various art forms. Concord            372-5348.
“Evita”                                                                                                       Library, 2900 Salvio St. 646-5455.
                                                                                                                                                                         KNITTING GROUP meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday
  March 27-April 26. Contra Costa Musical                                                                        CONCORD DIABLO ROTARY meets 12:15 p.m.               of the month, Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.
Theatre’s biography of iconic Argentinean First         OUTDOORS                                              Wednesdays, Marie Calendars, 2090 Diamond               Free instruction and practice yarn provided; bring
Lady Eva Peron. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601                                                              Blvd., Concord. Email Kathy at                          your own needles. 646-5455.
Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. www.ccmt.org or 943-           50K Diablo Trail Run                                  greg_grassi@mechbank.com.
SHOW.                                                                                                                                                                   ODD FELLOWS meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth
                                                           March 22. An ultra-marathon starting at Round         CONCORD GARDEN CLUB meets 9:30 a.m. the              Tuesdays of the month, Pacheco Lodge 117, 4349
                                                        Valley Regional Preserve in Brentwood, following      third Tuesday of every month. Bethel Baptist            Cowell Road, Concord. Call Herb at 682-7358.
Diablo Symphony                                         the Diablo Trail to Castle Rock Park in Walnut        Church, 3578 Clayton Road, Concord. Contact
                                                        Creek. The fundraiser for Save Mount Diablo                                                                     REBEKAH’S LODGE meet 8 p.m. the first and third
   2 p.m. March 29. Featuring Anni Hochhalter,                                                                Betsy at 687-2334.
                                                        includes post-race lunch and T-shirts. Check in at                                                            Thursdays of the month, Mt. Diablo Lodge 228,
French horn player and winner of the symphony's                                                                 CONCORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S annual dinner for
                                                        Brentwood 7-7:45 a.m. $75, or $100 after March                                                                4349 Cowell Road, Concord. Call Carmen at
2009 Yen Liang Young Artist Competition. Lesher                                                               members and guest is 6 p.m. March 19, Oakhurst
                                                        10. www.savemountdiablo.org or 947-3535.                                                                      672-5045.
Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek.                                                            Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton.
www.diablosymphony.org or 943-7469.                                                                           Father Richard Mangini will talk about growing up           See Getting Out, page 24
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                                                                                                                                                            Women’s Discussion Group: For Lesbians,

 High quality professional tax preparation                                                         Getting Out,                                           6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
                                                                                                                                                            Transgender Support Group: 7-9 p.m. the first

