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July 13, 2012


Colors fly as Clayton celebrates 4th of July the old fashioned way HOWARD GELLER


Clayton through the years – a few interesting numbers Being a small town, it doesn’t take much to change the demographics of our community. Over the past 25 years or so, we have seen Clayton grow from 960 acres (1.5 square miles) to approximately 2,688 acres (4.2 square miles). Our population has increased from approximately 4,500 to its present population of almost 11,000. In 1985, Clayton’s first published newspaper was born, The Clayton Valley Forum. It was my privilege to be partner

See Mayor, page 13

Tech Trek helps young women sample science careers

THIS TOUCHING IMAGE BY SHELLY SHUEY OF WAR VETERANS PREPARING FOR THE 4TH OF JULY parade was the first place winner in the Pioneer’s annual July 4 photo contest. Shuey was walking the route before the parade when she captured this shot of VFW Post Commander Paul Carroll helping WWII vet Ming Hanson into the jeep. The VFW jeep was one of more than 40 entries in this year’s traditional July 4 parade. See page 16 for story and more contest winners.

The Fourth of July in Clayton is a page right out of Mayberry: quaint and warm, a day when the whole town turns red, white and blue in celebration of our national birthday. This year, the theme was “Go for the Gold,” to honor the town’s two Olympians, diver Kristian Ipsen and rower Kara Kohler, who will head to London at the end of the month. Early in the morning, the dozens of willing souls that it takes to mount the day’s events gathered at the volunteer table to pick up their distinctive orange and green vests, as the aroma of pancakes the Rotary Club cooked up at Endeavor Hall filled the downtown air. Just before 10 a.m. the military Huey helicopter did a flyover as the crowds lining Main Street cheered and waved. New to this year’s event was Master of Ceremonies Cw Wolfe, a Clayton resident and voiceover actor who clearly had a good time standing in for regular announcer, ABC-7 anchor Dan Ashley. As Representatives of the Armed Forces presented the

See July 4, page 17


Momentary back-to-school jitters over making new friends and meeting new teachers struck – only it was still June. The regular school year ended a few days before. Why were the three rising eighth graders from Diablo View Middle School thinking about going back to school already? Because they were headed straight to college. Megan Brys, Kacie Hennessy and Alison Mitchell were

MEGAN BRYS LIKES THE UNEXPECTED and “being surprised by my teachers.” Here she finds out what to expect when mixing substances to see which combination is the most volatile in an experiment to learn about different chemical reactions while simulating volcanic behavior.

See Tech Trek, page 9

Relay for Life will paint the town purple PAMELA WIESENDANGER Clayton Pioneer

Those red, white and blue decorations are so last week. Now, purple is the color around town. It is the signature color of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraiser coming to Clayton Community Park on Aug. 11 and 12. Purple ribbons will be on trees, purple flowers in restaurants, purple gloves in salons and purple balloon bouquets floating about town July 2129. What should one do when they see purple? Support Clayton’s Relay For Life. There are a variety of ways: Sign up to walk, volunteer or donate. Create or join a team. Volunteer to help Paint the Town Purple, set up or tear down on the weekend of the event. Donate to a friend or the Luminaria Ceremony at dusk honoring those touched by cancer. “Survivorship is the biggest

part of the Relay,” says Mindy Thompson, event chair. She encourages cancer survivors and anyone who has been told they have cancer, to sign up to walk the Survivor Lap that starts the 24-hour Relay. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Magic and local bands. The Salvation Army Canteen will feed the walkers. Brenda Righter, recruitment chair, invites people to even come just to give a walker a hug and participate in activities on the sidelines, like the raffle and fitness sessions. “We are working so hard to make it great; we want to make it great for as many people as possible.” For more information, contact Event Chair Mindy Thompson at or 2075564; Recruitment Chair Brenda Righter at or 925-212-2048. For additional information and registration, go to

TAMARA STEINER Clayton Pioneer

RELAY FOR LIFE WALKERS joined kids and ponies and local dignitaries on Main Street for the July 4 parade. The second annual Clayton Relay For Life fundraiser takes place at the Community Park on Aug. 11 and 12.

Joseph Medrano, a Clayton city councilman and local insurance broker charged with embezzling from a former client, has filed a Motion to Dismiss with the San Mateo County court, claiming that San Mateo County has no jurisdiction over the case. Medrano is accused of misappropriating $159,630 in insurance premiums from iPass, Inc., an Internet service provider based in San Mateo County. The district attorney says Medrano kept premium checks intended for insurance coverage instead of sending them to the insurance carrier. Medrano maintains iPass breached a contract and that he was owed the money.

See Medrano, page 5

What’s Inside Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Car Tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Medrano files to dismiss embezzlement charges

Church News . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Club News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Community Calendar . . . . . .14

CVHS Reporter . . . . . . . . . . .9 Design & Décor . . . . . . . . . . .4 Directory of Advertisers . . . . .5 Fashion Over 50 . . . . . . . . .13 Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 From the Chief . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Garden Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . .6 Mind Matters . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . .15 Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Pioneer Photo Album . . . . . . .3 Police Activity . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Sports Shorts . . . . . . . . . . . .12 The Charter Papers . . . . . . . .9


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Around Town Julie Mitchell runs Kona race, raises $5,800

Oakland Chamber honors Solomon Ets-Hokin Clayton resident Solomon Ets-Hokin was honored on June 27 by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce as the Business Volunteer of the Year Award for his work as chair of the Oakland Retail Advisory Committee. The Clayton resident is senior vice-president with Colliers International in Oakland, specializing in retail leasing and development. He serves as a board member for both the Oakland Chamber and Oakland Builders’ Alliance.

Local designer is a jewel


Clayton Home for Rent: "Peacock Creek-Belvedere" Model 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, approx. 4076sf, $3900p/mo.

Asia dramatic trip for Clay Smith Clay Smith took the Pioneer along on his two week tour of China last month. High points of the trip included Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Three Gorges. His trip also included Lhasa and Tibet. “LA has nothing on Beijing when it comes to either air pollution or traffic,” says Clay. His two lasting memories of Tibet will be the altitude (over 12,000 feet) and the police and military presence. “There and elsewhere you could see how far China has come and also how far it still has to go,” he says.



Clayton’s, Julie Mitchell has been training and fundraising the last four months for Team Challenge to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. After months of rigorous training and fundraising, she was able to raise $5,800 to help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. She ran the Kona Half Marathon on June 24 in 2 hours, 28 minutes. The challenge is one that Julie takes personally. At the age of 7, Julie was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and underwent total colectomy surgery at age eleven. She will continue to serve the foundation, acting as a mentor in the next Team Challenge half marathon. To sign up to sponsor or to make a tax deductible contribution to CCFA, please contact Julie at

Pioneer Travels the World

Julia O’Reilly first began designing jewelry as a hobby, creating charm bracelets for her kids’ preschool teachers. But that hobby quickly took off, as her unique designs caught the eye of KRON movie critic Jan Wahl and other local celebrities. Recently, O’Reilly was honored by Diablo magazine readers with the Best Jewelry Award in the 2012 Best of the East Bay issue. O’Reilly’s designs are inspired by her Turkish heritage – she was born in Istanbul — and no two designs are alike. Her work can be found at Clayton’s The Royal Rooster, as well as at Guzel Jewelry Designs in San Francisco.

MacLeans visit the Baltics Bruce and Sandy MacLean just returned from a cruise of the Norway fjords and the Baltic capitals including Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Tallinn Estonia. They are enjoying the Pioneer here in Tallinn, the most preserved of the medieval Baltic capitals. Buenos Dias from sunny Cabo At the end of May, we headed south to Cabo San Lucas for a week for some sun with a fun group of friends. Here we are with Mike Connor, Tamara Weston, Dave and Paige McMurdo and Debi and Jim Parke.

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Lemons celebrate at Mindenhall Marty and Dee Lemons w e n t north to Alaska to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary last month and we stowed away in the suitcase. Here we are at the Mindenhall Glacier. We cruised the Inside Passage for 10 days and Marty says “All Claytonians should put this on their Bucket List. It’s a must for anyone who travels.”


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Dana Hills! Coming soon! Single story rancher tucked away on a quiet court!

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3 bedrooms, 2 baths, approx. 1857sf & 2 car garage. Close to shopping and dining! New interior paint & flooring. Hardwood floors in bedrooms and living room. Open floor plan features a family room with brick fireplace. Huge back yard with lots of trees & covered patio! $344,900

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Clayton Market Update provided by George Vujnovich of Better Homes Realty ADDRESS


1329 El Camino Drive..........$425,000 211 Round House Place......$410,000 222 Mountaire Circle............$595,000 232 Stranahan Circle ...........$469,000 23 Mount Wilson Way..........$165,000 104 Joscolo View.................$465,000 710 Anizumne Ct .................$425,000 1120 Oakwood Circle...........$879,000 8 Malibu Court .....................$590,000 15 Donner Creek Ct.............$230,000 541 Hamburg Cir .................$481,000 703 Condor Place ................$262,500 765 Bloching Circle..............$599,000

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Clayton Pioneer • PARADISE VALLEY SAT., JULY 14, 9 – 11:30 A.M. This family oriented loop hike into the Lime Ridge Open Space is about three miles with a gradual elevation gain of about 500 feet. Don’t be fooled by the proximity to major roads. The staging area to Lime Ridge is a gateway to beautiful loop hikes, varied habitat, interesting history and incredible views. Over 100 years ago this ridgeline was quarried for lime, but in the past 50 years the area has recovered, providing habitat for dozens of rare plants and animals. Meet at the staging area at Ygnacio Valley and Cowell Roads. Bring plenty of water, sun protection, wear boots and a hat. RSVP to or (925) 947-3535.

Hike Paradise Valley or trek up Eagle Peak with SMD Just an hour in the open space can restore the spirit. Join experienced Save Mount Diablo hike leaders for two close-by, but very different, hikes this weekend.

