Hometown Hero: Fremont food bank's Melissa Ponchard 'thinks outside box' to serve thousands
Melissa Ponchard wants to help Tri-City Volunteers, the largest of the Alameda County Community Food Bank's 275 food pantries, find new and better ways to serve a growing number of poor residents.
Hometown Heroes: Alamo mother and daughter crusade for garden to fill food bank shelves
Heidi and Amelia Abramson, of Alamo, crusaded for the a community garden at Hap Magee Ranch Park, where all produce is grown by volunteers and donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
Antioch woman helps fill voids in life through giving efforts
Shirley Tatum looks to provide whenever she can for those in need, including money for expenses, appliances and other needs.
With wisdom and love, longtime East Bay English teacher inspired her community
El Sobrante resident Karen Mason, who attended and taught at De Anza High in nearby Richmond, touched thousands of students with lessons that extended well beyond the walls of her classrooms. In recognition of her contributions to the school and community, the West Contra Costa school district named the language arts hall on campus in her honor last month. Mason died of cancer less than three weeks later, on New Year's Eve.
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Mario, flutes and trains – Colorado museum a trove for collectors
In basements, bedrooms and home offices, in cluttered drawers and neat display cases, the things we collect are all around us. Whether it's vintage postcards, baseball caps or vinyl records, antique flutes, model trains or video-game memorabilia, each has a story to tell. Full Story
Hicks: Is it OK to laugh at politically incorrect movies?
'Airplane' and 'Blazing Saddles' would likely not be made in 2014, when tolerance for stereotypes and racism is harder to find.
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Oops! Obama misspells Aretha Franklin's iconic song
The president omitted a letter from the singer's 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T' while praising her at a White House celebration.