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Vol. 9, No. 26
July 1, 2011
Record numbers float their boats by Ruth Roberts Staff Writer
It’s official. Discovery Bay residents this week broke their own world record for collecting and connecting the most man-powered paddle-powered vessels in one location, proving yet again that the Live Where You Play community knows how to have a good time. “We destroyed the record,” said Organizer Amanda Dove of the June 25 event. “We have certified the count to be officially 492. (Last year’s tally was 388.) I’m thrilled at the participation, especially the stand-up paddle boarders, who represented their new sport with more than 100 strong. Kayaks, paddleboats and inflatable vessels filled out the crowd.”
The official numbers were verified by the World Record Academy via photos captured by aerial photographer Leila Hauck and pilot Bryon Graves. The fifth annual event, sponsored by local boardwalk merchants, featured not only the water challenge, but entertainment by Excelsior Middle School band Sucker Punch. “Paddle for Fame is Discovery Bay’s best party of the year,” added Dove. “Sure, it’s silly fun, but why not? It’s a free day out on the water and a great way to mix with your community on a beautiful, happy day.” Not to be outdone – by themselves – Delta dwellers participated later that day in see Float page 22A
Subject to debate A proposed mental health facility has prospective neighbors asking hard questions. Page 16A Photo by Stacey Chance
A staggering 492 man-powered vessels showed up at Discovery Bay’s Paddle for Fame event last weekend to be counted – more than 100 more paddlers than last year.
Bypass interchange gets green light by Justin Lafferty Staff Writer
Though Highway 4 Bypass officials were hoping for $33 million from the state to build an interchange at Sand Creek Road, they’re pleased with the $25 million in Corridor Mobility Improvement Account money they were able to take home for the project. As members of the Highway 4 Bypass Authority and other local officials headed down to a California Department of Transportation meeting in Long Beach recently, they were optimistic that they could secure $33 million to turn the intersection at Sand Creek Road in Brentwood into a gridlock-eliminating interchange similar to those at Laurel Road and Lone Tree Way. The intersection of the Bypass and Sand Creek Road is currently managed by traffic signals.
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The Highway 4 Bypass has received a $25 million boost in state funding, enough to turn the Sand Creek Road intersection, above, into an interchange. The project was at the top of the list of many Northern California highway improvements under consideration for state funds at that meeting. However, according to Oakley Mayor Jim Frazier, CalTrans decided to
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spread the wealth more evenly. Despite the lower sum, officials are excited to begin work and soon clear up a major bottleneck in East County. They believe that this project will reduce, if not eradicate, the traffic prob-
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lem at that intersection. “No one wishes to be sitting on a freeway in traffic when they could be at home with their families,” Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said. “This is really, in a way, a godsend. All the stars are aligning and the alignment is a good thing, with a full moon.” Frazier said that a project for bridges on Highway 101 through Petaluma was entered late, and also taken into consideration when CalTrans was divvying up money for highway improvements. The Bypass Authority will be able to use savings from the widening of Highway 4 to bridge the gap for the Sand Creek interchange. Other than that, Frazier noted that other costs could be covered by East Contra Costa Regional Fee and Financing Authority funds, a virtual musee Bypass page 22A
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The din of plummeting pins filled Harvest Park as a PBA Senior tourney came to a spectacular climax. Page 17A Business ............................... 5B Calendar ............................ 19B Classifieds ......................... 13B East County Life ................ 1B Entertainment ................... 9B Food .................................... 10B Health & Beauty ................ 6B Milestones .......................... 8B Opinion ..............................14A Sports .................................17A ravemotionpictures Brentwood 14 +
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Veterans’ service and sacrifices were honored at an event in Cortona Park.
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