Photo of Paradise Valley courtesy of Save Mount Diablo

EAGLE PEAK SUMMIT SUN, JULY 15, 8 A.M - NOON Are you up for a challenge? After a short half-mile warm up, hikers, led by an experienced

Page 3 SMD hike leader, will head up a beautiful, single track trail to the summit of Eagle Peak in Mt. Diablo State Park. The trail traverses the steep chaparral covered hillside and on a clear day the view can stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Sierra Nevada. This trek is challenging, so we recommend experienced hikers only as you’ll quickly gain 1,800 ft. in elevation in just two miles of trail. The 6+ mile outing should be done by noon, but bring a snack to give you an energy boost on the trail. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Regency Dr in Clayton. From Ygnacio/Kirker Pass head east on Clayton Rd which becomes Marsh Creek Rd, turn right on Regency Drive - just past the Diablo View Middle School, follow to the end. Bring plenty of water, sun protection, wear boots and a hat. RSVP is required. Email or call (925) 947-3535.

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6 to 8:30 p.m. At the Gazebo in The Grove July 21 BUMP CITY: A Tribute to Tower of Power: 10-piece band their own kind of urban soul

Aug. 4 DIAMOND DAVE: Singer Dave Hosley has been entertaining East Bay audiences for over 20 years with the classics to the latest Hip Hop

Aug. 18 ROLLING HEADS: Classic rock to new pop

City manager clarifies FY budget numbers In the June 29 issue, in the story on the city budget, we reported the following: The loss of funds from the Redevelopment Agency before the city received all its property tax money was the punch that threatened to send the budget to the mat. The city will not receive any administrative reimbursement from the agency, nor will it see a payback of the $500,000 loaned to the RDA in 1999 to buy the land for Station 11 fire station. We received the following letter from Napper, correcting and clarifying these numbers: “The City General Fund is approved by the State Depart-

ment of Finance to receive $250,000 for operation of the Successor Agency in FY 12-13, whereas it received $400,000 per year in the past when it was operating its Redevelopment Agency (a $150,000/yr. loss). Secondly, the Fire Station principal amount is $475,000 from a 1999 loan while it is the unpaid 2 percent election monies the City should have received from 1987 through 2009 when it formed the Redevelopment Agency that is the $501,000 amount.” Our thanks to the city manager for the clarification.

Pioneer Photo Album Linda Cruz got this great shot of the two barn owls that have been living in the palm tree in her backyard for more than a year. They are eating well, Linda reports. “Gophers, mice, potato bugs – I clean up the pellets they regurgitate daily, which have gigantic rodent teeth exposed.” Linda gave wildlife specialist Jim Hale a year’s worth of the pellets for research. “He is able to identify each pellet and tell what critter it once was by looking at it,” Linda said. The Pioneer is proud to spotlight our readers’ photos. Send in your cute pets, funny kids, great landscapes, favorite sites in town or whatever makes your heart beat faster. Email your photo in a high-resolution format to with a description of the photo, where and when it was taken and a little about why you like it. Include your name and phone number. Then look for it in the next Pioneer.



$689,000 4051 Browning Drive, Concord Custom Home – Executive style home with 3,625 s.f. offers marble entrance, vaulted ceilings, fantastic kitchen and a master suite with jetted tub & skylights. Beautiful curb appeal, hardscape, pool & spa and lots of storage!

$619,000 5205 Myrtle Drive, Concord Ayers Ranch Horse Property – Nearly an acre w/arena, stalls, storage & sweeping views of Mt. Diablo & Clayton Valley, particularly from the dining area. Enjoy 3BD/2BA with 2,000 s.f. including a Florida room.

1595 Lower Trail Ride, Clayton $100,000 Concord Trail Ride – Just over an acre with building pad and utilities, this beautiful lot is fenced and surrounded by mature pine trees. Ride your horses right onto the mountain & enjoy the tranquility.

Sept. 1 LAURENT FOURGO & HIS COMBO: 7-piece band featuring jump, swing, dixieland and jazz from the 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s.

Sept. 15 EAST BAY MUDD: 9-piece cover dance band with a powerful 4-piece horn section returning for their 4th year.

Thursdays 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 26 . . . . . . .Crossman Country Aug. 9 . . . . . .Jam Daddy Aug. 23 . . . . . .The PHDs

Wanda Way, Martinez $249,000 Alhambra Valley – Level .69 acre parcel is located in an upscale area and offers panoramic views and lots of privacy. Building pad, utilities at street, ready to go - sewer, city water. Build your dream home!

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15715 Marsh Creek Road, Clayton $798,000 Custom Ranch – 41 acre horse property w/ 4,125 s.f. home designed to capture Mt. Diablo views. Top notch upgrades, in-law unit w/separate entrance. Offers master suite, office, 2BD Jack & Jill plus huge kitchen.

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$429,900 1697 Woodcrest Drive, Concord Central Concord - Pride of ownership in this single-story, 4 BD/2.5BA home with over 1,500 s.f. Hardwood flooring, updated kitchen & manicured backyard. Features family room and a living/dining great room. John Silvester, (925) 980-2896


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seasonal baubles, sentimental heirlooms, valuable investments, or something funky you found at an antique faire. It doesn’t matter where they come from or how much they cost, if you don’t have them, your living space is not complete. Accessories are the personal link between you and your home. Here are a few ideas to accentuate your accessories: BRING OUT THE BOOKS Books are a great accessory. You can stack them, lean them, or strategically place them just about anywhere. To bring a bookcase to life, pick out books with brightly colored bindings and intermix with the same sort of brightly colored ceramic pieces. Or, select books with black and white or gray bindings and pair with glass and mirror accents. Use your books to prop up an urn or a lamp on a side table. Place the “coffee table” books on your coffee table next to a vase full of flowers and a ceramic dish your child made at school. Stack your books on top of your dining room console between a pair of candlestick lamps for a more casual dining atmosphere. PHOTOS IN SMALL DOSES We’ve all snapped hundreds and hundreds of photos with our camera or smartphone, but that doesn’t mean we need to frame and display every single snap shot. I do agree it’s practically impossible to select a favorite photo of your child, your best “four-legged” friend, or the numerous trophy fish you’ve reeled in, but framed photos in excess can over-

whelm just as easily as any other collection of trinkets. To create an artistic statement as well as show off the ones you love most, narrow down your photos to four or five, decide on a frame style that works with your aesthetic, and then choose different shapes and sizes of frames within that style. MERRY-GO-ROUND ACCESSORIES Covering every inch of tabletop in your home with accessories can be overwhelming. You may have the greatest collection of baubles, but by displaying all 100 of them, the

decorative element is completely lost. Reduce your collection of baubles to just a few per tabletop or bookcase and store the rest away. As the seasons change, or your mood, bring out the stored baubles and exchange them with the current displayed pieces. It’s a great way to enjoy the collection on a smaller, more intimate scale and gives you an opportunity to dust. Jennifer Leischer is the owner of J. Designs Interior Design based in Clayton. Contact her with questions, comments and suggestions at


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LET US KNOW Weddings, engagements, anniversaries, births and deaths all weave together as part of the fabric of our community. Please let us know of these important events. We ask only that the announcement be for a Clayton resident. You will find the appropriate form for your announcement on our Website. Attach your photo to the form. Make sure the image size you are about to send is at least 3 MB but not bigger than 6MB. The only format we accept is JPG. You can also mail or bring your print to the office and we can scan it for you. Also on our Website are forms for submitting Community Calendar items and press releases for your organization. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Clayton Pioneer welcomes letters from our readers. As a general rule, letters should be 250 words or less and submitted at least one week prior to publication date. Letters concerning current issues will have priority. We may edit letters for length and clarity. All letters will be published at the editor’s discretion. Please include your name, address and daytime telephone number. We will not print letters from “anonymous.” E-mail your letter in a Word document to Letters MUST be submitted via E-mail.

March 13, 1948 - June 28, 2012 David Yakaitis, resident of Walnut Creek, passed away in his home on June 28 after a brief period of declining health. He was born in South Windsor, Conn. He spent much of his career with Travelers Insurance Company, which brought him and his family to Clayton in 1980. Dave was a dedicated father and grandfather. He is remembered for his generosity and sense of humor. His free spirit and smile will live on. He is survived by his son David and his wife Dr. Amy Yakaitis and their children Gretchen and Marcus; daughter Krista and her husband Andrew Hosler and their children Benjamin and Hannah; and brother Robert and his

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Medrano, from page 1 When Travelers Insurance, the carrier, discovered the missing money, the company reimbursed iPass for the loss and sued Medrano in Contra Costa County. The civil suit listed losses from both iPass and another of Medrano’s clients, Golden Valley Federal. Medrano did not answer the civil suit and Travelers won a judgment for $87,554.22 by default. In the Motion to Dismiss, Medrano’s attorney, Joshua Bent-

ley, claims San Mateo County does not have jurisdiction because none of the transactions were actually conducted in San Mateo County. They were all done by phone, mail or email Bentley further argues that “at the time he (Medrano) invoiced iPass there was never any criminal intent.” The Motion will be heard on July 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Redwood City Courthouse, Dept. 20.

