BRENTWOOD

New superintendent has open office hours

As the new superintendent of the Brentwood Union School District, Dana Eaton will host an open office hours this summer with parents, students, staff and local residents. The informal office hours will be in his office at the district's headquarters, 255 Guthrie Lane in Brentwood.

The office hours will be held on July 19 from 1-3 p.m. and July 22 from 3-5 p.m. Visitors can spend up to 15 minutes with Eaton to ask questions or discuss a particular issue.

An appointment can be also reserved by calling BUSD Administrative Assistant Gayle Crockett at 925-513-6349 or sending an email to gcrockett@brentwood.k12.ca.us. Walk-ins are also permitted during the office hours on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eaton will also be visiting school campuses and remain visible in the community. Additionally, he can be contacted at deaton@brentwood.k12.ca.us.

Appointments may also be arranged for alternate dates by contacting Crockett.

-- Paula King, Staff

Brentwood

Four new stores to open at The Streets

The Streets of Brentwood will welcome four new merchants in the coming months, including a steakhouse, coffeehouse, cupcake shop and a bed store.

"We are proud to announce this great lineup of new merchants for our customers," Streets of Brentwood General Manager Kristen Weidemann said. "With the completed center improvements and a continually improving merchant mix, we are honored to be the go to location for shopping in East County."

Black Angus restaurant will debut at the regional shopping center this November near the main entrance. The steakhouse will feature outdoor patio seating and a western motif.

This fall, Starbucks will open a permanent location with a drive- through lane at The Streets next to Red Robin. While the permanent location is under construction, a temporary Starbucks is serving patrons in the heart of the center.

Sweet Bliss Cupcakes will open its doors in August near Mel's Diner. According to owner Amy McNair, the menu will feature custom flavors, including chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate chip mint. The business will also cater weddings and parties.

Select Comfort will open its first East County location in the fall. The store will carry its usual signature Sleep Number beds and accessories and customize mattresses and pillows.

-- Paula King, Staff

EAST COUNTY

Library patrons asked to fill out survey

Ever want to make your branch of the Contra Costa County's library more suited to your needs? Would you like to see more mystery books, children events or computers when you make a visit.? Then take a three-minute online survey by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CT77JWT by July 31 and make your voice heard.

It's all part of long-range planning process to make the library more valuable and useful to all county residents.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

PITTSBURG

Summer grants awarded to local agencies

Los Medanos Community Healthcare District has awarded summer grants to 10 local agencies to help accomplish health-related goals that include reducing childhood obesity and promoting vitality in East County areas served by the district.

The grant recipients include All Star Cheer Reaction, Sports & Fitness for Kids, city of Pittsburg, Souljahs, APT Sports and adult education services provided through the Pittsburg Unified School District.

The district also announced that 10 young adults will participate in its 2013 summer internship program that will focus on environmental issues. The interns will do research on companies that have been identified as environmental polluters and then present their findings to community groups.

The district, which is funded by a 1 percent property tax, distributes community grants to support health and wellness programs that serve residents of Pittsburg, Bay Point, Clyde, Clayton and unincorporated Antioch.

"The Healthcare District's mission is to cultivate a community in which good health may flourish for all District residents. Our community and its residents rely on us to uphold this mission through diverse programs and resources," Bobbi Palmer, the district's chief executive officer said in a statement.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff