hair-raising week: Residents who have seen Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder over the past week have witnessed more tonsorial changes than in the past year.
The mayor's normally striking white hair was first dyed green for the St. Baldrick's fundraising event. Yes, "shamrock green," according to his stylist Candice Gliatto, owner of Citrus Salon in Martinez, who was responsible for the hair color. "He's just a good sport, right?"
Schroder weathered his share of outright guffaws, good-natured ribbing and double-takes at the transformation -- the first before his head was even out of the rinse bowl at the salon.
Out on the street, he says: "The reaction has been stares, chuckles and a few (exclamations of) 'Oh, my God!' When I walked down Main Street in Martinez ... I had two merchants call to me from down the street saying that they saw a green flash walk by and ran out to see what it was ... and it was my hair. It's very bright green, especially in the sunshine."
Then there was a "selfie" with Contra Costa Supervisor Candace Andersen, seated next to him at the county Local Area Formation Commission meeting; breaking the ice in the foyer of the board of supervisors chamber packed with angry residents protesting the Antioch annexation; and at the IBEW hall, where he was escorted into the meeting room by a gentleman who responded to Schroder's explanation about the hair color change for charity: "Cool, I wasn't going to ask, but I thought you were a little old for the look."
The change didn't stop there, though. Schroder was slated to go under the clippers Saturday for a "number one" buzz cut in his fundraising effort for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research and awareness.
The idea for the dye job was sparked by Creek Monkey owner Jim Blair, who also colors his hair to promote the St. Baldrick's head-shaving event, held at the Martinez tap house.
Schroder only counts a "wee" bit o' Irish in his ancestry. But The Eye wonders whether his jump into the color spectrum could mean that more residents and colleagues try a cut and color for next year's St. Baldrick's event.
SWEPT AWAY: When Contra Costa's oldest retail building goes up for sale, everyone pays attention.
After hearing a few "tips" from Antioch residents that the Antioch Lumber Co. had been sold, The Eye followed up by asking the family of Henry F. Beede, who operated the city's oldest business before passing away in October 2010.
Antioch Lumber Co. was founded by his grandfather, Henry Fuller Beede, during the Civil War, making it the oldest retail business in Contra Costa County.
A returned phone call found that a recent gusty windstorm had knocked down the for-sale sign.
So, good news for those looking to buy waterfront property: The 4,800-square-foot building is still on the market.
Staff writers Catherine D. Jacobson and Paul Burgarino contributed to this column.