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Hospice of the East Bay Help needed at Hospice of the East Bay Concord Thrift Shoppe located at 5350 Clayton Road, Concord. 674-9072. For information contact Carmen Siems, volunteer coordinator at 887-5678 or Clayton Historical Society Museum The Clayton Historical Society Museum needs a greeter for two hours per month from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays or Sundays and June through August from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays or 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturdays. Call the museum at 672-0240 and leave your name. Clayton Community Library Needs volunteers. Minimum age 13. Minimum commitment is 6 months. Some training provided. Contact: Arlene at 673-9777 or

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Flood insurance extension will keep home sales afloat Q. Is congress working on any bills that will help homeowners who are struggling with paying their mortgage? Also, are they working on any bills that will help the housing industry recover? A. As of this writing (July 3), Congress has approved a few bills regarding the housing industry. These have all had bipartisan support, I am happy to say. The first one is a five-year extension to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program assures homeowners they can get flood insurance. If this bill didn’t pass, homes in a flood zone would not qualify for a purchase loan or a refinance. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the program was self-sustaining, but now is in debt to the U.S. Treasury by more than $17 billion. That is why the program had to be instituted. In 2010 the program lapsed for two months and about 1,500 home sales were cancelled. We have many homes in Clayton/Concord which are


REAL ANSWERS considered to be in a flood zone. There is a narrow definition of what a flood zone is. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) runs the flood insurance program. The program requires FEMA to improve the floodplain mapping system. Q. What laws have passed to help distressed homeowners? A. Twenty-five states are working on bills that seek to make it more difficult for banks to foreclose on homes. California actually passed the Califor-

Travis CU moving to the Clayton Station Travis Credit Union is moving in November from its current space in the Clayton Valley Shopping Center to the old Blockbuster space at the entrance of the Clayton Station. The new location is brighter with better access and visibility said Executive Vice-president, Lila Dressen.

“The new branch will have the same, great service we believe members have come to expect,” said Dressen. The move is scheduled to take place in November. In the meantime, it’s business as usual at the current location, 5442 Ygnacio Valley Rd.

nia Homeowners Bill of Rights on July 2. As of this writing it is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. I am hopeful he will sign it. Part of this bill is the Foreclosure Reduction Act, which restricts the process of dualtracked foreclosures, and the Due Process Act, which guarantees a single point of contact for struggling homeowners to discuss their loan. These currently are the two biggest roadblocks holding up the process of loan modifications, short sales and foreclosures. The lenders don’t like it because they feel it will lengthen the process to foreclose and hinder the housing recovery. The Foreclosure Reduction Act bars lenders from filing notices of default, notices of sale, or conducting trustee sales while also considering alternatives to foreclosures, like loan modifications or short sales. These are common sense reforms. Currently, it is common for banks to foreclose during the process of a homeowner trying to work with the bank on a loan modification or short sale. It requires banks to treat California homeowners more fairly. I don’t agree that this bill will lengthen the foreclosure process. If the banks will speed up their approval or disapproval of a loan modification or a short sale they can proceed with their option to foreclose sooner. Lynne French is the broker/owner of Windermere Lynne French & Associates and a Clayton resident. For any real estate needs or questions contact her at 925-672-8787, email, or stop in at 6200 Center Street in Clayton.

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Two new agents join French team Windermere Lynne French & Associates owners Lynne and Danny French are pleased to welcome two more successminded Realtors to their downtown Clayton office. Greg Courtney, born and raised in the Bay Area, started his real estate career in 1995. This experience, along with his working knowledge of the commercial banking industry, will ensure his clients receive sound advice for a positive real estate transaction. Oma Talley, formerly president of an award-winning model home merchandising firm, brings her flair for merchandising, marketing, and negotiating into the art of real



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On July 4, Charlie and I were graced with “the kindness of strangers” in Clayton. We would like to sincerely thank the people who helped my husband when he fell before the parade; they made him comfortable (or as comfortable as possible under the circumstances), created shade, got ice and called 911. The Clayton police, fire department and ambulance service were also compassionate and helpful in a stressful situation. The Emergency Department at John Muir Hospital fortunately determined that nothing was broken. However, with all the abrasions on his face, he’s not likely to win any beauty contests! Our profuse thanks to all the people who helped - we are truly grateful. -Kris and Charlie Krueger

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Ad hoc group holds free help session for distressed mortgage holders Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN), an ad hoc group of professionals from across the real estate sector, will hold its next public workshop on July 21 at the Concord Salvation Army in the Community Room. Panelists will include a loan modification specialist, Realtor®, real estate attorney, HUD counselor, and a representative from Keep Your Home California. This will be the eighth in an ongoing series of events to bring reliable, concrete information and practical planning to homeowners with distressed

mortgages. Homeowners leave the event with clear understanding of their next step in the process to recovering their financial and real estate integrity. “It is interesting to note that month after month folks show up with similar stories about their distress with their mortgage and yet they do not know of the resources that are available to them,” says Glenna Nickerson, of the event organizers and volunteers. “They don’t realize the differences and the consequences of a short sale vs. foreclosure. They do not

realize what a loan modification really is. They don’t realize they most often have the power to determine their own fates and they have options.” The Neighbors Helping Neighbors panelists are carefully selected and instructed to provide objective, actionable information and ideas. Solicitation and “selling” are prohibited. Their shared objective is to ensure that every attendee who desires can leave the event much better equipped to deal with their challenges. If attendee reviews are any

indication, the events have been a big success. “We ask every attendee to take a survey and rate our effectiveness,” says Nickerson. “We consistently receive outstanding marks. And most importantly the comments reflect that we’re achieving our mission, to inform and empower people.” Neighbors Helping Neighbors will meet on July 21 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Concord Salvation Army Church, 3950 Clayton Rd., Concord. For more information, go to

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vehicles are greater during this time of year than during the winter months. It is estimated that a vehicle with a light colored interior (even with the windows slightly down) can heat up to at least 135 degrees on an 80-degree day, while the temperature inside a vehicle with a black interior can reach as high as 190 degrees. On an 80-degree day the temperature inside your vehicle can reach

105 degrees in just 15 minutes. The “dog days of summer” are here, and with them comes the predictable high temperatures. Each year, the Clayton Police Department receives calls for officers to investigate instances where children and pets have been left unattended in unventilated cars. In the past, I have written articles about this serious issue. Because we are still receiving similar calls, I want to present this information once again in order to prevent injuries caused by extreme heat. The dangers of hyperthermia from inside parked motor

Alcohol not a factor in fatal Marsh Creek crash An “unsafe turning movement,” not alcohol, was the likely cause of a June 3 crash on Marsh Creek Rd. that killed Hayden Trost, 20 of Concord and Brian Wheeler, also 20, of Clayton. The toxicology report completed by the Contra Costa Coroner shows that the driver was not drinking. According to the CHP, Trost was driving a Honda Integra sedan westbound near Russelman Rd. when he lost control, crossing the center line and colliding head on with an oncoming minivan. The accident occurred just before 10 p.m. The driver of the minivan escaped with minor injuries. Toxicology reports issued by the Contra Costa Coroner office, show there was no evidence of alcohol in the driver’s blood at the time of the accident. The accident is still under investigation.

Hyperthermia, in its advanced state, referred to as heat stroke or sunstroke, is an acute condition which occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. It is usually due to excessive exposure to heat. The heat-regulating mechanisms of the body eventually become overwhelmed and are unable to effectively deal with the heat, leading body temperature to climb uncontrollably. This is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If not treated immediately, or you have continued exposure to heat, hyperthermia can lead to death. Although all of us are susceptible to this condition, the elderly and young children are the two most likely groups to be effected if exposed to extreme heat for long periods of time. Pets are also affected by exposure to heat and should not be left unattended inside

hot vehicles. As you can see, leaving a pet or child in an unattended parked vehicle in hot sun can lead to death in a short time. As a matter of fact, it is against the law under certain situations. California Vehicle Code section 15620 states: “A child who is 6 years of age or younger may not be left inside a motor vehicle without the supervision of a person who is 12 years of age or older.” If it becomes necessary to leave children over the age of 6, seniors, or pets in an unattended car, try to park in a shady area and leave the car windows open for adequate ventilation. When your vehicle is parked in the driveway of your home, always keep it locked to prevent small children from entering the car and becoming trapped. So, the obvious advice is to never leave young children, seniors, or pets unattended in a parked car without proper ventilation. If you see this situation, immediately call 911 or the Clayton Police Department at 925-673-7350. Your actions may save a life.

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Police Activity Police activity for two weeks ending July 5, 2012 ACCIDENTS: June 30, 9:30 a.m., Clayton Rd/ and Center St. Non-injury. July, 3, 8 p.m.; 1000 block of Feather Cir. Minor injury. ARRESTS: June 24, 1 a.m., Indian Wells Way and Oakhurst Dr. A Pleasant Hill man, 29, was arrested for DUI, reckless driving and evading arrest after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations. June 27, 8:40 a.m., Clayton Rd and Mitchell Cyn. Rd. A 24year-old Brentwood woman was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license after police

stopped her for a Vehicle Code violation. June 28, 2 a.m.. A San Pablo woman, 21, was arrested for DUI after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations at Oak St. and Clayton Rd. Oak St./Clayton Rd. June 28, 2:20 a.m.. Police responded to a call for service at Center St. and Marsh Creek Rd and arrested a Concord man, 22, for DUI. June 29, 1 a.m.; A Concord woman, 38, was stopped for a Vehicle Code violation and was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. VANDALISM: July 5, 1800 block of Yolanda Circle

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a paste. Let cool then add 2 tablespoons of honey. Smooth over face, avoiding the eye area, and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse. Rejuvenate your hair. Daily exercise impacts the entire body. After you shampoo, rinse your hair with warm water and pour a mixture, pre-made, of 2 tablespoons cider vinegar mixed with 2 to 4 chamomile tea bags. Massage into scalp then rinse with warm water. To round out your outer purification, try self-massage. Rub your skin to stimulate circulation and release muscle tension using a circular motion with your palm or fingers. Knead your muscle like you would bread dough. Tap your body or lightly slap various areas with the flat of your hand to





