Ed’s celebrates 20 years in Clayton


By Jay Bedecarre on April 21, 2014

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Chances are when you dine at Ed’s Mudville Grill you’ll run into someone from your neighborhood, school or sports team. It’s almost certain you’ll recognize members of the staff, many of whom have been there for most of the 20 years that Ed’s has been open. The Mudville crew includes, seated from left, Dominic Moresi, John Mahloch, Morgan Herrera, Greg Neely; standing, Stephanie Moresi, Ed Moresi, Samantha Reinholdt, Lorenzo Garcia, Brigitte Carlson, Terri Matheson, Antonio Tapia, Ryan Metz and Carol Ricetti. Mac McCormick missed the photo.

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State schools leader calms Common Core fears

By Peggy Spear on April 21, 2014

The state superintendent of schools’ office has some soothing words for critics of Common Core, the contentious new curriculum standards set to debut in California classrooms next fall.

“We’re not New York,” said Craig Cheslog, a principal advisor to State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson, speaking to members of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club earlier this month. “We’re not going to screw it up.”

With those words, Cheslog acknowledged what many of the growing number of Common Core critics have been saying —that in some states this new education revolution is ill-thought out, politically motivated and possibly damaging to kids. [click to continue…]

Cheers! Annual Art & Wine Festival returns to downtown

By Tamara Steiner on April 21, 2014

Ed Waraner for websiteThe annual Art and Wine Festival, presented by the Clayton Business and Community Association, will be back for the 19th time on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4.

All the features that more than 200,000 attendees during past festivals have come to enjoy will return: premium wines and beers, arts and crafts vendors, a food court, continuous live music and the popular Kiddieland.

The festival is open to the public with no admission charge. Saturday’s festivities run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ed Waraner, owner of Waraner Tree Service, will join the more than 100 vendors that will line up along Main Street and Marsh Creek Road. [click to continue…]

Burglar hits barber shop

April 21, 2014

Nancy - Hairs the Place_for websiteClayton police are investigating an early morning burglary at Hair’s the Place in the Village Oaks building on Center Street.

The security alarm alerted police who called owner Nancy Willis Bacerra around 6 a.m. on April 8.

Burglars snapped off the lock on the front door and took an estimated $700 in cash.

“I never leave money in there overnight,” Bacerra said. “But I had to leave early that day.”

A client told her later that day that his wife saw someone standing in front of the door when she was out on her morning walk. She waved, but the man didn’t wave back. Thinking it odd, she mentioned it to her husband who drove to the barbershop to check. The police were already there.

Police ask anyone with information to call 925-673-7350.

2014 CCU_staff for websiteRain or shine, Clayton Cleans Up the town this Saturday. If it rains, it will be the first time it’s ever rained on the event and you won’t want to miss being part of that historic moment. The big orange trash bags can double as ponchos if it’s raining. And if it’s sunny, we’ll all do a rain dance at the BBQ.

So, come on down to City Hall and check in by 9 a.m. Bring the kids, the church group, your scout troop, the neighbors and the dog. Volunteers are rewarded with a t-shirt, a BBQ lunch and the respect of a grateful community. This year’s t-shirt design comes from the creative mind of local artist Janet White.

The event is sponsored by the Clayton Pioneer, the city of Clayton with generous donations from Republic Services, CBCA, Travis Credit Union, Fresh and Easy, Orchard Supply Hardware, Peet’s Coffee and TMT Branding.

Springtime in Clayton

By Hank Stratford on April 21, 2014

Stratford Hank websiteI love this time of year. The hills are green. The wildflowers are in bloom. The weather is getting warm. I hope you are enjoying spring in Clayton.

Things are relatively quiet in Clayton these days. There is a lot of excitement for the new bocce ball courts that the Ipsen family, Skipolini’s and the CBCA are installing. The Ipsens have had a very positive impact on Clayton over the years and the bocce ball courts will be a nice addition to their legacy. [click to continue…]