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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Will these 'chocolate' pills improve your heart health?
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Full Story
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Chris Brown back in jail; kicked out of rehab
A Malibu center booted Chris Brown Friday for reasons unknown; this had been his second stint in rehab for anger management treatment