Newark 160 townhomes and senior apartments project before council on Thursday

Proposal for 88 market-rate townhomes, 72 apartments for senior residents and a 15,000-square-foot market. 
The memorial statue will be dedicated April 25 at Hayward City Hall.  
Elsewhere: Hayward updating mobile home rules to protect residents  
Health grants awarded by Alameda County supervisors do not always conform with spirit of voter-approved Measure A sales tax, according to oversight group.  
Activities in celebration of Earth Day are planned at several of the East Bay Regional Parks in coming days; you can take your pick.At the Tilden Nature Area in Berkeley, interpretive student aide Julia Burks will lead an Earth Day recycling program from 2 to 3 p.  
Police need the public's help in identifying a man who stole bikes from Newark Memorial High School on April 10.  
The Alameda County Fire Department has knocked down a one-alarm fire at a single-story shopping mall in Newark this morning, according to a department dispatcher.  
Despite raising rates for 12 consecutive years, the Fremont-based district now has a $15 million budget hole, and to fill it might charge its biggest water consumers even more.  
Hayward teacher wins international awardA Hayward educator is one of 24 worldwide being recognized for his commitment to teaching entrepreneurship.Richard Charles will be honored along with the other teachers and several students April 24 at a gala in Washington, D.  
Letters from councilwoman sparks speculation on possible campaign; Dan Siegel, another mayoral candidate, receives a lifetime achievement award from the National Lawyer's Guild.  
(Damian Dovarganes)
Taxman give bonuses to 1,100 employees who owe back taxes

A government investigator says the Internal Revenue Service paid $1 million in bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. Full Story
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Mead steps outside the Renaissance Fair

Bored with chardonnay and IPA? Explore mead, the ancient honey beverage and fastest growing segment of the American alcohol industry, with sales up 130 percent from 2012 to 2013. In the Bay Area, fine artisanal mead is being crafted in a variety of styles, from the hop-fermented mead at The Mead Kitchen in Berkeley to sparkling mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes.