( SUSAN TRIPP POLLARD )
'Weekend project' to help local beavers turns into labor of love for Martinez woman
Battle to save toothy rodents in Alhambra Creek has resulted in lasting legacy for child psychologist.
East Bay veteran's next mission to aid homeless and 'at-risk' service members
Recognizing a serious need in eastern Contra Costa County for services for homeless veterans, disabled Army vet Gerald "J.R." Wilson started up the Delta Veterans Group in 2012 and is currently preparing for "Stand Down on the Delta," Contra Costa County's first multiday "one-stop shop" for homeless and at-risk veterans.
Hometown Hero: Director of Fremont cancer institute blends compassion with artistic flare
Pam Priest Naeve, who works at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, has dedicated her nearly 40-year career to educating cancer patients about how they can best cope with their fight against the disease. She also is a well-respected painter and artist.
Read about a new Hometown Hero every other Monday and watch the program on Comcast On Demand at Channel One-Bay On Demand-Hometown Heroes.
(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
A twist on the classic Hanukkah feast from sweet potato latkes to peanut butter sufganiyot
Celebrate the feast of lights -- Hanukkah -- with twists on tradition, from butternut-sweet potato latkes to zengoula, fried olives and chocolate-glazed sufganiyot with peanut butter cream.
(David M. Barreda/Mercury News)
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens:' Carrie Fisher forced to lose 35 pounds for film
Carrie Fisher dropped big weight to play Princess Leia again.