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Concert series offers close-up experience with jazz greats  
PLEASANTON -- Receiver J.J. Koski caught eight passes for 187 yards, including two scores, and threw the game-winning touchdown to lead San Ramon Valley to a 21-17 comeback victory over host Amador Valley.  
PLEASANTON -- Foothill High football coach Matt Sweeney enjoyed one of the most satisfying wins of his illustrious career Friday night.The Falcons held on for a 21-14 win over California in a showdown for sole possession of first place in the East Bay Athletic League.  
Foothill beats California 21-14 in showdown for sole possession of first place in the East Bay Athletic League  
When the fall weather arrives, I start hankering for pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin custard, pumpkin chocolate — you name it. If it has pumpkin in it, I'll eat it.  
A former Foothill High teacher testified that he suspected from the beginning that Steven Carlson killed his 14-year-old classmate Tina Faelz near the Pleasanton school in 1984.  
In the hours after 14-year-old Tina Faelz was viciously stabbed in 1984, the classmate who would be charged nearly 30 years later with her murder watched Pleasanton police investigate from the roof of his nearby house, according to testimony Wednesday at the trial of Steven Carlson.  
Before 14-year-old Tina Faelz was found stabbed to death near Pleasanton's Foothill High School in 1984, she and her schoolmate Steven Carlson were not known to have interacted except for the time she told him to leave one of her friends alone.  
Tea party activist Mike Shaw says the freeway billboards he erected in Castro Valley this summer are a warning against a global government plot to abolish private property and crowd Americans into dense housing. Alameda County says the unauthorized signs are "an assault on (the) visual senses" of Interstate 580 commuters. It wants them removed.  
Philip Scholz was struck and killed in January by an evening express train at the Santa Clara Caltrain station as he reached to save a man who was down on the tracks.  
Good stuffSpooky thrills, chills aplenty at fairgrounds Pirates of Emerson -- Themed Park. See website for times and dates. Through Nov. 1, this award-winning event brings chills, thrill and horror at six haunted attractions.  
Between the Vines is a biweekly column on wine and winemaking in the Livermore Valley region. This column was contributed by the Livermore Valley Winegrower's Association.  
Dublin Councilmembers David Haubert and Kevin Hart, former Councilmember Kasie Hildenbrand, and perennial candidate Shawn Costello are all campaigning to lead one of the state s fastest growing cities, facing issues surrounding its rapid growth including balancing development, traffic, school overcrowding, and downtown revitalization.  
Despite California math educators' widespread embrace of the go-slower, learn-deeper way of the new standards, parents from Palo Alto to Pleasanton to Piedmont have rebelled, pressing to retain features of the learn-more-faster Old Math.  
Unlike many cities that ramped up staffing as they came out of the recession, Pleasanton focused on using its revenue growth to start paying off debts and funding deferred maintenance. That fiscally responsible approach should continue.  
The Alameda County Transportation Commission is seeking residents of Dublin and Livermore for a position on its Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  
Anti-religious policy change great decisionThe Sept. 19 Times article, "Air Force makes 'So help me God' optional," was most encouraging.The issue became newsworthy when an atheist airman deleted the offensive religious phrase on his re-enlistment documents.  
Valley Humane SocietyIf you're looking for a great companion, Cody fits the bill! He's a smart, one-year-old poodle/terrier mix with wild hair and a crowd-pleasing personality.  
This is no time to put the union back in charge of the district. Voters must decide whether they want to continue on a path toward fiscal responsibility or return to the excesses of the past.  
Katherine Claybaugh, Madi Reder and Milla Anderson excel for the Wolves in the Dougherty Valley Invitational  
West Coast U18 Katz girls soccer team improves its win streak to six after beating Ajax Elite to capture the Champions Cup  
USC-bound Isaiah Langley is a popular Foothill High football star with humility, explosive speed and drive  
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Bowlers of the Week: Jo Alalay of the Black Oak/Pacific Termite Scratch Trios shot a 279 game on the way to a 796 set. Gerald Young of the Dublin Majors had a real nice 785 set.  
Bill McCammon, a former chief of Alameda County Fire Department and a one-time contender for the California Assembly, died Monday, according to the department. He was 61.  
SAN RAMON -- The Grizzlies had key fourth-quarter contributions from the offense, defense and special teams to hold off the visiting Dons.With the Grizzlies leading 14-7 with about nine minutes left, Peter Farina's interception in the end zone stopped a potential game-tying score by the Dons.  
PLEASANTON -- Foothill 41, Monte Vista 7: Isaiah Floyd rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Kyle Kearns threw two more to help the Falcons remain undefeated with a 34-point homecoming blowout.  
Ezra Magalei caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 remaining in the Brentwood Bowl to boost Heritage to the 15-12 victory.  
San Ramon Historic Foundation
The push to save one of the San Ramon Valley's oldest buildings is on: the San Ramon Historic Foundation and the City of San Ramon are joining forces to save "Ole 1850's Barn" at Forest Home Farms, the city's only site listed on National Register of Historic Places.  
A man taking pictures of children at a Pleasanton middle school from inside his car has caught the attention of police and school officials.  
Mayor Thorne faces a lone challenger; Councilmember Narum and three other candidates are vying for two seats.