Good Stuff

  • Surviving the Holidays -- 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 10. Help for those dealing with grief during the holidays. Take part in an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado Road., Room 116, Danville. Preregistration is recommended. Register at cpcdanville.org under "What's Happening," or contact Heidi Johnson, 925-855-1367.

    Seen & Heard

    A TV dream come true

    A young Pleasanton couple walked away with tons of cash and a new bedroom set for their soon-to-be-born baby girl Oct. 30 on "The Ellen Show."

    Described as a hardworking couple who recently had their rent raised $400, Analisa and Tony (identified just by first names), who have a 3-year-old son named Jackson and a daughter on the way, met with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about themselves.

    The seven-months-pregnant Analisa said she works two jobs and goes to school full-time. Her husband Tony works full-time as a welder. They said they didn't think they could afford the 40 percent increase in their rent (they said they now pay about $1,000 -- a steal in high-rent Pleasanton).

    After hearing their story, the couple was "DeGenerously" given a new set of furniture and accessories for the baby from Ellen, and Shutterfly gave the couple $1,000 for birth announcements and an extra $25,000 cash. Consider rent paid.

    Lucky ducks! How can the rest of us get some love from Ellen DeGeneres and her generous ways?

    -- Katy Nelson, Staff

    Past times

    Nov. 22, 1971 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Kottinger Ends 27 Years of Servitude"

    It is the end of an era for Pleasanton. The sounds of children playing, doors slamming and the close-knit neighborliness of Kottinger Village is coming to an end.

    Thousands of Navy personnel, veterans and later, disadvantaged families have called Kottinger home over the last 27 years. But by the beginning of 1972 those ramshackle pink and green cottages will have been razed to the ground. They will be replaced by 50 modern apartments for elderly persons.

    Kottinger Village was opened in 1942 and was Pleasanton Housing Authority's first complex. It and Komandorski Village, built in 1945, were built to help handle the overflow from Camp Parks in its heyday.

    "In the beginning, the first families were those of civilian Navy employees with very young families. There was a day care center for the children, and what is now the Women's Clubhouse was a cafeteria.

    "The present tot lot held three dormitories for bachelor Navy personnel. Many of the families and the young men were only here for a short period, but a lot of them came back after the war and decided to raise their families in Pleasanton," said Elizabeth Hall, Kottinger's first executive director.

    Kottinger has been a part of Pleasanton for a quarter of a century, and there are many who will remember it with affection and miss it when it goes. The walls were always thin and now are smudged and stained with the handprints of a thousand residents. It was never a palace, but it was a place to live, and it housed a generation grateful for its existence.

    At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore -- now showing "Gone with the Wind," winner of 10 Academy Awards! And the ultimate trip, "2001: A Space Odyssey."

    Groceries: Happy Thanksgiving at Safeway. Flash frozen tom turkeys, 33 cents a pound; hens 38 cents a pound. Fresh turkeys are 46 cents a pound for toms, 49 cents for hens.

    -- Louise Hartman, Staff