LIVERMORE

New special education director starts working

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has appointed a new director of special education, MaryAnn Frates, who began work this month.

Frates comes to Livermore from the Castro Valley Unified School District, where she served as coordinator of special education for the past three years. She replaces George Anich, who will assume the role of special education director for the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Frates holds a master's degree in public administration, a multiple subject teaching credential, and an education specialist instruction credential. Also, she is completing a doctorate in educational leadership. Frates lives in San Leandro, where she sits on the city's Human Services Commission.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

PLEASANTON

Road work starting on Vineyard, Stoneridge

Sections of Stoneridge Drive and Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton will start undergoing roadway resurfacing Monday, according to the city's engineering division.

Traffic along Stoneridge between Santa Rita Road and Trevor Parkway and along Vineyard between First Street and Bernal Avenue will remain open during construction, but some delays are expected from periodic lane closures.


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The work includes pavement repair, pavement surface milling and grinding, traffic detection loop installation, the addition of a new layer of asphalt concrete, utility box adjustment, striping and more. Major construction is expected to be done by Aug. 27. The entire project is anticipated to be completed by Sept. 15. For details, call Associate Civil Engineer Huy Ho at 925-931-5663.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

PLEASANTON

Annual Pooch Parade taking to streets Aug. 7

Break out the dog costumes -- it's time for the 16th annual Pooch Parade in downtown Pleasanton.

The event will take place Aug. 7 in conjunction with the First Wednesday Street Party downtown. Canine events will be at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of Neal and First streets. There will be registration and judging at 5:30 p.m., dog tricks at 6:30 p.m. and the traditional Pooch Parade at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m.

Any size dog 4 months or older can enter any or all seven categories to compete for prizes. The entry fee is $10 per category. This is a fundraiser for Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For details, or to download an application, visit www.trivalleyguidedogs.org.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

LiVERMORE

Welcome home event for returning veteran

At 11 a.m. Saturday, community members are invited to help welcome home an Army soldier returning from Afghanistan.

The welcome home ceremony will be at 849 Hanover St. It is for Spec. Nathan Hewitt, 22, of Livermore. Hewitt, who has been in the service three years, was deployed to Afghanistan in October.

The Valley Veterans Foundation, Diablo Valley Flag Brigade and the Warriors' Watch Riders, who will accompany Hewitt by motorcycle from the airport, will all take part. The family has invited all military organizations and community groups, family and friends to take part in this public welcome and are encouraging visitors to wear red, white and blue and to carry flags.

During deployment, Hewitt received the Army accommodation medal, NATO Award, Overseas Ribbon and ARCOM Award, said his mother, Beth Hewitt.

For details, call 925-606-6251.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

SAN RAMON

Artists' work sought for exhibits in 2014

The City of San Ramon is seeking artist applicants for 2014 exhibits in the city's art galleries, including the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, inside the Central Park community center; the Dougherty Station Community Center Gallery and the San Ramon Library Gallery.

Applications are due by Sept. 3, and are available at www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff