( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman

Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.  
East Bay veteran's next mission to aid homeless and 'at-risk' service members
Recognizing a serious need in eastern Contra Costa County for services for homeless veterans, disabled Army vet Gerald "J.R." Wilson started up the Delta Veterans Group in 2012 and is currently preparing for "Stand Down on the Delta," Contra Costa County's first multiday "one-stop shop" for homeless and at-risk veterans. 

Hometown Hero: Director of Fremont cancer institute blends compassion with artistic flare
Pam Priest Naeve, who works at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, has dedicated her nearly 40-year career to educating cancer patients about how they can best cope with their fight against the disease. She also is a well-respected painter and artist. 

Hometown Hero: Activist helps solve social problems in Antioch and other Contra Costa communities
Antioch resident Iris Archuleta, who helped found the Antioch Youth Intervention Network and works with her husband as a consultant helping to improve low-income communities, also teaches political science at Los Medanos College, where she inspires young adults with her passion for history, politics and activism. Archuleta developed the High Performing Communities Framework, trademarked in 2014, which she and her husband use in their consulting work to find root causes of social problems and build consensus around solutions. 

Celebrating the people in the Bay Area who make a difference in the communities

    Hometown Heroes celebrates people in the Bay Area who make a difference in their communities. In addition to highlighting remarkable individuals, the Hometown Heroes feature aims to encourage volunteerism, raise visibility of nonprofits and key causes in the area and create a spirit of giving.

    Read about a new Hometown Hero every other Monday and watch the program on Comcast On Demand at Channel One-Bay On Demand-Hometown Heroes.

(Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)
Skip Muir Woods -- 6 other Bay Area redwood groves to treasure

If you'd rather not battle the crowds and traffic at Muir Woods, here are other pockets of green tranquillity. 
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson forced to admit impending fatherhood

A day after band member Liam Payne confirms the news, Tomlinson acknowledges for the first time that he's going to be a dad -- after getting blindsided by question on 'Good Morning America.'