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Who's playing hooky?
The long-awaited opening day of Paragon Outlets in Livermore on Nov. 8 -- jokingly referred to by ecstatic mayor John Marchand as "Persistence Outlets" -- drew the masses from all over, including a suspicious number of kids for a school day.
Shopper Diana McClaugherty, from Modesto, called the occasion a "great excuse to play hooky and enjoy a mother-daughter day."
But several shoppers who admitted to taking sick days from work refused to be identified, lest they draw the ire of a boss.
Amalia Marenco of Pittsburg took advantage of her mini-getaway to pick up Christmas gifts for her children.
"Our kids are in school right now, so we're going to do as much as shopping as we can until they get out," she said with a laugh.
Even the traffic snarls, crowds and
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
Nov. 11, 1954
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Headline: Valley to Host Airmen"
An invitation has gone out from Pleasanton to 12,000 service personnel at Parks Air Force Base and 6,000 residents through out the Pleasanton Valley to attend the wonderful "grand opening" party of the city's first service center since World War II days.
The only worry now is that all 12,000 airmen, not to mention the 6,000 civilians, might accept the invitations. For while the enthusiastic sponsors of the USO "test party" have obtained a promise for 900 pieces of cake, 300 sandwiches and use of the Memorial Hall for the function, still there is doubt that even this could comfortably handle 18,000 people.
And the invitation stands nonetheless: "An invitation for the military to be on hand when Pleasanton goes 'all out' to stage an open house that will tell the boys at Parks just how much this valley appreciates their living here.
"An invitation has also gone out to some 20 women's organizations throughout Pleasanton, Sunol and even Livermore and Niles to join in one mighty effort to salute the boys in blue. Climaxing months of effort to obtain official USO sponsorship of a local service center.
"The program will offer free cake, coffee, sandwiches, music and lots of home-spun hospitality."
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Groceries: Hagstrom's: Cross rib roast 43 cents a pound, Vets Dog Food, 6 for 35 cents, Banana squash 31/2 cents a pound.
Movies: At the Valley Drive In Theater. "Secrets of the Incas" with Charlton Heston and Robert Young. Also playing "Beat the Devil" with Humphrey Bogart.
-- Louise Hartman, Staff