Nominations are sought for Arthur Hecht award

The Piedmont Unified School District is seeking nominations for the annual Arthur Hecht award.

The deadline for confidential nominations is 4:30 p.m. March 10. A selection committee will vote on the award recipient, who will be recognized at the May 14 board meeting. The award was established in memory of tireless volunteer Arthur Hecht, who served on the school board from 1970 to 1982.

The award is given to someone who has exhibited exemplary volunteer efforts over time to make a difference for youth. Past recipients include Andrea Swenson, June Monach, Mary Ireland, Grier Graff and Maude Pervere. For more information, call the district at 510-594-2614.

-- Linda Davis

County proposes annual waste collection fee

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority will consider adopting a fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit, collected through the property tax roll.

There will be public hearings at 3 p.m. March 26, or residents may also comment at the Wednesday board meeting at 3 p.m. Both meetings will take place at 1537 Webster St. in Oakland.

All Piedmont residents should have received a benchmark report from ACWMA in the mail. The report contains what to do to reduce waste and other pertinent data.

Residents have been paying an annual fee of $1.81 to ACWMA through their waste bill. Residents have until March 31 to opt out of this fee for future years.


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For more information, or to opt out of the fee, please see the Benchmark service page of the ACWMA website, www.stopwaste.org.

-- Linda Davis

Monday workshop set for bike, pedestrian plan

There will be a community workshop from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. in Piedmont.

Its purpose is to provide feedback on ideas for the city's bicycle and pedestrian plan. Ideas for change and improvements include bike racks, enhanced crosswalks, bike lanes and more aggressive enforcement of traffic laws.

Streets needing improvements include major arterials such as Grand, Highland, Moraga and Oakland avenues, as well as "school" streets such as Linda, Magnolia and Wildwood avenues. For more information and updates, visit www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/walkbike.

-- Linda Davis

Boy Scout day camp open for registration

Boy Scout 49er day camp is open for registration for second- through fifth-grade boys. The camp takes place June 16-20 at Dracena Park.

The theme will be California Gold Rush history, highlighting miners and explorers. The cost is $160 per camper and includes activities, crafts, snacks and a T-shirt. For more information, contact Jo Hazelett at the Scout office, 510-547-4493.

-- Linda Davis

Recreation Department to show spring musical

Piedmont Recreation Department will hold a spring musical, "Long Ago and Far Away," for sixth- through eighth-graders, a musical memoir set in California during World War II.

The class for the production meets from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 26 through April 23 in the Piedmont Middle School multipurpose room. Cost is $280 per student. For more information, contact Erin Rivera at 510-420-3072.

-- Linda Davis

Enrollment for Piedmont K-5 students is March 6

Enrollment for Piedmont kindergarten through fifth-graders for fall 2014 will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. March 6 at Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave. in Piedmont.

Parents must bring birth certificates of children to show proof of age and other relevant documents. That includes a grant deed, proof of immunizations and three additional proofs of residency. For details, go to the district website at www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/forms/board/5000.pdf.

For kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. There also is a transitional kindergarten program for students who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.

-- Linda Davis

Scottish, Irish music, dance program March 8

The Piedmont Recreation Department offers a free evening of Scottish, Irish and other Celtic music, dance and songs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. March 8 at Veterans Hall, corner of Vista and Highland avenues. Easy social dances will be taught. Bring the family, instruments and stories to share.

-- Linda Davis