Firebrand: How a San Pablo Mom Became an Education Advocate

By Edgardo Cervano-Soto

On Jan. 6, 2015, Petronila Fernandes’ son, a kindergarten student at J.O. Ford Elementary, felt ill during school. When she checked in on him during the day, Fernandes noticed the milk carton the school had given him. The expiration date said Dec. 31, 2014. The next day, Fernandes says her child was again served milk with a Dec. 31 expiration date, despite the food services staff saying they had no inventory of milk from the end of December.

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Art Center Event Turns Trash Into Treasure

Story and Photos • Sonya Mann

Is one person’s garbage another person’s art?

You could find the answer at the Richmond Art Center’s Upcycle event Apr. 25, in which local artists — rather than recycling trash — focused on upgrading throwaway materials into new and beautiful creations.

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Students Weigh In On School Spending Priorities

Compiled By David Meza At a recent town hall meeting, West Contra Costa Unified School District students had the chance to give their direct input into how educational money should be spent for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The April 16 meeting at Helms Middle School in San Pablo, also gave students information about the […]

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Helping Foster Care Youth Succeed

By Malcolm Marshall and Dameion King | Photo, Dameion King

In California tens of thousands of children are part of the foster care system, and according to experts those who “age out” face an uphill struggle into adulthood. Without financial support or assistance from family many of these young adults fail quickly.

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Farewell, Ferrari: A Star Falls At Richmond High

By Joanna Pulido It was a chilly night in February at the North Coast Section Division II boys soccer championship, and there was Richmond High School computer graphics and animation teacher Mario Ferrari, cheering the home team loudly, clenching the rails of the stands and pacing back and forth with nerves and adrenaline. His enthusiasm […]

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Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

 News Report, Viji Sundaram| New America Media A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam. Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insurance. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue […]

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Art Center Tours Unveil its Possibilities

Photo Essay, Malcolm Marshall Children and families explored their creative spirits together by seeing and making art at a bilingual art tour hosted by the Richmond Art Center March 7. Lauren Ari, a teacher at the art center, led the group of about 10 on a guided tour of the center’s galleries, along with a hands-on […]

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New Charter Schools to Open in Fall

By Nancy DeVille Two new charter schools focusing on technology, high graduation rates and college readiness will open near Hilltop Mall this fall, and are taking applications now. Aspire Public Schools will open Aspire Richmond Technology Academy with an enrollment of 244 students in grades K-5 and Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory will enroll 280 […]

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