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    Vol. 12, No. 8 YOUR HOMETOWN WEEKLY NEWSPAPER February 24, 2012

    FOR MOVIE TIMES

    SEE PAGE 5A

    The spirit of seniority

    From fitness to facilities to self-defense, our Senior Living section celebrates the classiest of classes. Page 1B

    Arts .......................................7ABusiness ...............................6ACalendar ............................ 19BClassifieds ......................... 12BCop Logs ............................ 18BEntertainment ................... 9BFood .................................... 10BHealth & Beauty .............. 11BMilestones ........................ 17BOpinion ..............................16ASenior Living ...................... 1BSports .................................17A

    War hero laid to rest A survivor of the World War II Bataan Death March died recently at the age of 93. Page 17B

    Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed is a national finalist in a grant competition.

    Vote for Friendsgo to news/WebExtras!

    The county is accepting applications for Civil Grand Jury service.

    Grand dutygo to news/press releases

    A baseball pro and Antioch native hit a home run with local fans.

    Miles of smilesgo to multimedia/videos

    Connect with The Press!Scan QR code with your smart phone.

    Online now!WebExtras!

    press releasesvideos

    www. thepress.netYour Hometown Website

    A capacity for tenacity

    The Falcons take their mat magic to the North Coast Section tournament. Page 17A

    After two years of planning in doz-ens of community and board meetings, residents of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District get one more chance to help shape a tax measure expected to be placed before voters in June.

    One of the key aspects of a proposed $197-per-year parcel tax is whether it will include a sunset clause. As of now, it does not. A divided ECCFPD Board recently re-affi rmed its belief that an automatic end to the levy would leave the district once again underfunded when the sunset date arrives. Other board members be-lieve the tax, which is needed to correct a $2 million operating defi cit, will not pass without the sunset.

    The fi nal decision will be made at a special board meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oakley City Council Chambers, 3231 Main St.

    The public is encouraged to attend.

    Fire meetingon Monday

    Surprise for returning veteranIts not an easy thing, sneak-

    ing up on a sniper. But if you thought it couldnt be done, you might have underestimated the power of a mother.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jon Adams, a Knighsten resident and Liberty High School grad, returned from his most recent deployment to Afghanistan last month. He was greeted at the airport and escorted home by the Warrior Watch Riders, just like dozens of other service members in recent years.

    The appreciative Adams fi gured the celebration ended as the last bike roared out of sight. He was wrong. On Sunday, as he enjoyed dinner with family and friends at a local restaurant, the roar returned, louder than before.

    Nearly three dozen motorcy-

    cles, emergency vehicles and po-lice cruisers rolled in, horns and music blaring, to surprise Adams and whisk him away in a limou-sine to the Antioch VFW Hall. Waiting there were more than 100 grinning, fl ag-waving patriots, in-cluding Lt. Col. Bill Carter and Maj. Eric Sharyer.

    The two offi cers had a special reason for attending. Wounded by an improvised explosive device last year, Adams had subsequent-ly returned home on emergency leave and missed the ceremony at which his Purple Heart medal was to be presented.

    They just gave his medal to someone else and hoped theyd give it to him, said mother Rose Adams. Its probably in the bot-tom of someones backpack right now.

    That wasnt good enough for

    by Rick LemyreStaff Writer

    Staff Sgt. Jon Adams is congratulated by Lt. Col Bill Carter, who has just presented the Knightsen resident a Purple Heart for being wounded in Afghanistan. For a slide show of Adams welcome-home celebration, log on to www.thepress.net.

    Photo by Richard Wisdom

    see Veteran page 15A

    New manager, projectscoming to Oakley parks

    The City of Oakley Parks Division has recently undergone reorganization. In addition to in-house adjustments, the most signifi cant change will be the recruitment and hiring of a Parks Division manager, the fi rst since 2008.

    The vision for the Parks Division restructuring is intended to provide improved leadership and enhance operations, said City Engineer and Public Works Director Jason Vogan. Were committed to ongoing improvements of service delivery. Workers repair a diamond at Laurel Ball Fields in Oakley

    this week in preparation for spring and summer recre-ational sports leagues.

    Photo by Samie Hartley

    by Samie HartleyStaff Writer

    see Parks page 15A

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    The City of Oakley Parks Division has recently undergone reorganization. In addition to in-house adjustments, the most signifi cant change will be the recruitment and hiring of a Parks Division manager, the fi rst since 2008.

    The vision for the Parks Division restructuring is intended to provide improved leadership and enhance operations, said City Engineer and Public Works Director Jason Vogan. Were committed to ongoing improvements of service delivery.

    Leonard Morrow, an experienced and longtime parks and recreation professional, is serving as interim parks manager. Morrow is evaluating the park programs and services and assisting in making the restructuring a smooth transition.

    The mission of the Oakley Parks Division is to provide clean, safe, well maintained, inviting and sustainable parks, landscape areas and recreation facilities for the enjoyment of Oakley residents and visitors. The division is responsible for maintaining more than 95 developed acres of park land, nearly 40 acres of unimproved park land and open spaces, and approximately 50 acres of landscaped street medians, planters and streetscapes.

    Recent accomplishments of the Park Division include the opening of the all-abilities playground at Crockett Park and the new renovations at Holly Creek Park,

    which includes a large open turf play area.This week, the Parks Division

    completed repairs and renovations at the Laurel Ball Field to prepare it for spring and summer use. Worn turf was removed and new sod was installed, and lip buildup along the baselines and arc were removed. Edging along the base paths were straightened, and infi eld mix was added, spread, graded and compacted throughout the entire infi eld. The playability of this fi eld will be greatly enhanced, said Morrow.

    Next week, work begins at Summer Lakes, where the two grass infi elds will be transformed into skinned fi elds. The result, according to Morrow, will be a more level playing surface requiring less maintenance. In the coming weeks, Creekside, Cypress Grove, Magnolia and Shady Oak parks will also undergo fi eld repairs.

    The City of Oakley Parks Division is soliciting input from the community regarding existing parks and landscape, future projects or needed amenities. Citizens, community groups and neighborhood associations are encouraged to work with the Parks Division to propose and perform volunteer park maintenance activities.

    If you see a problem, have an idea or suggestion, please let us know, said Morrow. For more information, call 925-625-7037 or e-mail morrow@ci.oakley.ca.us.

    New manager, projectscoming to Oakley parks

    Antioch native and Major League Baseball player Aaron Miles shares a moment with 4-year-old Drew Briseno of San Ramon during an autograph signing on Saturday. A member of the 2006 World Se-ries Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Miles chatted with fans, signed auto-graphs and gave tips to Little Leaguers at the Antioch Sports Legends Museum. Check out the video covering the event at www.thepress.net.

    Big-league bliss

    Photo by Justin Lafferty

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    Women take fitness for a spin

    When it comes to women and their ex-ercise routines, some run marathons, some practice yoga and others hit the gym. Jenni-fer Hicks happens to pole dance.

    When you think of pole dancing, you think of strip clubs, said Hicks, owner of SpinSity in Oakley. But this is different; this is about exercise, fi tness and self-confi dence. Its kind of like gymnastics class, only sexier.

    SpinSity is a women-only exercise/dance studio that offers a variety of pole dancing classes for beginning, intermediate and ad-vanced participants. Open just a few months at her location on Main Street, Hicks a self-described gym rat became a pole devotee a few years ago when her sister-in-law told her about the impressive workout it provided.