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Group helps struggling families feed their pets and more

Oakley's Erin Pina on a quest to collect and distribute excess pet foods 
The City Council will consider hiring a city manager at a meeting on Dec. 23.  
 
DAN ROSENSTRAUCH
Solomon Temple is collecting donations tonigth and at Saturday morning at the church  
 
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Parents voluntarily choose to enroll in the free Nurturing Parenting Program provided by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County.  
 
JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO
Oakley veterans work on local projects, support each other  
 
JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO
The City Council appointed Vanessa Perry to succeed Councilwoman Diane Burgis.  
 
More than 650 students are engaged in after school programs at the elementary schools, about 130 in the middle schools, and anywhere from 120 to 260 each day at the high school.  
 
One in eight area families relies on help to put dinner on the table  
 
DOUG DURAN/STAFF archivesWilliams propels Deer Valley to winDeer Valley High School girls basketball player Brandy Williams (50), shown getting fouled during a North Coast Section Division I basketball playoff semifinal game in March, scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the  
 
Winter Soccer Classic and basketball tournaments highlight the week