Latest Theresa Harrington Stories

2008-10-11 21:00:23

By Theresa Harrington CONCORD -- A contentious school board election is brewing in the Mt. Diablo district, where a longtime trustee and the teacher's union are working to defeat another incumbent amid months of controversy over management. The school board has cut $14 million from the district's budget in the past year and is likely to slash millions more in coming months. It is also facing an expired teacher's contract that could lead to a strike, if it goes unresolved much longer. On...

2008-09-26 06:00:28

By Theresa Harrington CONCORD -- A music teacher at Bristow Middle School in Brentwood is the 2008-09 "Teacher of the Year" in Contra Costa County. Mark Morello, who leads the school's band and choir, will go on to compete for the coveted state teacher title. He was one of three finalists selected countywide from among 22 educators, kindergarten through college. "The difference you make in the lives of your students will endure," Morello, 35, told an audience during an awards dinner...

2008-09-15 21:00:09

By Theresa Harrington Like many couples engaged to be married, Christi Hockel and Austin Davenport look lovingly into each other's eyes as they talk about sharing their lives together. But unlike most couples, they share a disability that could complicate their marriage -- Down syndrome. "We need to think about us," Davenport said, as Hockel snuggled up to him on the couch in her family's home. "People get married with Down syndrome. I've never got married before. And people told me,...

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...

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