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CBCA Clayton Business and Community Association hopefuls joined current members and community leaders for a barbecue and social at Rodie’s Feed and Pet Supply on June 27. Guests were welcomed by Jim Diaz, membership, Keith Haydon, president, and Laura Hoffmeister, assistant to the city manager, for an opportunity to meet their neighbors and hear how they can support the community. The CBCA is a nonprofit organization that runs events like the Clayton Art and Wine Festival, Oktoberfest and Rib Cook Off to fundraise for local schools and community projects. Hoffmeister said, “The perception is the city does these events like the festivals and holiday decorations.” She clarified

that they are actually handled by the CBCA and commented that participation in the CBCA “provides a valuable contribution to

the community” and helps keep the “sense of small town, family feel.” Diaz emphasized that mem-

PEGGY HOOPER , DIANE FAVERO, KELLY BRENS GALVIN, John and Pat Pollock and Brenda and Bill Safreed visit after enjoying barbecued burgers and beans at the first of three CBCA mixers set for this summer.

bers do not have to be business owners to join. Haydon invited guests to attend a meeting to experience the format, which includes updates from the city as well as organization committees. Shirley and Cedric Jensen joined on the spot “to meet people in the community” after moving to Clayton from New Jersey. Others interested in joining were long-time Clayton residents or people who moved away and returned, looking for ways to give back to the community. The next mixer, date to be announced, will be an ice cream social. CBCA meetings are the last Thursday of the month at the Oakhurst Country Club. For more information, go to


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storytelling. While in Ghana, she learned about stories and their function in society. Realizing that the stories were dying out, along with their tellers, she listened to the storytellers and did what she could to record some of their stories in their own language, Ewe. Cottrel did what she felt was needed to make the stories more accessible to a non-African audience and in September 2007, published “Once upon a time in Ghana,” a selection of 24 stories with a variety of storylines. Her goals are to preserve and reproduce the stories, to return all profits to the storytellers and to celebrate their culture.

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and co-editor along with Gary Hules and Julie Gilcrest. The time was right, as politics in this sleepy community seemed to be controlled by a group dedicated to limiting growth. The pen proved to be mightier than the sword and change was in the wind. Planning for a larger, controlled growth community took years of dedication by city councils, planning commissions and several city managers. The key ingredient to our success back then was a thriving economy. In 1985, our median household income was $52,000 and the average home cost $180,000. In 2010, our median family income rose to $140,000 and our average home price was in

the low to mid $600,000s. City council meetings in the late 1980s brought the community out to discuss the heated topics of growth and change. I commend all those who participated and voiced an opinion. I invite any of you to attend city council meetings and voice your opinions on Clayton matters. Today we seem to be more concerned about financial survival rather than growth. Clayton is close to being built-out for residential development. Every day we read how the state is siphoning more tax dollars created for cities. It seems many citizens are now most concerned with the fuller development of our small commercial areas. Additional city-con-

Benefits help the communities in the form of self-managed projects such as with farming, fishing boats and nets and

homes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the church office at 672-4848.

ANNACOTTREL (LEFT) PRESENTS A COPY OF THE BOOK to Mr. Godson Sabblah for use in class with the pupils in the background. Without her book, the students would very likely not hear the stories that make up their cultural history.

trolled tax income is needed to sustain the community services we have come to enjoy. The Clayton Valley Forum is long gone and mostly forgotten. The Clayton Pioneer replaced it many years later. Tamara and Robert Steiner, current publishers, have created a medium that allows a great mix of news, local advertising, stories about our youth and seniors, the community calendar, what’s happening in Clayton and our surrounding communities. It makes us all look forward to their bi-weekly publication. As your Mayor, I leave the breaking news to the Clayton Pioneer. However, I love your emails and calls. I try to quickly answer your questions and concerns, so keep them coming. Be sure to leave me your name, email address and

phone number. Clayton’s history is a storybook tale of the dreams our forefathers had of wanting an identity. My “hat’s off ” to them. The final chapters have not yet been written. My crystal ball sees a viable downtown that will draw folks from near and far. They will enjoy the beauty of Mt. Diablo, our downtown park and festivals, the Oakhurst Country Club and golf course, our restaurants, our trail systems and our quaint shops and idyllic community. If you haven’t figured it out yet, Clayton is a touch of heaven. It’s a city to raise your family or retire in. It’s the place that I call home. Email questions or comments for the mayor to

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Ah summer – the simple word brings back fond memories. The thought of summer causes many to reminisce of lavish vacations, sweltering days contrasted by cool, breezy nights, and lounging by the pool. Summer is generally associated with simple relaxation, and this notion is definitely evident in Clayton. Now that the season has officially begun as of June 22 and we’re well into July, school seems like a thing of the past. Kids and teens roam downtown with friends, sharing laughs and living essentially carefree. No longer do students experience


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Senior Women refurbish CVCHS teachers’ lounge Senior women from past and present classes at CVCHS are throwing their support to the teachers and throwing out the old – literally. The women are redecorating the teachers’ lounge and need community help. They need wooden tables and chairs in good condition and can pick up

any donated furnishings. “We want to transform the lounge into a haven for our awesome teachers,” says senior Kendall Winship. To donate, contact Kendall at (925) 849-2167 or email

mer vacation is nearly 10 weeks long. It’s intended to be a rejuvenation period for students to take a load off. However, I have noticed a growing push to keep students engaged in education over summer break. It’s understandable why parents and schools want kids to practice their school work. For some, summer is an opportunity to catch up on concepts they struggled with over the previous school year, or just to review what they already learned. While there is nothing wrong with sharpening math skills for an hour or two, or picking up a good book, losing focus on what summer is really about may not be all that beneficial. As long as I have been in school, summer has always been a break to refresh and recharge before the next year of school. I always looked forward to the summer as a time to do things I wanted to do, but never could while school was in session. The last thing I wanted to think about while heading on a trip with my family was classic literature or theorems and postulates. Heading into tenth grade this coming school year, I had a shocking realization on how few

summer vacations I have left. Other than breaks in college, which will be more than likely spent working, I only have three true summer vacations left. So when I see people pushing students to practice a daily review of math, writing, and reading during vacation, it makes me want to remind them of how few summers there are left to enjoy before joining the endless work force as an adult. As with anything in life, balance is the key. I never promote laziness or slacking off, but sometime, relaxing is a great way to keep things efficient. Kids and teens need those carefree summers to be better students. That way, when Aug. 15 rolls around, students will be ready to hit the books once more. As the Greek historian Herodotus once said, “If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.”

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CVCHS to get Special Ed improvements applying for grants. In addition, Middendorf says that there are new online programs she hopes will “add some of the rigor component I think we have been missing for our Special Ed population.” She quotes new Executive Director Dave Linzey: “Failure is not an option, every student can learn.”


THE CHARTER PAPERS Director of Operations Pat Middendorf says that the Clayton Valley Charter High School has hired three new Special Education teachers and six new Special Education instructional assistants as the school tries to restructure the program to give better individual attention to each student. To that end, the teachers will be attending workshops this summer, and the school will be

OTHER CVCHS HAPPENINGS The Governing Board is seeking volunteers for two special community service days at CVCHS. On Saturday, July 14, volunteers will be prepping the Multi-Use Room for painting; and Saturday, July 28, will be Campus Improvement Day. If you would like to volunteer, contact either Alison Bacigalupo at or Pat Middendorf at p a t . m i d d e n d o r f @ c l ay t o n The Clayton Valley Charter High School Golf Tournament

is Monday, July 23 at Oakhurst Country Club. This is the first big fundraiser for sports programs at CVCHS. For registration information go to Visit for Freshman Transition Summer Program information including volunteer and donation opportunities. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVE LINZEY ADDRESSES SCIENCE LAB QUESTION

Q: CVCHS students are at a great disadvantage in science with the absence of almost all lab work. From Honors chemistry to biology, lab exposure is non-existent. Will CVCHS be able to find funding to bring the school’s labs back to safe, working order? A: Yes. We are scheduled to have two new science labs built this year, thanks to Measure C

funds, as I have been informed. However, while science labs are very helpful indeed for lab experiments, outstanding instruction is not dependent upon having great lab facilities. This is absolutely clear. I have supervised schools with less than satisfactory science facilities that implemented high quality instructional programs whose students scored advanced and proficient in chemistry, physics and biology. The point is, great instruction is dependent upon teachers preparing great lessons and engaging students in rigorous and relevant instruction. This I am committed to no matter the state of our facilities, and even after we have new facilities built. April Winship is the parent of two CVCHS students. She lives in Clayton with her family. Email comments to

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Tech Trek, from page 1 on their way to this year’s week-long Tech Trek, a math and science camp for young women at Sonoma State University. But no sooner did they meet their new dorm mates than the jitters went away and the fun and learning began. “I always had a feel for science,” Megan says. Now, after Tech Trek, she knows specifically that she wants to pursue being a stem cell researcher. The camp introduced the girls to many careers and by comparison, Megan chose what is right for her to follow. The experience had a positive affect on Megan’s maturity level, too. Her mother, Amy Brys, says, “She is more independent now,” and says she takes on more chores at home by herself. Kacie is interested in math and science and wants to study for a coroner position. While describing dissecting a frog in class, Kacie says, “Some people think it’s gross. I like to see

what’s inside, how something works.” Kacie is often inspired to question things by her grandfather, a biochemist. Ever ready with a project for when the grandkids come to visit, he puts her to work and educates her along the way. For example, Kacie learned why oil and water do not mix while helping her grandpa change the oil in the car. Alison likes math, but prefers science. “I like being hands on and science is always changing,” she says. Her favorite science is biology. She wants to study genetics, citing the importance of finding cures for illnesses. The structure of camp was technology, math or science classes in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. The girls experimented with volcanic behavior, learned curved stitching to see how straight lines on a plane create a curve, and challenged each other to have the slowest

object rolling down a slope, connecting how these subjects are interesting and a part of everyday life. Their schedule included physical education and field trips, such as kayaking and exploring Safari West. Kacie says the field trips were a part of the camp to “broaden their experience” and pointed out the study of animals is a science, too. Guest speakers, women with careers like nutritionists, geologists and technologists, talked with the girls about their professions and how to become qualified for those roles. “Equally important as science is social (time),” Megan says. Sharing space in the dorms and cafeteria like they might in college and working together in the classes and labs fostered a sense of community with the girls. They have already been in touch with their new friends. Tech Trek was founded in 1998 by the American Association of University Women to help young women explore

their interest in science, math, engineering and technology. Holding the program on a college campus helps the girls visualize being there in the future and gives guidance on funding college, what classes to take and the careers that can result from those studies. Five students are nominated by Diablo View science teacher, Cynthia Brewington. They submit an essay on a selected topic and the local AAUW interviews them. Three girls are chosen to attend the camp. Most of the funds come from the AAUW’s annual spaghetti feed and donations from the Clayton Business and Community Association. Brewington says these students were chosen not just because of good grades, but because “all express a voice in the classroom and show some type of leadership and curiosity.” For more information, contact the Tech Trek coordinators at AAUW: Carol Gurrad at 925798-3082 or Priscilla Schmalzel at 925-672-5181, or go to

