El Cerrito group helps fund open space maintenance

The community group El Cerrito Trail Trekkers is donating $3,264 to help cover most of this year's cost of weed abatement on the 7.5-acre Madera Open Space property.  
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A ranch-style home near Danville is damaged in a fire on Saturday.  
De La Salle scores five touchdowns in first seven minutes of NCS Division 1 semifinal win over Pittsburg  
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Temperatures dipped to the 30s overnight across most of the Bay Area, though the region is beginning to thaw, according to the National Weather Service.  
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Contra Costa College police officers see their growing toy drive as spreading good cheer in myriad ways. The Bay Area Rescue Mission is a chief beneficiary and will give away toys at a Dec. 23 event.  
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The East Contra Costa Fire District, hobbled by inadequate funding, has only three engine companies -- nine firefighters -- on call to answer the needs of 110,000 residents spread across 249 square miles.  
Richmond residents and others curious to learn about the progress of the proposed Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay are invited to a community briefing, scheduled for Monday.  
A woman died when an Amtrak train hit her Thursday afternoon in Richmond, officials with Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad said Friday.  
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California students are less fit than they were in 2014, although they're marginally in better shape than five years ago. The percentage of students who met all six of the state's fitness goals declined in all three grades tested.  
According to a report from ABC7 News, chilly conditions will persist over the holiday weekend, with freezing nights in most locations, particularly in the valleys.  
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Seasoned Collector: Holiday 2015 historic home tours, antique shopping

Holiday events are scheduled at historic Bay Area homes, from McConaghy House in Hayward to Ainsley House in Campbell. Plus, a roundup of holiday teas and shopping events.