         at a reasonable rate                                                                      from page 23                                           Thursday of the month.
                                                                                                                                                            Men’s Discussion Group: For gay and bisexual
                                                                                                      ROTARY CLUB OF CLAYTON VALLEY /C ONCORD             men, 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of
                                                                                                   SUNRISE meets 7 a.m. Thursdays, Oakhurst               the month.
                       Tax Preparation, Planning & IRS Representation                              Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton             STROKE SUPPORT GROUP OF CONTRA COSTA
                                                                                                   Meeting includes breakfast and features a speak-       COUNTY, meets 7-9 p.m. March 9, Ball
                       Thomas J. Miller,            Certified Public Accountant                    er. Contact Chuck at 689-7640 or
                                                                                                                                                          Auditorium, John Muir Medical Center, 1601
                       (925) 354-1385           tac.light@gmail.com                                www. claytonvalleyrotary.org.
                                                                                                                                                          Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. The program
                       Local resident                                                                 SCRABBLE CLUB meets 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. the           is “Get Moving: Sports Programs for the
                                                      America Counts on CPAsSM                     second and fourth Saturdays of the month, Carl’s       Disabled.” Attendees will then break up into three
                                                                                                   Jr. Restaurant, 1530 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton.        coping groups. Contact Ann at 376-6218.
                                                                                                   Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. $3
                                                                                                   fee per player. Call Mike at 639-1987 or
 MEET THE AUTHORS AT CLAYTON BOOKS. Schedule of Mar. Events
                                                                                                   www.scrabble-assoc.com.                                GOVERNMENT
                                                                                                     SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL DIABLO VISTA meets
                                                                                                                                                             CITY COUNCIL meets 6:30 p.m. the first, second
 3/10, Tues. 4pm . . . . . .Children's author & illustrator Elisa Kleven presents her new book     the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the
                                                                                                                                                          and fourth Mondays of the month in the City
       Carousel Tale and will teach children how to make their own carousels.                      month at Sizzler, 1353 Willow Pass Road,
                                                                                                                                                          Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr. The meet-
                                                                                                   Concord. Call Gloria at 890-8255.
 3/12, Thurs. 7pm . . . . .James    Morrow, author of “Shambling Towards Hiroshima” and “The                                                              ings are televised live on Concord cable TV chan-
       Philosopher's Apprentice.”                                                                    TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL has numerous meet-        nels 28 (Comcast) and 29 (Astound) and on the
                                                                                                   ing locations, dates and times in the Concord          city’s Website. A calendar of all city meetings with
 3/15, Sun. 3pm . . . . . .Tilar Mazzeo, author of” Backlane Wineries of Sonoma County”,
                                                                                                   area. www.toastmasters.org. Toastmasters on            a link to meeting agendas is available at
       followed by a free wine tasting at The Wine Thieves.                                        Monday, 7 p.m., Aegis of Concord, 4756                 www.cityofconcord.org. Contact City Clerk Mary
 3/17, Tues. 7pm . . . . . .Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Rose Murphy, author of “Ella Young,   Clayton Road. Contact Carie at 682-7211.               Rae Lehman at 671-3495.
       Irish Mystic and Rebel: From Literary Dublin to the American West.”                         Toastmasters on Tuesday, 7:15 p.m., John Muir
                                                                                                   Hospital Concord Campus, 2730 Grant St.,                  COMMISSION ON AGING meets 1:30 p.m. the
 3/19, Thurs. 7pm . . . . .Gordon    Pimm, bestselling Canadian author of “Leo's War.” Exclusive                                                          third Wednesday of the month, Concord Senior
                                                                                                   Classroom A. Contact Marion at 686-1818.
       U.S. appearance.                                                                                                                                   Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. The commission
                                                                                                     VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 1525 meets 9           works to identify, improve and develop services
 3/22, Sun. 3pm …   Peter Beagle presents his new book “We Never Talk About My Brother.”
                                                                                                   a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Veterans        and opportunities for senior citizens in Concord.
                                                                                                   Memorial Hall, 2990 Willow Pass Road,                  671-3419.
                                                                Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily       Concord.
                                                                                                                                                            COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE meets 6:30
                                                             5433 D Clayton Rd., Clayton             WIDOWS /W IDOWERS CLUB meets for dinner,             p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, Concord
                          In the Clayton Station                                                   brunch, theater, etc. This is not a dating service
                                                                             (925) 673-3325                                                               Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. The
  joelharris@aol.com       www.claytonbookshop.com                                                 nor is it a grieving class, just a way to meet other   Community Advisory Committee for the Concord
                                                                                                   people. Contact Lori at 998-8844 or lori@lori-         Community Reuse Project provides input on plan-
                                                                                                   hagge.com.                                             ning for the civilian reuse of the Concord Naval
                                                                                                                                                          Weapon Station and continued community out-
                                                                                                                                                          reach efforts. 671-3019.
                                                                                                   SUPPORT GROUPS
                                                                                                                                                            COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION meets 6:30
                                                                                                      AL-A NON FAMILY GROUP meets 7:30-8:30 p.m.          p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, City
                                                                                                   Mondays, St. Martins of Tours Anglican Church          Manager’s Conference Room, Wing A, 1950
                                                                                                   and Preschool, 5294 Concord Blvd., Concord.            Parkside Dr. The commission identifies housing,
                                                                                                   (This is while construction is underway at St.         neighborhood and social services needs within
                                                                                                   Bonaventure’s Church, the normal meeting               the community. 671-3283.
                                                                                                   place.) If you are concerned about someone
                                                                                                   else’s drinking, Al-Anon Family Groups can help.         CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
                                                                                                   For meetings in other Concord locations, call          meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, County Administration
                                                                                                   932-6770 or visit www.ncwsa.org/district.              Building, 651 Pine St., Room 107, Martinez.
                                                                                                                                                          www.co.contra-costa.ca.us or 335-1900.