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Sports Softball season wraps up for CV Little League JAY BEDECARRÉ Clayton Pioneer

Clayton Valley Little League saw a significant change to its softball program this season that should help increase the number of players and improve the calibre of competition over the years. CVLL combined with Concord American Little League to charter a single softball program and the new setup drew a number of players from the expanded boundaries into Clayton Valley this season. The CVLL girls softball program is comprised of four divisions starting at age six with the mini-minors instructional program up to senior division for players 13 and older. The minor division Mus-

tangs finished the CVLL season with a 12-3 record and then went 3-0 in the playoffs, beating the Crush in the finale. In the major division, games are played against other District 4 leagues including Continental/Walnut Creek, Martinez and Pittsburg. CV Blue earned the 2012 CVLL majors softball championship with a record of 12-4. Playing an inter-league schedule of games, CV Blue did not lose a season series to any opponent. They were led by pitchers Madison Downs and Savannah O’Connell, who combined to pitch every inning, and their batterymate catcher Sophia Scott, who caught every game. In the junior/senior division for girls ages 13 and up the

interleague competition is against all the teams within District 4 including Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Martinez, PinoleHercules, Richmond and Calistoga. The Clayton Valley EagleEttes played in the senior level even though they were junior in age. The softball season was capped the last two weeks by Clayton Valley hosting the District 4 Junior Softball All-Star tournament.

11-12 SOFTBALL ALL-STARS Cami Cohen, Lauren Cooper, Kayla Confetti, Krista Confetti, Haley Crookes, Madison Downs, Courtney Lally, Savannah O’Connell, Amanda Perry,

Sophia Scott, Sierra Sprague, Melissa Williams. 13-14 SOFTBALL ALL-STARS Brittany Bangert, Taylor Eisele, Sophia Enders, Lazirus

Farrell, Amelia Haynes, Kellie Heilberg, Ariel Lauritsen, Nicole Mason, Jessica Parris, Emily Patrone, Katelyn Rodriguez, Chanel Taliaferro, Rebecca Walsh.

9-10 SOFTBALL ALL-STARS Skylar Aldridge, Ashley Arias, Sarah Barker, Erin Blaetter, Lauren Friedman, Katie Harkness, Madison Kincaid, Olivia Linkhart, Tammy Mason, Hailey Rogers, Sophia Warnke.

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WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP in Clayton Valley Little League major division this season with a 124 record was CV Blue for manager Kevin Confetti and coaches Amy O’Connell and Eric Gius. The Blue included, front row from left, Krista Confetti, Madison Downs, Courtney Lally, Savannah O’Connell, Madison Briscoe; back row, Alison Fosberry, Grace Gius, Sophia Scott, Emma Ramirez, Kayla Confetti, Jordan Steinberg and Melissa Williams.

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LOSING ONLY THREE OF 15 GAMES in the regular season before sweeping through the playoffs the Mustangs won the Clayton Valley Little League minor division softball championship. The Mustangs were, front row from left, Maddie Day, Sarah Barker, Daniela Duenas; middle row, manager Rob Barker, Lauren Friedman, Grace Pugh, Juliana Balestrieri, Madison Fink, Caela Hetherton; back row, coach Ben Hilderbrand, Skylar Aldridge, Ellie Hilderbrand, Georgia Moraes, Madi Bellew, Kaylie Krupa and coach Tim Barker.

CLAYTON VALLEY EAGLEETTES were a junior team competing at the senior girls level during the past season or Clayton Valley Little League. The team includes, on ground, Chanel Taliaferro and Kelly Heilberg, front row from left, Lazirus Farrell, Becca Walsh, Ariel Lauritsen, Kate Rodriguez, Amelia Haynes; back row, coach Lisa Heilberg, Sophia Enders, Jessica Parris, Nikki Mason, Brittany Bangert and manager Theresa Bangert. Not pictured, Emily Patrone and coach Jessie Mason.

In our June 29 issue we listed Clayton Valley Little League baseball all-star teams. The Minor B all-Stars listing was omitted. Here are the 2012 CVLL Minor B baseball all-stars: Mason Bamberger, Terrell Hopsen, Mikey Mann, Thomas Cordova, Eric Abbett, Zakary Rath, Nolan Degener, Joey Berardi, Gabriel Dias, Tyler Perkins, Charlie Saylor, Jason Zimmer, Niko Bohler, Sean Nimr, Andrew Pesmark, Jeremy LaGrave, Mikey Murano, Ryan Sparks, Jordyn Williams, Grace Zodikoff, Brandon Hoover, Nicky Pelligrino, Riley Mendonca, Toshio Longley, Trent Golden, Joey Hawk, Max Keil, Grant Sielman.

18th Devil Mountain Pentathlon this weekend at Dana Hills Both Clayton swim teams, Dana Hills and Oakhurst Country Club, will be taking part in the 18th annual Devil Mountain Pentathlon in the Dana Hills pool this weekend. A total of 906 athletes from 13 teams are entered. The Livorna Dolphins from Alamo are the newest team to enter the Pentathlon while

returning teams besides the two local squads are Ygnacio Wood, Bishop Estates, Forest Hills, Springwood, LMYA, Martinez Community, Walnut Country, Pleasant Hill Aquatics, Pleasant Hill Dolfins and Vista Diablo. Saturday’s competition is for the 6 and under and 7-8 boys and girls and 9-10 girls. On Sunday the 9-10 boys plus 11-12,

13-14 and 15-18 swimmers take part. Each day’s meet begins at 9a.m. Every swimmer competes in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly races and the individual medley, where they swim a lap of each stroke. The 6 and under age group swims a 50-yard freestyle in place of the IM. Times from all

five races are combined to determine which swimmers top the A and B divisions in each age group. Host Dana Hills, which will have 160 swimmers in the Pentathlon, is coming off a strong showing at the recent Battle of the Ages. Coach Serge Victor’s Otters took second at the Battle of the Ages to 2011 County

Meet champion Crow Canyon Country Club. Eight Dana Hills swimmers won their age group at Battle of the Ages while five Otters were runner ups. Taking top girls honors were Molly Boland (5years-old), Stephanie Iannaccone (7), Sarah Hamilton (10), Justine Trimble (15), Vicky Talens (16) and Krystle Talens (18).

Colton Seastrand (6) and Erick Iannaccone (13) were boys high points. Finishing second in their age groups for DHST were Ryanne Boland (9), Ryan Iannaccone (11), Allie Klinger (13), Melissa Schoell (14) and Tricia Talens (16).

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same age. No one was happier for the Battle of the Ages than Scotty, Ryan and Erick Iannaccone of the Dana Hills Swim Team. Both seven-yearold Stephanie and 13-year-old Erick were age group champs for the Otters while Ryan Iannaccone was second in the 11year-old age group. DHST finished runner-up in the Battle of the Ages team standings to Crow Canyon Country Club of Danville, the only

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The Clayton Pioneer congratulates Stephanie, Ryan & Erick Iannaccone and rewards their achievements with a gift certificate to Rocco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. Do you know a young athlete who should be recognized? Perhaps he or she has shown exceptional sportsmanship, remarkable improvement or great heart for the sport. Send your nomination for the Rocco’s Pioneer Athlete Spotlight today to

New school name, new coaches for Clayton Valley Charter High JAY BEDECARRÉ Clayton Pioneer

The time-worn wedding phrase “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” can be applied to the Clayton Valley Charter High School athletics department for the forthcoming 201213 school year. Something old: There are many long-time coaches and teachers at CVCHS who will be coaching teams in the new school year. Something new: From the school name to a new athletic director to several other firsttime Eagles coaches, there will be many new things about the sports program on Alberta Way. Something borrowed: The 201213 coaching staff includes women and men who have held various positions at CVHS over the years and are now taking on different roles. Something blue: Make that “something blue and red” as the Ugly Eagles uniforms will carry the same color scheme the school has had since opening in 1958. Greg Fister was appointed the new athletic director and he’s also taken on the role as head girls and boys cross country coach. The new AD has taught at Clayton Valley the past two years and coached either soccer or cross country at Vallejo High School from 2002-2011 before concentrating last year on his education while finishing his Master’s degree studies and also getting his preliminary Administrative Services Credential in the process. Fister made his Clayton Valley coaching debut in 2011 when he was head JV baseball coach. The team went 22-1-1, won the league championship and was the #1 ranked JV team in Northern California. Brandon Enriquez returns for his second year as an assistant cross country coach and Debra Osteen, who is on the track and field coaching staff for distance runners, will also help out this fall. Michelle Howisey led the Eagles for the past five years before resigning after last season. The longest-serving Clayton Valley coach, Dennis Bledsoe,

will be on the pool deck this school year for girls water polo in the fall and swimming in the spring. Bledsoe first coached at CVHS in 1966. Fister says, “The Clayton Valley aquatics program (water polo and swimming) is a direct result of the continued dedication and leadership of Mr. Bledsoe. Our students are better people because they have known Dennis Bledsoe.”

tennis and Dave Hobson girls volleyball. “We are looking to create the best environment for success and learning for our students and student athletes. The experience our student athletes are going to enjoy this fall season is going to propel our program to the next level. We already have record numbers signed up for volleyball, cross country and

Ralston coached Eagles baseball for 11 years before leaving for Cal State University East Bay last year. Pardi took over as interim head coach and is pleased to be working on Coakley’s staff again next season. Also on Coakley’s staff are Dave Leal, Matt Bucci, Ken Evanson and Matt Kavanaugh. CV baseball has reached the NCS playoffs every year dating


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CASEY COAKLEY (CENTER) HAS ONCE AGAIN TAKEN THE REINS of the highly-successful Clayton Valley Charter High School baseball team for the upcoming season. Coakley led the Eagles in the 2007 and 2008 seasons before resurrecting the Los Medanos College program for the past four years. Coakley continues a family tradition for the Eagles as his brother-in-law Bob Ralston was in the dugout for 11 seasons and Coakley’s late father Jerry Coakley was a CVHS football coach for 15 years until his untimely passing earlier this year. The CVCHS baseball staff includes, from left, Kenny Evanson, Matt Bucci, Coakley, Herc Pardi and David Leal. Pardi served as interim head coach in 2012, taking the Eagles to the NCS playoffs.

