Olympic golden girls to get keys to town
A community Welcome Home celebration is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday for Olympic gold medalists Jessica and Maggie Steffens of Danville.
The sisters brought home gold from London as members of the victorious U.S. women's water polo team. The community is invited to the hourlong event at Oak Hill Park that will include comments from Maggie and Jessica Steffens on their experiences in London and what it means to bring a gold medal back home to Danville.
In addition to receiving keys to the town, the sisters will be honored by members of the Town Council and other officials.
The event will be followed by the Danville's music in the park series at 6 p.m. in the park at 3005 Stone Valley Road.
-- Kelly Gust, staff
Ribbon cutting planned to show off new beacons
There will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the new pedestrian safety improvements at Alamo Elementary School.
Improvements were done to the crosswalk at Livorna and Wilson roads, where county public works crews installed pedestrian-activated beacons in the crosswalk area. When activated, the beacons emits rapid light bursts to alert drivers of pedestrians or bicyclists on the roadway.
"It is important that we continue to
For more information, contact Donna Maxwell in Andersen's office at 925-957-8860.
-- Kelly Gust, staff
Major land purchase pending for East Bay parks district
The East Bay Regional Park District has struck a deal to buy 1,367 acres in the foothills here for $6.2 million to expand Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, officials announced Aug. 16.
Purchase of the Robertson Ranch land east of Palomares Road will protect large stretches of Sunol Ridge and provide areas to extend trails with panoramic views of the East Bay.
Under a purchase option approved Aug. 14 by the regional park board, the agency expects to complete the purchase in December. The money will come from a 2008 regional park bond measure, grants and a surcharge on trash disposed at the Altamont Landfill near Livermore, park officials said.
The purchase will expand a large swath of protected lands in Pleasanton Ridge, Garin/Dry Creek and Vargas Plateau parks.
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is 7,500 acres. With the purchase it will cover nearly 14 square miles.
-- Denis Cuff, staff