VOLUME L, NUMBER 7 Your Local News Source Since 1963 SERVING DUBLIN • LIVERMORE • PLEASANTON • SUNOL THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 LPC Faculty Learns How to Deal with an Active Shooter Find Out What's Happening Check Out Section A Section A is filled with information about arts, people, entertainment and special events. There are education stories, a variety of features, and the arts and entertainment and bulletin board. By Carol Graham When Las Positas College reconvened following winter break, during which Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary shooting had claimed 28 lives, many administrators relayed their concerns that faculty and staff were unsure on how to react in a similar event. "It seemed every administrator knew exactly what to do," said President Kevin Walthers, Ph.D. "Unfortunately, none of them were in agreement on what exactly that was." On February 6, emergency management expert Kim Aufhauser led a training session designed to educate administrators, instructors and students on how to to prepare for an active shooter on campus. "Be mindful, not fearful. Have situational awareness," said Aufhauser. "Don't lose precious seconds to denial. Folks, we're way past those days. There is no survival value in denial; it's just going to slow you down." For most people, experience with gunshots is drawn from movies or television, which use special sound effects, causing the popping sound of real-life gunshots to sound artificial. "Bottom line, if there is any possibility that it might be a gunshot, assume it is," said Aufhauser. "It's better to take precautions and be in error, than do nothing only to discover they were real gunshots." There are three key decisions involved in surviving an active shooter situation: get out, hide out or take out. If there is a path to get out, take it immediately. Don't wait for others to validate the decision. Leave belongings behind. Once in a safe area, call 911 or campus security and be prepared to provide useful information. In some cases, escape is Stulen Reflects on His 36-year Career with Sandia Renews Call to Keep Livermore VA Congressman Jerry McNerney has urged Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to "explore options to keep the Livermore VA Medical Center as a provider of veterans' services." In a letter to Shinseki dated Feb. 6, McNerney also called on Shinseki to help facilitate providing funding in the 2014 budget to build a new veterans medical facility and nursing home in French Camp, which is about 20 miles northeast of Tracy. McNerney represented primarily the Valley and San Joaquin County until this year, when boundaries (See SAFETY, page 2) Four on Ballot for Council Chamber Names New CEO The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce Board approved the hiring of Marguerite Mazzitti as its new CEO and president. “We are delighted to have Marguerite join the Chamber as CEO and president. Her mix of private and public sector experience, along with her ability to engage diverse groups of people, make her the ideal person to build on the successes that Dale Kaye has produced for nearly a decade. Marguerite’s enthusiasm for Livermore and the Valley are evident and exciting” stated board president Jay Davis. Mazzitti's career has taken her across the United States for companies such as American Express Corporate Services managing Rick Stulen goes out for a stroll.Photo - Dino Vournas, Sandia National Laboratories. Fortune 100 accounts. Her experience includes sales, operations and marketing. She landed in the East Bay 12 years ago, where she By Patricia Koning the decision to come here, the laboratory’s first syndeveloped her own import In 1976, Rick Stulen left we had a lot of anxiety about chrotron radiation research and wholesale business spe- Indiana, where he’d just moving to California. As effort, which investigated cializing in Italian ceramics. finished his PhD at Purdue Midwesterners, our view properties of hydrogen on She worked with retailers, University, and moved to of California was Los An- surfaces in relation to Sanwineries, and restaurants Livermore with his wife and geles,” he says. “We were dia’s hydrogen storage proto reorganize and revitalize baby to take a job at Sandia pleasantly surprised to find grams. In 1984, he became their businesses. Most re- National Laboratories. Last in Livermore a city with a manager of Sandia's surface cently, Marguerite held the month, after 36 years at more rural setting, a distinct science and chemical physposition of General Man- Sandia, most recently as vice identity, and real sense of ics department. In the early 1990s, Rick president of the California community. For a young (See CHAMBER, page 3) site, Rick decided to take family, that really made a helped initiate one of Sandia's first cooperative reon a new challenge – retire- difference.” In his early years at Sansearch-and-development ment. McNerney “When we were making dia, Rick helped establish agreements (CRADAs) not possible. To hide out, find a place concealed from the shooter's view, one that will provide some measure of protection. If there's a door, lock and barricade it. Turn off all lights and close any blinds. Silence radios, cell phones and other noise producing objects that may alert a shooter. Although counterintuitive, do not huddle together; spreading out makes it harder for the shooter while allowing indi- under DOE's Technology Transfer Initiative. This CRADA, an agreement to develop compact radiation sources for next-generation lithography options in microelectronics manufacturing, led to the formation of the Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) Program and an industry-funded $300 million, three-lab CRADA with Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley (See STULEN, page 10) Four candidates are on the ballot, seeking to fill Jerry Thorne's open seat on the Pleasanton City Council. The seat became vacant when Thorne was elected mayor last November. The city council set the by-mail only voting for May 7. Candidates are Mark Hamilton, David Miller, Kathy Narum and Olivia Sanwong. Hamilton is a finance director for ADP. He is a wrestling coach at Amador Valley High School. He lists himself as a veteran. Miller is a smart phone engineering executive. Miller has been a member of the grassroots PleasantonTeaParty.com movement. Narum, who holds a bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from UC Davis, is in her fifth year on the Planning Commission and is a member of the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force. Narum served on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for five years. She is past president of the Pleasanton Seahawks. Sanwong, a graduate of Amador Valley High School, is a representative on the Pleasanton's Economic Vitality Committee. She is a Market Research Analyst working in the high tech (See COUNCIL, page 4) Dublin Council Plans to Pick Swalwell Successor at Next Meeting The Dublin City Council plans to appoint Congressman Eric Swalwell's successor at its next regular council meeting on Feb. 19. The seat became vacant when Swalwell was elected to Congress last November. Mayor Tim Sbranti and the remaining three council- members will interview the candidates during an open meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. in the council chamber. If the council does not reach a decision then, the process would be carried over to a special meeting on Feb. 26. The deadline to apply was Feb. 13. Candidates will be allotted three minutes each to address the council. Members of the public will have one minute at the microphone to talk about the candidates. Four residents had applied as of Tuesday to fill out the term of former Dublin councilmember Eric Swal- well. The four applicants are Anita Carr, Rameet Kohli, Lisa Trujillo, and Doreen Wehrenberg. Wehrenberg and Carr both ran for city council last November, finishing behind winners David Haubert and Kevin Hart. Wehrenberg finished third with 3668 votes. Carr was fourth with 3249 votes. Carr is a member of the city's Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission. She had an 18-year career in information technology. She lists the city's top three policy issues as job creation/economic (See DUBLIN, page 4) Neighbors Want to Keep Offices at Sunset Sites It's back to the drawing board to design housing to (See VA, page 10) replace two small business centers in Livermore. Sunset Development Company owns the two properties. One, the 13-acre Sunset Office Plaza was built in the early 70s and has more than 75,000 square feet of medical, dental and office space in 10 buildings. It is located at the corner of Concannon and Holmes. The Livermore Financial Center consists of four buildings on two acres behind the Lucky Shopping Center. Representatives of Sunset have been meeting with BUNNIES AT PETSMART neighbors in an effort to Meet PJ, our new 3 lb. gain consensus on a plan sweetheart. He's all puffed up that would be acceptable to and looking as big as can be. Adopt this month and receive a free Rabbits for Dummies book. Meet PJ and 12 + bunnies at our new location SECTION A this Saturday from 12-3 pm at the Dublin PetSmart, 6960 Art & Entertainment............ 8 Amador Plaza Rd. For more Bulletin Board....................11 info, call 925-519-1723, or Milestones ....................... 12 email [email protected] net. Visit www.eastbayrabbit. MAIN SECTION petfinder.com to see more pet Classifieds........................ 11 profiles. them and profitable for the company. Last Thursday, Chris Truebridge, Sunset senior vice president of planning and entitlements, met with neighbors. He summarized the concerns of neighbors, presented three new plans, and listened to comments. Truebridge began the session by noting that Sunset is aware that the majority opinion supports, "no change whatsoever." If there were to be any residential, neighbors stated that they did not support high density. He said that there had been concern about new housing that would generate students that would impact Sunset (See SUNSET, page 8) Inside Editorial..............................4 Mailbox...............................4 Roundup...............................3 Short Notes.....................9 Sports...................................6 Obituaries........................9 Photo - Doug Jorgensen Revelers were decked out in bright colors for the New Orleans Bash held last Friday at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. PET OF THE WEEK They call me Boom Boom Betty, and I'm the real thing, honey . . . the cat's meow, if you know what I mean! You could wait nine lives before you find another feline like me. I'm always up for a little heavy petting, but I'm quite kittenish at heart, cuddling makes me drool. Visit Boom Boom Betty and all her friends at Valley Humane Society (VHS) this weekend for Adults Only, a cat adoption affaire running February 14-17, 2013. Adopt any adult cat (9 mos+) for just $14; standard adoption criteria apply. Visit valleyhumane.org or call (925) 426-8656 for more information, or to view all dogs and cats awaiting adoption. VHS is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. PAGE 2 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Veterans Discover the Benefits of Yoga Class By Carol Graham Chris Rivera remembers exactly how he felt after his first yoga class. “I was sore. I didn’t want to move,” said the 22-year-old Army veteran. “But I felt really good, really relaxed. I’m kind of anxious and yoga let me get some things off my shoulders.” Rivera was the first one to sign up for the new community education class “WarriorsOne Yoga for Veterans” offered at Las Positas College beginning February 21st. Instructor Suzanna Spring led a small, introductory class last fall in the Veterans Resource Center at the college. The new class will be held in the yoga studio on campus from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. each Thursday for three months. Following their introduction to yoga, both Rivera and his wife Danielle became enthusiasts. “I tend to get wound up, especially around school. Yoga was a great way to de-stress both my mind and my body,” said Danielle, also an Army veteran. “We look forward to it every week. We get our stuff ready and say, ‘It’s yoga night tonight!’ We feel so great afterwards.” The class, specifically tailored for military veterans and their families, addresses common health issues: recovering from injuries, relief from post traumatic stress disorder, and learning relaxation techniques that can alleviate pain, insomnia and tension. “There are misconceptions about yoga being a religious practice. It’s not, but it can be spiritual. The practice itself is transformative,” said Spring, who for the past year has been teaching a yoga and meditation class in the poly-trauma unit of Livermore’s VA hospital. “Over time, I’ve seen peo- ple conquer addictions and change their diet habits. “Yoga is that perfect window of an hour or so where life becomes really simple. You’re able to focus on yourself and listen. To relax deeply is learned; sometimes we need to relearn it.” The class is open to all veterans in the community, said LPC’s Veterans First Coordinator Todd Steffan. Participants do not need to apply to the college, and no grades or credits are received for the class. The fee for LPC students is covered by Veterans First; for nonstudents, the cost is $30. “Yoga is beginning to be used as an adjunct therapy,” said Spring, noting that yoga has been shown to increase strength, flexibility and balance, enhance immune function, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and improve psychological wellbeing. “I initially became involved with yoga through mixed martial arts,” said student veteran Joseph Cook. “I’ve suffered a lot of injuries in my shoulder, neck and hips. If I don’t stretch, I lose mobility. Once you lose mobility your quality of life goes down significantly. Of all the treatments I’ve received through the VA and traditional medical avenues, yoga has been the most effective means of treatment.” Added Spring, “Whether veterans are in their 20s or 50s, they’ve pushed their bodies. They’ve often literally carried a lot of weight around because it’s so rigorous. Yoga is a mindful practice of listening and not pushing through the pain but being able to make adjustment to give your body a break. It’s not, ‘No pain, no gain.’ It’s ‘No pain, no pain.’” Spring said she’s glad misconceptions about yoga are being dispelled. “There’s an idea that yoga is simply laying on the floor and stretching, that there isn’t any challenge to it, or that it’s a feminine practice,” said Spring, who also teaches yoga at LifestyleRx and Cosmic Dog. “Yoga can be very challenging. A lot of men come because they know it is really strengthening. In fact, there’s such an influx of men they’ve started calling it Bro-ga.” Both Spring and Steffan are hoping local veterans’ groups will help get the word out about the class. For more information or to sign up, visit www.laspositascollege.edu/communityed or call (925)424-1467. “I wasn’t too sure at first because I’d never done yoga and I didn’t know anyone personally who had,” said Danielle. “We tried it out and love it so much. You can start out not being sure.” Added Chris, “The first few classes last fall I would close my eyes but my mind was still racing a hundred miles an hour. It wasn’t until the last few classes where I would lay there and actually feel my body, feel my muscles. It was completely different. I learned to let go.” SAFETY (continued from page one) viduals more options. Finally, if it's determined there is no other option than to take out the shooter, be prepared to do whatever is necessary to neutralize the threat, either by disrupting his actions or incapacitating him. Throw books, backpacks or chairs, yell or use improvised weapons. Although Las Positas College offers one of the safest college campuses in California, its Campus Safety and Security Office says it is committed to ongoing efforts to ensure a safe educational environment. Students, professors, faculty, parents and community members can now sign up for the AlertU system - an emergency text messaging service available for mobile phones. In the event of an emergency, subscribers will receive important security information in real time. AlertU offers two-way messaging, allowing subscribers to receive and relay information from inside and outside a crisis zone. To sign up, visit www.laspositascollege. edu/safety/alertu.php. Faculty and administration were also advised to stay involved with their students. "There's a commonality among institutional killers," said Aufhauser. "They all leave breadcrumbs; they all leave clues." Warning signs include plummeting grades, isola- Kim Aufhauser tion, and lack of hygiene. Warning behaviors include being angry and argumentative, blaming others for their problems, not taking responsibility for their own actions, and being injustice collectors: perceiving every slight as a major issue. Although Aufhauser noted, "We need to look at a cultural sea change," to fix the overriding threat of active shooters, being prepared is something everyone can do right now. "Perhaps the most important thing is that we must be prepared for the unthinkable while continuing to teach without fear," added Walthers. "While the chances of this happening at Las Positas College are small, we must be diligent in preparing for the worst and hoping that we never need our training." Amador 'We the People' Team Headed for Nationals Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton again has won the honor of representing California in the national "We The People" civics team competition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., April 27-29. Amador placed first among nine competing schools at the state tournament Feb. 9 in Bakersfield. They won the competitions at the congressional district and regional levels to qualify for the state event.. Amador teams have gone to the nationals before, including 1995, when the school won the national championship, and in 2006 and 2007, when the team was runner-up. Foothill High School's team also competed in the state tournament, as did Fremont's Irvington High School team, which is coached by Pleasanton councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio. Only the top three teams are announced at the end of the state competition. Neither Foothill nor Irvington won the second or third place honors, which went to two Bakersfield area high schools. Brian Ladd and Mairi Wohlgemuth coach the Amador team. Ladd told The Independent that in his 21 years' experience in the program at Amador, as a coach, teacher and assistant coach, "this team is as good, if not better than any team I have been a part of." The team won despite having members who were sick, but were present and ableattain an extremely high level of success, said Ladd. The team is proud to represent the school, the district and the city at the national competition, said Ladd. The team welcomes donations to help pay for the trip back East. Ladd said they should be sent to Amador Valley Comp Civics, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, CA. 94566. Deadline is April 1. Foothill faculty member Jeremy Detamore, who teaches the school's advanced placement class in We the People, said that the team did win unit awards in two categories at the state competition. One unit focused on changes in the Constitution since the formation of the republic. The other concerned the structure and function of the constitutional system. Detamore has coached the team for five years. The group has qualified for the state tournament each year. "The team's 28 students took everything we practiced into the competition. Despite not reaching the goal of winning the state, I'm proud of what we accomplished," said Detamore. The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 3 Goldstein Appointed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Parney Albright has selected William Goldstein as deputy director of Science and Technology. Goldstein had served in this position in an acting capacity since September 2012. “Bill’s proven scientific leadership abilities, his passion for developing and sustaining science, technology and engineering excellence, and his ability to manage strategically to meet the critical national security missions of the Laboratory make him the best choice for this role,” Albright said. As deputy director for Science and Technology, Goldstein will continue to serve as an advocate for the Laboratory’s scientific and technical programs, and will lead the strategic deployment of the Laboratory’s science and technology capabilities. He will oversee the Lab’s portfolio of S&T activities, taking line responsibility for the science, technological and engineering institutional roadmap, including the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program, collaborative research with academia and private industry and institutional planning activities. Goldstein’s service to the Laboratory spans 27 years. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Swarthmore College. Goldstein is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the DOE Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award in 1994. “Through the screening process conducted over the last several months and from the input received from key stakeholders, it was clear that Bill is viewed as a respected and trusted scientist and manager among Laboratory employees and senior management, as well with government sponsors and academic and private industry collaborators,” Albright stated. Bridgelux Names CEO Bridgelux, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Bradley J. Bullington, the company’s current Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager, Technology Solutions, as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. William Watkins, formerly CEO, has moved up to Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bullington joined Bridgelux from Seagate in 2010, where he worked with Watkins. He has been responsible for the Company’s overall business strategy and all corporate and market development activities, including strategic partnerships and joint venture development, technology licensing, capital formation and the legal function. Bullington also ran Bridgelux’s Technology Solutions business. “Brad has helped drive Bridgelux’s strategic direction and corporate development initiatives since joining the Company when I came aboard,” said Watkins. “I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition, as well as going forward as Bridgelux enters its next phase of growth.” “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Bill for his leadership and integrity in guiding Bridgelux for the last three years,” said Alan Salzman, CEO and Managing Partner of VantagePoint Capital Partners. “During his tenure, Bill restructured and recapitalized the Company, nurtured and developed our leadership position in GaN on silicon and significantly strengthened Bridgelux’s position in the rapidly growing global lighting market.” Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of technologies and solutions transforming the $40 billion global lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Livermore, California, Bridgelux is a pioneer in solid state lighting (SSL), expanding the market for light emitting diode (LED) technologies by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems. Record High Grape Crush California’s 2012 crush totaled a record high 4,383,100 tons, up 13 percent from the 2011 crush of 3,874,158 tons, and 1 percent larger than the previous record high 2005 crush. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,289,783 tons, up 19 percent from 2011. The 2012 white wine variety crush totaled 1,724,121 tons, up 21 percent from 2011. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 270,085, down 28 percent from 2011, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 99,111, down 36 percent from 2011. The 2012 average price of all varieties reached a record high of $734.35, up 24 percent from 2011. Average prices for the 2012 crop by type were as follows: red wine grapes, $879.04, up 24 percent from 2011; white wine grapes, $623.50, up 15 percent from 2011; raisin grapes, $318.62, up 20 percent; and table grapes, $272.21, up 24 percent. In 2012, Chardonnay accounted for the largest percentage of the total crush volume with 16.8 percent. Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading percentage of crush with 11.3 percent of the total crush. The next eight highest percentages of grapes crushed included wine and raisin grape varieties. Festivities Planned to Celebrate Senior Center's 20th Anniversary The Pleasanton Senior Center celebrates its 20th year anniversary on March 2 and 3, 2013 with a gala weekend filled with special activities surrounding the theme Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future. The festivities kick off on Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. with a broad variety of class demonstrations and exhibits and a skit performed by the Center’s thespian troupe, the Senior Players. A free barbecue lunch on March 2 is available to those visitors age 50+ that pick up advance tickets on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Center, located at 5353 Sunol Boulevard.The weekend fun concludes on Sunday, March 3 with a free Tea Dance from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., featuring live music by The Cool Tones. Since opening in March of 1993, the Center has served as a resource for the community, offering a wide array of valued classes, programs and services for mature adults. It CHAMBER (continued from page one) ager for Hillendale Home Care based in Walnut Creek. She was active with the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce in special projects, including San Leandro By Design, Leadership San Leandro, and served as a Commissioner on the Board of Zoning Adjustments. “Livermore is a fantastic place to visit, work and live. It has a unique mix of businesses that drew me to be part of this dynamic organization. Livermore has transformed from dust and grapes to a thriving community. It is a great example of what also houses the Pleasanton Paratransit and RADD programs (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) and the offices of the independent nonprofit Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley. Today, more than 1,000 patrons a week pass through the Center’s doors to access a robust schedule of health and wellness classes including Zumba Gold, Fit for Fifty, Walking, Tai-Chi, Yoga, and Sittercise. On the horizon is the soon-to-be launched Pleasanton Peddlers program, a new bicycle club for mature adults. Other popular offerings include book, computer and photo clubs, computer tutoring, knitting, brain fitness, community lectures and writing classes. There is a woodshop, with numerous opportunities for wood working, wood carving and wood turning. For more information, contact the Pleasanton Senior Center at (925) 931-5365. a successful chamber, city and business community can achieve. I am thrilled about the opportunity to work with this energetic group” stated Marguerite Mazzitti. Former Chamber CEO and President Dale Eldridge Kaye will be heading up Innovation Tri-Valley as CEO. Innovation Tri-Valley was formed as a collaboration and commitment among key business leaders in the Tri-Valley region, which includes Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon. For more information on the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit www. livermorechamber.org or call 447.1606. PAGE 4 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 EDITORIAL Youth Ranch Closing Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, a non-profit that served at-risk boys for all of Alameda County, is going out of business. The ranch was founded in 1974 by Butch and Ruth Shattuck and Sally Bystroff, all Livermore residents. Over the last forty years, the ranch has served more than 3000 youths at its location in Livermore. The goal of the ranch was to provide a rural setting where youth could develop self-worth and learn primary values that would lead to better lives. Changes in state funding allocations reduced the ability of organizers to serve youth at the ranch. The economic downturn reduced donations. Operations were suspended until such time funding could be found. Sadly, that was not possible. Without such programs as the Youth Ranch, youth who need help may not receive it, resulting in greater costs to the community in the future. We thank the Shattucks and Sally Bystroff for their extraordinary efforts in providing help to so many young boys. Their hearts were in the right place. DUBLIN (continued from page one) development, transportation needs, and environmental sustainability. Kohli, who moved to Dublin in 2010, was appointed to the planning commission in December. He works in the energy management business. He is a board member of iGATE NEST, served on the Dublin Human Services Task Force, and worked as a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives. He listed growth, education and community as the three top issues. Trujillo works in internet retail sales. She has lived in Dublin since 1966. She earned a B.A. in political science, and a certificate in legal studies and paralegal studies. She sees the top issues as growth, traffic and parking. Wehrenberg has a B.A. in management, and is senior project manger for Kaiser Permanente, which involves dealing with contracts, budgets, design and local permitting processes. She served eight years on the Dublin planning commission. The city 's top issues are traffic, economic development and housing, said Wehrenberg. Each candidate filled out a questionnaire, the same that was used the last time the council filled a vacancy by appointment. The six questions included such things as their perception of two or three top policy issues facing Dublin and how to solve them, what they see concerning future growth, and whether they have time and willingness to read hundreds of pages of staff reports for each meeting. The questionnaire also asks what the candidate believes his or her relationship to be to the public, city staff and other council members, and how city services should be provided and financed. At the February 5 meeting, two candidates in the last election, Doreen Wehrenberg and Shawn Costello, came to the microphone and offered themselves as candidates. Costello talked about his education, and his six years of working for the city on housing. He mentioned he also studied accounting. Wehrenberg said, "I have the solution for you. You can appoint me this evening. I'm ready to take over, and conduct business as usual. I have been on the planning commission for eight years. I was the first graduate of Dublin 101." "I'm not sure what you're looking for, but you have an opportunity to fill the seat tonight," said Wehrenberg. Councilmember Kevin Hart said, "I'd add one thing. She came in third, when the votes were counted. Dublin voters did vote for her." Swalwell's vacant term has two more years to run. Haubert said that he had not considered "appointing tonight." If the council wanted to appoint Wehrenberg that night, Haubert would support it, he said. "However, in my mind, in the process of appointment, I lean heavily toward the vetting (screening) process. I had not heard we could walk out tonight with an appointed councilmember. If you polled Dublin, I think 99 percent would say, I don't think you should do that, said Haubert. Haubert was told by staff that it was up to the council to decide how to make the appointment, and making it that night was legitimate. In choosing the appointment process, the council rejected a special election, either by mail only or through the traditional voting method, either in the June primary or the November election. Councilmember Don Biddle said it was pointless to hold an election, with the expense involved and the fact that in June the remaining term would be a year and a half long, or in November, just one year. Projected cost for a mail-in ballot would be from $147,000 to $189,000. Folding into the June or November election would cost between $84,000 and $126,000. (Opinions voiced in letters published in Mailbox are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Independent. Letter Policy: The Independent will not publish anonymous letters, nor will it publish letters without names. Abusive letters may be rejected or edited. Frequent letter writers may have publication of their letters delayed. Letters should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] com.) Plastic Bag Ban Walter D. Harvey Livermore Recently banned plastic “grocery” bags are being falsely labeled “single use." Most of us know better; they have many subsequent uses. Many had a printed request to “reuse” and/or “recycle." Recycling is made easy by placing bagged plastic bags of all sorts on top of recycling carts. So why did the county and city officials take the draconian step of banning reusable, recyclable plastic grocery bags? Landfill reduction? Each bag, when flattened, occupies three-tenths of a cubic (INLAND VALLEY PUBLISHING CO.) Publisher: Joan Kinney Seppala Associate Publisher: David T. Lowell Editor: Janet Armantrout The Independent (USPS 300) is published every Thursday by Inland Valley Publishing Company, 2250 First St., Livermore, CA 94550; (925) 447-8700. Mailed at Periodical Postage Prices at the Livermore Post Office and additional entry office: Pleasanton, CA 94566-9998. The Independent is mailed upon request. Go to www.independentnews.com to sign up and for more information. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Independent, 2250 First St., Livermore, CA 94550. Advertising rates and subscription rates may be obtained by calling (925) 447-8700 during regular business hours or by fax: (925) 447-0212. Editorial information may be submitted by [email protected] Council Pays Tribute to Clarence Hoenig The Livermore City Council paid tribute to the late Clarence Hoenig by closing Monday's meeting in his memory. Hoenig, who died Feb. 4, 2013, was a long time political activist. He spoke many times at the council. Councilmember Stewart Gary commented, "He was a huge mentor to me. I will miss his advice and barbed emails. We are losing some of the shapers of the community who were active in the 70s." Mayor John Marchand added, "Clarence was a mentor for me and many others. He was a champion in promoting quality of life for all. We didn't always see eye-to-eye, but you could always have a conversation with him. Sometimes you could change his mind on a subject. He was a remarkable human being." During the meeting open to the public portion of the meeting, former councilmember John Stein stated, "We have lost an individual who helped shape the character of our community." Stein listed some of the organizations that Hoenig was active in creating. In the late 60s and early 70s, the city had seen rapid growth. In the fall of 1971, a small group of citizens, concerned about double sessions in the schools, lack of water and sewage capacity and poor air quality, founded Save All Valley Environments (SAVE). Hoenig was the first president of SAVE. Hoenig recalled that this was the first initiative drive in Livermore or Pleasanton. The grassroots movement attracted national attention. Hoenig was deeply involved in Save Our Hills. The Save the Vineyards group, which morphed into Friends of the Vineyards, helped to bring about the South Livermore Valley Area Plan. Measure D, for which Hoenig campaigned, has protected agriculture land and open space. He served as a member of the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Foundation Board. Education was important to him, as were the arts. Hoenig was instrumental in the passage of a bond measure involving the school district, city, and park district that resulted in the construction of a community center and new library and the updating of Livermore schools. Hoenig was also an advocate for those who were less fortunate. Mitchell Katz Winery riles neighbors Concerns voiced about noise and traffic by Harry Stoll Mitchell Katz Winery has yet to receive a state permit to operate a tasting room in a converted barn at its new location on Buena Vista Avenue. The winery faces opposition from neighbors who fear the tasting room could hold loud events. “All we want are peaceful Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,” said neighbor John Howard, who lives immediately north of the site. He said he and his neighbors are not opposed to a legitimate business on the site, including a winery and a tasting room. Winery owner Mitchell Katz said he is not going to hold events on the site. “I didn’t hold weddings at the other site (On Vineyard Road in Pleasanton).” Shawn Wilson, chief-ofstaff for Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, doubts that an event center would ever be approved for the site. He wrote in an email, “If Katz ever wanted to apply for a conditional use permit, the community would be notified, a public hearing would be set and I am very sure that it would be hard to make the findings that this location, would be suitable for a full on event center.” Wilson said he has heard complaints from two neighbors and pointed out there is nothing the county can do to prevent a winery and tasting room from locating on the Buena Vista site if it complies with appropriate codes, including fire and building codes. He said the county can monitor to make sure the tasting room is not hosting events that are not allowed at tasting rooms in the general plan. The property is zoned for a winery and a tasting room. The previous tenant, Lavish Laines Winery, held numerous non-permitted events, which partly explains neighbors' concerns. The county eventually placarded the barn as “Not to be occupied.” Katz says he will run a completely permitted operation. To operate a tasting room, a permit from the California Department of Beverage Control (ABC) is required. “Mitchell Katz Winery does not yet have a permit to serve or sell wine at the Buena Vista site,” said ABC representative John Carr.” He said the permit is pending. ABC has received six protests from neighbors concerned about matters such as noise and traffic. On February 2, the tasting room was pouring, which Katz explained was a party for contractors who helped with the construction. One of the attendees was wine club member Veronica Bauer. “I’m a big supporter,” said Bauer. Katz commented to another attendee, “You didn’t think I’d make it, did you?” That seemed a reference to the optimistic opening date, after deciding to locate on Buena Vista in late fall. Neighbor Howard said the tasting room was pouring the following day (Super Sunday). He estimated 100-150 cars were comin in and out. He said some of the tasting was outside, but everything was quiet and he had no complaint. Another neighbor, Don Hughes, who lives further north on Buena Vista, also has concerns about events being held at the tasting room. He said the tasting room was pouring on Super Sunday. Some cars were parked on Buena Vista Avenue. He saw people carrying wine glasses with liquid in them to their cars. After the Sunday event, there was a continuous line of cars on Buena Vista Avenue, headed for East Avenue. That could have been due to everybody exiting at once to watch the Super Bowl. Hughes, as with Howard, said he has no objection to a proper winery and tasting room on the site. The tasting room was not open on Saturday, February 9. Buena Vista Avenue is straight and smooth, but is also narrow and has speed humps. Hughes suggests that to ease traffic concerns on the road, passage for the tasting room parking lot could be located on Tesla Road, which borders the site to the south. Concannon Vineyard and Crooked Vine/Stony Ridge wineries have passages on this stretch of Tesla, which has the same characteristics along all three properties. Such a passage would require a road approximately 600 feet long between Tesla and the tasting room. Howard said Katz has not met with neighbors. Katz said, “I learned my lesson from Hansen Road,” referring to his application to operate a winery and tasting room there near Arroyo Road. At the planning commission meeting neighbors turned out in force to oppose the permit. The City of Livermore has made it clear there is not to be a winery on the Hansen Road site. Howard said that the Buena Vista Avenue property owner George Mueller had essentially told the neighbors to take a flying leap. Denise Mueller, George Mueller’s wife, said the noise from Lavish Laines was negligible. She couldn’t hear it inside her house, which is located on the large property containing the winery and tasting room. “It was a waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Denise Mueller, regarding neighbour’s calling the sheriff to complain about the noise. ”Katz does have a permit from Alameda County to convert the barn into a winery and tasting room,” Supervising Building Inspector Jerry Brown said by phone. He said the undertaking has some problems that Katz is working on. inch; 15,000 would fit in the smallest trash cart. Visit your local landfill and ask yourself if the ban is going to significantly reduce what you see. Litter reduction? Of thousands of pieces of roadside litter that I saw during the Holidays, relatively few were grocery bags. The ban will not noticeably reduce roadside litter, nor the need for and cost of its removal as claimed. The ban will not noticeably reduce trailside/lakeside/streamside litter that I encounter, but it will deprive me of handy handled bags to put it in. I certainly won’t take with me the bulky cloth bags that I use when grocery shopping. Our waterways will not be in noticeably better shape; they will still be fouled with trash that cannot be legislated away. Harm to wildlife? What species and how many per year? Decades of reading publications that focus on nature and the environment has never revealed that grocery bags are a threat to any wildlife species. None would mistake them for food as claimed. If documented harm has occurred, in anywhere near the hundreds of thousands of birds killed annually by existing wind farms, I would support the ban. The ban merely provides an illusion that something useful is being done to improve our environment. So why did local county and city officials jump on the ban-the-bag bandwagon? Beats me! Hazardous Plan struggling to get enough to eat. Recently Livermore Downtown announced that Spanky’s Dog House plans to hold a hotdog eating contest. Participants eat as many hotdogs as they can, and they are warned that this contest can be dangerous to their health, with side effects including nausea and vomiting. At a time when more and more people are going hungry in the Tri-Valley and organizations like Open Heart Kitchen are asking for more donations to feed the growing numbers of needy, it seems totally inappropriate to hold, sponsor and announce such a waste of food. Surely the owners of Spanky’s Dog House and Livermore Downtown can find better ways to publicize the merchants in Livermore. DC focused on the safety of existing weapons rather than new untested designs. Playing pass-the-nuke might be a fun adventure for the politicians and scientists, but it’s one that communities can’t afford. Join with Tri-Valley CAREs to tell DC and the Labs: road-trips are fine, but leave the bombs behind! Beverly King Livermore On January 30th, TriValley CAREs sponsored a Community Forum at the Livermore Library to explain the Dept. of Energy plan to dangerously ship plutonium pits from Los Alamos New Mexico for testing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then returned to New Mexico via public roads. I was at the Forum to hear legal, environmental and policy experts explain their concerns about the plutonium shipments, which ranged from legalities to environmental hazards to the complex issues of nuclear development. The Forum was filled with people concerned with this dangerous proposal. I thank Tri-Valley CAREs for sponsoring this event. Most encouraging was when the audience separated into groups to discuss various issues and determine the next course of action. The enthusiasm was ardent and productive. To join in the next steps one can attend a follow-up meeting at the Livermore Library on Thursday, February 21st at 7:30. Additional community response can stop this hazardous plan. For more information check www. trivalleycares.org. The Wrong Way David Furst Livermore It is totally wrong for Livermore to hold a food eating contest at a time when people in the Tri-Valley are Roads and Bombs Chelsea Collonge Livermore I drive between the Bay Area and New Mexico several times a year. Both these places, which I call home, are harmed by nuclear weapons policy. Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico makes new nuclear bomb cores, despite our government’s promise to reduce the nuclear stockpile. Now Livermore Lab in the Bay Area has to import these bomb cores, test them and send them back. If this plan goes into action, toxic plutonium will join me and millions of others on the highway six times a year. We wouldn’t need to test these bomb cores at all if COUNCIL (continued from page one) sector. She volunteers at the Museum on Main. Ballots will be automatically mailed out to all eligible registered voters residing in the City of Pleasanton. No postage will be necessary to return the ballot The first day sample ballots will be sent out is March 28. Early voting will begin April 8. Completed ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters Office no later than 8:00 p.m. on May 7, 2013. Postmarks are not acceptable. No polling places will be open for the election Application Process Richard A French Livermore Hello, Livermore neighbors. I’ve lived in Livermore for my entire 55 years, minus a couple of years while I was in the United States Marine Corps and traveling. My family lived in Livermore all of this time. My dad worked at the Livermore Lab for 32 years as a math scientist and computer programmer. He was the best father a son could have and I miss him dearly. He died of cancer two summers ago. His illness was determined to have been more than likely caused by his exposures at the Lab. The Department of Labor has a compensation program that has money set aside for Department of Energy employees like my dad and their survivors. In my case, I needed some help with the Department of Labor’s application process. I received that aid here in Livermore from Scott Yundt, the staff attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs. Scott also facilitates a support group for workers and their families. Interested members of the community can contact him at [email protected] or at 443-7148. The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 5 PAGE 6 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Pictured is Philippe Blin (far right) with the 2013 signing seniors from Pleasanton Rage. Pleasanton Cavaliers Rugby team battled the Alameda Islanders. Photo - Doug Jorgensen The West Coast Wildfire U13G team battled two top ranked teams over the weekend to make it into the Norcal Premier State Cup finals. In a quarterfinal game, the Wildfire met a well-seasoned Diablo FC premier. After regulation play and two golden goal halves, the game remained scoreless 0-0. The game came down to penalty kicks to determine the winner. Goalie Claire Abele sank the sixth PK and saved the final opponent shot to win the game. The girls now head into the finals for one last game to bring home a cup and determine final U13 season rankings. Pictured is Tori Diehl taking and making one of the Wildfire’s penalty kicks to help win the game. Foothill High School and Amador Valley High battled in the boys varsity soccer EBAL season finale. The match ended in a 1 to 1 tie. Both teams qualified for the North Coast Section division I playoffs. Foothill took on Newark Memorial, while Amador Valley faced San Ramon Valley in opening round matches on Wednesday. The girls teams from both schools also made the playoffs, with Foothill playing Washington on Wednesday in the first round. Amador took on Freedom High. In division II, Dublin boys played St. Mary's College High School; the girls played St. Patrick-St. Vincent High in the opening round of the playoffs. In the photo are both won first place in team competition. They are Scott Mackanic, Andrew Herrador, Tommy Mistretta, Bennett Huang, Joshua Romerao, Travis Gollott, Chris Siebel, Wesley Estrada and Nikita Latman. California. Director of West Coast Soccer Troy Dayak took on this task and formed a team featuring players from four different WCS teams. The base players came from his U14 girls, added were a few players from team Wicked, Wild & Katz. This collage of players turned out to be a formidable team making it all the way to the Championship game where they fell 0-1 to an older Elk Grove team. The team work and support from the players, parents & coaching staff was unbelievable, a true club mentality. Aquacowboys Livermore Aquacowboys team members. Rage Seniors Sign Pleasanton RAGE hosted the 2013 college signing night honoring RAGE seniors Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Pleasanton Marriott. Family, teammates, coaches, RAGE board members, and staff all gathered along with Amador Valley High School Principal, Jim Hansen to celebrate the signing seniors’ achievement. College signing night is the first Wednesday in February when high school seniors can sign a binding National Letter of Intent to play NCAA college athletics. At this event, 14 seniors that have played in the Pleasanton RAGE girls soccer club anywhere from 1-14 years officially signed their intent to continue to play soccer for colleges and universities across the United States. The girls were individually recognized by RAGE director of coaching and player development, Philippe Blin. Here are the RAGE signing seniors for 2013: Haley Chow - Princeton; Marissa Scheid - UC San Diego; Emmy Rodriguez - University of Oregon; Alyssa Holsworth - Fresno State; Nicole Heller - UC San Diego; Kylee Southwell - UC San Diego; Gabrielle Ko - UC Irvine; Tamara Aboumrad - UC Berkeley; Sahar Arghandiwal - Cal State Los Angeles; Alyssa Devine - Marquette University; Amanda Nunes - Fresno State; Marisa Rodrigues - Southeastern Louisiana University; Zoe RogersLemke - Cal State Monterey Bay; Shayda Haddad - UC San Diego Livermore American LL The Livermore American Little League opened play over the weekend. Highlights include: Majors: Angels 10, Phillies 5: Phillies top players were catcher Parker Brandt; Dalton Johnston excellent pitching in the 3rd and 4th innings, nice line drive on the first; and Rigo Zapien, pitching, plus an RBI, and an unassisted out while playing at first Angels 4, Phillies 3: In the second inning Kyle Kohn hit a 2 run RBI for the Phillies. He then went on to steal home to take the lead for the Phillies. The final run was scored by Parker Brandt for the Phils, who stole 3 bases to get home. Phillies caught 3 pop flies and snapped up 2 line drives, stealing some great hits from the Angels. The Angels' pitcher Morano did an excellent job on the mound in the 5th inning, keeping the Phillies from increasing the lead. He caught a pop fly for the final out of the game. Phillies 5, Angels 5: Arnold hit an over the fence home run in the 1st inning for the Angels. Arruda (Angels) was responsible for 3 outs at first. The Brandt brothers, Ryan and Parker, (Phillies) were responsible for a good portion of the hits and outs. In a close play, Jeremy Theobald recorded an out for the Phillies in the 4th by stopping a steal at 3rd base to end the inning. In the 5th inning Aaron Aguilar recorded three consecutive strikeouts for the Phillies. In the 6th Aguilar hit the 2nd 2 run RBI of the pre-season. Phillies 11, Giants 0: The Phillies hitting streak began with a 2 out rally in the top of the first, and continued through the 4th and final inning where 6 runs were scored. Several players recorded RBI’s including Kyle Betz, with 3 solid doubles, which scored 4 of the Phillies runs. In the 3rd inning Jackson Brown (Phillies) dropped a fly ball, but quickly recovered to record the out at 2nd. The Angels executed a great play in the 2nd when the catcher threw to 2nd for the out on a steal. But ultimately they were held down by solid pitching by Aaron Morales. Cyclone Wrestling Livermore's Cyclone Wrestling Club brought home 6 medals from the Dehli T.O.C. qualifying tournament on Saturday, at Delhi High School. 8th grader Joey Sullivan won all three of his matches by pin and placed first. 8th grader Miguel Castro had 2 pins and claimed first place. 7th grader Coben Turk won all 4 of his matches, 3 by pin to take first place. Wrestling in his very first tournament, 6th grader Jason Nunez won his last 3 matches in a row to come back and take 3rd place. In the heavyweight division, 8th grader Spencer Houle took 3rd place and 7th grader Christian Lopez took 4th. By placing first in this tournament, Joey Sullivan qualified for the Tournament of Champions on March 9th in Loomis. He joins fellow Cyclone wrestlers Ryan Petersen, Spencer Houle and Chris Sanchez who have already qualified for that tournament. Cyclone wrestlers will compete this Sunday at the Roseville T.O.C. qualifying tournament. Cavaliers Rugby The Pleasanton Cavaliers Girls Varsity team opened up their gold division play with a match against the Alameda Islanders on Sunday morning at Las Positas College. Junior Wing Delaney Armonino led the way with three tries and earned co-player of the game along with senior eight woman Daniela Hernandez. Team Captain Caitlin Reid contributed with two scores while inside center Emily Roskopf touched down three tries. Also scoring were Lina Hart, Autumn Gieringer, Jillie Eicher and Sammy Crepeau on the way to a 74-5 victory. The young U10 team hosted Golden Gate and Land Park, playing 2 matches against each and ended up 3-0-1. Fast physical matches and everyone contributed. Man of the Match awards went to Ruair Dwyer, Matt Polaski, Isaiah Gaio, Patrick Crandall, and Ronan Cook. U10 silver played Golden Gate and Land Park and ended 1-1. Again tough physical play across the board with an outstanding first tri by Max Young. Man of the Match awards went to Nathan Comiskey, Crayton McCafferty and Connor Waklee. Pleasanton Seahawks The Pleasanton Seahawks age group swimmers proved they are Pictured are West Coast Wrath U12 players focused on the ball pursing it to create another opportunity for the team in the Norcal State Cup semifinals. champions in competition at the Zone 2 Championship meet held in Moraga, January 26, 27, 2013. Many best times were achieved. Seven PLS swimmers were named to the All Star Zone 2 team: Sydney Lu, Max Cory, Nicole Stiles, Christina Zuniga, Paulina Umanksy, Audrik Antonio, and Wolfgang Lachance. Results: 8&UN Girls: Paige Bennett, 50 free new A; Adora Do, dropped 9 seconds in 50 free and 8 seconds in 100 IM; Aclina Kenny, best time in 100 free; Sydney Lu, 2nd 50/100fr, 2nd 25 back, 2nd 25 breast, 1st 25 fly, 1st 100 IM; Aven Lee, 4th 25 back, 8th 25 fly, Christina Coatney, 1st 25 breast; Crystal Wang, 8th 25 breast, new A time in the 25 free; Sophia Stiles, new B time 25 free. 8&UN Boys: Alex Suen, dropped 2 seconds in 100 free; Dominick Wonosaputra, new A time in 25 back, dropped 8 seconds in his 100 free; Max Cory, 4th 25 free, 2nd 50 free, 4th 100 free, 3rd 25 back, 4th 25 breast, 3rd 25 fly; Alex Smedley –best time 50 fee; Eric Kang – best time 50 free; Jordan Lee – new A time in 25 breast, took 10+ seconds off in 100 IM. 10UN Girls: Lara Serban, best time in the 50 back; Stephanie Shao, 3 best times; Nicole Stiles made the Zone all, star meet; Emma Washum, 100/200 free new JO’s; Elinor Kry – best times in all 4 events, took 4 seconds off 100 free; Rachana Mukkamala, 200 free new JO. 10 UN Boys: Mattias Bengtsson, 100 free new A; Lleyton Plattel, FW in the 200 free; Alex Ren, 6 best times; Junwoo Kang, 100 free new JO; Jaewoo Kim, 2 new JO’s; Andrew Wang, 2 new JO’s, 11, 12 Girls: Bella Hernandez, 3 best times; Christy Neufeld, 6 best times; Grace Kim, 2 best times; Amber Fornoles, 100 Fly new A; Sarah Rafie, 200 IM new A, 100 Bk new B; Amber Fornoles, 100 free, 200 IM new JO’s; Nawoo Kim, 50/200 free, 200 IM new JO’s; Jennifer Lee, 200 free new JO; Paulina Umansky 100 free new JO. 11, 12 Boys: Calvin Chui, 100% best times, JO in the 200 IM; Kyle Kenny, 3 best times; Chris Lam swam well; Matthew Neufeld, 5 best times; Justin Tsai, 2 best times; Nick Wonosaputra , 4 best times; Niklas Bengtsson 100 Brst new A, 100 Bk; Tyler Lu 100 Brst, new JO; Ben Sproul 100 free, 100 breast new JO’s, 6 best times, 100 back, new FW; Tyler Lu, 200 free, 200 IM new PRT’s, 6 best times; Tim Yao 100 free, 100 Fly new PRT’s; Chris Jhong, 6 best times; Will Rose, 2 best times; Wolfgang LaChance, 2 best times. 13, 14 Girls: Sofia Barrera, 2 best times; Alexandra Hernadez, 1 best time; Corrie Maguigad, 1 best time. 13, 14 Boys: Audrik Antonio, 50/100 free new JO, 100 Brst new JO, 6 new best times; Niklas Bengtsson 5 new best times; Aditya Gupta 2 new best times; Drew Kobayashi, 100 BR new JO; Alex Kuang, 100 back best time; Michael Martin, 3 new best times; Rishab Nair 2 new best times; Dominic Rafie, 2 new best times; Ben Song 1 new best time 15, 16 Girls: Jae Williams, 2 best times West Coast Wrath The West Coast Wrath U12 traveled to Santa Rosa for the Norcal State Cup semifinals to take on OVSC Stingrays with the winner representing their club in the Championship game. The Wrath players exploded for two goals in the first 15 minutes. Both goals were created by the defensive back line playing through and over the top balls to the forwards. Late in the first half the hard work from the mids created some creative soccer which culminated into two more goals. In the second half of the game the Stingrays threw all they had at the Wrath team. The pace and physicality of the game intensified forcing the Wrath coaches and players to make multiple adjustments to keep players fresh and matched up with opposing players needing to be marked and shut down. All Wrath defensive players did just that whether clearing a ball out or standing tall and denying a cross or shot. With many brilliant saves by the Wrath Goalie there was little hope for the Stingrays as time ticked off the clock. Wrath did not list individual names in ths story because this was a true team effort and win. The Wrath has only been together for two seasons and in that short time have won a league championship, local tournaments and went down south and won the San Diego Albion Cup Championship. Now they are just one win away from the Norcal Championship. West Coast Soccer was asked on Friday the 8th if they could form a team to put into the U15G age group of the JJ Minor tournament in Stockton The Livermore Aquacowboys hosted the 'Valentine's Splash' at the Robert Livermore Community Center on February 9-10, 2013. The LAC home meet was a Pacific Swimming, Zone2, Short Course, C/B/A+ Swim meet with 410 registered swimmers competing in 2077 events. Swimming for LAC were Minhnha Kawamura (8), Jessica Akins (9), Chenoa Bodera (10), Annelyse Combitsis (9),Katie Ottman (10), Franco Moufarrej (10), Daiki Nishikawa (10), Jacqueline Arnold (11), Amanda Butcher (12), Tori Carroll (12), Katherine Dabney (12),Caroline Eckel (11), Sydney Magann (12), Kristina Mena (12), Julia Rocha (12), Megan Wilcox (12), Alexander Bass (12), Paige DaCosta (11),Christopher Gonzalez (11), Matthew Hayes (12), Collin Trump (11), Hunter Woffinden (12), Annemarie Arnold (14); Paige Chew (13), Emily Chong (13), Megan Fairbanks (14), Emma Hayes (13), Nicolette McConn (13), SofiaMoufarrej (13), Celine Nguyen (14), Larissa Trump (13), Dante DeMayo (13),Brandon Siu (13), Jenna Chew (15), Shelby Diehl (15), Kathie Kulp (16), Jessica Paul (16),Nathan Boas, Jared Brandley (15), Alex Gonzalez (14), HaleyHamza (16), Stephen MacKanic, Bryce McLaggin, Shelby Swanson (18) and Trent Trump (16). West Coast Gymnastics In competition at their own meet, the West Coast Classic, the weekend of January 26 and 27, there were many highlights for the West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WCOGA) boys. Competing as a team, Level 5, Level 9 and Level 10 WCOGA took first place. Highlights include the following: Level 10: Joshua Romero 1st floor and vault, Wesley Estrada 2nd Pommel, Chris Siebel 3rd pommel, Travis Gollott 1st rings, pommel, vault and high-bar, Nikita Latman 1st rings and 3rd vault. Level 9: Bennett Huang 1st AA, Andrew Herrador 2nd AA, Thomas Mistretta 3rd AA, Scott Mackanic 3rd P-bar. Level 8: Zion English 1st P-bar, Dominic Costa 2nd vault, Robbie Tambunting 1st floor and vault. Older level 8: Stephen Chan 2nd P-Bars, Yianni Constantinides 1st pommel and rings. Level 7: Evan Young 3rd AA, Will Lavanakul 4th AA. Level 6: Cameron Levine 2nd AA, Kiran Bhat 2nd high-bar, Cameron Higgins 3rd vault, Aden Cohen 4th AA, Patrick Tambunting 5th pommel, Avery Castillo 3rd vault and high-bar. Level 5: Izaiah Mlay 1st AA, Malakai Mlay 3rd AA, Andrew Tambunting 4th pommel, Tyler Hom 4th floor. On February 2 and 3, the WCOGA boys teams competed in Elk Grove at the Mas Watanabe Meet. Highlights include: Level 5 Izaiah Mlay 1st AA, Malakai Mlay 1st vault and 2nd pommel, Tyler Hom 3rd p-bars, Andrew Tambunting 6th p-bars. Level 6 Cameron Levine 2nd AA, Cameron Higgins 3rd vault and highbar, Kiran Bhat 2nd high-bar. Level 7: Evan Young 3rd AA, Will Lavanakul 1st pommel and p-bars. Level 8: Zion English 1st AA, Robbie Tambunting 5th AA, Dominc Costa 2nd rings, Ben Roller 4th rings, Stephen Chan 3rd rings. Level 9 Thomas Mistretta 1st AA, Scott Mackanic 2nd p-bars and vault, Andrew Herrador 1st rings, vault, pbars and high-bar. Level 10: Joshua Romero 2nd AA, , Wesley Estrada 3rd pommel, Nikita Latman 1st floor, rings, p-bar. Fusion Soccer Tryouts Livermore Fusion Soccer Club invites players to attend the Premier Program tryouts. All sessions will take place at the new Robertson Park Turf Fields. For more information, or to register for tryouts, please visit www.fusionsc.org. Tryout Schedule: U12 Girls: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 9-11am; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 9-11am; Tues., Feb., 19th, 5-7pm U13 Boys: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 13pm; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 1-3pm; Wed., Feb. 20th, 4:30-6:30pm; U13 Girls: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 11-1pm; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 11-1pm; Wed., Feb. 20th, 6:30-8:30pm; U14 Boys: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 5-7pm; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 57pm; Thurs., Feb. 21st, 4:30-6:30pm; U14 Girls: Saturday, Feb. 16th, 3-5pm; Sunday, Feb. 17th, 3-5pm; Thurs., Feb. 21st, 6:30-8:30pm. PGSL Registration 2013 Registration is still open for most divisions in the Pleasanton Phantom Girls Softball League. All girls in grades K-12 living in Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol are eligible to play. Two ways to register: 1) Online - visit the website at www.pleasantonsoftball.org; 2) By check & postal mail - Download a registration form from the website and mail to PGSL, P.O. Box 911, Pleasanton, CA 94566. For more information or questions, email Christine Tanis at [email protected] pleasantonsoftball.org. Note: All players will be notified of team placement within the next three to four weeks. However, extra time is allowed for the Seniors Division (grades 9-12), to allow for High School team placement in Feb. 2013. The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 7 Livermore Studies What Services to Bring Back as the Economy Recovers The City of Livermore financial picture is improving. Over the last four years, the city has cut services and personnel. Now it is beginning to look at how to allocate future funding, with public safety the top priority. In addition, the city will concentrate on long term obligations before adding staff back. The Livermore City Council had requested that staff prioritize where any additional funding might be directed as resources became available to restore services and personnel. The council heard options for a five year plan at Monday's meeting. There was no vote. Councilmembers offered comments on the proposals. The council heard a report that showed the city is still in a recovery mode. Property taxes are stabilizing. The sales tax revenue shows signs of strengthening. "Beyond 2014, funding appears to be stable. Revenues are projected to stop shrinking and begin to grow. Staff stated that a lot of resources would not be available to restore cuts that have been made or to expand programs. Assistant City Manager Troy Brown noted that the staff needs to be right-sized. Staff requires training and development. He said departments have looked at how resources might be deployed to meet future needs. "There are some things we used to do that we may not do in the future." An example is street light maintenance. A program is underway to replace lights with LEDs, which require very little maintenance. Issues that the city faces include deferred technology and fleet replacement, the cost of post employment benefits, the increasing cost of health care, and an underfunded capital improvement program. Brown noted that people care how the city looks. Public safety and libraries are key service areas that the public supports. Staff recommendations on where future increased resources might be directed were grouped into three areas. City Manager Marc Roberts explained that staff looked at a variety of scenarios when considering in which groups services would be placed. Personnel is one issue. In 2007, the city staff consisted of 557 full time equivalents (FTE). Today that number is 450. "For the next 5 to 6 years, staff is not recommending adding back any more than ten FTEs. Virtually all of those would be clustered in public safety." Rather than hiring, resources, such as personnel, would be moved around to where they are most needed. Some projects would be handled by contract employees with a specific job and time to complete it. The first area that would receive attention includes how the community looks. "How the public areas are maintained impacts economic competitiveness and property values," said Roberts. There would be an expansion of crime prevention and public safety with the hiring of three full time positions for the police and a police captain. Other top priorities are to add to replacement of the fleet and replace reserve funding utilized during the economic downtown. Retiree medical is a major driver, Roberts continued. The city is faced with a $90 million obligation over the next 40 years. The sooner we fund it, the less expensive it is. The second group of projects to be addressed would be continuing to restore landscape maintenance, increase funding put toward fleet and IT replacement, and start placing funds in an account for downtown parking. With the loss of redevelopment funds, some other source will be required to build the next parking structure. In the third area, the main focus would be on increas- ing the funding for retiree medical benefits. In additoin, funds would be used to fully restore landscape maintenance. Money would be used to enhance and expand crime prevention programs by adding a special ops unit and one civilian. Councilmember Stewart Gary stated that underfunded liabilities, such as retiree medical benefits and maintenance costs, are a problem. He said that he is not looking to add back anything of substance except police for the next two to four years. Councilmember Bob Woerner agreed with staff's proposal. He would like to see a report on how decisions are made. He noted that little things are important, such as litter removal and landscape maintenance. He would like to explore options to see those areas enhanced more quickly. Councilmember Doug Horner stated that full funding of post-employment benefits is key to future stability. "We need to live within our means, invest and pay down the debt." He noted there was no mention of libraries in the report, although they are highly rated as important by the community. He wondered what the plan was to bring them back. "The mark of a great city is not the services it provides to the more affluent, but how it provides for the under-served." Woerner added that in talking to a youth from Springtown, he was told that the library there is not just about reading, it is a place where residents achieve a sense of community. Roberts said that the staff is preparing a plan to deal with library services. Mayor John Marchand pointed out that 51 percent of the city's budget goes to public safety. "I am happy to see public safety in group one." He continued that how a community looks is important. He said that perhaps residents could collect litter when they are walking their dogs, something he does. Livermore Amgen Start Stage Ends at the Top of Mt. Diablo Changing direction for the first time in its eight-year history from south to north, America’s largest professional cycling stage race, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California, will bring riders and spectators first-time destinations, unprecedented climbs and demanding sprints on the approximately 750-mile course. Amgen returns as the title sponsor for the heralded 8stage race, set for May 12 to 19, 2013. Livermore will host stage 7 on Sat., May 18. The start is at 11:35 a.m. on Third Street by Carnegie Park. The stage finishes at the summit parking lot on Mount Diablo. The 92-mile route through Livermore features several cyclist favorites, including Morgan Territory Road, new to the race this year. The riders will navigate narrow, twisting climbs through bucolic farm country and redwoods before making a roller-coaster descent. The race will return to Patterson Pass Road where riders will encounter the infamous “wall,” a short, steep climb toward the end of the road where riders will peddle up grades over 15 percent in the last two kilometers. The peloton will return to Livermore for a sprint, and finally to Mount Diablo, which historically has attracted some of the largest audiences for a mountain race route. This year, the race will cover an additional 4.5 miles of climbing to the summit. Race organizers are looking to fill nearly 5,000 volunteer positions. Registration and further information about the various duties available is now available online at www.AmgenTourofCalifornia.com. PAGE 8 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Hopped up crowd treated to rare beer release Altamont Beer Works taps a need Pliny the Younger on tap at First Street Alehouse Livermore’s first post-Prohibition brewery by Harry Stoll Greg or Steve’s capable hand in the taproom grabs the handle, pulls down, and golden brew flows. Let the sunshine in. You’re right down the hallway from the fermentation vats at the Altamont Beer Works on Research Lane off Vasco Road. At one time breweries were commonplace here, with one on Main Street, not far from the flagpole. Prohibition ended that. Now, Altamont Beer Works has ended the dry spell. Co-workers Greg Robles and Steve Sartori had a satori at Buffalo Beer over after-work on-tap Anchor Steam that led to Livermore’s first brewery since Prohibition. They often did home brewing at Greg’s house. Now, they are the owners and the brewers who have worked their way through drawings, plans, contractors (some of whom flaked on them) and the government permit process. Greg says they have no complaint about the city. They did some of the construction themselves. Other work was completed by friends. “Beer is a great barter commodity,” says Greg. They offer several beers on tap. On Saturday, February 9 they had Shelter, Ganja Juice, Rich Mahogany, and Left Coast. A 32-ounce or 64-ounce growler-full will cost from $8 to $15. When you taste Greg and Steve’s beer you’ll see that’s a real deal. Altamont Beer Works sells growlers, which are 32 oz. or 64 oz. self-sealing containers to keep your beer fresh. A green way to buy beer is to return your ABW growler there for a refill. The tap room is one of those miracles of turning a space in a bland research park into an inviting friendly venue, with polished concrete floors, a tasteful paint job, art on the walls, including a huge mural of beer making operations, and sunlight slanting through thin slats of Venetian blinds. About eight people tasted beer the day I visited. Small tastes are free. Many beer lovers get their growlers filled. The origination of the word is unclear, but once was a usual way of bring beer home and has made a comeback. Sellers are legally allowed to fill only their own growlers. The beer names—and the beers—available in the taproom, have an international flavor: Cerveza Espumosa—a beer take on sparkling wine—is a crisp, dry wheat beer with a hint of blackberry to balance the tartness. It’s akin to the Old World Berliner Weisse. Birra Bianco—a “white beer” hybrid of the noted Belgian Wit Bier is an unfiltered wheat beer with aromas of sweet orange peel and coriander seed—it’s light bodied and full-flavored. Dirty ‘D’— is an American brown ale, with a clean refreshing taste, just right for the summer, or the winter, and all that’s between. Left Coast—an Indian Session ale West Coast style, light in color and body, with a very hoppy nose and is flavorful without bitterness. It can satisfy the biggest hop head. Smooth Operator—a smooth, rich oatmeal stout, heavy on the chocolate malt, with a sip of coffee, this is a complex and balanced brew. Rich Mahogany—this American Red Ale, brewed for the sophisticated palate of anchorman Rod Burgundy—has a pungent hop aroma, a deep mahogany hue and a medium bitterness. Shelter IPA—an homage to the Rolling Stones and India Pale Ale, with a full flavor of the hops without the extreme bitterness, this brew brings unique hop flavors and is light in color and body and brings shelter from the storm. Order it by saying, “Gimme Shelter.” Hella Hoppy—a true West Coast double India Pale Ale, without bitterness, it lets the hops do all the talking. Has some citrus and floral with minor tropical notes written in the aroma. Could a Hip Hop be on the way? Maybe a cool brew with active hops. Greg and Steve have some fun with the names, but their absolute joy is in the making of fine brews. They are hard-working, dedicated and talented brewers. Although creativity is essential, as Greg points out, it takes a lot of science to make beer properly. Greg sees the preference for really good beer as people wanting to know about the origins of their food, how it was grown, and processed, and what’s in it. He has been home brewing for over 30 years and has won national awards for his Vienna Lager and his American Brown Ale. Typical of his attention to detail, he explains the difference between lager and ale. “Lager is fermented cold—from 40 to 50 degrees, while ale is fermented hot—from 50-60 degrees. Like most processes, there are more differences than that, such as the two eating different sugars.” Steve is maybe 25 years younger than Greg. In the typically American way, got into beer in college, but what was not typical, he got into good beer. He and Steve met on the job and the Altamont Beer Works was their destiny. Go to the Altamont Beer Works for some real beer. It’ll cost you more than the swill advertised on TV, but the price is right. The Altamont Beer Works is up and pouring. They opened February 6 and are planning a grand opening late in February. Participants, such as musical groups have not been determined. You can bet it won’t be Myron Florin playing the Beer Barrel Polka, but maybe that skinny British old guy will come and prance around—perhaps accompanied by the old guitarist who had a wasted face at age 20—for a more successful Altamont Concert. Give them shelter. by Harry Stoll Saturday, February 9, shortly after 8 a.m.: a large crowd of beer lovers waits politely— not blocking the sidewalk—outside the First Street Alehouse for its 9 a.m. opening, and a taste of Pliny the Younger, a once a year release of Triple India Pale Ale by the esteemed Russian River Brewing Company, whose beers are regularly rated 100 out of 100 by the Beer.advocate.com. It’s part of a national beer resurgence. Inside, owner Ron Witherspoon, with restrained yet matter of fact pride, points out that only a very few outlets receive this prize. He says there is a waiting list. The wait is worth it. The brewers release a Pliny in early February. Now it’s the First Street Ale House’s turn. Pliny the Elder was a huge success, and now the nephew gets a try. Today, tasters are to receive only one glass, either nine ounces for $7 or 16 ounces for $12. The tasters agree it’s worth it. Also worth it, the wait for one glass. At 9 a.m., Ron stands with his back to the front door. Through it and the windows, tasters are seen outside waiting behind him. Waitresses move around. They are comely, but not TV beer babes, these are working women. Both the male and female staff are dressed in the colorful American costume of blue jeans. Ron asks the staff, “Ready?” They nod, he opens the door and the tasters enter briskly but orderly, typically in groups of seven. Some belly up to the bar, which quickly fills. The back bar wall features a chalkboard listing “Rotating Beers.” There are about seven of them. Some customers go immediately to tables to order beer, then go to a room offering a buffet breakfast of an amazing array. A cook makes an omelet while the diner watches. Beer with breakfast might seem odd, Patrons toast 'Pliny the Younger.' Photo - Doug Jorgensen but it’s perfect. The place quickly fills as more wait outside. The First Street Alehouse is a cavernous yet welcoming space with an open ceiling with all the workings—such as the heating-ventilating-cooling vents—visible. Brown paneling prevails on the walls. The acoustics are pleasant for such a large place. Initially, a base thumpedthumped, then somebody singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” calmed the level to merely excitable. Seats at tables, the bar, or on a bench against a mirrored wall with tall chairs facing them are all comfortable. All in all, it’s a cool place. The beer tasters are remarkably well-informed. Eric Wall, Dave Steele, and Lauren Grove sit in the wall seats. Lauren tasted it and said, “Definitely worth the hour and a half wait.” Eric makes beer at home. “Basically, making beer is putting hops in boiling water. The art is when you put the hops in, the longer they are in the more of the hop taste results.” The taste of the hops is critical in ale. Beginning tasters sometimes perceive the taste as bitter, hardy but bitter. Others value the taste. The secret is to know when to hop it. Eric believes that for Pliny the Elder, it was “dry hopping,” meaning the hops were held off and added late to the fermentation tanks. David Steele pointed out that Pliny the Younger is definitely smoother than the uncle, Pliny the Older. That’s the consensus among many tasters: Pliny the Younger is smoother. They avoid the word bitter, but it’s obviously a factor. With little hop influence, a brew is boring and wimpy, with too much it’s bitter. Hopstasis is critical. A few tasters are new to the beer revolution and have no comment until they reach the halfway point, then nod. Maybe it’s like wine and must open up. Tasters leave and seven more tasters are shown in. Soon a blue jeaned waitress says they have started the second keg. Each Keg holds 15 ½ gallons. New tasters keep arriving. The tasters are convivial, not rowdy. Two of the tasters are Danny and Mindy Lee Skolnik, who were married in December and retain that glow. They met on the Internet. He’s from all over the U.S. and she arrived from Thailand as a young child. “I want to use wine descriptors for it, such as smooth, yet robust,” says Mindy Lee. Danny finishes first and offers to finish her beer. Her small hand grasps the pint and she uses some Americanism implying hands off. Justin, who works in Internet sales, says of Pliny the Younger, “Smooth, classy, one of a kind. Definitely worth the hour and a half wait.” He wants to thank the Alehouse for tapping this beer. “We’ve started the third keg to be sure everybody gets some,” says one of the waitresses. In cabinets and on shelves is the largest collection of beer cans in the United States. Ron estimates 300 tasters showed up and the First Street Alehouse made sure everybody received a taste of Pliny the Younger. Russian River Brewing Company has a marketing mystique going for it, and limiting the release might be shrewd. Of course, maybe they can’t make beer that good that often. What they and First Street Alehouse have going are remarkably good beers. First Street Alehouse is open late and in addition to an extensive high quality beer and wine list (and ice cream floats) has a menu this long, with house made chili, taking up one line. First Street Alehouse, 2016 First Street, Livermore, 925.371.6588, firstsreetalehouse.com the neighborhood and the South Livermore Plan. Comments included, "Part of the beauty of the area is that there are large lots. In the proposals we've seen, people will live on top of each other. That will destroy the look of the area." Some of the neighbors mentioned that Sunset consider building a senior housing development, which would generate less traffic and have no impact on the school. Others noted there is a shortage of single family homes in Livermore. Asked why there are no improvements being made that would keep the centers viable, Truebridge stated the buildings are 40 years old. It is time to for them to undergo major repairs. "Sunset does not believe it could recoup the cost of the repairs with rent increases." Truebridge told the audience, "Both centers are under-performing. We haven't been able to raise rents for six years. It makes no sense to continue to operate the centers. We'd like to work with the community to come up with a plan that is acceptable. If not, we will exit the property. Someone else will be up here with another proposal." Several audience members stated that they believe Sunset is just trying to make money. They suggested killing the idea and holding meetings with whoever buys the land. "Let Sunset sell it as it is." Tenants who spoke at the meeting said they would not be able to find comparable offices at the price they are paying. The representative of a nonprofit located in the center said the organization could not afford to move. A spokesperson stated, "You're killing us and a lot of small businesses. Fix it up. Tenants will move in as the economy recovers." At the end of the meeting Truebridge said there would be no 3-story residential buildings or apartments. "We will look at suggestions made and propose something that provides the best economic return to us and is the most acceptable to the community. We want to get out of town. This is the only project we have outside of San Ramon. When we go, we want to leave something that we are proud of." He said there would be at least one other meeting with the community before anything is submitted to the city. At the meeting, the community will be able to comment on the new proposals. SUNSET (continued from page one) Elementary. Truebridge said that students generated by any development on the sites could not be accommodated at Sunset. "There is nothing wrong with telling new homeowners that their kids can't go to the school. It's not right for new students to replace those already at the school," he stated. Truebridge pointed out that plans are for market rate projects. There will be no low income housing. Sunset plans to pay the in lieu housing fee to the city. The three new plans discussed by Truebridge were rejected by those in the audience. One proposal featured 17 units of single family one story homes, twelve two story single family homes and 100 townhouses. The single story homes would locate behind current homes. The second option consisted of a greenbelt between older homes and the newer homes. The housing would include 66 2-story single family units with detached garages on alleys and 78 3-story townhouses. The final idea presented retained the current buffer area between the older homes and the office park. Beyond the buffer would be 226 apartments - all rentals. After presenting the options, Truebridge said that it is clear that people don't like apartments. The 3-story townhomes are probably too dense. There were suggestions that Sunset come back with a large lot single family development that better matched The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 9 Tri-Valley Haven Close to Goal of Matching Grant Offer After months of fundraising and awareness campaigns, Tri-Valley Haven is closing in on its goal to raise $125,000 to meet a challenge grant opportunity from an anonymous benefactor. The Haven, which has long been the primary provider of safety net services including a confidential shelter for battered women, a family homeless shelter and food pantry, has struggled to maintain its service levels during the recession. “Our first course of action was to reduce our manager’s hours and preserve services. When that was not enough, we closed our administrative office on Fridays and only after all other options had been exhausted did we look at reducing direct service staff,” says Ann King, Executive Director of the Haven. “What the challenge grant will empower us to do during a fiscal crisis is allow some breathing room to come up with alternate funding strategies rather that immediately move to cut staff hours. It is in effect a safety net for the safety net." The community’s response to the challenge has been encouraging. Events such as the Haven’s Pace for Peace 5K Walk/Run in October and Holiday Craft Fair were successful and donations are up from previous years. What is most moving are the number of modest gifts coming from individuals who previously benefited from Haven services. “It’s truly touching to see individuals come full circle from making use of our programs to being PPIE Raising Funds The campaign for the 201314 fund ends March 31. Please help us help your students. The Pleasanton Partnerships In Education Foundation (PPIE) is starting the 2013 Spring Campaign to raise funds that help maintain high quality education for all Pleasanton public school students. The state has reduced spending on education by $1,600 per student. While the passage of Proposition 30 prevents additional program cuts, PPIE helps mitigate the impact of the cuts that have already been made. PPIE continues to raise funds for critical, district-wide programs that include literacy coaches, extra class sections, class size reductions, counselors, and specialists in technology and physical education PPIE is suggesting a voluntary donation of $350 per elementary student and $200 per middle and high school students. However, any amount is greatly appreciated. Nearby education foundations are requesting an average of $570 per student in their school districts. Donations are 100% voluntary and tax deductible. For more details, check your school website or the PPIE website, www.ppie.org. When making a donation by check, credit card, PayPal or to make monthly payments, also visit www.ppie.org. If you have further questions, contact Rita Galvin – PPIE Executive Director at [email protected] G. Lucile Piper Nov. 15, 1920-Jan. 23, 2013 Lucile Piper died January 23, 2013 at the age of 92. Lucile was born and raised i n Tw o Harbors, M i n nesota. She and her sister moved to San Diego in 1941 where she found work in an aircraft factory. While living in San Diego she met her husband, Frank R. Piper. Lucile and Frank were both at the same bus stop late one night and realized the last bus had already gone by. Frank offered to escort Lucile home safely in a taxi. That was the beginning — they were married in September of 1943. Lucile was a full time homemaker and an excellent, passionate and adventurous cook. Her family enjoyed wonderful adventures of wilderness camping and eventually, sailing on San Francisco Bay. When her family was younger, Lucile was very active in St. Michael’s Parish in Livermore. She was a catalyst in developing the library at St. Michael’s school. While living in Rossmoor, Lucile has been active in St. Anne’s Parish. She served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, taking the host to the residents of Manor Care in Walnut Creek. Lucile was predeceased by her husband, Frank in April of 1997 and by her Cancer Champions The Amgen Tour of California is now accepting nominations for Breakaway from Cancer® Champions. Four individuals – one from each of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California communities of Escondido, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara and Livermore – who have made a positive impact and acted as an inspiration to those affected by cancer within his or her community will be selected as the Breakaway from Cancer Champions. Nominate a cancer survivor, patient, caregiver, or advocate for those impacted by cancer. Individuals can now nominate themselves or others to be a Breakaway from Cancer® Champion. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 25, 2013. Full criteria and information about becoming a Breakaway from Cancer Champion is available at www.breakawayfromcancer.com/champions. The Breakaway from Cancer Champions will lead the Breakaway Mile through their community during the 2013 Amgen Tour of California on the following dates: Escondido on May 12, Santa Clarita on May 14, Santa Barbara on May 15, Livermore on May 18. daughter, Laura Piper Borland in June of 1997. She is survived by a son, Frank Piper Jr. of Brookings, OR, and by two daughters, Barbara Piper Nichols of Livermore, CA and Paula Piper Moss of Concord, CA. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. To her loving family she was known as ‘Super Grandma’. Lucile enjoyed an independent lifestyle in her Rossmoor condo, doing her own cooking and, with some help from her family, managing her affairs. She passed away peacefully at John Muir Hospital after suffering a fall on the sidewalk on her way to Saturday afternoon mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death. She will be greatly missed. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 am at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to an elementary school library. Joseph Just The Just family sadly announces the passing of Joseph Just who died peacefully at home Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the age of 93. Joe grew up in Bellingham, Washington where he began his career as a butcher in his father’s shop. He moved to Livermore in the early 50’s, where he continued his profession as a master butcher and manager stable enough to give back so others can be helped”, says King. “We are now in the home stretch with our Safety Net fund-raiser and are asking the community to help raise the remaining $20,500 so we can realize our goal," To donate to the Safety Net campaign and have the gift matched, please send checks to Tri-Valley Haven 3663 Pacific Avenue Liver- more CA 94550. For more information please call (925) 449-5845. Now in its fourth decade of service, Tri-Valley Haven provides vital shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. The Haven also provides comprehensive violence prevention education and counseling. For more information about the Haven please visit www.trivalleyhaven.org or call (925) 449-5842. Residents Invited to Home Energy Forum The City of Pleasanton joins with Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County to host a free TriValley Home Energy Forum on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Operation Services Conference Center located at 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton. The forum is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn about rebates worth up to $4,500 on a home energy efficiency upgrade and have Sister City Exchange High school students can learn about participating in the Pleasanton/Tulancingo Sister City Association Youth Cultural Exchange Program. Information is being presented at The Foothill Spanish Club meeting during lunch time on Wednesday, Feb. 20th, in Sr. Ospina classroom, B-27. The Foothill parent/student meeting is on Feb. 27th at the library (lower level) at 7:00 pm. The Amador student meeting is during lunch time on Thursday, Feb 21st in Mrs. Eyewe's classroom, Q201. The Amador parent/student meeting is on Feb 26th, in Mrs. Eyewe's classroom, Q201 at 7:00pm. To participate in the program, a student needs to be entering his or her sophomore –Senior Year in high school in the fall and have completed a second year of Spanish by the end of this school year. The cultural exchange is an enriching experience for students and their families. This experience can apply as community service requirements in most instances and is as a Pleasanton ambassador an excellent experience to enhance any potential college entrance portfolio as well. Teens and their parents are invited to attend the informational sessions to learn more. The application and selection process will be explained. for P&X Markets until his retirement. As a veteran of World War II, Joe proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater. During retirement, Joe remained active golfing and traveling, and through membership in SIRS #121. His love of golf reached a high point when he and fellow Springtown golfers celebrated his 90th birthday playing 18 holes at Silver Creek Valley Country Club. Joe loved to travel with his wife while pulling his trailer to explore many points of interest throughout the United States and visit Lake Tahoe annually. He leaves his wife of 70 years, Mary, and is survived by his daughter JoAnne Sabo; granddaughters, Kelly Bennett and Wendy SaboEdgar; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Joe’s brother and 4 sisters preceded him in death. He will be honored and remembered in a private family service. Memorial gifts may be made to Joe’s favorite charity, Salvation Army, or to a charity of one’s choice. Leda Mabelle Barcus Thornburg Leda Mabelle Barcus Thornburg, a resident of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2013. She was born September 28, 1921 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to William Henry and the opportunity to meet with local participating contractors. A Pleasanton homeowner will also describe the experience and benefits of pursuing an energy upgrade. Energy Upgrade California is a statewide program that offers incentives to homeowners who complete select energy-saving home improvements on a singlefamily residence. These incentive packages encourage customers to take a “whole house” approach by combining several related improvements at once to increase a home’s overall energy efficiency and achieve greater savings. Homeowners may select from one of two upgrade packages that may include air sealing, attic insulation, duct sealing, hot water pipe insulation, thermostatic control valve, low-flow showerhead, and combustion safety testing, high-efficiency fur- nace, energy-efficient cooling, water heater system, energy-efficient windows, duct replacement, wall insulation, and other custom energy saving measures. To RSVP to this free event, please visit www.trivalleyenergyforum.eventbrite.com or call (510) 8916528. To learn more about Energy Upgrade California, please visit www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org/county/alameda/overview. More information about the exchange program can be found on Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association's website at ptsca.org .If you have other questions or would like to recommend a student, please email [email protected] or call Rita Galvin at 925 249-1885. the Spring season: • Rincon Library: 725 Rincon Avenue, Livermore: Drop in from 3:30-4:30pm on the 3rd Friday of every month for crafts at the Rincon Branch Library. • Civic Center Library: 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore: Space Crafts- February 23, 2013 from 10:30am -12:00. Children will choose from three space themed designs. Children may take home a photo of themselves as an astronaut! This craft is in conjunction with 2013 Livermore Reads Together, Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach. Spring Craft with Café ArtMarch 20, 2013 from 11:30am1:00pm. Listen to a story and paint a ceramic piece with a representative from Livermore’s Café Art. Windy Day Craft- April 10, 2013 from 12:00- 5:00pm. Drop- in craft. Make a fun windy day craft with Ms. Gail. Crafts are designed for children in grades Pre K- 5. No registration necessary. For more information, please contact the Youth Services Desk at (925) 373-5504, or the Rincon Library at (925) 373-5540, or visit the Library’s website: www.livermorelibrary.net. applications for the Diablo Area 2013 Grant Program. Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit provides financial support to local nonprofit, public health, and human service organizations that serve vulnerable communities. Diablo Area grants are made to organizations serving East and Central Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley Area of Alameda County and are for one-year only. The deadline for online application is March 1, 2013 at 5 p.m. In 2012, Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Community Benefit grants program contributed $616,500 to local non-profit and public agencies working in East and Central Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley area. Those interested in applying should contact Molly Bergstrom at (925) 313-4694 or [email protected] kp.org to make a brief appointment to discuss the process. Proposals that are a good match for Diablo Area priorities will then be directed to an on-line application. Grants will be awarded for projects and programs beginning July 1, 2013. For more information on Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program, visit: http://info.kaiserpermanente. org/communitybenefit/ Nature Walk Early Signs of Spring is the topic of the Sun., Feb. 17 program presented by Livermore Area Recreation and Park District ranger staff. Meet Ranger Amy Wolitzer at 10 a.m. at Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road. Participants are likely to see blue dicks, shooting stars, johnny jump-ups and more. This will be a slow-paced walk of about four miles round-trip with some moderately steep sections. This program will last about three hours. Walk is cancelled if it is raining heavily; it will go on if it is only sprinkling. There is a $5 per vehicle parking fee at either entrance to Sycamore Grove Park. A $2 donation is requested to help support the programs unless other fees are specified. Participants may call 925-960-2400 for more information. Craft Programs The Livermore Public Library presents the following children’s craft programs for Kaiser Grants Gertrude Williams Barcus. Mabelle, as she preferred to be called, is survived by daughters Marilynn Rodrigues of Tracy and Marlene (Paul) Williams of Georgetown. She is also survived by grandchildren Kim Burnett of Kingman, AZ, Shannon (Stephanie) Williams of Colorado Springs, CO, and Jennifer (Frank) Matos of San Jose, CA as well as great-grandchildren Taylor Reeves, Tanner Williams, Cole Matos, Katelyn Matos, and many nieces and nephews. Mabelle was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Harold, in 1993 as well as her parents, her brother George and her sisters Vesta, Laura and Dessie. Mabelle worked for Hewlett Packard in Mountain View and Palo Alto for more than 20 years, and then moved on to another hightech company, BTI Computer Systems in Sunnyvale for another 15 years. After living in Belmont for 38 years, she retired with her husband to Camellia Gardens, a senior living area, in Manteca in 1989 and then moved to Livermore in 2004. Mabelle enjoyed working on her family history and traveling with many Manteca Senior Cen- ter members to Salt Lake City, Utah to do research in the Mormon Library. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. and a Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. at Callaghan’s, Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore, CA on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Private interment will be at Cypress Lawn Cemetery, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma, CA at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568-3024 or a favorite charity. Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit is accepting Clara MacCready Sept 27, 1917-Feb 9, 2013 Clara MacCready, a long t i m e resident of Livermore, passed a w a y in Hayward, CA at the age of 95. Clara was an Alameda County Retiree and a member of the Church of Christ in Hayward. She is survived by daughter Janet Philpott; grandchildren, Rhonda Fletcher, Craig Pacanowski, Brad Rawlins and Leigh VanGundy; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter Joyce Rawlins. An informal graveside gathering will be on Fri., Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 3873 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550 Arrangements by Callaghan Mortuary. PAGE 10 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 ORCON founder Hollis Bascom reflects on 50 years of innovation By Patricia Koning If you’ve flown in an airplane or have carpeting in your home, chances are you’ve benefited from ORCON Corporation products, even if you’ve never heard of the company. The Union City-based company is a leader in the reinforced film industry, providing the insulation films used in most commercial aircraft, insulation blankets for satellites, and carpet-seaming tape that holds together much of the carpeting installed in North America. Longtime Livermore resident Hollis Bascom founded ORCON in 1962. “I came back from World War II and started the company in a 10 x 10 office on First Street,” he says. With a B.S. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and experience with several manufacturing companies, he looked for a problem he could solve. At the time, the films and fabric industry needed material that was both durable and lightweight. “At that time there were many unsuccessful efforts to create lightweight reinforced films using yarns glued onto polyester and polyethylene films. But the materials were too fragile and tore easily,” explains Bob Zajdel, manager of business development for ORCON. Hollis patented the BOCS (Bonded Oriented Continuous Strand) manufacturing process in which two sets of yarn are laid perpendicular to one-another on a substrate (typically an ultrathin polymer film), and bonded in place with an adhesive. The unique adhesive application process ensures that the yarns are structurally integrated to guarantee great strength and tear resistance with the lowest possible weight. The first big success came just four years after the company’s inception, when the Boeing Aircraft Company adopted ORCON’s insulation films for use on its entire fleet. The company continued to innovate and expanded into new markets including “finished” insulation blankets for aircraft, aerospace, and vehicle applications. Not every idea proved successful, like forays into reinforced tar papers for roofing and reinforced fabrics for tire interplies. “There were times I wasn’t sure if the company would survive,” says Hollis. “But we kept trying new ideas.” Hollis, a true entrepreneur, continued looking for ways to apply his manufacturing processes. In 1970, the ORCON Carpet Seaming Tape Division was started to serve both the residential and commercial carpet industries. Using the BOCS process, ORCON quickly established itself as the flooring industry’s leading manufacturer of carpet seaming tapes along with a unique line of carpet seaming irons and flooring installation tools. ORCON products have also made their way into outer space. NASA has been a customer for many years, using ORCON films on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the International Space Station. ORCON is working to develop a relationship with SpaceX, the first privately held company to send a cargo payload to the International Space Station. Hollis also had a significant impact on the city of Livermore. In 1956, he was one of the leaders of the effort to create Valley Memorial Hospital, which opened in October 1961. Before Valley Memorial, the closest hospital was in Oakland. Hollis was the first president of the Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Hollis is the sole owner, president, and chief executive officer of ORCON, which at its height employed about 300 people. In 2010, ORCON sold off the Carpet Seaming Tape Division. Today, without that Division and the lingering effects of the economic recession, the company employs about 120 people. ORCON employees are heavily invested in the company, as they own about 50% of the non-voting stock through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Hollis never really considered taking the company public. He has funded the company’s growth by leveraging equity in the company’s headquarters in Union City, a building the company owns, and by reinvesting profits. “We haven’t had to rely on a lot of banks,” he says. ORCON’s newest innovation is RE-2000™, a fire-blocking material. A one-inch blanket of RE-2000 can block a high-velocity, 2000°F flame for many hours while the backside temperature stays under 140°F. The material, says Hollis, could prove invaluable in many industries, including petro-chemical drilling and refining, construction/building insulation for everything from single-family homes to highrise commercial buildings. “A wildfire can wipe out homes in a rural area very quickly. RE-2000™ will protect the structure and contents from imminent destruction,” he explains. “We also envision the material being used to wrap steel beams in high rise buildings and protect them from the elevated heat of a high-rise fire. The Twin Towers fell because extreme heat from the jet fuel caused the structural beams inside those buildings to distort and then buckle.” ORCON is currently working on gaining certification for RE-2000 for use in the construction industry and many others. The company expects to receive an Underwriters Laboratory rating for RE-2000™ in the next six months. For more information on RE-2000 go online to www. re2000corp.com. “I’m proud of this company,” says Hollis. “What we are doing today is very much cutting-edge. Every time we move ahead, it is through innovation – creating something that no one else has ever done before.” Actor and Comedian Brian Copeland to Present a Comedic Look at His Struggle with Chronic Depression Las Positas College announced today that KGO radio and "ABC 7 Live" talk show host Brian Copeland will present his one man show "The Waiting Period: 'Laughter in the Darkness'" on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the College's Mertes Center for the Arts. "The Waiting Period" is Copeland's hard hitting, yet comical, look at his personal struggle with chronic depression. The show focuses on a 10 day period. That time was the mandatory waiting period before he could receive a newly purchased gun, with which he planned to end his life. Copland will stress how his wonderful sense of the comedy of life served him insidiously well as a buffer against the grim reality of his intention. His is a story both powerfully inspirational and life affirming. In commenting on the event, Las Positas College Psychology Department Instructor Ernie Jones said: "Depression is one of the most common and debilitating health problems, affecting about one in ten people in the United States. It is also one of the most treatable Science on Saturday to Focus on 'Medical Radar' Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's lecture series, "Science on Saturday," on Feb. 16 features the topic, "Medical Radar," The lectures are free and are held in the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. Two presentations are offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Each lecture highlights cutting-edge Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) science presented by leading Lab researchers who are joined by master high school science teachers. On Feb. 16, the title of the presentation is "Medical Radar: Next Generation Life Saving Medical Diagnostic Devices." The talk will be given by LLNL scientist John Chang and teacher Dean Reese of Tracy High School. Lectures and demonstrations are targeted to middle and high school students. The lectures are sponsored by LLNL's Science Education Program. Seating is on a first-come basis. There is no preregistration. For more information about Science on Saturday, directions and a map, go to the Web at www.llnl.gov or contact Richard Farnsworth, (925) 422-5059. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in downtown Livermore. disorders. Yet stigma, shame and misunderstanding keep most people suffering in silence. Our goal in presenting "The Waiting Period" at Las Positas College is to encourage greater awareness and understanding of depression and illustrate that there is help and hope to treat the affliction." Mr. Copeland's performance is open to students and the general public. Admission is $10 with advance tickets available in (continued from page one) shifted, excluding Alameda County and giving him a bigger portion of San Joaquin County. Although McNerney's former district boundary never included Livermore, he has a strong interest in veterans. He had served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, so he has led the congressional effort to try to keep Livermore VA open. The VA wanted to close it, and instead spend its resources in the areas where more veterans are now living. Valley veterans could be served in Fremont or Palo Alto, the VA argued. McNerney told Shinseki that he is glad to see expansion to San Joaquin County. The design for facilities there is expected to be ready this year. McNerney is encouraging Shinseki to seek funding in the 2014 budget to pay for completion of the facilities. "Each day this project is delayed means thousands of veterans must drive hundreds of miles to Palo Alto, CA ., for many medical services," McNerney told Shinseki. He mentioned the creation of 900 construction jobs for the project. The Livermore site provides long-term care, nursing home level short-stay post-hospital sub-acute and rehabilitative care, and hospice and palliative care. In addition, McNerney urged re-evaluation of the Livermore facility for best use once the new facilities are completed. "Once again, I request that you keep the Livermore facility in the hands of veterans. The VA may want to explore the feasibility of transitioning this facility into a community-based outpatient clinic so that local veterans can continue to receive critical medical services, while not burdening the VA budget," said McNerney. Congressman Eric Swalwell, whose district includes the Livermore VA campus, told The Independent that he, too, is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to keep the campus open. It is important to "maintain VA services close to the many veterans who live in the area, and also (for the VA to) continue its plans for a new outpatient clinic and community living center in San Joaquin," said Swalwell. "Our veterans bravely fought and sacrificed for our country. As more veterans return from overseas, it is our responsibility to keep our promises to them in terms of health care, job training, and assisting with the transition to civilian life," he said. "I look forward to working with the VA and veterans in the Bay Area to find ways we can better serve them, through these facilities and other services," said Swalwell. Dublin Looks at Residential Development Near 580 he Dublin City Council has authorized a general plan amendment (GPA) for a developer who wants to change plans for a choice property at one of the gateways to the city. The council took the action on a unanimous 4-0 vote at its Feb. 5 meeting. The 27-acre property is across the street from Hacienda Crossings, a major Dublin shopping center that houses the Regency cinemas and many stores and restaurants. The land is at the northwest corner of Hacienda Drive and Interstate 580. The current zoning is general commercial. Blake Hunt Development wants a change to a predominantly residential use, in the range of 450 to 750 units. Some 20,000 to 40,000 square feet would be zoned for commercial. Jerry Hunt, who represented Hunt Development at the meeting, showed the council sketches of the property, which represents the developer's current thinking about its design. Included is a 2-acre linear park run- ning north and south up the middle of the property. Hunt said the park would be not only a centerpiece that ties together the proposed surrounding residential uses, but also a link to the 14acre property north of it, which is owned by Regency Centers. Regency has been talking to the city about a GPA as well. It would include approximately 160,000 square feet of commercial zoning for the center. Typically Regency anchors its retail developments with a major supermarket and a drug store. Dublin designates mixed residential-use as high density residential and commercial. However, Hunt is looking at medium density as well. Dublin would have to create a new designation to accommodate that usage. Hunt Development would like to emphasize restaurants on its land. They would serve both the neighborhood and a broader city area, said Jerry Hunt. Councilmember Kevin Hart said he thought that Hunt had a good point. "You have to wait 30 to 50 minutes to eat in Dublin on Fridays. Clearly we need good quality restaurants," he said. With restaurants will come a need for the owners to meet the fees imposed by Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) for sewer service. Restaurants are considered a high intensity use. Councilmember Kevin Hart asked Hunt how he plans to deal with cost of the connection fees. Hunt replied that it's "clearly a big obstacle," and must be studied. Hart also commented on the housing mix. Hart said he would like to see a good number of single family homes in the development, something he talked about in general for the city during his reelection campaign. One Dublin resident spoke on the issue. Jing Firmeza asked whatever happened to the "Digital Dublin" concept. He did not like the prospect of what he said might be 750 condominiums on the land. "Our home prices are being hammered," he said, concerned that adding more homes would keep housing prices down. In the council discussion, LVOC facilities today include the Combustion Research Facility (CRF) and Cybersecurity Technologies Research Laboratory (CTRL), both at Sandia, and the High Performance Computing Innovation Center at LLNL. Newer developments include a demonstration unit for a CRADA with Livermore-based Cool Earth Solar that will be announced on Feb. 20, and a hydrogen bus refueling facility that is in the early planning stages. A more subtle change at the site is a new approach to diversity. “The challenge for running a laboratory or business of any significant size is, how do I get the most out of my employees?” says Rick. “One way is to make all voices matter, by listening to and appreciating the value of different ideas and perspectives.” He says he first observed this with the EUVL CRADA. “The project brought together competitors with very different ideas and in the end, the combination of everyone’s ideas made this a very powerful collaboration,” he says. Rick opened up site strategic planning meetings to anyone in the workforce. These meetings were run by volunteers from different roles and levels around the site. “It was exciting to watch,” he says. “Many people were intent on having a voice and contributed good ideas that were applied to some decisions on discretionary investments.” When setting agendas for site visitors, diversity is a consideration in selecting the staff members to provide presentations and lead tours. “In the past, the same set of people gave every briefing, instead of opening up that opportunity to earlier career staff,” Rick explains. “This has been noticed by several recent visitors. I think it shows that we care about stewarding our people.” He wants employees to feel comfortable expressing their ideas and contributing all that they can. A part of that, says Rick, is not taking yourself too seriously and having fun at work. An avid runner and cyclist, he made lunchtime walks a regular part of his workday. At the kickoff for the employee contribution program in 2011, Rick and other site directors participated in a tricycle race. Outreach groups host events such as a piñata contest and car show. The monthly Farmers’ Market in the LVOC has included a flash mob, dancing, and live music. Rick plans to spend his newfound free time enjoying Livermore and visiting his three children and three grandchildren. This will include stopping by the wineries, cycling (he’s signed up for two century rides this spring and summer), enjoying the symphony and the library, and sailing on Lake Del Valle. (continued from page one) dia’s main headquarters in Albuquerque. He led and managed research, development, and engineering in nanosciences, materials and process sciences, microelectronics/microsystems and optoelectronics, advanced manufacturing, computational sciences, engineering sciences, radiation sciences, modeling and simulation science, and high-energydensity physics. Rick returned to Livermore as the vice president of the California site in 2009. During this time, the site went through several significant changes. The most obvious change is the development of the Livermore Valley Open Campus, a collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to create an open, unclassified research and development space for work in areas such as bioscience, cyber security, detection technologies, and hydrogen application. Established in 2011, the The College is located at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore 94551. For more information, contact Professor Ernest Jones at (925) 424-1217 or at [email protected] laspositascollege.edu. VA STULEN national laboratories. Rick served as deputy director of science-based engineering and technology and was the chief executive officer and the chief operating officer of the EUVL Virtual National Laboratory, a consortium of the three national labs. In 1999, he received Lockheed Martin's prestigious NOVA award for Technical Excellence. He considers his work on EUVL to be one of the highlights of his career. Rick was promoted to director of materials and engineering sciences in 2001. In 2003, he assumed leadership of the Exploratory Systems and Development Center, which became the Center for Homeland Security Systems and Development. In 2005, Rick was promoted to vice president of science and technology and served as Sandia's chief technology officer, as well as chief scientist for the nuclear weapons program, a role that took him to San- the campus bookstore; space permitting, they will also be available at the door. Visitors are reminded that the campus has a $2 parking fee. Daily tickets are available from vending machines in the campus parking lots. Don Biddle said that he likes the Hunt plan's concepts, but also reminded the council that the staff report points to problems that have to be addressed in the GPA. Among the challenges is the loss of a prime commercial site that could catch customers from Hacienda Crossing across the street. There are also challenges about locating residential units adjacent to I-580, including air quality and noise impacts, and a parkland deficit caused by adding hundreds of residents without a corresponding addition of parkland. Jobs-housing balance would be affected by changing the commercial zoning to residential. There might be pressure generated for residential zoning to replace nearby campus office zoning. Also, losing commercial would reduce Dublin's chance to add more property tax and sales tax revenue. IMPROVING SPLATTER The council heard a report on the Dublin Spatter event, which was held Sept. 22, 2012. A total of 15,000 people attended the event, with more than half of them drawn to the closing fireworks display. A band also was a big attraction. Although the fireworks were the biggest draw, the wine-tasting did well, selling out with 1000 customers. The event included 11 wineries and 12 restaurants. There was a demonstration stage where chefs from Johnny Garlic's and The Restaurant at Wente provided ideas on cooking. Cultural Arts and Heritage manager Ann Mottola said in looking ahead to this year's Splatter, which is scheduled for Sept. 21, people indicated they want a wider variety of food available. There needs to be more food. Last year, the supply ran out. Several councilmembers were enthusiastic about having fireworks again, but Mottola cautioned against it. It could build expectations for the following year, when launching aerial fireworks would not be safe, because of construction of a nearby park facility. The council directed staff to keep working on this year's event and report back. The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - PAGE 11 LEGAL NOTICES FOR INFORMATION PLACING LEGAL NOTICES Call 925-243-8000 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 473876 The following person(s) doing business as: PMO Solutions!, 535 Rosso Ct., Pleasanton, CA 94566, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): James David Mansour, 535 Rosso Ct., Pleasanton, CA 94566 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. Signature of Registrants :s/: James David Mansour This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 15, 2013. Expires January 15, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3384. Published January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 473944 The following person(s) doing business as: Alan and Sons Automotive, 4001 1st Street, Ste 7A, Livermore CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Alan Moffat, 3708 Catamaran Ct, Discovery Bay, CA 94505 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. Signature of Registrants :s/: Alan Moffat This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 16, 2013. Expires January 16, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3385. Published January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 473670-1 The following person(s) doing business as: (1)Livermore Valley Brokers (2)LVB Consulting, 4435 1st St #146, Livermore CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Gilbert P. Souza II, 4771 Kimberley Common, Livermore, CA 94550 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1/31/2006. Signature of Registrants :s/: Gilbert P. Souza II This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 11, 2013. Expires January 11, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3387. Published January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 473871 The following person(s) doing business as: Animal Medical Center of Livermore, 1318 Railroad Avenue, Livermore CA 94550, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Livermore AMC Incorporated, 1318 Railroad Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550 This business is conducted by a Corporation The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 9/25/1998. Signature of Registrants :s/: Harinder Bains, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 15, 2013. Expires January 15, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3388. Published January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474059 The following person(s) doing business as: Premier Handyman Service, 688 Saddleback Circle, Livermore CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Richard Garcia, 688 Saddleback Circle, Livermore, CA 94551 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1/2/2012. Signature of Registrants :s/: Richard Garcia This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 18, 2013. Expires January 18, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3389. Published January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 2013. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: RICHARD A. VAN KONYNENBURG Case No. RP13664323 1.To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: RICHARD A. VAN KONYNENBURG, also known as RICHARD ARIE VAN KONYNENBURG 2.A Petition for Probate has been filed by: DIANA G. VAN KONYNENBURG in the Superior Court of California, County of ALAMEDA. 3.The Petition for Probate requests that: DIANA G. VAN KONYNENBURG be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 4. ( X ) The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 5. ( X ) The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. 6.A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: February 27, 2013 TIME: 9:30 AM DEPT: 201 at: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, County of Alameda 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Berkeley, CA 94704 Probate Branch 7.If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. 