August 27, 2008

New Places to Park It at the Dog Park

By Chris Treadway

Two new benches have been added to Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, the popular dog park at the foot of Central Avenue in Richmond.

The current issue of the Pido Pointer, the newsletter of the Point Isabel Dog Owners and Friends group, notes that one bench honors the memory of Sgt. Darryl Tsujimoto, who led the K9 unit of the San Francisco Police Department. Tsujimoto was 41 when he collapsed and died of a heart attack during a 2006 canine training exercise on Treasure Island.

The bench is situated to provide a view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

A second bench, dedicated by PIDO on Saturday, honors longtime El Cerrito resident and activist Art Schroeder, who died in November 2006 at age 99.

Schroeder's community involvement included serving on the board of the Stege Sanitary District, the El Cerrito Committee On Aging and the West Contra Costa County Public Education Fund, and helping found the El Cerrito Democratic Club, West County Gray Panthers and El Cerrito Historical Society.

He also worked to preserve Brooks Island in Richmond, save Albany Hill from large-scale development, retain BART station agents and retain the Tilden Regional Park Native Plant Garden, among other issues. He and his wife also found time to be active in the El Cerrito Garden Club and support the Contra Costa Civic Theatre.

The bench was to be dedicated with a ceremony "to honor Art's memory and his contributions to PIDO and Point Isabel," according to the dog owners group.

Honor for early head start: The Early Head Start program at Contra Costa College in San Pablo is being honored today by Contra Costa Health Services for its work to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. The program will be given the "Breastfeeding Friendly Award" at a 2 p.m. presentation at the CCC Early Learning Center, 2600 Mission Bell Drive.

Receiving the award for Early Head Start will be comprehensive services manager Stephanie Seaborg and site coordinator Grace Chiu.

The presentation is being held as part of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, an annual event intended to encourage new mothers to nurse their infants and give them a healthy start in life.

Early Head Start, part of Employment and Human Services at Contra Costa College, is being recognized for creating a lactation room that will be used by breastfeeding child care clients and breastfeeding employees at the program.

A survey of participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's WIC program found that many breastfeeding mothers return to school very soon after delivery and often have difficulty finding a place on campus to nurse or pump breast milk.

According to Contra Costa Health Services, "By providing a lactation room, the Early Head Start Program will decrease absenteeism for both students and employees and will enhance babies' health. Research shows breastfed babies are less likely to be obese and more likely to be healthy and successful in school."

MEMORIAL CELEBRATION: Jamal Jawad had a long record of involvement in the El Cerrito community, including assisting with soccer and other youth sports, specialty cooking at school and community fundraisers, and volunteering with the parent campus safety patrol on the El Cerrito High School campus.

Jawad died July 3 after a long illness, and his family -- wife Michele, daughter Jenya and son Jared -- are inviting the community to a potluck celebration of his life from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.

Barbecue will be provided and those attending are asked to bring a side dish, along with any fond memories or pictures. In Jawad's memory, fathers and sons are invited to take a turn at the grill.

The family asks anyone attending to RSVP by Aug. 13 by sending an e-mail to [email protected] saying how many will be coming and what you will be bringing. Friends also are invited to write remembrances on the online guest book at Go to the Obituary page on the site and search for "Jawad" under paid obituaries for the past 30 days.

Memorial donations in Jamal Jawad's name can be made at

Send community items to 4301 Lakeside Drive, Richmond CA 94806 or [email protected] The fax is 510-262-2784.

Originally published by Chris Treadway, West County Times.

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