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Crab claws for paws

  • Valentine's crab feed -- 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets are $53 for this fundraiser for Paws In Need. It will be held at the Shannon Center, 11600 Shannon Ave. in Dublin. Tickets are sold at www.Paws-In-Need.org, or contact Cindy Ferrin at cferrin@pacbell.net or 925-323-8517 for details.

    Seen & heard

    Hearts for the shamrock

    Dublin city officials want you to spread some love by writing a poem, love letter or essay about how you fell in love with a Dublin person, place or thing, then submit it for public display in a city museum exhibit next month.

    "What is your Dublin crush?" asks a city news release about the writing project, "We'd like to know."

    If this projects sounds a little sappy, city cultural officials might advise people to follow the advice of a popular Frank Sinatra song: "The world will pardon my mush because I have a crush on you."

    Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Monday at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    Jan. 30, 1963 Top story of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Dublin Remembers When (But Some Want to Forget)"

    "I'm rough, I'm tough, I'm from Dublin ... that's enough."

    That ancient bit of township history was recalled when "Old Dublin" turned out en masse for a Pleasanton City Council meeting on the possible incorporation of Dublin.

    They were all there: seven families in total. Names like Cronin, Lydiksen, Kolb and Nielsen" were offered in testimony as Dublin, ever down but never quite beaten, once more gained the spotlight. The City Council found it all a bit confusing when each of the spokesmen kept insisting "I speak for the Old Dublin community."

    Trouble is, there were as many opinions on Dublin's proper future as there were spokesmen. The Kolbs "want to be left alone to make an independent determination of Dublin's future."

    John Cronin came on behalf of the incorporation committee but testified that not all of Old Dublin favors cityhood. Bud Nielsen, whose land is now being developed, noted that "we're feeling our way along with this thing."

    George Lydiksen said he spoke for the Dublin Community Club, favored a city following the existing Murray School District borders, about half of the township. Bob Wing, who has already sold his farm, noted that "they say I'm not a loyal Dublinite ... but they're all about as loyal as the next offer for their land. Show 'em a dollar profit and they'll be out of here so fast ...," he said.

    The only kind word came from Ed Orloff, a true Dublinite of the old sod.

    "There's none of 'em can recall the real days of Dublin ... days when bootlegging" was one of the biggest businesses, he said. " ... The only thing they had before that was a store that gouged the customers and a stagecoach that stopped twice a week with the mail."

    Real Estate: Livermore. Three bedrooms, two baths, built-ins, family room, corner fireplace, living room. $20,750.

    At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. Elvis Presley in "Girls! Girls! Girls!"

    Groceries: P&X foods. Chuck roast, 49 cents a pound; pork and beans or Del Monte fruit cocktail, five cans for $1.

    Trivia Question: On Feb. 11, 1979, which popular singer appeared on ABC to an audience of 43 million?

    Last week's answer: In January 1963, Whisky-A-Go-Go, the first discothèque, opened in Los Angeles.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com.