8.If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. 9.You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (Form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. 10.Attorney for Petitioner: Terry L. Campbell SBN: 191908 Attorney at Law 2125 Wylie Drive, Suite 7 Modesto, CA 95355 (209) 529-4800 The Independent Legal No. 3390. Published January 31, February 7, 14, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 473595 The following person(s) doing business as: Livermore Valley Bed and Breakfast, 3615 Caldeira Dr, Livermore CA 94550, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): (1)Jaime Osorio (2)Etelvina Garcia, 3615 Caldeira Dr, Livermore, CA 94550 This business is conducted by a Limited liability partnership The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. Signature of Registrants :s/: Etelvina Garcia, LL Partnership This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 10, 2013. Expires January 10, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3392. Published February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013. PUBLIC NOTICE Public Notice: Union Pacific Railroad Company hereby provides notice of the proposed modification to a 40 foot monopole communications tower. This site location is Milepost 21.0 Union Pacific Railroad, Alameda County, Hayward, CA. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration Form 854 filing number is A0788901. No lighting is anticipated. The application may be reviewed by going to www. fcc.gov/asr/applications and entering the Form 854 File Number. Environmental concerns may be addressed by filing a Request for Environmental Review online at www.fcc.gov/asr/environmentalrequest or by mailing a request to: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. The Independent Legal No. 3395. Published February 14, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474379 The following person(s) doing business as: Small Jobs Fine Home Remodeling, 2390 Pasatiempo St, Livermore CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Michael Sean Henry, 2390 Pasatiempo St, Livermore, CA 94551 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on May 3, 1991. Signature of Registrants :s/: Michael S. Henry This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 29, 2013. Expires January 29, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3396. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474396 The following person(s) doing business as: Cafe Joy, 5321 Hopyard Rd, Ste G, Pleasanton, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): (1)Taj N. Kamkar, 2833 Alnwick Ave #4, Livermore, CA 94551 (2)Marjan Fotouhi, 6122 St. Andrews Way, Livermore, CA 94551 This business is conducted by a General partnership The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1/1/2013. Signature of Registrants :s/: Taj N. Kamkar, Marjan Fotouhi, Partners This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 30, 2013. Expires January 30, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3397. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474457 The following person(s) doing business as: Mechanic King Auto Repair, 3687 Old Santa Rita Rd #14, Pleasanton, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): RJB Enterprises LLC, 4011 Regatta Dr., Discovery Bay, CA 94505 This business is conducted by a Limited liability company The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. Signature of Registrants :s/: Raymond Haywood, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 31, 2013. Expires January 31, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3398. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 473572 The following person(s) doing business as: Brain Stain Entertainment, 5157 Norma Way, Apt 239, Livermore, CA 94550, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Caleb Leighton, 5157 Norma Way, Apt 239, Livermore, CA 94550 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 12/26/2012. Signature of Registrants :s/: Caleb Leighton This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on January 10, 2013. Expires January 10, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3399. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. NOTICE of INVITING BIDS NOTICE is hereby given that sealed competitive bids will be accepted at the Alameda County Social Services Agency Contracts Office, 2000 San Pablo Avenue, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 NON-MANDATORY NETWORKING/ BIDDERS CONFERENCES for RFP KSSP2013 Kinship Support Services South County: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Community Room, Dublin and North County: Wednedsay, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM, Social Services Agency, 2000 San Pablo Ave., Oakland Room, 2 nd Floor, Oakland Response Due by 2:00 pm on March 22, 2013 County Contact: Karen Obidah at (510) 2678608 or via email: [email protected] acgov.org Attendance at Networking/ Bidders Conference is not required. The RFP is available via the GSA website— www.acgov.org under Current Contracting Opportunities 2/14/13 CNS-2443714# THE INDEPENDENT Legal No. 3400 NOTICE of INVITING BIDS NOTICE is hereby given that sealed competitive bids will be accepted at the Health Care Services Agency, 1000 San Leandro Blvd., Suite 300, San Leandro, CA, 94577 NETWORKING BIDDERS CONFERENCES for RFP #902013 Organizational Development Consultancy Mandatory–Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 3:00 PM at Health Care Services, 1000 San Leandro Blvd, Room 325, San Leandro OR Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 3:00 PM at Public Health, 1000 Broadway, Room 5000A, 5 th Floor, Oakland Response Due by 2:00 pm on March 21, 2013 County Contact: Kristel Acacio at (510) 618-1910, [email protected] Attendance at one networking conference is Mandatory. Specifications regarding the above may be obtained at the Alameda County GSA Current Contracting Opportunities Internet website at www.acgov.org. 2/14/13 CNS-2444547# THE INDEPENDENT Legal No. 3401 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474604 The following person(s) doing business as: Bel the Handyman Services, 1312 Maplewood Dr, Livermore, CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Belkasim Maklaf, 1312 Maplewood Dr, Livermore, CA 94551 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. Signature of Registrants :s/: Belkasim Maklaf This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on February 5, 2013. Expires February 5, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3402. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474621 The following person(s) doing business as: Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton, 3901 Santa Rita Road, Suite A, Pleasanton, CA 94588, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Harinder Bains, 1318 Railroad Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. Signature of Registrants :s/: Harinder Bains This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on February 5, 2013. Expires February 5, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3403. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Notice pursuant to UCC Sec. 6105) Escrow No. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s) and business address of the seller are: DTA USA, INC., a California Corporation, 6800 Sierra Court, Suite C, Dublin, CA 94568 Doing business as: All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), are: The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: 6800 Sierra Court, Suite C, Dublin, CA 94568 The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) are: DTA USA GROUP, INC., a California Corporation, 6764 Preston Ave., Suite B, Livermore, CA 94551 The assets being sold are generally described as: inventory and are located at: 6800 Sierra Court, Suite C, Dublin, CA 94568 The bulk sale is intended to be consummated at the office of: Versant Law Group, 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104 and the anticipated sale date is March 6, 2013 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106 [If the sale is subject to Sec. 6106.2, the following information must be provided.] The name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is: Alexander E. Hamilton, Esq., Versant Law Group, LLP, 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104 and the last date for filing claims by any creditor shall be March 5, 2013, which is the business day before the sale date specified above. Dated: 2/4/13 Buyer(s) DTA USA GROUP, INC., a California Corporation By: Alexander E. Hamilton Its: Authorized Representative 2/14/13 CNS-2445271# THE INDEPENDENT Legal No. 3404 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 474859 The following person(s) doing business as: Boatmasters, 5162 Preston Ave, Livermore, CA 94551, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Boatmasters, 5162 Preston Ave, Livermore, CA 94551 This business is conducted by a Corporation The registrant began to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 7/9/90. Signature of Registrants :s/: Michael P. Schmitt This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Alameda on February 11, 2013. Expires February 11, 2018. The Independent Legal No. 3405. Published February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 2013. ANIMALS 2) CATS/ DOGS ADOPT A DOG OR CAT, for adoption information contact Valley Humane Society at (925)426-8656. Adopt a new best friend: TVAR, the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, offers animals for adoption every Saturday and Sunday, excluding most holidays. On Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, dogs are available at the Pleasanton Farmers Market at W. Angela and First Streets. Two locations will showcase cats only: Petsmart in Dublin from 12:00 to 4:00 and the Pet Extreme in Livermore from 12:00 to 4:00. On Sundays, cats are available at Petsmart in Dublin from 1:00 to 4:00, and Pet Extreme in Livermore from 12:00 to 4:00. For more information, call Terry at (925) 487-7279 or visit our website at www.tvar.org. FERAL CAT FOUNDATION Cat & kitten adoptions now at the new Livermore Petco on Saturdays from 10:00AM to 2:30PM. We have many adorable, tame kittens that have been tested for FIV & FELV, altered & vaccinated. We also have adult cats & ranch cats for adoption. EMPLOYMENT 56) ADULT CARE Independent Contractors Wanted. Senior Home Health Care. Must have experience. Senior Solutions, Inc (925)443-3101. BE WARY of out of area companies. Check with the local Better Business Bureau before you send money or fees. Read and understand any contracts before you sign. Shop around for rates. TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD Call (925)243-8000 NOTICES/ANNOUNCEMENTS 155) NOTICES “NOTICE TO READERS: California law requires that contractors taking jobs that total $500 or more (labor and/or materials) be licensed by the Contractors State License Board. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at www. cslb.ca.gov or (800)321CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs less than $500 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.” REAL ESTATE Inland Valley Publishing Co. Client Code:04126-00001 Re: Legal Notice for Classified Ads The Federal Fair Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and state law prohibit advertisements for housing and employment that contain any preference, limitation or discrimination based on protected classes, including race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. IVPC does not knowingly accept any advertisements that are in violation of the law. PAGE 12 - The Independent, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Audience Given a Glimpse of NASA's Research in Space By Carol Graham Bill Craig, Ph.D. had his work cut out for himself. Addressing an audience composed of all ages and levels of education, Craig spoke about motivation for conducting science from space, in particular talking about NuSTAR and the results of its first six months in space. "Public lectures are a great deal of fun because they make me think carefully about the basics of what I'm doing, why it is important, and why what I care about should matter to anyone else," said the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory astrophysicist. "The most challenging part is finding analogies that relate a complicated observation or mathematical formula to something familiar to most people." Craig's talk, "Why Do Science From Space?" is part of the Livermore Public Library's ongoing "Livermore Reads Together" program. "Each year we choose a book, encourage the community to read it, and then plan a series of events based on the topics and themes found in the chosen title," said librarian Joyce Nevins. This year's choice is "Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void," by Mary Roach. Upcoming talks include Cooking For Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food, and Out of This World Apps. Craig spoke about NuSTAR, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, which was launched last June from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The NuSTAR mission deployed the first orbiting telescopes to focus light in the high energy X-ray (6-79 keV) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. During its initial two-year primary mission phase, NuSTAR will take a census of collapsed stars and black holes, map recently synthesized material in young supernova remnants in an effort to understand how stars explode and how elements are created, and help to define what powers relativistic jets of particles from the most extreme active galaxies hosting supermassive black holes. "Almost always, someone has a question about black holes," Craig said about the mysterious regions of spacetime from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping. "There is a great deal of fascination about the topic." Although one of NASA's smaller projects, NuSTAR required a heroic effort from a lot of people, said Craig. Teams from the Lawrence Livermore Lab, Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Columbia University, the Danish Technical University, and UC Berkeley worked together to make it successful. "Current deep space exploration has many of its origins right here in Liver- more," said audience member Carlos Custodio. "Dr. Craig studies high energy X-rays emitted from black holes, noting that scientists can get closer to understanding the origins of the Big Bang since the oldest black holes may be located near the edges of the universe. I was intrigued that scientists are using alternative methods to study the origins of the universe." Added Craig, "There are interesting things to learn about the most energetic objects in the universe. The technology we use to observe these has applications to a broad array of things on earth. Pushing the frontiers of science and technology not only answers fundamental questions, which is important in its own right, but almost always results in broad benefits to society." For information on talks and programs at the library, visit www.cityoflivermore. net/citygov/lib and click on events. Winegrowers Association Installs New Board The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association has announced the installation of its 2013-2015 Board of Directors. Jennifer Fazio of The Steven Kent Winery and La Rochelle is the new president, taking the reins from Gina Cardera of Garre Vineyard & Winery. The new board will serve a term of two years. Members include: Jennifer Fazio, Steven Kent & La Rochelle Wineries (President); Lanny Replogle, Fenestra Winery (Vice President); Amy Hoopes, Wente Family Estates (Secretary); Jim Perry, Eagle Ridge Vineyard (Treasurer); Kathy Liske el Sol Winery (AMAC Chair); Gina Cardera, Garre’ Vineyard & Winery (Past President); Catherine Cheda, Hawthorne Suites Mark Clarin, Picazo Vineyards; John Concannon, Concannon Vineyard; Harry Galles, Galles Vineyard; William Martin, Safeway; Heather McGrail, McGrail Vineyards & Winery; and Rhonda Wood, Wood Family Vineyards. The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association is a 501(c)6 organization that supports the wineries, growers, and members in the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area through educational and marketing programs. For more information, please visit www. LVwine.org Explanation of Vote on Raptor Study A story in the Feb. 7 issue about a study that found that Altamont raptor deaths have declined to a three-year average level of 50 percent wrongly attributed some remarks to Sean Smallwood, who no longer sits on the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) Scientific Review Committee (SRC). The comments, which had been summarized by a third party who attended the meeting, were made by Smallwood's replacement, Mike Morrison. Morrison told The Independent in an e-mail this week that he voted against approval of the report prepared by the wind power firms' consultant for two reasons. Morrison said that before he replaced Smallwod, the committee had agreed to use a three-year moving average to determine fatality change from the baseline data. (Previously it was a single-year review.) Morrison said that he respects the committee's decision, but he does not think the three-year review is the best technique. Morrison said that he wanted to wait one more year to rule on the report, because of a trend in the data for the past three years, which he said was rising upward in the number of raptor deaths. Morrison's other reason for voting "no" was that he thought, "We need to err on the side of being conservative. I do understand that asking the companies to remove additional turbines was going to incur a lot of cost (i.e., if we voted that 50 percent had not been achieved), but I cannot use economics to make a professional assessment. "Ultimately it is the county that makes the decisions. SRC is just providing them with recommendations. Thus I can give the county as clean a recommendation as I can, based only on my professional assessment of the biology of the situation," said Morrison. Morrison is a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. He specializes in wind energyrelated avian mortality. The 50 percent reduction was called for in a lawsuit settlement. Attainment of that figure can mean the end of removing a certain number of turbines that otherwise would have to be removed. The report goes to county planning director Albert Lopez as one more piece of information to use in making his decision concerning turbine removal. Photo - Doug Jorgensen Bill Craig describes the goal of NuSTAR. THE INDEPENDENT 50 th Season Since 1963 2012 – 2013 Livermore-Amador Symphony’s (LAS) fiftieth season celebration continues with its second concert of the season, “Vienna Bonbon and Russian Drama,” on Feb. 23 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. The program includes Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich, Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor (1st movement), and Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate. To honor the Symphony’s 50 th Season, Lehar’s Gold and Silver Waltz will be performed. Conducting will be Dr. Arthur Barnes who is in his penultimate season as Music Director of LAS. Featured will be the winners of the symphony’s Competition for Young Musicians: pianist Vivian Sung and violinist Young Sun (Angel) Kim. Vienna, the city of waltzes, celebrates Carnival season in January and February with over 450 balls, the sweetest being the Bonbon Ball. Franz Lehar composed his Gold and Silver Waltz for another dance, the Viennese Gold and Silver Ball, hosted by Princess Pauline von Metternich at the beginning of Carnival in January, 1902. The separate themes in the waltz complement each other, providing a romantic celebration of LAS’ golden, fiftieth season. The first movement of Robert Schumann’s Concerto in A Minor features pianist Vivian Sung. Vivian remembers that she was first enchanted by the piano at age five, when she laid her eyes on her cousin’s fingers dancing across the keys. Now sixteen years old, she ony Liv er mador S e-A ym or ph m THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 • SECTION A Young Musicians to Perform with Livermore-Amador Symphony is a junior at Dublin High School and the daughter of I-Ping Liu and Michael Sung. Vivian has studied the piano for the past ten years. She says, “Music has always been an entanglement of my emotions; there is passion, hatred, and frustration – but above all, love. Music is the only world in which I can truly be myself, express my emotions, and expose my soul.” Vivian’s current teacher, whom she says has instilled in her “a wild passion for music,” is Dr. Jed Galant. When she attended Wells Middle School Vivian was the keyboardist for the jazz band. She has excelled in the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit (CM) exams, which qualified her to perform in numerous MTAC CM Branch Honors Recitals and Convention Festival Recitals. In 2012 she was selected as an Advanced Panel winner. Vivian has also participated in music festivals and won various competitions, including the Schumann Festival in Pleasanton and the U.S. Open Music Competition. Music of the Romantic period is most intriguing to Vivian. Aside from classical music, she enjoys listening to modern music: the latest pop music of both American and Asian cultures, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Vivian shared her knowledge of music with young children in a summer program at the Dublin Library. During each session she told anecdotes of composers and used personal music record- Angel Kim Vivian Sung ings to demonstrate each musician’s unique personality, turning several students from Lady Gaga fans into Beethoven fanatics. Vivian says of music, “I have always regarded music as my own little ‘happy place,’ where no one can disturb me in my reveries of melodies and harmonies.” Schumann’s Romantic piano concerto is a brisk, emotional place to dwell. The first movement begins energetically and the emotional mood shifts throughout the piece until the exciting ending. At the premiere of the work in 1846 in Leipzig, Schumann’s wife, Clara, played the piano solo. It was Clara who encouraged Schumann to expand his Phantasie, a fantasy for piano and orchestra, into a full concerto, resulting in the only piano concerto Schumann was to complete. Violinist Young Sun (Angel) Kim will solo in Pablo Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. Angel began playing the violin at the age of eight, and first performed as a soloist at the Livermore Solo and Ensemble Festival in the fifth grade. Angel is a seventeen-year-old senior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton who says, “I fell in love with the violin when I first heard Sarah Chang perform. I like to play the violin because it helps me relieve my stress when I have many things on my mind.” Angel, whose parents are Chunsun Kyung and Wan Ho Kim, currently studies with Davis Law at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been a member of the LAS Youth Orchestra for three years. She is the concertmaster and student representative of the Oakland Youth Orchestra (OYO), through which she says she has gained a passion for the music she plays. She also serves as concertmaster and vice-president of the Livermore-Pleasanton Youth Outreach Symphony (LPYOS). Angel won first place in the most recent OYO Concerto Competition and the honorable mention award as a sophomore. Last year, at the Korea Times Youth Music Competition she won third place; in the sixth grade she won second place. Angel received a scholarship award from the Korean American Music Supporters Association and the Contra Costa County scholarship award for leadership and volunteer work. In addition to violin she particularly enjoys math and has served as a math tutor since eighth grade. She became a book club leader in the Korean Parents Association when she was in ninth grade. In 2010 Angel was invited to participate in the Chanticleer National Youth Choral Festival. In May 2013 she will perform with the OYO at the Castro Valley Arts Center. She says of her musical experience, “Besides solo violin, orchestra has been a huge part of my life, and I plan to continue to be in an orchestra even when I grow up.” Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) is a composition about the Roma people. With themes of sad lament and bright dance, it ranges from majestic to melancholy to lively and intricate. It is based loosely on the czardas, a Hungarian folk dance. Sarasate wrote Zigeunerweisen in 1878 and it premiered in Leipzig the same year. It remains one of his most popular works. Finally, the orchestra will perform Dimitri Shostakovich’s dramatic Symphony No. 5. Written when Shostakovich’s life was under constant threat by Stalin’s regime, Symphony No. 5 was a success with both the political authorities and the public. In 1936 Shostakovich fell out of official favor; his work was criticized in (continued on page 8) 2 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 British Guitar Maestro hits Firehouse Arts Center Performing will be (from left) Alan Geier, Phyllis Harding and Barbara Mullens-Geier. "Humboldt Pi" Concert The chamber music group," Humboldt Pi", will present a concert on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The group, consisting of pianist Alan Geier, flutist Barbara Mullens-Geier and clarinetist Phyllis Harding, will perform a program of trio music by French composers Maurice Emmanuel, Camille Saint Saens and Gabrielle Faure; Swiss composer Ernest Bloch and contemporary American composers Eric Ewazen and Gwyneth Walker. This trio of friends first met as participants at a Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in 1985. Since that time they have continued to enjoy working and performing together. In January of 1998 they presented their first Livermore concert as a Super Bowl Sunday benefit for the FPCL organ fund. All three players have continued to be very involved with the Humboldt Workshops. Alan is now one of the directors, Barbara is a coach and Phyllis serves on the board of directors. During the school year, Alan teaches music at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena. He is a soloist, vocal coach and pianist with several choral groups in the area. Barbara teaches flute, coaches chamber music groups, and is principal flute with the Claremont and Fullerton Symphonies. Phyllis teaches clarinet in the Livermore area, performs with local chamber groups and often helps facilitate musical events. This afternoon of music will be held in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, corner of 4th and L Streets, Livermore at 4:00 pm, February 24, 2013. Free will donations will benefit the Open Heart Kitchen. British guitar maestro Adrian Legg brings his USA Tour to the Firehouse Arts Center for a single performance on Friday, February 22, at 8:00 p.m. The show is a celebration of Legg’s award-winning 11th album release “The Very Best of Adrian Legg.” In self-describing his music, Legg says, “I’m a collision between European classicism and the American guitar. I make up tunes and play them on the guitar. On a good day people give me money for it. That’s it: the beginning and end there, and all that’s in between.” Readers of the U.K.’s Guitarist magazine voted him Acoustic Guitarist of the Decade, and in Guitar Player’s readers’ poll he was named four times as Best Acoustic Fingerstylist. Legg’s discography of 11 albums to date includes such award-winning titles as Guitar for Mortals, Mrs. Crowe’s Blue Waltz, and Wine, Women & Waltz. His most recent release (October 2012) is the widely celebrated “The Very Best of Adrian Legg.” In addition to his composing and performing, Legg is known for his commentaries on the popular National Public Radio program “All Things Considered,” which also uses a number of his guitar interpretations of its theme music. His three instructional videos (Beyond Acoustic Guitar, Fingerpicking & Open Tunings, and How To Cheat At Guitar) are widely used and well-respected. However, for Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come toable through any LAYAC or gether – me, the audience, Soroptimist membet. Presale the people who run the venue prices are adult $10, student – to share this wonderful, $8 and adult/student deal universal, human emotional $15. Tickets sold at the door interaction. This is where will be adult $15, student the music lives.” Born in a Salvation Army $10 and adult/student deal hospital in the London $20. For additional informa- neighborhood of Hackney, tion please contact: Amelia his family’s East End backBenko (925) 447-7416 or ground melds immigrant Email [email protected] Huguenot and Jewish roots with East Anglian farming timist.net. stock, with lots of musicmaking thrown in. Adrian MISS Representation Screening Set The Soroptimist International Livermore is working in c o n junct i o n with the Livermore Area Youth Advisory Commis- sion (LAYAC) to promote public awareness of the media’s misrepresentation of women by hosting the screening of the award winning documentary film by Jennifer Seibel Newsom – MISS Representation. The movie exposes mainstream media’s contribution to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film advo- cates that all people should be equally represented in the media, all voices should be heard and people should be valued for their talents, and ability to contribute to the world at large. The screening will take place on Thursday, February, 21, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. Presale tickets are avail- Adrian Legg was choirboy, piano and violin student before settling in as an oboist in school and youth orchestras. But he says he listened to electric guitar-led groups on Radio Luxembourg “while buried under his bedcovers.” On the sly, he “cobbled together his own jury-rigged guitars, or rather odd stringed instruments…using scraps from school woodworking class, fret wire, and junk metal its retrieved from the local bus depot.” And the rest, as they say… The show is one performance only. Tickets are $10, $15, $20. Tickets may be purchased online at www. firehousearts.org up to two hours prior to the performance, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or in person at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. The entrance to free parking is on Spring Street near First Street. THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 The Mandolin, the Mayor, and the Man from La Manchia The Pacific Chamber Symphony concert on March 3rd will feature Mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall, Livermore Mayor John Marchand, and the world premiere of a piece by composer Christopher Caliendo. The Pacific Chamber Symphony is conducted by Maestro Lawrence Kohl. Mr. Marshall’s repertoire includes music from baroque to bluegrass. He will play two pieces – one by J.S. Bach, and one of his own composition. The Concerto in G minor, by Bach, is an adaptation of a harpsichord concerto, which was in turn an adaptation of an earlier concerto for violin. The second piece – Mandolin Concerto No. 1 in G major is Mr. Marshall’s own threemovement composition for mandolin and mandocello. Two more works, both unique in their own right, round out the evening’s offerings. One