                                                                                                     ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS . For local meetings,
         See our website for                                                                       call the Walnut Creek Service Center at 939-             DESIGN REVIEW BOARD meets 5:30 p.m. the sec-
                                                                                                   4155 or visit www.aa.org.                              ond and fourth Thursdays of the month, Center
         coupons and specials!                                                                        CARDIAC CARE SUPPORT GROUP Mended Hearts
                                                                                                                                                          Conference Room, Wing D, 1950 Parkside Dr.
                                                                                                                                                          The board reviews the design for each improve-
                                                                                                   visitors meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the
                                                                                                                                                          ment for which a building permit, certificate or
         Mention this ad to any                                                                    month, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
                                                                                                   or Concord campus. Affiliated with the American
                                                                                                                                                          other approval is required. The board also
                                                                                                                                                          reviews any matter referred to the board by the
         TSBA affiliated business                                                                  Heart Association, the group provides support to
                                                                                                   patients and family members dealing with heart
                                                                                                                                                          Planning Commission, zoning administrator or
                                                                                                                                                          planning manager, 671-3152.
                                                                                                   disease. 947-5206.
         and get a special discount!                                                                                                                        HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION meets the second
                                                                                                     CONTRA COSTA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for
                                                                                                   patients dealing with leukemia, Hodgkin’s lym-         Tuesday of the month. Most meetings are at 7
                                                                                                   phoma, lymphoma and multiple myeloma meets             p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1950
                                                                                                   7-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.         Parkside Dr. The commission fosters positive
      For further information please call 521-9922                                                 Sponsored by the Leukemia Society. Call Sarah at       human relations through education, cultural
                                                                                                                                                          exchange and community outreach. 671-3327.
                                                                                                   947-4466, ext. 32797.
                                                                                                     HIV/AIDS S UPPORT GROUP meets 7-9 p.m. the             PARKS , R ECREATION AND OPEN SPACE COMMISSION
                                                                                                   second and fourth Thursdays of the month, John         meets the second Wednesday of the month. Most
                                                                                                   Muir Medical Center, Concord campus. 674-              meetings are at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers,
                                                                                                   2190.                                                  1950 Parkside Dr. 671-3440.
                                                                                                     HOSPICE OF THE EAST BAY , offers support groups        PLANNING COMMISSION meets the first and third
                                                                                                   and workshops for adults, children and teens           Wednesdays of the month. Most meetings are
                                                                                                   experiencing grief. Widow and Widowers Support,        held at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers,
                                                                                                   6-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 9-March 30. 3470                1950 Parkside Dr. The commission develops and
                                                                                                   Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill. 887-5678 or               maintains the General Plan, develops specific
                                                                                                   www.hospiceeastbay.org.                                plans as necessary, makes recommendations to
                                                                                                                                                          the City Council regarding proposed General
                                                                                                      RAINBOW COMMUNITY CENTER (RCC) fosters a            Plan amendments, and reviews planned district
                                                                                                   sense of community among gay, lesbian, bisexual,       developments, tentative subdivision maps and use
                                                                                                   transgender, intersex and questioning (GLBTIQ)         permit applications. 671-3152.
                                                                                                   persons and enhances their lives by providing
                                                                                                   social opportunities, health and wellness services,       MAYOR ’S OPEN OFFICE : Concord Mayor Laura
                                                                                                   political and educational programs and is guided       Hoffmeister holds regular open office hours in her
                                                                                                   by a commitment to acceptance and equality. All        office at the Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside
                                                                                                   meetings held at the RCC Office, 3024 Willow           Dr. The mayor looks forward to talking to resi-
                                                                                                   Pass Road, Suite 200, Concord.                         dents about any issues they wish to address. To
                                                                                                                                                          make a 20-minute appointment, call Mary at
                                                                                                      Project CONNECT: Free HIV testing (results in       671-3158 during business hours.
                                                                                                   less than 30 minutes)and counseling, 6-8 p.m.
                                                                                                   the first and third Fridays of the month.                MT. D IABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Board of
                                                                                                                                                          Education meets 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 24,
                                                                                                     Youth Peer Support and Social Group: For LGBT
                                                                                                                                                          Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord. 682-
                                                                                                   youth ages 13-20. 3-8 p.m. Saturdays.
                                                                                                                                                          8000.
                                                                                                     Queer Talk: LGBT Youth After-School Program,
                                                                                                   4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays.
                                                                                                                                                          All listings are as of date of publication
                                                                                                    Men’s HIV Support Group: 6:30-8 p.m.                  deadline. We encourage you to call or visit
                                                                                                   Mondays.                                               Websites to confirm dates, times, etc.
March, 2009                                                                              The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com                                                                                    Page 25