Nicholas Ballew will be coaching the defending Diablo Valley Athletic League champion Eagles boys water polo team. A previously announced coaching change has Tim Murphy taking over for the retired Herc Pardi with the football program. Murphy is still assembling his staff, which will be a mix of returning and new coaches for the Eagles. Fister adds, “Tim’s passion and enthusiasm for the game is contagious among his coaching staff and the players.” Jennifer Moore last coached Clayton Valley girls golf in 2009 and she returns to lead the Eagles at their Oakhurst Country Club home this fall. Rick Ortega continues coaching girls

football,” Fister says. The coaching changes aren’t limited to fall sports. Casey Coakley is returning as CVCHS baseball head coach. Coakley was Eagles head coach in 2007 and 2008 where his teams reached the North Coast Section semi-finals both years while compiling a 41-11 overall mark. He then left to resurrect the Los Medanos College baseball program. Over the past four years the Mustangs made the State playoffs twice and 34 players transferred from LMC to play at four-year schools. Coakley will also be Dean of Students at CVCHS. He is a Clayton Valley alumnus who went on to play at St. Mary’s College. His brother-in-law Bob

back to the 1990s and won the section championship in 2010 plus playing in three other NCS finals (2002, 2003 and 2011). Head track and field coach Les Garaventa left for a position at Liberty High in Brentwood, leaving Fister with another position to fill. Clayton Valley Charter High School makes its official sports bow next month as the Ugly Eagles football team plays its first game at long-time rivals Pittsburg High on Aug. 24. The first home football game at Gonsalves Stadium isn’t until Sept. 21. The first DVAL action for Clayton Valley Charter High School will be Sept. 4 with Mt. Diablo visiting CVCHS in girls tennis.

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Diablo FC 94 girls lost the championship game at the US Club Soccer West Regionals last month in Turlock 2-1 in double overtime to nemesis Lamorinda United 94. However it turned out not to be the end of the road for the team as they earned a place in US Club Soccer National Cup XI July 27-30 in Waukegan, IL near Chicago. The 94 girls are the first team from Diablo FC to go to USCS National Cup since Diablo FC 92 girls in 2009. The local competitive club had a number of standout team performances in US Club Regionals this year. The U17 boys Diablo FC 94 and U15 Diablo FC 96 boys lost in the Regional finals on penalty kicks while the U16 Diablo FC 95 team also lost on penalty kicks in the semi-finals as Diablo FC boys won lost only two of 15 games before the knockout round heartbreakers. The Diablo FC 94 girls beat both Marin FC 95 Blue and Ajax United Elite 95 3-1 in the preliminary rounds in the Regionals Super Group. After being shut out by Lamorinda in an earlier game, coach Jeremy Hull’s girls tied the championship match 1-1 in the final 10 seconds on a stunning header by Anna Carter. Diablo FC goalkeeper Brianna Rosselli was

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THE UNDER 17 DIABLO FC 94 GIRLS will be competing in US Club Soccer National Cup XI at the end of July near Chicago. The team coached by Jeremy Hull includes, front row from left, Sofia Martinez, Daisy Bonilla, Monica Lazorik, Janelle Bandayrel, Pilar Souder; middle row, Jennifer DeLeon, Larissa Rodrigues, Marisa Baros, Julia Rogers, Kylie Caponio; back row, Anna Carter, Samantha Boeger, Linnea Wikander, Emily Heinzmann, Brianna Rosselli, Gabby Withers, Melanie Hines and Jasmine Bandayrel.

outstanding in the net. The team won the Diablo Cup tournament in March and was a semi-finalist in the Players Showcase the same month in Las Vegas. They also won the Regional Academy League fall Premier 2 division. In Chicago Diablo FC 94 will be facing top-flight teams from Illinois, New York, Virginia and Nevada. “Coach Jeremy Hull has led

Sports Shorts CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER BOOSTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT JULY 23 The 21st annual Clayton Valley Charter High School Athletic Boosters Club Charity Golf Tournament is coming up on Monday, July 23, at Oakhurst Country Club. The format is a four-person scramble (singles will be paired up). Shotgun start with box lunch is at 11:30 a.m. with dinner immediately following the tournament in the clubhouse. Interested golfers (21 and over) and sponsors can visit

DIABLO FC U14 GIRLS TEAM HAS PLAYER OPENINGS Girls interested in playing for a competitive youth soccer team can be evaluated for the Diablo FC 98 Blue U14 team. Coach Johnny Molina is looking for two experienced field players and a goalkeeper for 2012-13 season (birthdate between Aug. 1, 1998 and July 31, 1999). The team and club offer experienced coaching, excellent training and a friendly team environment. Interested players can contact Coach Molina at or sign up at


The popular youth volleyball and basketball leagues at Clayton Community Gym are full for the summer and fall registration is now open. Basketball for girls and boys from 4-16 begins Sept. 22. Deadline for registration is Aug. 24 and player evaluation day is Sept. 7. Volleyball league is open to kids 8-15. Everyone plays in this noncompetitive, 7-week program. Registration is being taken online at for both leagues.

FOOTBALL, CHEER SIGNUPS CLOSING FOR CV FALCONS Registration is open for Clayton Valley Youth football and cheer. Football is open for ages 7-14 while cheer accepts ages 5-14. In-person registration days for the CVAA Falcons are this Thursday, July

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says Diablo FC director of coaching Brian Voltattorni. The roster includes players from 11 cities including local players Melanie Hines, Emily Heinzmann, Samantha Boeger, Jasmine and Janelle Bandayrel, Julia Rogers, Marisa Baros, Daisy Bonilla and Sofia Martinez. Follow the US Club Soccer National Cup XI at

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Diablo FC’s renowned Soccer Academy is taking signups now for its summer session which runs through Aug. 17. Boys and girls 5-8 years of age can participate in the U8 Academy with instruction at Boatwright Fields from Brazilian Olympian Tafa, Diablo FC director of coaching Brian Voltattorni and District 4 coaching director Steve Shott. Registration and more info are available at


Girls and boys four to 18 years can still sign up for the 32nd AYSO season of Mt. Diablo Soccer Association. Registrants will be on a waitlist pending development of teams. Email questions to or go to to sign up.

FUTURE STARS SOCCER CAMP HOSTING 3 MORE CAMPS DURING JULY Boatwright Youth Sports Complex in Concord will be the site of 3 more soccer camps in July hosted by Future Stars Soccer Academy. Future Stars Skills Academy for competitive players aged 10-16 is July 23-26 while the Future Stars Soccer Academy for boys and girls of all skill levels ages 6-16 is July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3. See to register and for more information.

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feel a change as the shocks and struts decline. However, after replacing the shocks and struts, most people notice a big difference in the way the car rides and handles. It is also advisable to rotate tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles to help them last longer. Gary Taylor is service manager at Clayton Valley Shell. Call him with questions at (925) 672-3900

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who otherwise would have been killed. ARF provides the care and attention they need, including spay or neuter surgery, until a new home of their own can be found. ARF’s People Connect programs strengthen the human animal bond for the elderly, residents of assisted living centers, high school students, grade school students, and young children through programs that are national models of excellence. ARF programs allow people to experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats. People rescuing animals . . . animals rescuing people. ARF is located at 2980 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. For more information go to or call (925) 256 1ARF.

Money can buy happiness – if done right Can more money buy you happiness? It is an age-old question and one that psychologists have been trying to answer for years. Historically, research has shown that as long as people have enough money to comfortably feed, clothe, and house themselves and their loved ones, then having more money will only make them a little bit happier and it won’t last. Recently, though, new studies have started to look at this question in a different way and they’ve introduced the possibility that how you spend money may actually influence your happiness. I recently stumbled upon a book, “All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending,” by Laura Vanderkam, that described some fascinating principles about how people can use their money as growth opportunities to increase their sense of satisfaction. From both personal and

professional experience, I would have to say that Ms. Vanderkam is on to something. Here is what she advises: Spend only after considering opportunity cost. Often we try to justify our spending by considering money in context. Big ticket items usually cost more, and something that we’ll have for a long time should be worth the money we spend on it. At the end of the day, money is still money. If you have saved money and not spent it, then you can decide if you would like to use that money elsewhere. Before you buy anything, think about the opportunity cost: What would make you happier? Spend to create the world you’d like to live in. Money can be used as a tool that gives us the power to change things. If you spend your money at places of businesses that you want to see do well or if you want to donate your money to worthwhile charities, then you’ll feel good as a result. Doing this can create a feeling of empowerment. Spend to buy yourself time.

