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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NCAA says no to Baylor's unique 'Sic 'Em' basketball jerseys
When Adidas unveiled its new "Made in March" uniforms last week, headlined by Baylor's stylish neon "Sic 'Em" jersey (modeled by alumnus Robert Griffin III above), it probably thought, you know, Baylor was going to get to wear that jersey in March. Full Story
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Paso Robles' wine and the wild frontier
With 32,000 acres planted in a diverse mix of varietals, Paso Robles is California's largest geographic appellation and the fastest-growing, with an estimated 10 new wineries per year since the early 2000s. The region has established itself as a bastion of unconventional blends, powerful zinfandel and elegant cabernet sauvignon. Here's to growth and opportunity.
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'Divergent' actress Shailene Woodley rips 'Twilight'
Actress says the Bella Swan and Edward Cullen relationship sets a bad example.