   a entertainment   rts &
                                                                                                            were tragically cut off, not in                              of much audience awe and envy. His
                                                                                                            their prime but before they                                  Jinx spends the vast majority of the
                                                                                                            could even begin. They are                                   time looking befuddled, but he truly
                                                                                                            granted one chance to per-                                   shines on "Cry," proving that even the
                                                                                                            form the show they never saw                                 boys with high, delicate voices can
                                                                                                            realized and perhaps fulfill                                 rock out with the best of them.
                                                                                                            their destiny, thereby escaping                                 Finally, Christopher Purdy displays
                                                                                                            the rigors of afterlife limbo.                               the most surprising array of talents as
                                                                                                                Directed and choreo-                                     Smudge. Purdy’s moment to shine
                                                                                                            graphed by the star of last                                  comes whenever the songs allow him
                                                                                                            season's "Little Shop of                                     to display his impressive bass, particu-
                                                                                                            Horrors," Ricard Rust, the                                   larly on the Tennessee Ernie Ford hit
                                                                                                            quartet of "Forever Plaid" puts                              “Sixteen Tons.” However, his voice is
                                                                                                            on quite a show for four guys                                just one of the plethora of tricks he
                                                                                                            who were en route to a gig at                                holds up his sleeve. Watch him care-
                                                                                                            an airport bar when they met                                 fully to see this piano virtuoso, fire
                                                                                                            their demise.                                                eater, and juggler at work.
                                                                                                                Andrew Willis-Woodward                                      The playlist of “Forever Plaid” reads
                                                                                                            leads the group as Frankie, a                                like a list of Top 40 hits from the
                                                                                                            stereotypical pretty boy leader                              1950s and ‘60s. Some of the more
                                                                                                            who cuts a mean figure in a                                  familiar include “Catch a Falling Star,”
                                                                                                            dinner jacket. He’s cute, that’s                             “Day-O,” “Love is a Many Splendored
                                                                                                            for sure, but the script gives                               Thing,” and even a delightful doo-wop
                                                                                                            him little to work with until                                version of the Beatles’ “She Loves
                                                                                                            his eleventh-hour cheerleader                                You.” Audiences will be hard pressed
                                                                                                            monologue. Still, Willis-                                    not to want to hum along to their
                                                                                                            Woodward is polished and                                     favorites.
                                                                                                            suave. What the script lacks in                                 The onstage hijinks are only part of
                                                                                                            meat, he more than makes up                                  the fun. The production completely
                                                                                                            for in sweet, enthusiastic opti-                             ignores the fourth wall from the outset
                                                                                                            mism.                                                        and invites the viewers in on the fun
                                                                                      Photo by Judy Potter      Tony Panighetti (Sparky),                                for a brief sing-along, as well as a spir-
 FOREVER PLAID, A TRIBUTE TO 50S "GUY GROUPS," plays at the Willows Cabaret in Martinez, Feb. 16 –         last seen on the same stage in “I                             ited rendition of “Heart and Soul.” If
 Mar. 15. L-R: Tony Panighetti, Andrew Willis-Woodward, Robert K. Dornaus III, Chris Purdy.                Love You, You’re Perfect, Now                                 the rest of the performances play as
                                                 show. Check.                                   Change,” provides much of the goofy                                      well as the hilarity of opening night,
              Jeanna Ross                           It’s official - the combination of          comic relief. His wide-eyed innocence                                    audiences are certainly in for a treat.
               The Concordian                    "Forever Plaid" and the Willows’               (and enthusiasm for all things Perry                                        “Forever Plaid” plays at the
        ld-fashioned theater. Check.             Campbell Theatre in Martinez is a              Como) are like a reminder of all that                                    Campbell Theatre in Martinez from