STEPHANIE HO MIND MATTERS There are only 168 hours in a week and nobody can squeeze out an extra minute. However, money can allow you to get some of those hours back from work, chores and errands. If you can outsource some work or life management tasks, then you might be happier if you get to spend that time being with others or doing things that you enjoy more. Spend on experiences. Getting a new toy is exciting and fun no matter how old you are. However, as you get used to having that toy, the level of pleasure always

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make all the difference in a polished look. It also helps to have a vanity so you can prop your elbow on top to steady your hand as you apply a lip pencil or eyeliner.

WHAT IF YOU SCREW UP? HERE ARE SOME QUICK SAVES: Too Much Foundation: Use a clean makeup sponge and dampen it a little. Using downward strokes, gently dab the sponge on your face to remove the excess. Too Much Blush: Use a clean, fluffy powder brush and pat your cheeks until the color wears off slightly. A cotton ball will work to diffuse the color of powder or mineral blushes. If it still looks too much, apply a nude or translucent powder over it to tone down the color. If you

use a cream blush, take a tiny bit of your foundation on a makeup sponge and lightly rub over the cheek area. Messy eyeliner: To fix just the eyeliner and not mess up the rest of your makeup, take a Qtip and dip it in a makeup remover, then dab the tip on a tissue to remove most of the product. Very gently dab it on the area you want to take off and reapply your liner. Uneven Lipstick: Take a clean brush and dip into your foundation to both clear the lipstick smear as well as apply the foundation color back to where you have cleaned it off. If your lipstick tends to bleed, line your lips with a lip liner closest to the shade of the lipstick. This acts as a barrier against lipstick bleeding into fine lines. Years ago, you may have been able to apply your makeup in five minutes. Now you need more time. It takes longer to look natural after 50. Live long and pester! Judith Marshall is author of “Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever.” Send comments to

diminishes. If people spend money on experiences, then you can create happiness in three different ways: As you look forward to it, while you’re doing it, and then back on the memories afterward. Spend to nurture your social network. We are social beings by nature and nurturing our relationships is a good investment. Take a friend out for a meal, have a party or give a thoughtful gift. These actions build up good will in relationships and when returned in kind, it doubles our happiness. Stephanie T. Ho is a licensed psychologist. She has a private practice office in Walnut Creek and works at UC Berkeley. She can be reached at

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IN CLAYTON July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3 Moonlight Movies July 13: “Kung Fu Panda 2.” July 20: “Hugo.” July 27: “Muppets.” Aug. 3: “Courageous.” Activities for kids at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8:45 p.m. Clayton Community Church, 6055 Main St., Clayton. July 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11 Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. – noon, Saturdays, Diablo Street between Main and Center streets, downtown, July 21, 26, Aug. 4, 9 Concerts in the Grove 6 – 8:30 p.m. Grove Park, downtown Clayton. Free. For a complete concert series list, see Page 3.

EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Thru July 21 “Vaudeville” A hilarious play with music by Laurence Carr. Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St., Martinez. $25-$30. 798-1300. July 13 Concert Summer concert in the courtyard. 6 p.m. Montecito, 4756 Clayton Road, Concord. Response required as space is limited. 692-5838. July 14 Make Our Garden Grow Festival Opera benefit concert featuring favorite singers from previous productions with current performers and the Festival Opera Chorus in a program of arias and ensembles highlighting the opera’s first 20 years. 8 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $100 and $250. July 14, 29, Aug. 5 Sierra Guitar July 14: Celso Machado. July 29: Trio Seven. Aug. 5: Viviana Guzman and Jeremy Jouve. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $25. 943-7469. July 14, 28, Aug. 4 Summer Jazz Series July 14: Wesla Whitfield. July 28: John Pizzarelli. Aug. 4: Wycliffe Gordon. 5 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $35. 943-7469. July 16 Pelvic Floor Strengthening Breathing techniques and fun exercises for strengthening the pelvic floor and firming the core. 10 – 11 a.m. John Muir Health Women’s Health Center, 1656 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek. $3 for exercise band. Register at or 941-7900. July 21 Chevron Family Theatre Festival More than two dozen family performances, free activities and events. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $5. 943-7469. July 22 Walnut Creek Concert Band Presenting Journeys: Spanning the Globe, a one-evening tour of musical gems from around the world. 7:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $12-$17. 943-7469. July 23 – Aug. 19 “A Doll’s House” When the illusions of their marriage are exposed, Nora Helmer leaves her husband and children to forge a new identity. Willows Theatre, 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. $18-$36. 798-1300. July 25 Support Group Alzheimer’s and Dementia support group for families and caregivers. 6 p.m. Montecito, 4756 Clayton Road, Concord. 6925838. July 27 - 29 “The Mikado” Presented by Lamplighters Music Theatre. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $49-$54. 943-7469.

Aug. 1 – 26 “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen’s enduring tale of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage among the landed gentry of early 19th century England. Presented in two parts. Cue Productions, 1835 Colfax St., Concord. $10-$18. Aug. 2 – 12 “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $10-$14.75. 943-7469. Aug. 5 Suhaila Solo Show Presenting Suhaila Salimpour in a solo performance featuring Ziad Islambouli and the Salimpour Band. 7:30 p.m. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $35-$50. 943-7469. Aug. 11 Jackson Rancheria Casino Casino trip. Bus departs Diamond Terrace at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. 6401 Center St., Clayton. $27 includes $10 slot credit, $10 food credit and driver’s gratuity. Reservation and payment required by July 27. 524-5100.

CHURCHES AND RELIGION Aug. 3 Baha’i, interaction, fellowship and discussion. Topic: Art – Its Creative, Spiritual and Healing Dimension. Speaker: Xiaojie Zheng, renowned Bay Area painter and art instructor. 7:30 p.m. Free. For directions, call 672-6686.

FUNDRAISERS July 14 Poker Night Benefit tournament supporting Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista programs. 5 p.m. Free instruction and check in. 6 p.m. Tournament. Concord Moose Lodge, 1805 Broadway St., Concord. $60 buy-in. Contact Sue Manning at or 672-2727. July 23 Golf Tournament Clayton Valley Athletic Boosters sponsor 21st annual golf tournament benefiting all sports programs at CVCHS. 9:30 a.m. Check in. 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start. Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton. Contact Matt Hill at 338-1101 or

AT THE LIBRARY The Clayton Library is at 6125 Clayton Road. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. or 673-0659. Wednesdays Book Buddies A volunteer will read stories for children 3 and older. 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays thru Aug. 14 Patty Cakes Story time for babies to 3-year-olds. Child attends with caregiver. 11 a.m. Thursdays thru Aug. 16 Picture Book Time Story time for 3 to 5-year-olds. Child may attend without caregiver. 11 a.m. July 16, 23 Dream Big Fun Days Stories, games and creative activities for ages 7 to 10. Drop in 2 – 3 p.m. July 18, 25 Teen Gaming Programs Play Wii games, Mario Kart, Raving Rabbids: TV Party and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Please bring your own nunchucks on July 18 and 25. 4 – 5:30 p.m. July 18 Writers Workshop Grades 6 – 12. Led by children’s authors Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. 3 – 5 p.m. Registration required. Aug. 8 Marshmallow Art Using ordinary marshmallows, create extraordinary zombies. Grades 6 – 12. 4 – 5 p.m. Registration requested.

GOVERNMENT 1st and 3rd Tuesdays Clayton City Council 7 p.m. Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 6737304 or 2nd and 4th Tuesdays Clayton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Hoyer Hall, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 6737304 or

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS Claycord 4-H The group meets 6:45 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, Farm Bureau Hall, 5554 Clayton Road, Concord. Clayton Business and Community Association Meets 6:30 p.m. last Thursday of the month except holidays, Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton. Call Sue at 672-2272. Clayton Valley Garden Club Meets 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month, February through November. Diamond Terrace, 6401 Center St., Clayton. Clayton Valley Woman’s Club Meets 9:30 a.m. second Tuesday of the month except July and August, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1092 Alberta Way, Concord. 672-9448. Concord Mt. Diablo Trail Ride Association Meets 6 p.m. first Saturday of the month for a potluck. Open to members and guests. CMDTRA, 1600 Trail Ride Road, Clayton. or Contra Costa Chess Club Meets 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Starbuck’s, 1536 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. or contact Mike at 639-1987. Creekside Artists Guild Meets 7-8:30 p.m. second Wednesday of the month, Library Story Room, 6125 Clayton Road, Clayton. All artforms and both emerging and experienced artists welcome. Contact Arlene at, or call 673-9777. Diablo Valley Democratic Club Meets 7-9 p.m. third Wednesday of the month, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road., Walnut Creek., 946-0469. Knights of Columbus Meets 7:30 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, St. Bonaventure Church, Ministry Center, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. Art 6721850, or Chuck 849-5466, MOMS Club of Concord/Clayton Meeting dates vary. 331-0674, or Oakhurst Business Network Meets 5 – 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month for social hour. Hosted hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Dr., Clayton. Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise Meets 7 a.m. Thursdays, Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton. Includes breakfast and a speaker. or 566-8166. Scrabble Club Meets 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays of the month, Carl’s Jr. Restaurant, 1530 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. All ages and skill levels welcome. $3. or call Mike at 639-1987. Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Meets 12:15 p.m. second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month, September-June, Sizzler, 1353 Willow Pass Road, Concord. Contact Nicole at 692-2224. Veterans of Foreign Wars Breakfast 8-11 a.m. second and fourth Sundays of the month, 2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord. Eggs, pancakes, sausage, beverage. $4, $2 children under 12. Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Meets third Wednesday of the month, except June, July, August. 10 a.m. Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton. Reservations required for lunch. $25. 672-5061.

