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2011-07-13 10:41:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Newspapers Partnership today unveiled its new TapIn Bay Area iPad app that connects locals with the best of the Bay Area, from restaurant reviews and coupons for Mongolian BBQ to local concerts and great deals. The app -- developed in collaboration with local start-up Tackable -- plots news, coupons, events, deals, photos, hiking trails, and feature video into an exploratory experience, said Steve Rossi, CEO of California...

2011-03-28 20:45:00

OAKLAND, Calif., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Local media companies Comcast (http://comcastcalifornia.mediaroom.com) and the Bay Area News Group (B.A.N.G.) (http://www.bayareanewsgroup.com) today honored 27 Bay Area residents for making a positive impact in their communities at the 2nd Annual Hometown Heroes ceremony. The individuals who were saluted (complete list below) have been named "Hometown Heroes" (http://www.insidebayarea.com/hometownheroes) by the two companies for making a...

2010-06-21 08:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In the first employee-based survey of Bay Area companies, A10 Networks has been named one of the Top Work Places in the Bay Area. The employee survey, conducted by an independent company, Workplace Dynamics, was spotlighted in the June 20th edition of the Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Mateo County Times. The results of the survey will appear again in the Jobs, Careers...

2008-09-26 06:00:19

By Mike Taugher Shell Oil Co. has agreed to pay more than $300,000 in fees and penalties for spilling about 420 gallons of oil into Carquinez Strait at its Martinez refinery in January 2006. No injuries were reported at the time and no dead wildlife were found, though the spill did foul the marina and some boats. "It's something we wish didn't happen and we have taken all steps to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Shell spokesman Steve Lesher, who also apologized to boat owners...

2008-09-24 21:00:21

By Contra Costa Times 1. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour -- Radical Reels -- View high-adrenaline outdoor sports films when the 2008 Radical Reels Tour comes to Concord to raise funds for the Contra Costa County Search & Rescue team. The ticket price includes a buffet dinner, drinks and a silent auction. 7 p.m. Friday, Brenden Concord 14, 1985 Willow Pass Road, Concord, $35, www.radreels.com. 2. 13th annual How Berkeley Can You Be? -- Enjoy a zany parade followed by an all-day...

2008-09-01 21:00:33

By Contra Costa Times This week Opportunity Junction -- Job Training and Placement Program application sessions today through Sept. 4, 8-11 and 15-18. 12-week program begins Sept. 29. 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch. 925-776- 1133, www.opportunityjunction.org. -- East Bay Women's Network -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Speaker: Lee Ann Kleinfelter. The Englander Restaurant, 101 Parrot St., San Leandro. $15 members, $25 guests. 510-228-8973. -- East Bay Innovation Group -- "Open Source...

2008-08-29 12:01:09

By Eric Louie A fifth-grade teacher from the San Ramon Valley school district is among the three finalists for the 2008-09 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year award. Mary Dietler, an instructor at Alamo Elementary School, is in the running with Mark Morello, a teacher at Bristow Middle School in Brentwood, and Andreas Kaiser, a teacher at Pittsburg High School, the Contra Costa County Office of Education announced. The winner will be named on Sept. 25 at the Teacher of the Year...

2008-08-29 12:00:50

By Denis Cuff The East Bay Regional Park District today plans to begin inspecting all private boats before launching at Del Valle Reservoir in Livermore and Contra Loma Reservoir near Antioch to prevent the spread of destructive quagga and zebra mussels. Boats found with the mussels attached or inside will be turned away from the popular recreational lakes. Beginning July 10, any boat containing standing water will be refused entry. The inspections will be free for one week. Effective...

2008-08-28 06:01:09

By Theresa Harrington Together, John Muir Medical Center's campus expansions in Walnut Creek and Concord comprise one of the largest construction projects under way in Contra Costa County. With holes dug and steel frames beginning to take shape, the John Muir Health Foundation has merged the capital campaigns for both projects, increasing its overall goal to $56 million by 2011 to help pay for $800 million in costs. So far, the foundation is slightly more than halfway toward meeting...

2008-08-28 06:01:04

By Roman Gokhman WALNUT CREEK -- More than 3,700 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers temporarily lost power late Wednesday due to downed wires, according to the utility district. The outage affected residents in Walnut Creek and in Alamo, spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said. It was first reported at 8:03 p.m. and affected 3,745 customers. By 10 p.m., all but 648 customers had power restored. The affected power pole was at the intersection of Blackstone and Solveig drives in Walnut Creek....