 O      Old-fashioned cabaret style.
        Check. Old-fashioned doo-wop
                                                 perfect marriage of art and venue.
                                                    This four-man show centers
                                                 around a 1960s singing group who
                                                                                                was wonderful about the bygone era.
                                                                                                    Robert K. Dornaus III is the first
                                                                                                tenor, and his bell tones are the object
                                                                                                                                                                         through March 15.
                                                                                                                                                                            For more information, call (925)
                                                                                                                                                                         798-1300 or visit willowstheatre.com.




                                  Group brings artists and quality art to the public
                             Diana Farias                                                one exhibit annually, at John Muir Hospital in
                      Special to The Concordian                                          Walnut Creek. This year, the exhibit is sched-
                                                                                         uled for mid-May through mid-June.
        he Concord Art Association, founded in

 T
                                                                                             Monthly meetings provide an opportunity for
        1963, is an active group of artists showing                                      artists to connect and learn from each other.
        artwork in local businesses, entering                                            After a short time of discussing business, a pro-
 exhibits and competitions and providing                                                 fessional artist gives a demonstration on a medi-
 instruction for their adult members.                                                    um such as painting china, fabric arts, wood-
    Infusing our city with beauty, CAA’s Rotating                                        working, portrait drawing and children’s book
 Gallery is a display of members’ works available                                        illustrations.
 free of charge to local businesses. CAA sets up                                             Meetings also offer members the chance to
 the displays and replaces them every two                                                share one work of art each month and to donate
 months with something different. Businesses                                             art books to be raffled off. For those who want
 often eventually purchase pieces of the artwork.                                        further instruction, a video library is available.
    Though you may see artwork from CAA                                                      As an option for artists who can’t get out to
 members at local libraries and other sites, it is                                                                                            JULIE LIMBERG IN HER   STUDIO   with Black Velvet, watercolor painting
 probably an individual display. CAA holds only                                                        See Concord Arts, page 26              just completed.


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                                                           n celebration of its 15th anniversary, Diablo             In addition to two evening performances, Diablo

   Dancers adapt to                                   I    Ballet continues its highly ambitious season with
                                                           a presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”
                                                      based on the play by William Shakespeare.
                                                                                                                  Ballet will present an abbreviated 45-minute family
                                                                                                                  matinee without an intermission. Afterward, atten-
                                                                                                                  dees will have the opportunity to meet and have their
   Shakespeare’s                                         This fantastical masterpiece, choreographed by
                                                      Julia Adams in 2003 for the Marin Ballet, is a collab-
                                                                                                                  pictures taken with their favorite characters.
                                                                                                                     One of the core performance groups that make their

   ‘Dream’                                            orative community production featuring many of the
                                                      10 principal members of the world-famous Diablo
                                                                                                                  home at the Lesher Center for the Arts, the Diablo
                                                                                                                  Ballet has performed in venues around the world with
                                                      Ballet, as well as dancers from the Ballet’s Apprentice     dancers who have graced the ranks of ballet’s most
                                                      and Professional Intermediate Program alongside stu-        prestigious companies, including the San Francisco and
   By Jeanna Ross                                     dents from Walnut Creek’s Civic Arts Education.             Moscow ballets. Since the premiere in 1994, they have
   The Concordian                                        “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” consists of three            presented the finest in contemporary and classical
                                                      interweaving tales involving four young lovers, the king    works, as well as introduced hundreds of children to
                                                      and queen of the fairies and their meddlesome match-        the arts through their educational programs.
                                                      making, and a group of actors preparing to perform a
                                                      play at court. The tangle of mortals and immortals has         “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed
                                                      combined with the spectacle of the midsummer fairy          at 7:30 p.m. March 20 and 21 at the Lesher Center
                                                      night to enchant audiences for hundreds of years.           for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. The chil-
                                                         The play is one of Shakespeare’s most famous             dren’s matinee will be 2:30 p.m. March 21.
                                                      comedies and will be seen in its original text at the          For tickets, call 943-SHOW or visit
                                                      California Shakespeare Theater this summer.                 www.lesherartscenter.org.


