ALAMEDA COUNTY

4 medicine disposal sites established

The public is invited to turn in any unwanted or expired medication for safe disposal at four Alameda County locations on Saturday as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

The event is hosted by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent unused prescription and over-the-counter medications from being abused or damaging the environment by ending up in a landfill or water system, a DA's office spokeswoman said.

The service is free and there will be no questions asked at the event.

Alameda County's National Drug Take Back Day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • Kaiser Oakland, 3801 Howe St., Oakland

  • Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th St., Oakland

  • Alameda Kaiser Medical Office, 2417 Central Ave., Alameda

  • Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador St., Hayward

    -- Malaika Fraley, Staff

    FREMONT

    Suspicious object deemed harmless

    A busy street in the city's Centerville district, closed for about two hours Wednesday morning, was reopened after officers determined a suspicious device found near a bus stop was harmless.

    Thornton Avenue between Blacow Road and Dusterberry Way was shut down just after 9 a.m. and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called out to a 911 report of a suspicious device near a bus stop near the 37000 block of Dondero Way, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.

    Police later described the device as a black, cylinder-shaped canister with wires and other similar parts hanging out of it. Bomb squad technicians later determined the device was not hazardous, Bosques said.

    -- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff

    NEWARK

    Major housing project goes before council

    A developer's plan to build 160 residences and a grocery store is up for City Council approval Thursday, representing one of several developments Newark leaders hope to advance this year.

    City staffers recommend Integral Communities' proposal for 88 market-rate townhomes, 72 apartments for senior residents and a 15,000-square-foot market on 8 acres at the southwest corner of Willow Street and Enterprise Drive.

    The site is part of city leaders' vision to build 2,100 homes in Newark's Dumbarton Transit-Oriented Development, a 233-acre area near industrial plants and housing tracts.

    Integral's development will be presented in a council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber on the sixth floor of City Hall, 37101 Newark Blvd.

    More information is available at www.newark.org or by calling 510-578-4000.

    -- Chris De Benedetti, Staff

    BERKELEY

    City holding Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Berkeley's 12th annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observance starts at noon Sunday at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art, 2121 Allston Way.

    The theme is "Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses," which will be used in presentations by musicians and speakers. The community is invited to "share song, traditional music, verse and personal stories in commemorating this day."

    The program will include a candle ceremony by survivors and family members.

    -- Staff

    BERKLEY

    Open house on BART station redesign

    An open house to present and get public input of preliminary designs of the revamped plaza at the Downtown Berkeley BART station will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Tamalpais Room of the Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. Plans call for renovation of the station entrances and new bus shelters, along with the redesign of the plaza.

    -- Staff