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Performing Arts

Stunning ‘Scottsboro Boys’ extended through July 22 TAMARA STEINER Clayton Pioneer

Shocking, thrilling, mesmerizing – these are only a few of the well-deserved accolades reviewers are handing out for “The Scottsboro Boys,” now playing at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Far more than just superb musical theatre, the show is a powerful and stunning slice of truth – funny, brutal and daring; the genesis of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most profound moments ever in musical theatre. “The Scottsboro Boys” is based on the historic trials of nine teenagers who had the misfortune of being black and poor the south in 1931. The boys were riding the rails in search of work and a reason to live when they were caught along with two white-trash prostitutes who had hopped the same train. To save their own skins, the women accused the boys – the youngest was only 12 – of rape. The boys were arrested and thrown in jail. Due process in Alabama in the 1930s was a white man’s privilege and their trial was beyond a mockery. Eventually, one of the women came clean and denied they were raped. But, despite the truth, the boys stayed in prison for years,

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facing death sentences and banging their heads against a legal system that had little to do with the law. The story was picked up by the northern media and the Communist Party stepped up to bankroll their defense. The trials eventually resulted in two landmark Supreme Court decisions; one of which said a competent defense was a fundamental right and the other ended the all-white jury. If you don’t think racism is the stuff of musicals, think again. In the hands of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the

Delightful ‘Vaudeville’ pays homage to early talents

THE COMEDY TEAM OF COHEN AND COBB polish their act when they hear a talent scout from The Palace will be in the audience tonight Laurence Carr’s “Vaudeville” plays at the Willows Campbell Theatre in Martinez through July 21. CHARLES JARRETT Special to the Pioneer

The Willow’s Campbell Cabaret Theater in downtown Martinez is the perfect venue for their current delightful and engaging production about a day in the life and times of live theater performers in Laurence Carr’s “Vaudeville.” The year is 1919 and nine seasoned vaudeville performers are stuck in Philadelphia, residing in Kit Turner’s Boarding house. It is in this boarding house that “Vaudeville” (“a play with music”) unfolds, introducing us to its short-term acting entrepreneurs as they return home prior to their evening’s live theatrical performance. It quickly becomes obvious that each of these broadly diversified performers are each uniquely different from the other;

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hardest truths become the stuff of glorious shows like “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” their two best known works. The cast of “The Scottsboro Boys,” headlined by veteran stage and TV actor Hal Linden as The Interlocutor is, quite simply, superb. Individually, the actors are the best of the best. But, together the ensemble is so far beyond good, it’s pure magic. The songs are heartrending, funny, enraging and disturbing. Only Kander and Ebb could create a brilliant show-stopper by sending nine boys tap dancing around the death chamber in the chilling “Electric Chair.” Much of the story is told in minstrel-style blackface with the patronizing Interlocutor cheering his “boys” on in a futile attempt to convince them that life is a “Cakewalk.”

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Banned in scores of European cities when it first appeared, Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” was condemned for “failing to respect the sacred ties of marriage.” The Willows takes up the challenge of producing a Norwegian play written in 1879 when Artistic Director Eric Inman reimagines the timeless story of a failed marriage by setting it in upstate New York in 1961. “A Doll’s House” runs at the Mainstage in Concord July 23 through Aug. 18, and features Lena Hart as Nora and Mark Farrell as her husband, Torvald. Farrell was last seen at The Willows as lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. Hart was featured as Florence Vassy in The Willows production of “Chess: the Musical.” The women of “Mad Men” would fit perfectly into the world of “A Doll’s House.” Nora Helmer, wife of Torvald and mother of three children, appears to be living the life of a pampered, indulged child. But as her economic dependence becomes brutally clear, Nora’s acceptance of the status quo undergoes a profound change. To the horror of the bewildered Torvald, himself caught in the web of a conservative society that demands he exert strict control, Nora comes to see that the only possible true course of action is to leave the family home. Henrik Ibsen’s play is a landmark of the modern stage, and Nora’s “I’m out of here”


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scene contains the most famous door-slam in theater history. Director Inman shifts the story to a modern time to focus specifically on Nora’s journey of discovering her true voice. “We are departing from the usual presentation of ‘A Doll’s House’ as a soap box for women’s rights to concentrate on what it means to be an individual who, through circumstance, never had an opportunity to discover who she truly is,” he says. “In an age where identity is a huge focal point, with Facebook changing the way we present ourselves, this story is extremely relevant,” Inman says. This adaptation of Ibsen’s play uses the translation by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, which premiered in London in 1996 and opened on Broadway in 1997, where the production won four Tony Awards. “A Doll’s House” has thrilled American audiences intrigued by Nora’s “desperate housewife” dilemma for over a century. At least nine major Broadway revivals have starred such luminaries as Ethel Barrymore, Ruth Gordon, Claire Bloom, Liv Ullmann and Janet McTeer. Claire Bloom and Jane Fonda also starred in film versions of the play. In staging the McGuinness version, The Willows plans to present what Time magazine called “a thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away.” The Willows Mainstage is located at 1975 Diamond Boulevard in Concord. Tickets at or 925-798-1300.

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4th of July photo contest winners capture the many moods of the day The Pioneer congratulates the winners of our 10th annual Independence Day photo contest. We had over 60 entries from some of the best photographers in town. While the winning photos are each very different from each other, they are all extraordinarily expressive. Shelly Shuey’s emotional photo on the front page was a hands-down first place winner in the adult division. Before the parade, Shelly was walking the route when she captured this tender moment as VFW Post Commander Paul Carroll helped WWII veteran Ming Hanson into the jeep. “They were out of the public view getting settled for the parade,” said Shelly. “They were helping Mr. Hanson in the most caring way. When I saw the scene, I immediately started shooting.” When she got home and looked at the photo, she saw that the background colors “distracted from the emotion of the scene,” so she chose black and white for the final image. First place wins $100. Our second place photo by Theresa Vanderhey captured an equally emotional moment. Seeing a “real bonding” between the child and the soldier, Theresa says they “both look so comfortable spending time with each other. With the little boy’s shirt




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July 4 in full color, from page 1 colors, local choir, Yesterday’s Kids, led the crowd in a traditional version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” – minus any warbles and wails. Then, it was “game-on” for the hundreds of kids, parents and family dogs decked out and decorated as they kicked off the annual Kiddie Parade. Following the kids, more than 40 entries paraded down Main Street. As the Blue Star and Gold Star Moms went by, the crowd went wild, cheering and clapping wildly in appreciation. The Blue Star Moms have sons and daughters currently serving in the Armed Forces. The Gold Star Moms have lost a child to war. The float displayed combat boots that “have walked for our freedom.” Politicians, farmers, Clayton Community Church, a local swim club, the Garden Club, scouts and athletes passed out candy, Otter pops, poppy seeds and soccer balls. Spiffy cars, sparkling horses, rescued pug pups and the bravely serving pony pooperscoopers marched in the town parade. This year, the crowds seemed

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July 13, 2012

New agapantha wows in Clayton’s gardens Move over Peter Pan Lily-of-the-Nile, there is a new dwarf agapanthus is town. Welcome Mood Indigo, a true dwarf Lily-of-the-Nile with superior, dark blue flowers. This newcomer is a statementmaker in any practical, easy to care for Clayton Valley landscape. Mood Indigo agapantha has familiar strapy foliage that will forms grass-like clumps in a landscape. The clumps

Vaudeville, from page 16 Mack Maxwell (Tom Leone) and his wonder dog, Maxie, Mademoiselle Yvette (Donna Turner), Jackson Washington (Trevor Moppin), a British war hero and entertainer extraordinaire (Billy Wiggins), Paul Clayton (Michael Barrett Austin) as the other half of Cook and Clayton (Andrea Snow), and with “The Angry Mick,” Tim O’Reilly, a salty and sarcastic comedian. They’re a cross-section of this later generation of hoofers, comics and “novelty acts” who kept America entertained while Vaudeville was king. Landlady Kit Turner (Sally Hogarty) and her daughter Kitty (Erika March) are in the midst of preparing the evening meal when they discover that one of their

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can reach 12-inches wide and 6inches tall. During July and August, thick flower stalks points towards the sky. These stalks can reach 2- to 3-feet tall and they hold ball-shaped clusters of violet purple tubular flowers. Mood Indigo Lily-ofthe-Nile flowers are very bee and hummingbird friendly, and they also make great cut flowers. If you’re considering installing the Mood Indigo Lilyof-the-Nile, you will need to find a sunny location. Like all agapanthas, the Mood Indigo needs at least six hours of hot sun to get the blooms going. Mood Indigo would prefer soil that is decently amended, and they like regular water. All of the varieties of agapantha can be very attractive to slugs and

snails, so you will probably want to bait beneath the plant’s foliage. Mood Indigo Lily-of-theNile has the potential to look great with many other plant companions. Consider planting Mood Indigo in a mass or three or five, and installing Peachy Keen Verbena beneath. The dark peach color will contrast nicely with the indigo blooms of the Mood Indigo. Add some height to this combination by planting the long-blooming Apple Blossom Penstomen, and you will be in flowers from May through October. Another great companion combination for the Mood Indigo Lily would to be using it as an under-planting to the red foliage Smoke Bush with some


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frost has past. To divide you dig up the entire clump, split, and re-plant. This maintenance will only have to be done every few years, and will make your plants look much better.

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variegated Emerald Gaiety Euonymus. Use the Smoke Bush as the focal point, add two Mood Indigo Lily-of-the-Valley plants for every one Emerald Gaiety Euonymus, stand back and enjoy. The Mood Indigo agapantha is fabulous used in any landscape from the front to the back yard. It is also desirable planted around a swimming pool, or down the length of a dry creek bed. Use this perennial in a container, surrounded with any color Million-Bell hybrid petunias that thrills you. As this and any agapantha matures, you will have to divide your clumps to keep the plant looking healthy. The safest time to divide agapantha is in the early spring, after the fear of

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