                                                                                                                                    each year. His prints, T-shirts and
 Concord Arts, from page 25                                                                                                         other items are often autographed for
                                                                                                                                    purchasers by the Blue Angels.
 evening arts meetings in neighboring      Association at Yosemite National                                                            As a contributing artist for the EAA
 cities, CAA holds its meeting in the      Park.                                                                                    Young Eagles program, he hopes his
 afternoon. All members also receive a        Her watercolor paintings were used                                                    art will inspire young people to pursue
 monthly newsletter with arts              as examples in “Creative Computer                                                        a career in aviation. As a service to the
 announcements, art related events         Tools for Artists,” a guide to computer                                                  local school community, he is avail-
 and art opportunities.                    art by Pollard and Little. All of her                                                    able to give free classroom presenta-
                                           paintings are for rent or for sale and                                                   tions about his art and aviation. They
      Finding a connection                 commissions are accepted. She can be                                                     include a video, models and painting
    Concord resident Julie Limberg         contacted at 685-3791.                                                                   samples.
 joined CAA in the ’80s as she was get-       Artist Rhu Bigay joined CAA in                                                           Bigay has been featured interna-
 ting back to painting after many years.   1999, about eight years after he began                                                   tionally in newspapers, art publica-
 She wanted to know more about art in      painting as an Army retiree. The                                                         tions, on TV and in numerous maga-
 this community and what was new.          Concord resident has given demon-                                                        zines, most recently in Filipina. His
 CAA provides that for her, and she        strations at CAA meetings on framing                                                     latest project, a tribute to the five U.S.
 enjoys being with other artists to com-   and marketing design.                                                                    military branches, is headed to the
 pare and discuss art. She also receives      Air Show Blues is his full-time busi-   RHU BIGAY STANDS NEXT TO HIS BEST SELLING     State Capitol in Sacramento.
 ongoing education from the meeting                                                   “AMERICA REMEMBERS,” in remembrance of the       For more information on Bigay,
                                           ness and he is known, unofficially, as
 demonstrations and takes weekly trips                                                World Trade Center Twin Towers. The origi-    visit www.airshowblues.net, email air-
                                           the Blue Angels Artist. One of his         nal hangs in the White House. The photo
 with other members to find new sites      paintings is at the White House. The                                                     showblues@aol.com or call 686-5133.
                                                                                      was taken at the Salinas Air Show.
 and subjects.                             commissioned commemorative paint-
    Limberg creates about 35 realistic     ing shows the World Trade Center’s         birds. All are carefully researched              The Concord Art Association’s next
 floral and landscape watercolors every    Twin Towers. A commissioned ink            using models, books and war movies.           meeting is 12:50-3 p.m. March 10 at
 year, with about 23 works in the          stipple of John Paul II is in the             Bigay travels several times a year to      the Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.
 Rotating Gallery. She also has works      Vatican art collection in Rome.            West Coast air shows to sell his cre-         Annual membership is $20. For more
 in exhibition at Gallery Concord,            His aircraft style started several      ations. He says it gives him an oppor-        information, email
 Valley Art Gallery and John Muir          years ago while trying to capture a        tunity to express his patriotism. Most        ConcordArtAssociation@yahoo.com.
 Hospital.                                 scene of Mt. Diablo. Military helicop-     of his commissions are from people               To inquire about the Rotating
    She has won numerous awards in         ters happened to fly into view, and his    who want to honor a family member.            Gallery, contact Carolyn Young at
 California Watercolor Association,        decision to include them in his paint-        His next local display will be at          609-9799. To view the online gallery
 Contra Costa County and California        ing led Bigay to a new career – oil        Buchanan Airport’s Open House, 10             and for a current list of Rotating
 state juried exhibitions and is a guest   paintings of historically accurate and     a.m.-4 p.m. June 21. You can also find        Gallery locations, visit www.interak-
 art instructor for the Yosemite           meticulously detailed U.S. vintage war     him at San Francisco’s Fleet Week             tv.com/concordart/index.htm.


                                                                                         Concord Rotary Endowment presents our ANNUAL SPRING FLING


                                                                                                     AN EVENING            AT      MOULIN ROUGE!
                                                                                                  Sat. March 15                      Casino Games
                                                                                                                                     before and after dinner
                                                                                                    Hilton Concord                   Roulette, blackjack, craps & poker
                                                                                                    Grand Ballroom
                                                                                                                                     Bargain-Priced
                                                                                            Festivities Begin at 6 p.m.              Raffle Tickets
                                                                                           Complimentary wine bar before dinner      Win great prizes that you can choose!