is the world premiere of a new piece by Hollywood composer Christopher Caliendo – Cross Cultures Number 1 for string symphony. This three-movement piece is an exploration of folk music styles. The fourth work on the program is the Don Quixote Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann. Livermore Mayor John Marchand will read selections from Cervantes’ classic work. He will be accompanied by the Pacific Chamber Symphony. According to those who have attended concerts, Pacific Chamber Symphony blends the power and tonal richness of a professional symphony orchestra with the intimate clarity and delicate nuances of a chamber music ensemble. Under the guidance of dynamic Maestro Lawrence Kohl, these brilliant professionals offer insightful interpretations performed at the highest level. The Pacific Chamber SEASON 2012 2013 T! TONIGH Afro-Cuban All Stars The Captivating Beat of the Heart of Cuba THU FEB 14 7:30pm Pictured are Mike Marshall and, at right, composer Christopher Caliendo. Symphony is an LVPAC resident company. The concert will be at 7:00 Sunday, March 3, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. Tickets are $45/$36/$30, $7 students, and can be purchased at the Bankhead Theater box office, online at www.bankheadtheater.org or by phone at 925.373.6800. Grand Re-Opening Celebration Million Dollar Renovation Completed! Pink Floyd Concert Experience Join us Thursday, February 28th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Featuring House of Floyd FRI FEB 15 8pm Chiara String Quartet Del Valle Fine Arts SAT FEB 16 8pm Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars Favorites from an Unforgettable Era FRI FEB 22 8pm Vienna Bonbon and Russian Drama Livermore-Amador Symphony SAT FEB 23 8pm Ribbon Cutting Tours Entertainment Food & Beverages Paco Peña Flamenco Passionate Language of Flamenco Vivo TUE FEB 26 7:30pm Emeritus Senior Living At Emeritus we believe we make a difference every day. Come see how we made a difference at Emeritus at Heritage Place during our Grand Re-Opening Gambetta and Ostrouschko Strings with American Roots and European Flair THU FEB 28 7:30pm Our Family is Committed to Yours. ® (209) 835-1000 355 West Grant Line Rd., Tracy Lic. #397003261 Please call to RSVP. Attendees will be entered for a chance to win an iPad! CALL 925.373.6800 CLICK bankheadtheater.org COME BY 2400 First Street • Downtown Livermore 3 4 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Doo Wop Tribute Evokes the Familiar Sounds of an Era An evening of songs will take fans back to the 1950s and 1960s when an all new tribute show “Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars” reaches Livermore at the end of this month. Featuring The Four Preps, original Coaster Leon Hughes, the Drifters tribute band, and hosted by award-winning comedian Scott Wood, the show is filled with timeless hits from “There Goes My Baby” and “26 Miles/Santa Catalina” to “Yakety-Yak.” “Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars” will be at the Bankhead Theater for one performance only on February 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. The members of The Four Preps originally came together in 1954 when they answered a call in their school bulletin at Hollywood High looking for groups for the upcoming talent show. Led by Bruce Belland, who remains their front man, they stole the show with their sleek har- monies and engaging style. They were soon in demand for other gigs and, two years later, became the youngest act to sign with a major record label. Their best known hit, the California-themed “26 Miles/Santa Catalina” written by Belland, climbed the charts in 1957 and made them a pop music sensation. The original group disbanded after 15 years and Belland went on to pursue a highly successful career in the television and film industry. He re-formed The Four Preps in the late 1980s and has since toured the country transporting delighted audiences back in time with their distinctive doo wop harmonies. “Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars” will also feature original Coaster Leon Hughes and his group bringing back such old favorites as “Yakety-Yak” and “Charlie Brown.” Originally formed under another name, the group emerged as The Coasters in the mid-1950s The Four Preps (left) and The Coasters are part of the new Doo Wop show. with a distinctive upbeat blues sound that quickly earned them a top spot in the emerging world of rock and roll. As their fame took off, they were often featured on network TV shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Such top hits as “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Stand By Me,” by the Drifters tribute band as well as other favorites by doo wop specialty band, Billy and the Corvettes, will make this one-night-only musical reunion complete. Providing his own comic touch as he serves as host for the evening will be “Mr. Punchline,” Scott Wood. Over the last two decades, Wood has kept audiences laughing on television and in theaters across the country with his rapid-fire comic one-liners. He won the Improv Comedy Club’s talent search for funniest comedian in 2003 and has since appeared on cable television’s Comedy Central and other stations. With zany antics and impeccable comic timing, Wood blends his own style of insightful humor with a remarkable ability to mimic voices in an extensive repertoire of celebrity and pop singer impressions. Tickets for “Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars” on February 22nd range from $43 to $63 each for adults and $14 for students, and are available at the Bankhead Theater box office, 2400 First Street, Livermore. Tickets may be purchased by calling 925-373-6800 or visiting www.bankheadtheater.org Verdi’s La Traviata Set for the Bankhead Theater Livermore Valley Opera, the Tri-Valley's regional opera company, presents Verdi’s romantic story of love and heart-break with La Traviata at the Bankhead Theater. Performances are March 9 at 8 p.m. March 10, 2 p.m.; March 16, 8 p.m. and March 17, 2 p.m. An opening night gala celebration dinner will be held at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, 4:30pm. La Traviata is one of the most popular operas and a staple of the standard operatic repertoire. It is the story of a lost woman who is rendered virtuous by her tortured and shattered love for the one man who dared to love her in spite of her past. Performed in three acts and sung in Italian with English supertitles, composer Giuseppe Verdi adapted the opera from Alexandre Dumas’ romantic novel “La dame aux Camélias” (The Lady of the Camellias). In Verdi’s adaptation, La Traviata, which literally translates as The Fallen Woman, is the story of a young courtesan Violetta Valéry who finds the love of her short life in a young nobleman Alfredo Germont. But Alfredo’s father insists that Violetta break off her relationship with his son to protect his family’s reputation. “La Traviata offers an emotional ride between the gaiety of 1800’s Parisian parties and the despair of a poignant ending,” says LVO President Jim Schmidt. “It belongs in the top tier of opera with some of the most familiar and enjoyable music known, and our cast brings the characters to life with rich vibrant voices and commanding stage presence.” Lyric soprano and dramatic actress Rebecca Davis will sing Violetta. Alum of the famed San Francisco Opera Merola Program, Davis has performed numerous principal roles in major opera houses across the country. As Joshua Kosman (S.F. Chronicle) said of Rebecca Davis in a prior appearance as Violetta, she “boasts a big, vibrant sound that she keeps under superb control, as well as pinpoint technical command and a wealth of vocal coloration. Her voice is muscular enough to tackle the most daunting displays of power, but tenderly lyrical in more intimate passages.” Tenor David Gustafson will sing Alfredo, Violetta’s lover. Gustafson who sang Roldolfo in LVO’s fall 2012 production of La bohème, is one of the Bay Area’s most popular opera singers. As reported in the S. F. Examiner when he sang Calaf, in Puccini’s Turnadot, Gustafson “has audacious tone and an imposing stage presence.” Baritone Torlef Borsting will sing the part of Alfredo’s father Germont. His voice has been hailed as "heroic" and "wonderfully rich and warm" while his stage persona was lauded as "bigger than life" and "rakishly handsome". Borsting sung the part of Angelotti in LVO’s March 2012 production of Tosca. Schmidt explains that LVO’s production of La Traviata will be unique even for opera aficionados. “If you have seen La Traviata before, our production promises to be a new experience, thanks to the imaginative direction of our stage director Brian Luedloff.” Luedloff who directed LVO’s production of Madama Butterfly in 2011, which San Francisco Classical Voice described as “riveting”, will present his vision of Verdi’s opera, opening March 9. • Opening Night Galas at Uncle’s Yu’s at the Vineyards: Gala ticket includes wine, donated by Livermore’s BoaVentura de Caires winery, and dinner at Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard, followed by a dessert reception in the Bankhead Theater lobby. The welcome reception of wine and appetizers begins at 4:30 pm and seating at 5:00 pm at Uncle Yu's. Guests will have a chance to meet the Stage Director Brian Luedloff and Alexander Katsman, LVO’s Artistic Director and Music Director and Conductor. Gala Tickets are $85, and are available (continued on page 5) THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 5 OPERA (continued from front page) Reception Offers Chance to Meet and Talk to Photographers through Bankhead Theater box office. • Napa Valley Opera House “Violetta” pre-performance party: Livermore Valley Opera has been invited to bring La Traviata to the historic Napa Valley Opera House on Wednesday, March 13. This special performance during opera week features the singers in full costume, chorus, 23-piece orchestra, some furniture and key props, with English supertitles. • Prior to the performance will be a “Violetta” party, a meet and mingle party for opera patrons of Livermore and Napa, from 6:00p to 7:45p. Tickets are $35. The festivities include heavy appetizers and a wine “tasteoff” between fine wines of Livermore and Napa. Visit http://www.nvoh.org/ for tickets and information. • Ice Cream & Opera: Sunday matinees of Livermore Valley Opera productions offer a treat of ice cream for all at intermission. • Pre-opera talk; artist’s reception: Included in the ticket price are pre-opera talks providing insights to the featured opera, held one hour prior to curtain. Brian Leudloff, Stage Director for La Traviata, will lecture opening weekend. The second weekend, Diane Mauch, President of the large Rossmoor Opera and Ballet Club, will provide insight to the opera. LVO’s traditional artists' reception is held in the lobby immediately following each performance. Tickets are adults $39$74; students 18 years and younger $10 off on all days, all seating sections (student ID required). Opening night Gala tickets are a separate ticket purchase of $85. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets may be purchased at the box office, on-line at www.bankheadtheater.org or by calling 373-6800. By Carol Graham Both the photographer and the subject of his or her favorite picture will be present at "Different Paths: Alternative Photographic Expressions," on Saturday, February 16 at Livermore's Figurehead Gallery. "The photograph was taken on our honeymoon," said Walter Davies, his eyes lighting up as he recalls a winter day in 1963 when wife Nan jumped in the air on the beach, her image captured forever by the lens of his camera. The reception, at which Nan will play a flute accompanied by a cellist, features platinum prints by Davies, Cibachrome prints by Ron Rigge, and handtinted prints and solar-plate etchings by Lisa Rigge. "These are three types of photography that are not widely practiced today," said Ron. "They're different paths, almost extinct now, to making fine-art photography." Davies uses a platinum print process that offers a much longer tonal range from dark to light than the more usual developing methods. "The photographs are richer with more depth," he said. "The natural landscape is a principle muse. I like the magic and beauty of light and contrasts, light and shadows. I try to bring to the viewer an aspect of what they may not have paid attention to before - to expose beauty." Nan added, "You can just walk into a platinum print." Ron's specialty is his work with Cibachrome, a fade-resistant color process that he's been refining since the late 1970s. "If you learn about photography, you learn about who went before you. It wasn’t just Ansel Adams," said Ron. "I liked the FSA (farm security administration) photographers who, during the depression, photographed signs, buildings, and cars." Calling his favorite subjects "Americana," Ron said he drives back roads, or Blue Highways - a term referring to small, forgotten, out-ofthe-way roads connecting rural America. "You may find nothing for days, then you find something. Color is a beautiful match for some subjects, but there also has to be something in the picture - composition or content - that makes you think, 'Why do I want to keep looking at that picture?' There's something very emotional in a picture that stops you." Lisa, Ron's wife of nearly 22 years, said, "I met Ron's photograph before I met Ron. Cibachrome has a luminosity, sheen and depth that jumps off the wall at you." Lisa, who paints tinges of color on black and white photographs, also enjoys traveling the back roads. "We've visited a lot of ghost towns. They're one of my favorite subjects because the buildings are something from the past. Hand tinting is something from the past, so it's a double layer of what used to be," she said. "The buildings are just empty space but they're full of the lives of the people who lived there." Also on exhibit will be Lisa's solar-plate etchings, which show lovely, unearthly images of people and places, notably missions, into which she's added or subtracted various objects. "I take artistic license," she said with a smile. The Feb. 16 reception, held from 2 to 5 p.m., kicks off the Different Paths exhibit which will be open through March 30th. "This is a great show for young people or anyone interested in photography," said gallery owner Ken Ball. "They can talk to the pho- Work shown is (top left) a platinum print by Walter Davies; (upper right) a hand tinted print by Lisa Rigge, and (lower right) a Cibachrime print by Ron Rigge. tographers, and learn about history, techniques and composition." The reception is open to the public. Light refreshments and wine will be served. Figurehead Gallery is located at 2222 2nd Street in Livermore's Old Theatre Mall. For more information or to receive gallery announcements, visit www. figureheadgallery.com. Added Davies, "The muse that has captivated me is the beauty and mystery of light and shadow. I attempt to explore their play and dance through the eye of a camera. The exploration is incomplete, however, until experienced through the eyes of a viewer." 6 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Program Focus Is on Astronomy for Everyone Kevin Manning will present his program Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Livermore Public Library Civic Center, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue. There is no charge for this event. Award-winning astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, is passionate about astronomy. He will guide young and old on an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, the stars and other celestial wonders in his fascinating program Astronomy for Everyone. Following the program, a powerful telescope will be available in the library plaza for viewing Mars, the Rings of Saturn and other object in the night sky, weather permitting. Kevin, PhD, is a retired astrophysicist, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra XRay Observatory launched on the space shuttle with Kevin Manning the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories. He earned his doctorate from Tufts University. Kevin won national and international awards in his field, and worked with Brookhaven National Laboratory. This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Livermore Reads Together is hosting free events for children and adults during the month of February 2013. Copies of books and event schedules are available at all Livermore Public Library locations. Livermore Reads Together is sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library. For additional events check the library’s website at www.livermorelibrary. net. Visualizing Science Through Art Program Left Brain, Right Brain: Visualizing Science Through Art is the topic of a program to be presented at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Livermore Library. Art and technology need not be adversarial. In this presentation, Chris Ford of Pixar Animation Studios will share insights into how the art and technol- ogy of feature film special effects and animation is being applied to scientific and astronomical visualization, illustrating how art, science, and technology are producing some of the most extraordinary visual images of the 21st century. This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Livermore Reads Together is sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library. There is no admission charge. The library is located at 1188 So. Livermore Ave. For more information, call 373-5505. Cooking for Geeks Presentation Set Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food will be presented in conjunction with Livermore Reads Together. The program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Livermore Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. Jeff Potter combines love of science with love of food in his book Cooking for Geeks. More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks fosters discovery, inspiration and invention in the kitchen. Jeff experiments with equipment, techniques, chemistry, even the psychology and genetics of flavor. Sometimes it's delicious, and sometimes he blows up the kitchen. Sometimes he does both. This program is part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Livermore Reads Together is sponsored by The Friends of the Livermore Library. For more information, call 373-5505. Livermore Has Medals, And A Proud Chest to Pin Them On by Laura Ness Livermore has plenty of medals to show from the recently held 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Competition, one of the largest such in the world, receiving entries from over 1300 wineries. The public tasting of award winners will be held, Saturday, Feb 16th at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Steven Mirassou of the Steven Kent Winery can be especially proud of his crusade on behalf of Livermore Valley’s Cabernet prowess, having achieved Best Of Class for the 2009 Smith Ranch Vineyard Cabernet. He also scored Silver for the 2009 Folkendt, and a Bronze for the 2009 Ghielmetti Petit Verdot. Nicely done. We’re always impressed when a winery scores a Double Gold (DG), a sure sign that something about a wine made a big and consistent impression on the judges. Among the wines and wineries so honored were: Bent Creek scored Double Gold twice - for its 2010 Livermore Cabernet and 2010 Livermore Petite Sirah – now them’s some bragging rights! Plus, they also scored Gold for the 2010 Zin and Syrah, and Bronze for the 2010 Cabernet Franc and Red on Red. Did anyone say 2010 was a good year? This surely seems like proof. La Rochelle also hit the DG jackpot twice: for its delightful 2010 Dutton Morelli Lane Chardonnay (Russian River) and exquisite 2009 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. They also raked in Silver for both the lovely 2009 SLH Pinot and the powerful 2009 Donum Estate Pinot (Carneros). Crooked Vine hit Double Gold for its 2010 Pinot Noir, proving that when it’s a cool year, you can actually make decent Pinot from Livermore. (Ok, Rick finally proved me wrong!) Crooked Vine also scored Silvers for its Fume Blanc, Viognier, Moxie, Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Petit Verdot, and Bronze for its Chard, all from Del Arroyo Vineyard, Livermore Valley. Fenestra pulled in a Double Gold for its 2009 “Conjugation,” a lovely Bordeaux Blend, and Golds for Touriga and Graciano (Lodi), with Silvers for Estate Grenache and Syrah, as well as Silvers for Thatcher Cab, Ghielmetti Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. Fenestra always shows well – they’ve got such a massive arsenal, it’s hard not to hit fence post after fence post. They’ve constructed a most impressive collection of medals over the years. Congrats to Lanny, Fran, Meredith and Brent, especially as Brent moves on to Las Positas, and Meredith steps up as Winemaker for Fenestra. Nottingham Cellars was awarded a Double Gold for its sensational 2010 “Awakening,” Rhone blend – one of Collin’s most inspired wines yet, and he’s just getting started. Nottingham’s brilliantly executed “Supremacy” also scored Gold, and a good deal of the chest was filled with Silvers for Fraser Howard 2011 Chardonnay, 2011 Arroyo Seco Viognier, 2010 Casa de Vinas Petite Sirah, 2010 Livermore Valley Cabernet and 2010 Aguirre Vineyard Malbec. Bronzes for 2009 Micro Lot Cab, 2009 Casa de Vinas Cab and 2010 Triska Crane Ridge Merlot rounded out the loot. Wente Vineyards showed its Gold mettle with three of them: 2011 Livermore Valley Chardonnay, 2010 Small Lot Livermore Cabernet Franc and 2010 Livermore Merlot. They scored Silvers for 2011 Livermore Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Eric’s Small Lot Chardonnay, 2009 Reliz Creek Pinot and 2010 Charles Wetmore Cabernet (Livermore). Their 2011 Riva Ranch Chardonnay and Riverbank Riesling, as well as the Wente 2010 Livermore Cabernet, took home Bronze. Csaba Szakal proves once again to be “en garde,” as he’s serious as steel about making it big in the wine business, with two Golds, one for the 2009 Russian River Pinot Noir Reserve, the other for “Magdalena” Port. He took Silvers for the massively impressive 2008 Diamond Mountain Cabernet and the Reserve version of this wine, the lively 2009 Russian River Pinot, and the 2009 “Adamus” Bordeaux Blend, also from Diamond Mountain. Occasio scored Gold for both its 2010 Del Arroyo Zinfandel and 2010 Thatcher Bay Merlot, as well as Silver for 2011 Del Arroyo Sauv Blanc (delightfully springlike) and Bronzes for 2011 Del Arroyo Chardonnay, 2010 Del Arroyo Petite Sirah and 2010 Livermore Valley Cabernet. Stony Ridge was a repeat performer with two Golds, one for the 2009 Cabernet, the other for the 2009 Trifecta. They showed Silvers for the 2011 Chardonnay, 2010 Zin and 2009 Syrah. Retzlaff impressed with a Gold for its 2005 Bordeaux Blend, which goes to show that age does matter, and especially with Bob’s wines – they just get better and better as they mature. He also took home a Silver for the 2009 Estate Chardonnay. Go, Bob!! Many Livermore wineries scored medals for each wine they entered, including Cuda Ridge, which went 5 for 5, with four Silvers and 1 Bronze. The 2010 Merlot, 2010 Cab Franc, 2010 Petit Verdot and 2010 Cab Sauvignon, all took Silver, with the 2010 Syrah taking a Bronze. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon also won Silver Medal at the 2013 Cabernet Shoot-out. THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Tiny but delicious, Harris Tesla scored Gold for its 2009 Estate Cabernet, which certainly made owners, Bill and Sandy Thomson, smile even more brightly than usual. You can find different vintages of Harris Tesla's wonderful Cabs at Wine Makers Pourhouse, Double Barrel and Underdog. Also tiny, Tate Dog scored Gold for its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Wisner Vineyard– love that vineyard. Also small, but growing rapidly, and with three guys named Steve behind it, you know somebody is always on the ball. The 3 Steves 2008 Livermore Cabernet scored Silver, as did the 2010 Dry Creek Zinfandel. These guys are on a roll. Speaking of Silver tongued Cabs, the 2009 Rodrigue Molyneaux Reserve Estate Cabernet (100% Cab and aged in American and French), scored an impressive Silver in the $40 and up category, going head to head with big guns from Napa, not to mention the local competition, which gets more intense every year. They also received a Bronze for the 2009 Estate Sangiovese. McGrail scored Silver for its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Kudos to Mitchell Katz Winery for their Gold Medal winning 2010 Falling Star Merlot, as well as Golds for Tawny and Petite Sirah Ports, and Silvers for Zin Port, Shadow Hills Chardonnay and two vintages (2009 and 2010) of Falling Star Petite Sirah. What, no Sangio? Mitch is supposedly opening his doors at the former site of Lavish Laines in early February. Longevity hit the Silver slot with an impressive 5 medals, for Zin, Syrah, Debru-vee, Petit Verdot and “Philosophy” Bordeaux Blend, as well as a Bronze for the fortified Zin dessert wine. Thomas Coyne received two Silvers for “Confluence” and Viognier, and Bronzes for Grenache and Petit Verdot. Fittingly, it was stalwart Concannon who really brought home the Gold for Livermore this year. This is entirely appropriate, considering that the winery is celebrating its 130th anniversary. As John Concannon likes to point out, 2013 also commemorates 110 years of Cabernet Sauvignon production at Concannon Vineyard. Concannon’s role in the success of Cabernet Sauvignon in California rose to historic proportions in the early 1970’s, when the Concannon Clones 7, 8 & 11, sourced from the Concannon vineyard here in Livermore, provided the backbone for the replanting of previously damaged vineyards in premium wine regions, including the Napa Valley. It is safe to say that Concannon’s Cabernet clones helped save Cabs veritable bacon. It’s most fitting that both the treasured 2008 Mother Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2010 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon, both took home Gold. For this, winemaker Julian Halasz, should be congratulated. “The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is one of the most prestigious in the country, so this accomplishment is very exciting for us,” said John Concannon fourthgeneration vintner. “My great-grand father first planted Bordeaux cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1903, and we are proud to still be producing that same wine today.” Concannon Vineyard celebrates the following medals: Gold - 2008 Mother Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008 Polo Field Reserve Petite Sirah; 2011 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc; 2010 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon; Silver - 2010 Reserve Assemblage Blanc; 2009 Reserve Merlot; 2010 Reserve Assemblage Red; 2009 Reserve Syrah; 2010 Stampmaker’s Red Reserve; 2010 Conservancy Chardonnay. When Alma Henry entered her senior year in 1921, she decided to take English, Geometry, Chemistry, and Physical Education classes. Geometry was her hardest class: “I have to study it more than anything else. I think this is one of the reasons why I like it the best; it takes real study to get a good mark in it.” She said that the senior class was divided into two sections for math—one was advanced and the other slower. She said, “I am lucky enough to be in the advanced section. I have to stay there, too, because I must get a “2” in math to make either college or normal.” The term “normal” meant a state teacher’s college. The two report cards she included show that she did manage “2-“ both semesters for geometry. She did not receive “1” in any classes except for Physical Education; the rest of her grades were “2.” In their system, “1” meant “exceptional scholarship; ”2” meant “recommended for university entrance.” The first football game of the season was on September 24 at Concord. Livermore was not expected to win, so the Livermore team and the fans who made the trip were very happy when the game ended in their favor, 31 to 7. Alma kept notes on all the games, especially including the feats of her two younger brothers, Ray and Alan Henry. The first string football players were Joe Schenone, Willard Allen, Butch Martin, Ed Rasmussen, Harold Wright, Alan Henry, Bill Bonetti, Joe Grana, Ray Henry (captain), Harold Lawless, and Bill McGlinchey, quarterback. Alma included two photos of the first game and also a photo of the team, which named all the players. They were wearing leather helmets, typical of that era. In October the team played against Hayward, Fremont, and Centerville. Livermore won the first two games, Alma Henry and Her Book, Part 2 Livermore town team twice, winning both times. At Stanford in April, track members from all over California took part; Ray Henry was the only person from Livermore who placed—he took second in the 100 and 440. Baseball season started on April 22. The team played Berkeley High, Tracy, and Centerville. but lost to Centerville, On NovemAlma Henry at the high school. in 1921. ber 2, the high Photo courtesy of Philip Henry. school put on a show at the Bell Theater on First Street to raise 13-14. Ray Henry, one money to pay off the debt of the halfbacks, scored on the football uniforms; two touchdowns against any money left over went Fremont. That game was played here at home on the into the athletic funds. The school entertainment, perrodeo grounds. Livermore formed before and after the also played against Piedmotion pictures, included mont and Tracy. numbers by the orchestra. Alma made notes about In 1921 Louis Sachau the girls’ intramural volleyball and baseball games. formed a high school orchestra. Alma named The boys’ basketball the members of the group, season started on Decembut she was not one. At ber 14 against Tracy. Alan the program for Washingand Ray Henry were the ton’s Birthday, they played two guards, Bill Bonetti “America” and “The Star the center, Al Simoni Spangled Banner.” The and Bill McGlinchey the school also held programs forwards. The boys played San Juan (a Hercules club), for Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday, Lincoln’s BirthSanta Clara Prep, Dublin, day, and a program that Hayward, Piedmont, and celebrated Arbor Day and Turlock. On their way to Luther Burbank’s birthday. play San Juan on January Alma said, “Mr. Sachau’s 20, one of the cars carryorchestra this year has been ing part of the team had an very successful. They have accident. Joe Grana and played at school doings Bill Bonetti both got black and were thought very eyes, but there were no good.” other injuries. The girls’ Near the beginning basketball team played the 7 of her book, Alma glued in squares of fabric. The first, a light purple with small white polkadots, called dotted Swiss, was from her graduation dress. The next page had two squares—one a coral color and the other a coral lace. The dress made from these fabrics was for the Senior Ball. The long sleeves were made of the lacy material. The lace also covered the solid fabric of the skirt. The sash was a black silk ribbon, decorated with small roses made from the coral fabric. Mrs. R.A. Hansen sent Alma a pair of white silk stockings to wear to the ball. On May 20 the ball was held at the Sweeney Opera House. The class had spent two weeks working on decorating the hall with tissue paper and almond boughs. Tissue paper almond blossoms were twisted into the boughs so that they looked like real spring blooms. The stage featured baskets of ferns and climbing white roses. Alma said, “We had a large crowd. Everyone was dressed in their very best array. In every way it was a successful dance.” Commencement exercises were held on June 8, 1922, also at Sweeney’s Opera House. Alma presented a talk at commencement about the history of the class. They had started as 52 freshmen; they ended with 20 graduates. Who was Alma Henry? No one really important in the history of the world. But she kept a wonderful record of her senior year for us to enjoy. She went on to San Jose State Normal School and became an elementary school teacher. She married Roy Rasmussen in 1928 and moved to Saticoy, a small town near Ventura. After her husband’s death in 1949, she moved to Pleasanton, where she taught in local elementary schools until her retirement. She died in 1994. (Readers can reach me at [email protected]) 8 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 ART/PHOTO EXHIBITS Art Happens, 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, March 14, April 11. Downtown Livermore. Art displays, poetry, entertainment, special events. For the brochure go to www. bothwellartscenter.org. water+color 2013: California Watercolor Association’s 43rd National Exhibition. This prestigious exhibit will be on display through Saturday, February 16. Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, 4444 Railroad Avenue. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Gallery hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Livermore artist Lenore Kreit is exhibiting her paintings at Garre Winery Cafe through February 29. Garre Winery Cafe is open weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore. Freeze Frame 2012 Exhibit, Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) will be displaying the winners of its 2012 Freeze Frame photography contest at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton through Sunday, February 16. The work will be located in the downstairs Hallway Gallery and in the upstairs Alcove Gallery. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. California: Earth, Fire, Water, Life, art exhibition Harrington Art Gallery, March 2-April 6. Reception March 6, 7 to 9 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. firehousearts.org or 931-4848. Livermore artist, Gloria Sayers, is exhibiting her paintings at the café at Garre Winery, 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore for the months of March and April. The café is open weekdays 11 am to 2 pm and weekends 11 am to 3 pm. Pleasanton Art League Show at the Alviso Adobe, March 9 and 10. Reception and awards Sat., March 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Located between Old Foothill Road and Foothill Road, 3465 Old Foothill Road, Pleasanton. www.pal-art.com/ MEETINGS/CLASSES Pleasanton Art League, Livermore Art Association, general meeting 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 19, Almond School, Livermore. Guest artist is Mike Bailey. No admission charge. Figure Drawing Workshop, every Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Artists bring their own materials and easels. Open to all artists. Professional artist models (nude). No instructor. Students under 18 need written parental permission to attend. Cost $20 per session. Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St., Livermore. Coffee, tea and refreshments are available. Call or email Barbara Stanton for more info about the workshop, 925-373-9638 - [email protected] earthlink.net. WINERY EVENTS Live music at The Winemaker's Pour House, 2241 First Street, Livermore: Thurs., Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m. Joey T and Simon. Sat., Feb. 16, 6:30-9 p.m. Meredith and the Mercenaries. Sun., Feb. 17, 5-7:30 p.m. Chris Ahlman. Thurs., Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m. Steve Kritzer. Fri., Feb. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Amber McDonald; Sat., Feb. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Joey T. www.winemakerspourhouse.com, 925 215-2656 Port & Chocolate Weekends held weekends in February, 2013. Tamás Estates, 5565 Tesla Road Livermore, (925) 456-2380. Events at the Winemaker's Pour House, Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m. Valentine's Day Chocolate Love Jam, music by Joey T and Simon. John Christopher Cellars Zinfandel Port $20.00/per couple. Dessert only $8.00. 2241 First Street, Livermore. (925) 215-2656. McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Chocolate Fondue and Cabernet Sauvignon, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 16, dark Belgium chocolate fountain and several treats to dip in the chocolate fountain. Taste 4 big, red wines to pair with each treat. $20/person; $10/club member. Open for tasting on President's Day Monday, February 18, noon to 4:30 p.m. Brushstrokes and Wine Notes, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., March 9, class taught by artist Sharon Costello to learn how to paint this grape canvas. Open to all levels. www.mcgrailvineyards.com, (925) 215-0717, 5600 Greenville Rd., Livermore. Wood Family Vineyards, open Presidents Weekend, February 16th & 17th, noon - 4:30 for winery's 7th Annual Barrel Tasting and Futures; sampling the 2011 Grenache and offering futures. Taste new release of 2009 Syrah, Madden Ranch Vineyards along with other current releases. $10 tasting fee and keep your logo crystal wine glass. www. woodfamilyvineyards.com for updated information. 7702 Cedar Mountain Rd., Livermore; (925) 6067411. Thomas Coyne Winery Winter Open House, Feb. 16, 17, 18, noon to 5 p.m. each day at 51 E. Vallecitos Road Livermore. Release of five new wines: 2009 Vino Tinto Reserva, California; 2011 Carignane, California; 2007 Cabernet Franc, Livermore; and, 2011 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi. A selection of fine fruits and cheeses will be served. “Bottle Your Own Wine:” Vino Tinto Barato, a red table wine, at the Open House. Bring your clean bottle, we will fill, cork and label it for $6.50 per bottle; bottle, label and cork it yourself. Use our bottle for $7.00. This is only available on Feb. 16. (925) 373-6541, http://thomascoynewinery.com Fenestra Winery, 30th annual Barrel Tasting, February 16, 17 and 18, from noon to 5pm, all three days Admission is $10.00 (no charge for wine club members). Unreleased wines will be sampled right from the barrel while owner Lanny Replogle, and winemaker Meredith Miles share interesting tidbits and facts on the wines. 2011 vintages of Livermore Touriga Nacional, Livermore Tempranillo, Lodi Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Ghielmetti Vineyards. There will also be an introduction to the first-ever True White. Fenestra is located at 83 Vallecitos Rd Livermore. 925-447-5246 or email [email protected] Sunset Sip & Shop, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Join the wineries of Livermore Valley for a Sunset Sip & Shop at Livermore Premium Outlets. Sixteen wineries will pour for guests as they shop the night away. Tickets are $16 per person and include 16 one-ounce tastes in a logo wine glass and an event program. Visit www.LVwine.org for tickets and a list of participating wineries. 6th Annual Cuda Ridge Wines, Vines and Valentines, Sat. & Sun., Feb. 16th and 17th, from 12:00 – 4:30 each day. Two tasting flights, Cupid and Desire, $5.00 each, and tastings are complementary to Cuda Cadre wine club members. There is still a limited amount of the 2008 Cuda Amis, port style, wine available for tasting and purchase. There are special wine discounts. Roger Kardinal is playing on Saturday and Alder Creek on Sunday. Both Roger, and the Alder Creek duo, play a wide SYMPHONY (continued from front page) editorials in Pravda. Many of his friends and relatives were killed or imprisoned by the government. Fearing for his life and that of his family, he withdrew his Symphony No. 4 from rehearsal. It didn’t premiere until 1961 long after Stalin was dead. Under pressure to reform his style, Shostakovich wrote Symphony No. 5 in 1937. It is described as a powerful, emotional work that was interpreted by the people as an understanding of their suffering under Stalin, while at the same time satisfying government officials as a portrayal of socialist realism. Future concerts of the season will take place on April 6 with guest conductor Dawn Harms and on May 18, featuring Beethoven’ s Ninth Symphony. Valley Concert Chorale and Pacific Masterworks Chorus will join the orchestra in the Beethoven performance. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m., preceded by a prelude talk from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets are available at www.mylvpac. com or at (925) 373-6800. range of 60's & 70’s folk music. Andy’s Candies on hand with Chocolate Toffee tastings and purchase . More information go to www.CudaRidgeWines.com or call 510-304-0914. 4th annual Livermore Valley Uncorked competition is accepting entries through Wed., Feb. 20. Sponsored by Tri-Valley Conservancy, open only to wines made from grapes grown in the Livermore Valley. Judging will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The winners will be announced on March 12, 2013. For information and entry details go to www. trivalleyconservancy.org Barrel Tasting Weekend, noon to 4:30 p.m., March 23 and 24, taste wines right out of the barrel, meet winemakers and more. Each winery will host a unique experience during barrel tasting weekend including at least one barrel sample for each ticket holder. Chance to pre-purchase wines before they have even been bottled (aka “futures”)! Tickets are $35 in advance / $40 event day and includes barrel tasting at over 30 wineries on Saturday and Sunday, a logo wine glass and wine tasting map. Visit www.LVwine.org for tickets and a list of participating wineries. MUSIC/CONCERTS Chris Bradley's Jazz Band will appear at The Castle Rock Restaurant in Livermore/at Portola Ave., Feb. 26. Band performs 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Dance Floor, Small Cover. Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www. bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Eddie Money, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, Albion Rd., San Ramon; sanramonperformingarts.com. 973-3343. 11th annual Youth Music Festival, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. firehousearts.org. Information, contact Mark Duncanson at [email protected] cityofpleasantonca.gov. Pink Floyd Concert Experience: An Evening of Pink Floyd starring House of Floyd, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Bill Harley, Grammy winning music and humor, Feb. 16, children 2 p.m. adults 8 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. firehousearts.org or 931-4848. Chiara String Quartet, Del Valle Fine Arts concert, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www. bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. The World of Webber: A Cabaret Tribute to the Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Broadway and stage veterans Tielle Baker, Kelly Brandeburg, and Kyle Martin with pianist and musical director Evan Alparone. Song selections include favorites from Cats to Phantom of the Opera; from Evita to Sunset Boulevard. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2:00 p.m. Tickets $15-$25; youth $12; senior $22; Group discounts available. www.firehousearts. org, 925-931-4848, or at the center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton. The Kingston Trio, (Sold Out) Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Reunion of the Doo Wop Stars, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Guitarist of the Decade, Adrian Legg. British Guitar Maestro Adrian Legg’s USA Tour comes to Firehouse Arts Center. Celebrating award-winning 11th album release “The Very Best of Adrian Legg.” Friday, February 22, 8:00 p.m. Tickets $10-$20. Purchase online at www.firehousearts.org, 925-9314848, or at the center Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton Livermore-Amador Symphony, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Vienna Bonbon and Russian Drama. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Chamber Music trio 'Humboldt Pi' featuring Barbara Mullens-Geier on flute, Phyllis Harding on clarinet and Alan Geier on piano will present a concert on Feb. 24, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, corner of 4th and L Streets in Livermore. Donations will go to Open Heart Kitchen. The Venusians concert, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. The group's style fuses the ambient and atmospheric with enchanting melodies and entrancing rhythms. Program part of Livermore Reads Together, a community-wide reading program featuring Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Livermore Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. 925-373-5505. Beppe Gambetta and Peter Ostroushko, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Mike Marshall, on mandolin, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Sun., March 3, 7 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Carl Tilchen, singer/songwriter performing, Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, Sunday, March 3, 2-4 PM, & 4-5 PM. This performance is for Family Day at the Auto Museum. Carl Tilchen will sing many popular songs about cars, & his original songs Google’s Car No Driver, & Racing for the Common Man. This performance is free with paid admission to the museum: Adults $10, Seniors 65+, and Students $7. San Ramon Symphonic Band, March 8, 7:30 p.m. A Night at the Symphony, Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, Albion Rd., San Ramon; sanramonperformingarts.com. 973-3343. Julian Lage Group, March 12, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Red Clay Ramblers, March 13, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Story Road, featuring members of Molly’s Revenge, concert 7 p.m. Sat., March 16, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. Great music, Good Food - traditional Irish Fare. Child care will be provided. Tickets are $40.00 for adults, $25.00 for children. Membership in St. Clare's is not required. To purchase tickets, please call the Church office:925-462-4802 or email [email protected], www. stclarespleasanton.org Pleasanton Chamber Players, March 17, 2 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. firehousearts.org or 931-4848. Steve Seskin & Friends The Songwriters sing, March 16, 8 p.m. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, Albion Rd., San Ramon; sanramonperformingarts.com. 973-3343. Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, Del Valle Fine Arts concert, March 23, 8 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Beatles tribute, the Sun Kings, March 30, 8 p.m. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www. firehousearts.org or 931-4848. ON THE STAGE Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Feb. 14-March 10. By Steven Dietz. Based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play Combining two of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, The Scandal in Bohemia and the Final Adventure. The Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St. in Hayward. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5:30 and can be reached at (510) 881-6777. www.dmtonline.org. Paco Pena Flamenco, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. California Theatre Center, Robinson Crusoe, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Feb. 26, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Includes lesson guide. www. ctcinc.org., 800-606-0424. Tickets for the 32nd year of the Sunol Repertory Theatre are on sale at Elliston Winery, 463 Kilkare Rd. Tickets can be purchased for $15 on Sat. & Sun. between 11am-4pm. This is a first for the theatre “Murder in the House of Horrors” A Who Done It Mystery. Performances are Fri. & Sat March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 at Sunol Glen School 11601 Main St. Sunol. Doors open at 7:30. Performance starts at 8 p.m. Beverages are sold at intermission by charitable organizations. Pippi Longstocking, Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company projection. March 1-10, Fri., Sat., and Sun., March 6 and 7. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www.firehousearts.org or 931-4848. Murder Most Fouled-Up, a comedy by the award-winning playwright, Nikki Harmon, presented by Asbury Players Community Theater. It’s the madcap story of a greedy family, a confused household staff and some unhappy spirits who only have 24 hours to find the treasure hidden by the diabolical Edwin Randolph and his ancestors. Performances March 2, 3, 8 and 9, 2013. Show time Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee 2 p.m. General admission $10. Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, Livermore, CA. (925) 4471950. Tickets available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information about this show or about Asbury Players Community Theater, go to www.asburylivepresents.com. Ivy and Bean, The Musical, March 9-17, THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Front Row Theater, Dougherty Station Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon; sanramonperformingarts.com. 973-3343. MOVIES Free Classic Film Series, Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, 1st Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. through June 6, 2013. The program is hosted by Candy Klaschus, a film historian who coordinates the Humanities program at Las Positas College. The programs are free and all are welcome to attend. Penny Johnson at 925/931-3405. DANCE Best of Smuin Ballet, March 1, 7:30 p.m.; March 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www. bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. AUDITIONS/COMPETITIONS Children’s opera auditions, Cantabella Children’s Chorus will hold a Round 2 of auditions on Sunday, February 24th, 2-3 pm at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore for principal youth roles in Benjamin Britten’s famous children’s opera, Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) to be produced this summer in collaboration with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The audition is for all roles, but Cantabella especially welcomes, male voices (changed voice preferred, but not required). No previous opera experience necessary. Upon receipt of audition form and $20 audition fee, the audition schedule and materials, including a specific song for you to prepare will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome at 3 pm and can sing “happy birthday." Audition fee will be applied toward the opera camp tuition. For audition forms, location and financial aid information, visit cantabella.org/opera-camp or call 925-292-2663. OPERA La Traviata by Verdi, presented by Livermore Valley Opera. Sat., March 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 10, 2 p.m.; Sat., March 16, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 2 p.m.. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Opera San José Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore. Il trovatore will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Eight performances are scheduled from February 9 through 24 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. Tickets at the Opera San José Box Office, by phone at (408) 437-4450 or online at www.operasj.org. MISCELLANEOUS. Science on Saturdays, Feb. 16, 23, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Free series for students presented by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. www.bankheadtheater.org or 373-6800. Sunset Sip and Shop, Saturday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17. Livermore Valley wineries featured. Livermore Valley Premium Outlets, 2774 Paragon Outlets Dr., Livermore. www. lvwine.org. Livermore Reads Together 2013, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach. Events include the following (unless noted, events are held at the Civic Center Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave): Sat., Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.: Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food with author Jeff Potter; Tues., Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.: Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe with Dr. Kevin Manning, astrophysicist; Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.: Left Brain, Right Brain: Visualizing Science Through Art with Christopher J. Ford, RenderMan Business Director, Pixar Animation Studios; Sat., Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon: Bacchus Brothers Perform at Oldies Valentine Dance Asbury Live Presents the Bacchus Brothers for a Valentine Oldies Dance Party and Chocolate Tasting on Feb. 16. The performance is at Asbury United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. The band converges the sounds of Tower of Power, Bob Marley, and Led Zepplin. Since 1998 The Bacchus Brothers "Put the UNK in FUNK" and provide groovin', high-energy music. Band members are Mark Clarin - guitar, vocals; Ray Merrill - drums, vocals; Don Veca - bass, vocals. Influenced by many styles, the Bacchus Brothers have a style of their own. It is the congruence of rock, jazz, blues, funk, and country that makes this trio sound fresh. The band formed in 1998 while feeding off the energy brought on by the fusing of three musicians in a rhythmic resonance of collision and converging musical ideas. Mark Clarin, The Country Bumpkin, first experienced music during his Hootenanny-filled childhood in Huntsville, Alabama. Growing up, he played guitar in a musical family of accordions, banjos and a The Bacchus Brothers slew of off-the-wall genre and instrumentation. He soon found his greatest talent in song writing. In 2003 Mark competed in the West Coast Songwriters association and won best song for the East Bay at the Freight and Salvage for his rendition of "Too Many Choices." Ray Merrill, The Professor, is a percussionistextraordinaire with a groove that wont quit. Originating from the Oakland zone via the Pacific Northwest, his ears were full of the sounds of Tower of Power and the like. Ray was the sessions drummer representing the United States for the Music Bridges Projects in Cuba, 1999. His collaborations with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Frampton, Gladys Night and Burt Bacharach are just a hint at Rays expertise. His tasteful and masterful fills and punchy rhythms add much to this brilliant trio. Don Veca, The Viking, plays bass and sings and brings a wickedly tight sound from the roots of his own personal mentors and his rich childhood in Livermore, California. From a very musical family, Don has an extensive musical background, having received his BA in music and computer science. This led him to a work at EA (Electronic Arts) where you can hear much of his compositional works on many of todays main-stream video games. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at asburylivepresents.com or by calling 447-1950. Asbury is located at 4743 East Ave., Livermore. 9 Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Masterpiece “The Vagina Monologues” is coming to the Mertes Center for the Arts at Las Positas College. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2013 at 8 pm. Local favorite Eleisa Cambra is directing. Proceeds will benefit the Haven’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs. Tickets are available online at http:// vaginamonologues.brownpapertickets.com SpaceCrafts! – A Children’s Program with space-related crafts for preschool through grade 3, and have your photo taken as an astronaut; Sun., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.: Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery with author Scott Hubbard; Tues., Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.: The Venusians featuring global instrumental music; Wed., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.: Out of This World Apps, computer apps that will rock your world. For more information, check the library’s website at www.livermorelibrary.net. Ragin’ Cajun, Mardi Gras event, music, dancing, dinner, beads, live auctions, and more on Friday, March 8, 2013, 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton. Annual fund-raiser event for the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, which provides cancer patients in the East Bay Tri-Valley area with financial assistance for complementary healing services during the course of their chemo and/or radiation therapy that are not covered by insurance. Tickets are available online at http://www. healingtherapiesfoundation.org or by calling (866) 862-7270. 50th Annual Coin Show, Livermore Valley Coin Club, March 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Elks Lodge, 940 Larkspur Dr., Livermore. Displays, bourse, prizes. Free admission, free wooden nickels, hourly drawings. Lunch available. An Evening with Lady Carolyn, Tues., March 12, 7 p.m. Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture series, Celebrate Women’s History Month with Carolyn Runnells, as the lovely Lady Carolyn. Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. www.firehousearts. org. St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl, March 15, 6 to 9 p.m. downtown Pleasanton. Downtown merchants, restaurants and local breweries. www.pleasantondowntown.net St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 16-17, Civic Center, Dublin. Parade on March 16. www.ci.dublin.ca.us History Lecture, Livermore Heritage Guild, new Livermore “Images of America” photo book featured. Doors open 7 p.m., talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Livermore Library, 1188 So. Livermore Ave. $2 donation suggested. 10 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 Art Happens Features a Romantic Theme From a romantic flamenco performance at ABC Music Source to “glittery heart” body painting at the Downtown Art Studios and romantic dessert and wine pairing, February’s Art Happens focuses on a love theme from 6-8 p.m. today, Feb. 14, at various locations in downtown Livermore. A special Open Mic for poetry and short prose at Figurehead Art Gallery offers Love as the theme. Poetry and art lovers, as well as those who are romantic at heart, can stop by for a few moments, or stay for the full event. Other art happens events include an open mic night at Panama Red and Heart Beat Art at Blacksmith Square, as well as Valentine’s Day specials at several restaurants and winetasting locations. Art Happens maps and a listing of locations is available on the Bothwell Arts Center’s Facebook page or at www.mylvpac.com/ index.php/bac. The event is coordinated by the Bothwell Arts Center and Livermore Performing Arts Center. Valentine’s Day Open Mic 'Love" is the topic for the Open Mic for poetry and short prose. Livermore’s monthly art crawl, which features works by various artists on display at participating downtown locations, is held the second Thursday Picture Purr-fect: The Valley Humane Society not only offers adorable, adoptable animals, there are now murals representing five Tri-Valley cities that were painted by local, professional artists. They are all part of the Girl Scout Gold Award project coordinated by Carly Krakauer, a member of the local Crossroads Girl Scout Service Unit. Two of a total of five murals have now been completed. The latest is a scene of downtown Pleasanton painted by artist Debbie Wardrope. All of the artists are donating their time and creativity to help beautify the walls of the visitor rooms at Valley Humane Society. Yang Liu completed a mural of Dublin several months ago. Artists Megan Parks-Haller, Omar Morineau and Kathleen Hill have also committed their time and talents to paint three additional murals depicting Danville, San Ramon and Livermore. VHS hopes to have all of the murals completed by this summer. Pictured are Artist Debbie Wardrope (right) in front of the mural of downtown Pleasanton that she recently painted for VHS. Girl Scout and project co-ordinator, Carly Krakauer is on the left.) of each month, 6-8 p.m. This month, that’s Valentine’s Day. Poetry and art lovers, as well as those who are romantic at heart, can stop by for a few moments, or enjoy the entire event. Livermore Poet Laureate Cher Wollard will host the literary event at Figurehead Gallery, 2222 Second Street, Suite 21, upstairs in the Second Street Mall. Ken and Victoria Ball, the proprietors of the gallery, will open their doors to both writers and those who wish to view their displays and listen to the readings. Writers who wish to read their poems or short prose pieces can sign up at the event. For information, contact Wollard at 925 824-4824 or [email protected] Or check out www.livermorelit. com Changes of eno scenery Wineries on the move by Harry Stoll Valley eno orbits alter course—with selling and buying of winery property, leases expiring, new brands, relocations, and new arrangements, all in the atmosphere. 3 Steves Winery is buying the property at 5700 Greenville Road, next to McGrail’s, and will operate its winery and a tasting room there. Tasting hours will be on weekends. 3 Steves owners are Steve Buman, Steve Melander, and Steve Ziganti. 3 Steves recently won silver medals at the San Francisco Wine Competition for its Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and its Dry Creek Zinfandel. The winery has been producing wine at Tenuta Vineyards and has a tasting room at Swirl on the Square at Blacksmith Square, that it will continue to operate. The property is being sold by Connie and Dan Davis, owners of Red Feather Winery on the property. They will continue to own the name Red Feather. Connie says it will continue to operate its tasting room there on the 2nd weekend of each month, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ziganti says that arrangement will continue Sculpture OKed for In front of Museum on Main The Pleasanton City Council approved the location of a new work of art at last week's meeting. "Joyful Empowerment," donated to the city by Bob and Marilyn Athenour through the Harrington Art Partnership, will be placed in front of the Museum on Main. To date, Nancy and Gary Harrington and/or their co-donors have acquired and donated eight sculptures to the city. "Joyful Empowerment" was created by Angela De la Vega. She says, "For each sculpture I listen to a memory, a vision that does not fade as it must come into being in all of its fullness. I always work with a model for this vision, a model that can represent a multiplicity of humanity, flowing with spirit and shaping light and shadows over form." for a year while the Davises seek other property. Big White House Winery has been leasing space from Red Feather on the property, with access further south on Greenville Road. Steve Ziganti of 3 Steves e-mailed, “Hopefully they will continue there and lease from me. I DO NOT want them to move.” Dante Robere Cellars— an artful mash-up of the names Daniel Rosenberg and Bob Bossi—is the brand of the two longtime home winemakers gone commercial. Recently they bought a 6-acre Syrah vineyard and an adjacent 2-acre building site on Wetmore Road, opposite the entrance to Sycamore Grove. They plan on taking two years to build a winery and tasting room, which the zoning allows. They have sold grapes to Page Mill and el Sol wineries and have leased winemaking equipment from el Sol. Now, they’re making wine at Eagle Ridge under a shared proprietorship. