( 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. 
Duct Tape Crafts. What can you make from duct tape? How about a wallet, tote bag, or pencil case that will withstand heavy-duty use. Supplies and instructions provided.  
 
Audrey Vardanega, the fabulously talented young concert pianist from Oakland, was practicing when word came that her beloved mentor and surrogate grandfather, the great conductor George Cleve, had died from liver failure earlier that day in his Berkeley home.  
 
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.  
 
Ben, an adult male Chihuahua, is the East Bay SPCA's pet of the week. If soulful eyes do it for you, this might be your guy. Ben has that "will you be my pal" look in his eyes and a tail that insists, "Look at me.  
 
Audrey Vardanega, the fabulously talented young concert pianist from Oakland, was practicing when word came that her beloved mentor and surrogate grandfather, the great conductor George Cleve, had died from liver failure earlier that day in his Berkeley home.  
 
The signal changes went up two weeks ago, but it's taking time for drivers to adjust and there have been some complaints, especially about drivers not stopping at the new right-turn signal.  
 
"This is a sensitive issue to many people," said Vincent Crudele, acting assistant fire marshal for the Oakland Fire Department. "We deal in fact, not myth; 1,350 trees have been targeted for removal, not 10,000 trees."  
 
Jenkins has spent 28 years working for the district, 25 years as a principal at schools including Castlemont High School, Rudsdale Continuation School, Oakland High School and Skyline High School.  
 
Dr. Donald Godbold -- a longtime Piedmont resident now living in Oakland -- now has written a book about his experiences, "A Career in Community College Administration: The Challenges, Successes and Pitfalls of the First African American Chancellor of an Urban Multi-College Community College District."  
 
(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Yo, football fans! Two top chefs share their tailgate party noshes

It's football season -- and that means just one thing to die-hard tailgate fans. Time to start partying. Fortunately, chefs Michael Mina and Stephane Tonnelier are on hand to share their favorite noshes and tips.