                                                                                                   Silent & Live Auction             Dancing
                                                                                                           Bid on get-away trips,    to the sounds of “Oldies bu Goodies”
                                                                                                         exotic dinners and more     by our favorite D.J., Souza Sounds

                                                                                                                 Proceeds benefit:
                                                                                                                 Concord Rotary & Concord Rotary
                                                                                                                 Endowment’s community service projects
                                                                                                                 including: Dictionaries for
                                                                                                                 Concord’s 3rd Graders

                                                                                         Contact Tina Akins at 925-260-8462 or tsakins@concordfeed.com
March, 2009                                               The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com                                                                           Page 27


  Willows Theatre stages award-                                                                   ‘Violet’ a fantasy for all ages
    winning ‘On Golden Pond’
            By Gary Carr                        difficulties faced by a couple in the
         Special to The Concordian              twilight years of a long marriage.
                                                    “It’s a play about the seasons of


 I
      f you want to pick a theater mas-         life,” says Elliott.
      terpiece about marriage that sits             “Happily for Norman, getting to
      at the opposite end of the spec-          know his new grandson allows him to
 trum from “Who’s Afraid of Virgina             remain in the Indian Summer of his
 Woolfe?”, you’d hardly do better than          years,” he explains. “Norman benefits
 “On Golden Pond.”                              from his relationship with the boy, as
    Ernest Thompson’s exploration of            does Ethel, who wisely waits and
 the enduring relationship between a            watches as Norman’s transformation
 couple who’ve been together well over takes place.”                                            Courtney Sanderson and Concord’s Candace
 50 years has won a trunkload of                    Elliot feels fortunate to reunite           Carter share a moment
 awards and is a favorite of three gen-         Grant and Klitsner. “They’ve run the
 erations of audiences.                         gamut in previous shows staged all
    The Willows Theatre presents “On            over the Bay Area, playing husband                       By Jeanna Ross                   plays “Vows,” “Eulogy” and
 Golden Pond” beginning March 23.               and wife, middle-aged lovers, arch-                         The Concordian                “Christenings.” All three premiered at
 The show is directed by Richard                rivals and once I think Barbara even                                                      OnStage.
                                                                                                      his month, OnStage Pleasant            Directed by Randall Nott, an

                                                                                               T
 Elliott and stars veteran regional the-        played Stu’s daughter,” he notes.
 ater actors Barbara Grant and Stu                  The original 1979 production of                   Hill presents “Above the            award-winning playwright and 30-
 Klitsner.                                      “On Golden Pond” won a Tony and                       Violet,” a new production by        year OnStage veteran, “Above the
                                                                      five Drama Desk          Alamo playwright Laura Means               Violet” is intended to entertain the
                                                                      Awards, including        Berchdorf.                                 entire family. As all worthwhile chil-
                                                                      Outstanding New             The fantasy revolves around a           dren’s stories do, it works to engage
                                                                      Play. The 1981 film      third-grade girl who works to make         all ages on multiple levels.
                                                                      version won three        amends with her fifth-grade brother           The production design incorporates
                                                                      Academy Awards           after she accidentally spoils a sur-       the original illustrations of San
                                                                      and seven nomina-        prise. In her quest, she opens a world     Francisco Chronicle political cartoon-
                                                                      tions, including         of outrageous characters.                  ist Barry Hunau, as well as impressive
                                                                      Best Actress for            “Above the Violet” is the first of      images from space, courtesy of the
                                                                      Katherine                Berchdorf’s plays to cater to a younger    Hubble telescope.
                                                                      Hepburn, Best            audience. “This is the fifth full-length
                                                                      Actor for Henry          play that I’ve had produced,” says              “Above the Violet” runs March 6-
                                                                      Fonda and Best           Berchdorf. “The first four were geared 22 on the Knights Stage at the Dean
                                                                      Adapted                  toward adult audiences, but being the        Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic
                                                                      Screenplay. Jane         mother of three kids myself, my own          Dr., Walnut Creek. For more infor-
                                                                      Fonda was nomi-          children were tired of not being             mation, visit ww.onstagetheatre.org
                                                                      nated for Best           allowed to see the shows. I promised         or call 943-SHOW.
                                                                      Supporting Actress.      this would be a show for the
                                                                         “I love this play,”   whole family and I’m making
                                                                      Elliott says. “It’s      good on it.”
                                                                                                  The production is much more
 BARBARA GRANT AND STU KLITSNER star in The Willows production of full of feelings that
                                                                     come from the heart,      than just a family show for
 “On Golden Pond.”
                                                                     and yet it’s very nat-    Berchdorf. Producer Helen
    “On Golden Pond” focuses on aging uralistic. The set for the summer                        Means, OnStage Theatre’s
 couple Ethel and Norman Thayer,                house will be photographically realis-         founder, is Berchdorf’s mother.
 who spend each summer at their                 tic, full of details – right down to the       Means also appears onstage in
 home on a lake called Golden Pond.             cobwebs in the corner.”                        the production, along with Candy
 During the year the story takes place,                                                        Carter and Joyce Tubb of
 they are visited by daughter Chelsea               “On Golden Pond” runs March 23-            Concord.
 with her fiancé and his son in tow.            April 26 at the Willows Theatre, 1975             Berchdorf has quite the histo-
 The play explores the often turbulent          Diamond Blvd., Concord.                        ry with OnStage Theatre. She is
 relationship the young woman shared            For tickets, call 798-1300 or visit            best known for the “Life Cycles       DILLON AURELIO-PERATA AND EVAN LACHMAN, two of
 with her father growing up and the             www.willowstheatre.com.                        Trilogy,” which included the          the performers in “Above the Violet.”