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Production is to be about 2,500 cases. They’ll sell their wine only at the tasting room and to restaurants. Starting in about May 2013, as an interim measure, its wines can be tasted at Eagle Ridge. Mainstay Cedar Mountain Winery is being sold. Originally, Dana DeNardi of Woodside, was a buyer, but she backed out. Now David and Darcie Kent are buying it. He is the CEO of The Wine Group, owners of Concannon and Darcie Kent brands, among others. Darcie is active in the industry. Original owners Earl and Linda Ault will retain the right to the name Cedar Mountain on a smaller property down the road. For many years, Cedar Moun- tain produced its own brand and also made wine for brands under custom crush arrangements. Earl has been praised by start-up wineries for being very forthcoming with advice. Kent said by e-mail ” At some point in time we plan to reopen 7000 Tesla Road as the Darcie Kent Winery. We will know more details in a few weeks.” Valor Winery is the new name for Lavish Laines Winery. It moved to 2133 Research Drive, Suite 14 (near East Avenue) and is open for tasting in the production and barrel room on the 1st weekend of each month, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment: 925.371.0339. Its web site lists a 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon as currently available and a 2011 Livermore Valley Chardonnay and Zinfandel to be released soon. Valor continues to talk about its commitment to veterans. Caddis is the to-be brand of Chris Sorenson, associate winemaker at Occasio. Caddis is a type of fishing lure. Ryhan Estates—which once operated a tasting room on East Avenue, next to Cuda Ridge—has been absent from the local scene for a spell. Soon it’s to open a tasting space in Rios-Lovell Winery’s tasting room. The wine will be made at different locations, said a Ryhan representative. Rubio Estates is to be the name of the winery at the Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton site once occupied by Mitchell Katz Winery. Owner Mike Callahan said Rubio will concentrate on Italian inspired wines. The plan is to open in March. Winemaker Chris Graves says Rubio will have the largest tasting room in the Livermore Valley, and will have a grandeur to challenge a well-know winery area to the north. THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 (Organizations wishing to run notices in Bulletin Board, send information to PO Box 1198, Livermore, CA 94551, in care of Bulletin Board or email information to [email protected] Include name of organization, meeting date, time, place and theme or subject. Phone number and contact person should also be included. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.) Pleasanton Newcomers Club, open to new and established residents of the Tri-Valley. Activities include a coffee the first Wednesday of the month, a luncheon on the second Wednesday of the month, Bunco, Mah Jongg, walking/hiking groups, family activities, and monthly adult socials. Information, call 925-215-8405 or visit www.PleasantonNewcomers.com Kindergarten registration, Do you have a child turning 5 on or before October 1, 2012 and ready for kindergarten? Come to a Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District annual Kindergarten Registration Fair on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. or Friday, March 1, 2013 from 2-6 p.m. at the Robert Livermore Community Center. For more information, visit www. livermoreschools.com. Tri-Valley Democratic Club, meeting 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 18 at IBEW 595 Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. Theme will be "Putting climate change on the front burner." Join the discussion with Erica Stephen from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, Judy Pope of 350bayarea.org & Jim Donnelly Environmental, Health & Safety Consultant. Refreshments. Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Touring Club, Sat., Feb. 16, 71 miles from Bollinger Park and Ride to Midway and back, meet 8:30 p.m., Brahim Satoutah, 963-7024. Sat., Feb. 16, 38/48 miles, Cinderella conditioning ride, meet 9 a.m. at Dublin High School, [email protected] or [email protected] Sun., Feb. 17, 30 miles from Shannon Center south to Sunol, Niles Canyon and Palomares Canyon, meet 9 a.m., Brahim Satoutah, 963-7024. Sun., Feb. 17, 20 miles leisurely ride along Iron Horse Trail from Dublin to Danville, meet 9:30 a.m., Bob Heady, 980-7989. Wed., Feb. 20, 35-55 miles from Heather Farm, meet 10 a.m., Richard Skow, 939-6964. Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 at the Alisal School multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Natalie Elola, owner of the Lucky Garden in the Village Green Shopping Center in Dublin, will discuss unique advantages, possibilities, techniques and equipment of Hydroponic Growing. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Bev at 925-485-7812 or visit www.lagvc.org. Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley CAREs), monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the US nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities. All are welcome at our monthly meeting at the Livermore Civic Center Library Thursday, February 21st from 7:30pm to 9pm. For more information call Tri-Valley CAREs at (925) 443-7148 or visit our website at http://trivalleycares.org Lawyers in the Library, program offers free legal information and referral. The program is co-sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association. The third Tuesday of each month at the Pleasanton Library. Each person will have a 15 to 20 minute free consultation with a member of the Alameda County Bar Association. Appointments are by lottery. Register from 5:30 to 5:45 pm. Names will be selected at 5:50 pm. You must be present when names are drawn. Appointments begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm. For more information, call Merry Luskin, 931-3400, extension 7. 18th annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, hosted by Assistance League® of Amador Valley, will be held on April 13 from 12 – 4 at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. The event includes charming tea tables decorated by the members, delicious food, raffle prizes, lucky teacups, a hat contest and silent auction. Penny Warner will be the guest speaker. She is an award-winning author, family life columnist and child development educator. The tickets are $50 and must be reserved by March 29. Proceeds from this event provide school clothes and shoes to children in need. For information, call Annette at (925) 462-5275, or go to www.amadorvalley.assistanceleague.org. Emeritus Senior Living, grand reopening celebration, 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 28, 355 West Grant Line Rd., Tracy. Tours, entertainment, food and beverages. RSVP to 209-835-1000. Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, Registration for the Sunday, May 5, 2013 tour is now open. A variety of bird- and butterfly-friendly, pesticide-free, water conserving, low maintenance gardens that contain 60% or more native plants will be open on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. More than 40 garden talks will be scheduled throughout the day. Native plants will be sold at numerous locations over the course of the weekend of May 4 and 5 during the Tour’s Native Plant Sale Extravaganza. www. bringingbackthenatives.net Widowed Men and Women of Northern CA., Brunch in Livermore, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., RSVP by Feb. 14 to Hilda, 398-8808. Happy hour in Pleasanton, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., RSVP by Feb. 19 to Marge, 828-5124. Breakfast in San Ramon, Feb. 24, noon, RSVP by Feb. 21 to Janet, 443-3317. Lunch in San Ramon, Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m., RSVP by Feb. 24 to Marsha, 830-8483. Pleasantonians for Peace, candlelight vigil 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 14 in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main Street, downtown Pleasanton. Participants will reflect on the human and monetary costs of the war, honor veterans who have sacrificed, and visualize ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. Peaceful War Protest on the fourth Wednesday of the month, February 27, between 5 - 6 at the corners of First and Neal Streets. Call Cathe Norman at (925) 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at [email protected]; or [email protected] pacbell.net. www.Pleasantonians4Peace.org Health and Fitness Classes at CareMore Care Center, 4270 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton. No cost or preregistration is required. Tai Chi: Tues. and Thurs. through Feb. 28, 10 a.m. Chi Kung: Tues. and Thurs. through Feb. 28, 11 a.m. Zumba: Thursdays through Feb. 28, 9 a.m. Chair Yoga: Mondays through Feb. 25, 10:30 p.m. LARPD Rummage Sale, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District’s annual Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23. The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave., Livermore. www.larpd.dst.ca.us or 925-373-5700. Free Healing Touch Sessions for Tri-Valley Veterans March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8. Available time slots: 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. Free Healing Touch sessions for active, inactive, combat or retired Veterans from any military branch. Healing Touch Program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Advance reservation required as space is limited. Sessions held at Las Positas College, Veterans First Center, Building 1000, Livermore. Student status is not required. For more information or to schedule a session, please visit www.quantumhealinghth. com or call 925-352-8917. 4th annual Crab Feed & Auction, Alisal Elementary School PTA fund-raising, Sat., March 2, 6 p.m. to 20 p.m. at the California Center, 4400 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton. $45 per person includes all you can eat crab (or chicken), bread salad and pasta, no host bar, silent and live auctions, music by The Regulars. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.alisalpta.org. Excel classes presented by the in beginners, intermediate, and expert level. Gain skills for career advancement, learning formatting, advanced formulas, visual basic programming, and more. Classes taught by a finance professional with 10 years of experience. Sign up for one, two, or three sessions from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library: Wednesday, February 20: Intermediate Excel; Thursday, February 28 Expert Excel (includes VBT Programming). Registration is required, as space is limited. Ask at the Reference Desk or call 925-931-3400, extension 7. Library programs are free and open to everyone. Call Merry Luskin or Doreen Irby at 925/931-3400 for information. Bingo Bash, The Italian Catholic Federation, BRANCH #285, is holding its annual bingo bash, a fund-raiser to aide the Cooley's Anemia research at Children's Hospital-Oakland and the group's college scholarship fund. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Parish Hall, 372 Maple St., Livermore. There will 10 games of bingo, music of DJ Joe Buonsante, a raffle and line dancing led by Melanie Calabrese - all for $10.00 per person. Beverages, Pizza, and snacks available for purchase. Reservation deadline: Feb. 11. Call Helen W. at 925462-3798. If unable to attend, a donation would be appreciated. Mail donations to ICF c/o E. Meier 6597 Lansing Ct.. Pleasanton. CA 94566. St. Michael's/St. Charles crab feed, benefit for CYO basketball. Fri., Feb. 22, 6 p.m. to midnight. Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore. All you can eat crab or chicken, pasta, bread, salad. Tickets $40 at www.smsccyo.org. Evening includes raffle prizes and dancing. Additional information at [email protected] or 216-2519. Ragin Cajun Mardi Gras Gala hosted by the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation on March 8, 2013 at the Palm Center in Pleasanton. The event includes dinner, music, dancing as well as silent and live auctions. The proceeds benefit cancer patients living in the Tri-Valley by providing healing therapies that help offset the sideeffects of radiation and chemotherapy and are not covered by insurance. Information and tickets, contact the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation at 866-862-7270 or visit the website at www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org Writing Club for Young Adults, open to all skill levels, taught by published Young Adult author J.L. Powers at the Livermore Public Library. The Club will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, February 21, March, 21, and April 18, 2013 in the Storytime Room at the Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore. The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please visit TEEN SPACE on the library’s website: www. livermorelibrary.net, or contact Jennifer at 925-373-5500, extension 5576. Livermore Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the second floor conference room at Heritage Estates Retirement Community. The address is 900 E. Stanley Blvd., Livermore All are welcome. Contacts are: Sandra Grafrath 443-6655 or Lee Parlett 292-9280. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter, meets 9:30 a.m. first Saturday of the month from September to May at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave., Livermore. DAR is a women's service organization. Members are descended from a patriot of the American Revolution and are dedicated to patriotism, preservation of American history, and securing America's future through education. Contact Pat at 447-8254 for more information. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Tri-Valley Parent Resource and Support Group is a twice-a-month parent support group for parents with children to age 18 diagnosed with or suspected of having bipolar or other mood disorders. It meets First and third Tuesdays of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Pathways To Wellness, 5674 Stoneridge Dr., Suite #114, Pleasanton. The group is drop-in, no registration required and is free. Suzi Glorioso by phone: (925) 443-1797 or by e-mail: [email protected] Operation: S.A.M. "Supporting All Military" is a 501(c)3 non profit military support organization based in Livermore. S.A.M. has been in operation since January 2004. It is dedicated to the continued support of deployed troops. Preparation of comfort packages takes place every other week - all year long. Providing morale support for those deployed. All information provided is confidential and is not shared for security purposes. To submit a name and address, inquire about donations or helping, please visit www.operationsam.org, email [email protected] or call 925 443-7620 for more information and the calendar of events. Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) offers services to help people with disabilities and supports them to live independently and participate in their community for as long as they are willing and able to do so. CRIL maintains offices in Hayward, Fremont and Livermore to provide information and referrals and provide community education at senior centers and affordable housing complexes to residents of Southern Alameda County. The Tri-Valley office is located at 3311 Pacific Avenue, Livermore 94550 and can be reached by phone at (925) 371-1531, by FAX at (925) 373-5034 or by e-mail at [email protected] cril-online.org. All services are free. RELIGION First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth Street, Livermore. 9:00 a.m. Contemplative Service in the Chapel, 10:30 Traditional Service in the Sanctuary and children’s program. For more information www.fpcl.us or 925-447-2078. Tri-Valley Bible Church, 2346 Walnut St., Livermore, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages at 9 a.m. Children's classes during adult worship service. AWANA children's program Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 449-4403 or www. Tri-ValleyBibleChurch.com. Unitarian Universalist, 1893 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore. 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Information 447-8747 or www.uucil.net. Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton. Information 931-1055. Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, affiliated with the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations (csjo.org). Information, Rabbi Judith Seid, Tri-Valley Cultural Jews, 485-1049 or EastBaySecularJews.org. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Livermore, services 10 a.m. every Sunday. Sunday School for students (ages 3-20) is held at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The church and reading room are located at Third and N Streets. The Reading Room, which is open to the public, features books, CDs and magazines for sale. For information, call (925) 447-2946. Sunset Community Church, 2200 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. Nursery and children's church provided. A "Night of Worship" first Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. Wednesday night program for all ages at 7 p.m. Information, call 447-6282. Holy Cross Lutheran Church Sunday Service 9:30 a.m. 1020 Mocho St., Livermore. Information, 447-8840. Our Savior Lutheran Ministries, 1385 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore. 8:30 a.m. worship (semiformal); 9:45 a.m. adult Bible study/Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship (informal). For information, call 925-447-1246. Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, Livermore. 9 a.m. Sunday worship. Information 447-1950. Calvary Chapel Livermore, Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. 545 No. L Street Livermore. (925) 447-4357 - www.calvarylivermore.org. St. Matthew's Baptist Church, 1239 North Livermore Ave., Livermore. Services on Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Adult Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Children's Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Prayer each Wednesday at 7 p.m. followed by Bible study at 7:30 p.m. 449-3824. United Christian Church, celebrating 50 years in the Tri-Valley. 1886 College Ave. at M St., Livermore; worships on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Children’s program on Sunday morning and first Fridays. The community is welcome. United CC is an Open and Affirming ministry. Call 449-6820 for more information. Granada Baptist Church, 945 Concannon Boulevard, Livermore. Services: Sunday school – 9:45 a.m.; worship service – 11 a.m. All are welcome. 1-888-805-7151. Seventh-day Adventist Church, 243 Scott Street, Livermore. 925-447-5462, services on Saturday: Sabbath school 9:30 a.m., worship 11 a.m. www.livermoresda. org/ All are welcome. The deaf community is invited to worship at First Presbyterian Church in Livermore, where ASL translation will be provided every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The church is located on the corner of 4th and L streets. Faith Chapel Assembly of God, 6656 Alisal St., Pleasanton, Sunday School for all ages 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m., Children’s Church 11:15 a.m. Women's Bible study Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Intercessory prayer 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Please call office at 846-8650 for weekly programs. Trinity, 557 Olivina Ave., Livermore. Sunday worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday school or Bible study for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Awana is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday nights there is adult Bible study at 6:45 and NRG and Re.Gen for youth, and children's choir for kids. Child care during all events. 447-1848, www.trinitylivermore.org. St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. Meditation groups following the John Main tradition, every Monday 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. For details, contact Claire La Scola at 447-9800. Centerpointe Church, 3410 Cornerstone Court, Pleasanton. Services: 9 a.m. blended with choir and band. Childcare offered for infants through age 6 and children start in the worship service. 10:40 a.m. contemporary worship led by a band. Sunday school for children and middle-schoolers. www. centerpointechurch.org 925-846-4436 St. Innocent Orthodox Church, 1040 Florence Rd., Livermore. Sunday service at 10 a.m. For details please see our website at www.stinnocent.net or call Fr. Leo Arrowsmith at 456-0845. St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, Services on Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Children’s Sunday School & Chapel at 10:15 a.m. All are most welcome to come and worship with us and to enjoy our hospitality. For more information call the church office 11 925-462-4802. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore, Sunday services with Rev. Joyce Parry Moore - Rector. 8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist with Taize music, 9:15 am Godly Play and Adult Bible Study, 10:30 am Sung Eucharist with choir; child-care available. Youth Group every Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall and youth room; youth oriented programs "Rite 13" and "Journey to Adulthood." www.saintbartslivermore.com/ for more information. St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church (1928 Book of Common Prayer), 193 Contractors Avenue, Livermore. Sunday services: 8:45 a.m. (Low Mass) and 10 a.m. (High Mass with Sunday School). Other Holy Days as announced. For information, call msg. center at 925/906-9561. Tri-Valley Church of Christ at 4481 East Avenue, Livermore, worship service 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sundays, all are welcome. 925-447-4333 ( a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Little Brown Church, United Church of Christ 141 Kilkare Road, Sunol. 10:30 a.m. worship. All are welcome here. www. littlebrownchurchofsunol.org 925-862-2580 Pathway Community Church, 6533 Sierra Lane, Dublin. Contemporary Worship Service, Sunday 10:30 am. Children, youth, adult programs. Biblically based practical messages, nondenominational. All are welcomed. www.pathwaycommuntiychurch. org (925) 829-4793. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 486 S. J Street, Livermore. 9:00 a.m. worship service. Bible Study/Sunday School 10:20. Bible Basics Class, which explores the main teachings of the Bible, meets at 7:00 Sunday night. Call 371-6200 or email [email protected] for more info. Tri-Valley Church of Christ, 4481 East Avenue, Livermore; 447-433.3 www. trivalleychurch.org. Update on classes for The Story 9 to 10:00 a.m.. Worship Service 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Grief workshops, bimonthly sessions. St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton. 2nd and 4th Thursday Evenings at 7:30 PM. Feb. 14 & 28, 2013 and March 24, 2013. No preregistration is necessary. These sessions are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. Please call Mary Hagerty at 925-846-5377 for more information. Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton. Sunday worship at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. with childcare and Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. (First Sun. of month 9 a.m. is traditional with organ, 10:30 a.m. is informal with guitar.) Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer minister. All welcome. www.lynnewood.org, 925 846-0221. Unity of Tri-Valley Church, ongoing groups, activities, classes, and youth services. Sunday services at 10 a.m., 9875 Dublin Canyon Rd., Castro Valley (just 2 miles west of Stoneridge Mall). Rev. Karen Epps, minister. (925) 829-2733, www. trivalleyunity.com St. Michael’s Centennial celebration, mass and dinner, April 27, at St. Michael Church. Mass at 3 p.m. followed by a celebration dinner with two seatings: 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets for dinner are available in the rectory and at the school. For additional information, please email Jacki Tyler [email protected] csdo.org from St. Michael's School or Sister Emmanuel [email protected] Eckankar , "What is True Worship" is the theme of the next ECK Worship Service, Sunday, February 17 at 11:00 AM. The ECK Worship service is held once a month on the third Sunday at the Four Points Sheridan, 5115 Hopyard Road (about 2 blocks south of the I-580 Hopyard exit). For further information, Please contact http://eck-ca. org/ by computer. 12 THE INDEPENDENT • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 DAR Honors Essay Contest Winners Pictured are Matthew Lee (center) whowas honored as Foothill High School’s December Student of the Month by Foothill Principal John Dwyer and Tina Case, president of Pleasanton North Rotary. (Photo by Dave Cherry) Matthew Lee Honored as Foothill High Student of Month Knowing how to do the math helped Matthew Lee become Pleasanton Foothill High School's December Student of the Month. More precisely, Lee’s 97% acheivement level in advanced placement calculus was an eye-opener for Foothill teachers and Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) officials when they chose him for the award. John Dwyer, Foothill High principal, presented a certificate and $50 check from PNR to Lee at the Rotary chapter’s Feb. 1 meeting. Lee is taking a full load of accelerated courses in his senior year, Dwyer noted during ceremonies. In addition to calculus, studies in chemistry, economics, government, German, history, psychology, and video production marketing are part of his final college preparations. “(Matt) has the personal characteristics, qualities, attitudes, and skills that make him a unique individual with the capacity to do great things in the future,” Mr. Dwyer said. By Patricia Koning The Josefa Higuera Livermore (JHL) Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored the winners of its annual essay contests. The ceremony was held on Sat., Feb. 2. In the Good Citizen Essay Contest, Samantha Smith, a senior at Granada High School, won first place. Ashley Lois, a senior at Livermore High School, won second place. Anchal Sinha of East Avenue Middle School was the eighth grade winner of the American History essay contest for both the JHL chapter and District IV. The other JHL American History Contest winners are: Lailani Bumanlag, Junction Avenue K-8 (fifth grade); Connor Livingston, Mendenhall (sixth grade); and Kendall Hefner, East Avenue (seventh grade). Each of the American History winners received a $100 award and $50 for their school classroom. Sinha received an additional $25 for winning in the District IV Pat Moore, Regent of the JHL DAR Chapter (back row, left) is with essay contest winners (front row, L-R) Connor Livingston, Lailani Bumanlag, and Kendall Hefner. Back row: Ashley Lois (center) and Samantha Smith (right). Anchal Sinha is not shown. contest. He now moves onto the state level contest. The topic for the American History Essay Contest was “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported American Struggle for Independence,” focusing on the groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided military, patriotic, and pub- Police Employees Commended for Life-Saving Effort Pleasanton Police Chief Dave Spiller formally commended police employees for their life-saving performances on the evening of January 19, 2013. At 8:57 pm Police Dispatcher Teri Stewart received a 9-1-1 call from a woman reporting her 53 year-old friend was suffering from a possible heart attack and she was attempting to perform CPR. Dispatcher Brandy Medeiros immediately dispatched Officer Lisa Cavellini, Officer Jeff Grave and Sergeant Joseph Leonardo to the location. Within two minutes of the call, the officers were on scene and assessing the victim. Officer Cavellini immediately began CPR, while Officer Grave deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Sergeant Leonardo performed rescue breathing. Within a short time the AED provided a shock, which was effective in restarting the male’s heart. By the time he was transported to the hospital via ambulance he was coherent and talking. Two days later the man was released from the hospital with no residual effects or complications. Doctors determined he suffered a massive heart attack and had it not been for orchestrated efforts of public safety personnel, he would have had less than a ten percent chance of survival. Every patrol vehicle in the PPD fleet is equipped with an AED and all officers receive regular training in CPR and advanced first aid. The Pleasanton Police Department encourages everyone to learn CPR. lic service in support of the American Revolution. The contest is open to students in fifth through eighth grade. The topic for the Good Citizen Essay focused on “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: How are our freedoms and responsibilities as good citizens changing?”. Smith won $1,000 for first place and Lois won $500 for second place. Students also submitted transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a detailed description of their community service, high school activities, extracurricular activities, future plans, and how they fulfill the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. This contest was open to high school seniors. In her essay, Smith pointed out that both George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt are considered very successful presidents, despite their nearly opposite approaches to foreign affairs. She wrote in her essay: “President Teddy Roosevelt took a very different approach than President Washington by taking on the motto of ‘talk softly and carry a big stick.’ He made America the policeman in foreign affairs while Washington’s farewell address pleaded for America to remain in isolationism. … How is it that two presidents can take on completely opposite ideals and still manage to be successful? The answer is simple: change.” Lois wrote about her experience at the U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar and the concept of service above self. In her essay, she wrote: “Our freedoms and responsibilities change based on our motivation for bettering our nation. It takes drive, focus, and commitment in order to see this country flourish, which is why our sovereignty is constantly modified. People are going to be besieged with decisions, but the most important aspect to remember is that whatever you decide to do, do it with passion and heart; otherwise do not attempt it at all.” The DAR essay contests take place in the fall. Topics usually are announced in early September and entries are due in November. The JHL DAR chapter also gives out a Teacher of the Year Award each spring. For more information, visit www.californiadar.org/ chapters/jhlivermore.
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