( Jon Kawamoto )
Bishop O'Dowd embraces, teaches all things green

As part of its mission, Bishop O'Dowd High School aims to create a sustainable environment with an emphasis on resource conservation and respect and learning from nature. Over the summer, the school took more steps toward those goals by installing 198 solar panels that produce power and direct it to the main classroom building. The panels produce enough shade so that the school won't need air conditioning in that building, Director of Facilities Dan Malmgren said. 
Laura A. Oda
It was a scene of first-day excitement and anxiousness Monday by kindergartners, parents, guardians, other students, teachers and staff at Montclair Elementary School in Oakland.  
 
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program -- BORP, for short -- is a wonderful Berkeley organization offering an extensive choice of adaptive recreation programs for physically disabled or visually impaired adults and kids.  
 
The daffodil-colored cottage sat just beyond the road, perched on a knoll and surrounded by grazing sheep. "Bonjour," said the woman with the brightly colored apron as if welcoming dear friends.  
 
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program -- BORP, for short -- is a wonderful Berkeley organization offering an extensive choice of adaptive recreation programs for physically disabled or visually impaired adults and kids.  
 
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.  
 
Gomez, a 6-month-old male Chihuahua, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. Sweet little Gomez has spent the summer with us and captured many staff hearts.  
 
Movies in the Park. It's movies under the stars as part of the OPD's Movies in the Park series, with this week's feature, the PG-rated family animated movie "Epic.  
 
Over the past few years, the city has been emerging as a culinary hotspot, partly because chefs are looking for lower rents and new markets (for example, Chow Haus in Montclair and Clove and Hoof on Broadway).  
 
A 37-year Montclair resident, David S. Tucker Jr. also found time for community involvement as, among other things, a director of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency and as a 14-year member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education.  
 
( Steven K. Webster )
'Big Blue Live': Monterey Bay to star in its own 'reality show'

PBS, BBC team up for a groundbreaking multimedia event showcasing marine life along California's coast in which producers hope to deliver real-time images of whales, dolphins, great white sharks, elephant seals and other sea creatures to millions of viewers across the nation.
 
(Jason Merritt)
Photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj open 2015 VMA show together

Miley Cyrus led the pack for over-the-top outfits, while Taylor Swift classes up the night at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.