DANVILLE

Teacher of year named California semifinalist

Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Cindy Egan was recently named a California Teacher of the Year semifinalist.

A biology and AP environmental sciences teacher at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Egan was named Contra Costa County's Teacher of the Year in mid-September, along with Beth Levine of Montalvin Manor Elementary in San Pablo.

Egan started teaching more than eight years ago, after a successful 25-year career as a civil engineer working throughout the world. She will be recognized along with other Teachers of the Year honorees by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at a Sacramento gala Feb. 4.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

San Ramon

Join citizens police academy, explore field

A free 13-week Citizens Police Academy will run from Jan. 9 to April 3.

The classes, held every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. are meant to give those who work or live in San Ramon firsthand information on how the San Ramon Police Department works.

Go to www.sanramon.ca.gov/police for an application form. They must be received by Dec. 1. For more information, contact Officer Phil Gonzales at 973-2728 or pgonzales@sanramon.ca.gov.


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The academy is taught by police officers and department personnel. Classes cover patrol, criminal investigations, traffic stops, crime scenes, narcotics, DUI enforcement, officer use of force, officer safety, community policing and defensive tactics.

The program includes field trips to the county jail and the shooting range. Students will be allowed to shoot a variety of firearms used by police and SWAT teams. Applicants must pass a background check to take part.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

DANVILLE

Town surveys residents on Osage Park uses

The town is inviting residents to participate in an online survey on the future of Osage Station Park's play area.

The first phase of the Osage Station Park Master Plan will address the play and picnic area. The survey will gather feedback about what features residents would like to see in the playground.

Residents can fill out the survey, which will be available until Dec. 10 at www.danville.ca.gov/OpenTownHall. The survey results will be presented Dec. 11 to the Parks and Leisure Services Commission.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

SAN RAMON

Police Department wins grant to improve safety

The Police Department has been awarded a $36,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a yearlong public awareness program to prevent deaths and injuries on the road.

The grant will fund numerous programs, including specialized DUI and drugged driving detection training, DUI saturation patrols, motorcycle safety programs and seat belt and child safety seat enforcement.

Interim Police Chief Joe Gorton said with the growth experienced in San Ramon over the past several years, "that traffic safety is and will always be a concern."

This funding will help in the city's ongoing commitment to keep its roadways safe through education and enforcement.

-- Joyce Tsai. Staff