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Hometown Heroes: Walnut Creek couple help save man's life, dedicated to helping in emergencies

Husband and wife Adolfo Peñaloza and Maura Kelley honored with Walnut Creek Police Chief's Award 
Danville historian blazes new trails as a modern-day pioneer of San Ramon Valley politics
Beverly Lane, a 20-year director of the East Bay Regional Park District, has helped blaze new trails as one of Danville's founding council members and a three-time mayor in its earliest days as an incorporated town. 

Hometown Hero: Antioch woman tireless in her passion to help others
Carmen Aguilar-Ochoa has worked for decades to bring community awareness to cultural differences, help address the needs of underserved populations. 

Hometown Hero: Founder of Richmond homeless service nonprofit restores dignity to the marginalized
Yvonne Nair uses her business and psychology training and unfailing patience to help put homeless people back to work and give them the tools and confidence to pick themselves off the pavement.  

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)
Five great Bay Area playgrounds for kids

From the carousel at Los Gatos' Oak Meadow Park to the twisty ladders of Walnut Creek's Arbolado Park, this quintet of Bay Area parks is sure to delight parents and kids alike. 
(Photos by Omar Vega/Evan Agostini/John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.