Board thanks gallery for staging show

Dear Editor:

The Special Haven board wishes to thank Mirna Remson, as well as Jack and Betty Gaughan, owners of The Gallery On Second in Brentwood, for organizing "Art From the Heart" last month.

On Feb. 13 through Feb. 16, The Gallery On Second hosted an artists' showcase of art created by local special-needs children. The four-day event began with an artists' reception and a presentation given by Special Haven board members Michael Worley and Jude Byrne.

Sixty pieces of art were displayed and sold to the public, giving these very talented artists a venue to show off their creativity. All of the proceeds, $618, were donated to Special Haven, a nonprofit multi-sensory room serving special needs children and adults in our community. For information about Special Haven, go www.specialhaven.org.

Christine Schwab

Special Haven board member

BART bike plan a big challenge

Dear Editor:

BART is experimenting with a new bicycle plan to allow bicycles on BART with virtually no restrictions. I was on BART the other day and it was a nightmare.


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It is my opinion that BART should maintain current restrictions until they can reconfigure their trains to allow bikes in one section of one car (similar to Cal Train). Even with restrictions, bicyclists block the escalators, jam themselves into train cars, try and fit their bikes in the aisles between seats and make it generally uncomfortable for all passengers -- especially seniors and those with disabilities who need more space to move to and from their seats.

Unless enforcement of the new bicycle plan is vigorous, it will fail.

I am a long time proponent of bicycle use of BART, and over the years have used BART many times to get into the West Bay for bicycling. With aging trains, increased ridership and the overall climate of rudeness and disrespect on public transit in the Bay Area -- without careful craftsmanship of a bicycles on BART policy -- BART is riding right into a perfect storm.

Michael J. D'Augelli

Antioch

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