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Gree Judg t-Eat-Drin e Tue k Phan for Co ngres La V eran s da in Sept . Clay 9, 7ton 8 : www P 925.52 30 p.m. 4.00 .judg 1 e Dona p han. 1 tion: com $150 pp; RSV IT’S YOUR PAPER Downtown station idea runs out of gas $275 August 29, 2014 925.672.0500 Summer orientation programs translate into school-year success at Clayton Valley JAY BEDECARRÉ Clayton Pioneer TAMARA STEINER Clayton Pioneer It was “Uh oh, here we go again” at the Clayton City Council meeting last week when Councilman Howard Geller suggested the city not rule out a potential gas station when seeking a developer for the 1.67-acre vacant lot on Main Street. “I don’t want to stir the pot,” Geller said when he opened the discussion. “Too late,” retorted Vicemayor Dave Shuey, who said he is “totally opposed” and likened Geller to Don Quixote tilting at windmills. In 2002 a gas station was proposed for the corner of Center and Clayton Road, where CVS is now located. The issue was such a hot potato that the council sought an advisory vote from the residents, who rejected the proposed gas station by an overwhelming majority, and the city council denied the use permit. “That was a past council that See Gas Station page 2 pc Tamara Steiner photo SENIORS BRODY ROGERS (STANDING LEFT) AND SARA WOOD MEET WITH A GROUP OF FRESHMEN during the second week of school at Clayton Valley Charter. Rogers is a commissioner in the Link Crew Leadership class and as such “captains” between 60 and 70 freshmen during the school year. The Link Crew maintains connections all year with first-year students on the Concord campus. The first thing the administration of new executive director Dave Linzey did when Clayton Valley Charter High School became a reality in the spring of 2012 was set up a summer school program for its students who had failed classes or needed credits to catch up with their graduation track. It worked, as the senior class at CVCHS this past school year had a 95 percent graduation rate compared to 83 percent two years earlier. Right after that summer school got underway they put together a week-long orientation program, Summer Transition, for all incoming CVCHS students from ninth through 12th grades. The school places such a high value on this program— now in its third year—that it is a graduation requirement, says director of administrative services Neil McChesney. Faculty member Kat Marzel’s Link Crew Leadership See School Year, page 6 Clayton’s annual Relay For Life helps stomp out cancer PAMELA WIESENDANGER Clayton Pioneer More than 1.6 million. That’s the number of new cancer diagnoses expected in 2014. So nearly 300 walkers put their feet down to reduce or eliminate that number altogether at Clayton’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life, held Aug. 16 and 17 at the new venue of Clayton Valley Charter High School. The annual event raised Town gears up for Labor Day Derby Photo courtesy of Clayton Community Church YOUNG RACERS HEAD DOWN THE RAMP in a race to the finish line on Main St. at last year’s Labor Day Derby, Aug. 30. Kids all over Clayton are revving up for 11th Annual Labor Day Derby and Car Show, which will race through downtown this Saturday, August 30. Children ages 7 to 14 can build and drive soap box derby cars, speeding down a ramp along Main Street for a chance to win a trophy. More than 250 racers are expected to take the See Derby, page 2 more than $80,000, exceeding the goal of $75,000. Relay For Life draws cancer patients, survivors, friends and family for a 24-hour walk-athon. “I never thought I’d be standing here watching one of my friends,” said Shelley Harrison as her friend, Clayton’s Tracy Rivas, walked the track. Rivas is battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Rivas’ team, The Pink Party Posse, was formed in the hospital on the day Rivas had surgery related to her diagnosis in December. Rivas is in remission, meaning she shows no signs of new cancer growth. “I have an incredible group of friends. They really rally around me.” Teams and individual participants walked to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to the disease and fight back with a commitment to take cancer prevention measures themselves. Team Christy returned to make laps with the cardboard likeness of Christy Harris, who lost her fight against cancer after the 2013 Relay. Two of the original teams from the first Relay in Clayton in 2011 were back, Campers for a Cure and St. John’s Cancer Crusaders. Sydney Alcock, team caption for Campers, and her father, Mike Fossan, are the event chairs for Clayton’s Relay in 2015. Mike and his wife, Susan, What’s Inside Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Community Calendar . . . . .14 Concord City News . . . . . . . .5 Directory of Advertisers . . . . .7 DVMS Correspondent . . . . .15 Garden Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Tamara Steiner/Clayton Pioneer PURPLE-CLAD CANCER SURVIVORS LED PARTICIPANTS on the first lap of the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The event raised over $80,000, this year, surpassing the goal of $75,000 set by last year’s fundraiser. are both cancer survivors, and they cheered on as Grandson Tristan was recognized for his outstanding help and participation as one of the younger walkers at the event. Many new teams joined the mix, including the Gamma Girls, a philanthropic sorority with local members. Despite the success of the event, reactions were mixed about the new location of the Relay this year. It moved from Clayton Community Park to Gonsalves Stadium at CVCHS to accommodate more partici- Get Up and Get Out . . . . . .17 Special: LIVING WELL . . . .8 Mayor’s Corner . . . . . . . . . .12 Northgate Correspondent . .15 Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . .7 pants. Many felt the more expansive setting made it less intimate and not conducive to creating a strong connection with other walkers. There were technical problems as well, as challenges prevented the lighting from being dimmed during the Luminaria ceremony, casting a harsh glare on the solemn tribute. David Linzey, executive director of the school, says the current construction on campus will be done well before next year’s event. “I’m so happy to be hosting. I hope we’ll be the Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Sports Shorts . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Sports Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Teen Reads . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Underfoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Voyage of the Eagle . . . . . .15 home for many years to come.” Kealoha Pomerantz, the Relay For Life specialist at American Cancer Society, says she will gather feedback and help “grow the event” for next year. This year, she says, “went amazingly well.” The Relay begins with cancer survivors proudly walking the first or “Celebrate” lap of the Relay after opening ceremonies. Teams joined them one by one as they were announced. Many teams had tents along the route to sell refreshments and crafts. See Relay, page 13 Like us on Facebook Postal Customer ECRWSS PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID CLAYTON, CA 94517 PERMIT 190

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