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2010-03-02 18:28:00

PHILADELPHIA and YOUNTVILLE, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Bank Park will be filled with that "Ya Gotta Believe" spirit on April 30 when the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tug McGraw Foundation celebrate "Tug McGraw Foundation Brain Tumor Awareness Night" as the Phillies take on the New York Mets. Tug McGraw - legendary Phillies and Mets pitcher known for his "Ya Gotta Believe" spirit - succumbed to brain cancer in 2003. The Foundation he established before his death raises...

2009-12-17 08:30:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- T. Marzetti Company is pleased to announce that it has received The John Muir Business Conservation Award for 2009. The annual award presented by The John Muir Association acknowledges individuals, groups or organizations for their restoration, protection and conservation efforts. "T. Marzetti Company is very honored to receive this prestigious award," said President Bruce Rosa. "Our supply chain initiatives to reduce energy consumption and green...

2009-10-06 18:23:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- If you love breakfast and speak Spanish fluently, Bisquick® and Heart Smart Bisquick® want to give you a shot at winning a family vacation of a lifetime - a magical, three-day, two-night, all-expense-paid trip for four to a world-famous theme park in Orlando, Florida. The vacation - the sole prize of a Bisquick®-sponsored Spanish-language sweepstakes, which begins this week - includes an...

2009-09-26 15:42:05

The PBS documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea highlights various U.S. national parks as well as naturalist John Muir, the director says. Director Ken Burns said while making his six-part documentary about the country's national parks, he became enamored with the writings of Muir, who is credited as a pioneer in the preservation of the U.S. wilderness, the Bay Area News Group said Saturday. It's such a great thing to be hit over the head when you're working on a film, Burns said....

2009-08-29 14:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Festivities were held today to mark the official opening of a new pedestrian/bicycle path on the George Miller, Jr. Memorial Bridge leading from Benicia to Martinez. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and Caltrans hosted opening events at both ends of the bridge, with a ribbon-cutting in Martinez at the foot of the bridge kicking off the festivities. Attendees then joined in the official first walk/ride...

2008-10-24 12:00:26

William "Rick" Cronk, former president of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream and his wife Janet, have pledged $1 million to the John Muir Health Foundation's Capital Campaign, according to Campaign officials. The Capital Campaign, entitled "Breaking New Ground Right Here," supports John Muir's state-of-the-art building expansion projects in Walnut Creek and Concord. In making their gift, the couple chose to recognize two John Muir Health physicians by naming two medical-surgical wings of the new...

2008-10-09 06:00:23

By Lisa P White MARTINEZ -- The beavers had their day in court Wednesday, but they didn't win. Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga denied a request from a group of beaver supporters to stop a project to shore up the Alhambra Creek bank. In a four-page ruling, Zuniga acknowledged community support for the beaver family and the unique nature of an urban beaver habitat. But she ruled that the record shows the city had "substantial evidence" the creek bank needs immediate...

2008-10-08 21:00:27

By Jacquie Oliverius EACH WEEK, it seems that there is a different club or organization marking a major milestone, all of which emphasizes the long history of the groups, plus the high level of activity and the varied interests of Central County residents. One particularly crafty group -- the Valley Quail chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) -- marked its 25th anniversary as an EGA chapter with a special celebration Sept. 13 in Walnut Creek. "President Sara Angle welcomed...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By Editorial FOUR YEARS AGO, the East Bay Regional Park District and Contra Costa supervisors devised a proposal to buy undeveloped land in 13 locations in the county. It was a well-meaning plan to obtain land for parks. Unfortunately, the method of raising funds was flawed and just this year was found to be unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court. That is why we reluctantly opposed the 2004 proposal, as did the voters. We also urged park district officials to come back with a...

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...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'