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                  Violinist brings joie de vivre to symphony audience
       By Mary Ellen Butler                                                                                                                  Born in Romania, Stoian trained
             The Concordian                                                                                                               there and in Germany. She has
                                                                                                                                          played throughout Europe and in
       orina Stoian, a violinist who                                                                                                      Israel and won several international

 C     has won raves in Europe and
       more recently in Northern
 California, made her East Bay debut
                                                                                                                                          prizes. According to one German
                                                                                                                                          review, Stoian “captivated (listen-
                                                                                                                                          ers) with her musicality, bewitched
 during the Diablo Symphony’s Feb.                                                                                                        with her passionate sound and daz-
 15 concert in Walnut Creek.                                                                                                              zled with her technical refinement.”
    Based on the reaction of the sym-                                                                                                        In 2006, Stoian came to the
 phony’s conductor as well as the                                                                                                         United States and now divides her
 Lesher Center audience, Stoian’s                                                                                                         time between Sacramento and
 guest performance was equally well-                                                                                                      Germany. In addition to the Diablo
 received here.                                                                                                                           Symphony, she has performed in
    As part of the day’s theme of                                                                                                         Auburn, Angels Camp and Sutter
 “Celebrating the Music of France,”                                                                                                       Creek.
 Stoian played Violin Concerto No. 3
 by French composer Camille Saint-                                                                                                           For more information on upcom-
 Saens. She earned sustained                                                                                                              ing performances, visit www.dia-
 applause and an enthusiastic                                                                                                             blosymphony.org or call 943-7469.
 response.
    Diablo Symphony conductor
 Joyce Johnson-Hamilton called
 Stoian “a brilliant soloist.” Audience                                                                                                         Get your business
 member Denis Smith of Martinez,
 who played violin with the sympho-                                                                                                                  noticed
 ny from 1980 to 1985, said Stoian’s                                                                                                            in the ARTS and
 intonation, phrasing and articula-              AWARD-WINNING GUEST SOLOIST CORINA STOIAN has performed in Europe, Northern California     ENTERTAINMENT section
 tion were first rate, especially since          and now Walnut Creek
 the concerto is “a difficult piece.”
                                                                                                                                              of The Concordian.
 Nancy St. Germaine of Concord,                     Hochhalter, French horn player and        contributions from individuals,” he
 another violinist in the audience,                 winner of the symphony’s 2009 Yen
                                                    Liang Young Artist Competition.
                                                                                              said. “And since the orchestra mem-
                                                                                              bers are not paid, they play for the
                                                                                                                                                673-5367
 said Stoian’s work was “excellent.”
    Stoian’s appearance highlighted                 The May 10 program will feature the       sheer love of the music.”
 the third of the symphony’s five                   Contra Costa Children’s Chorus.
 scheduled concerts during its 46th                     Founded in 1962, the Diablo
 season. The fourth program, on                     Symphony is the oldest symphony of
 March 29, will spotlight Anni                      professionally trained musicians in
                                                                  Contra Costa County.
                                                                  Its first concert was
                                                                  held in a music room
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                                                                  grounding in the com-
                                                                  munity. “While the
                                                                  group receives some
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