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MAY 14, 2010 COMMUNITY THEPRESS.NET | 3A
Free Health Program
Learn about your risks and treatment for GERD/Barretts Esophagus/Esophageal Cancer
Saturday May 22 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.The Brentwood Golf Club
100 Summerset Drive, Brentwood, CA
Come hear clinical experts discuss Gastroesophageal Reux Disease (GERD), a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid ows back into the esophagus, or food pipe, which can cause serious irritation and heartburn that can lead to a pre-cancerous condition called Barretts Esophagus.
Expert physician panel and topics include:
Prem Chahal, M.D., Gastroenterology Is it only heartburn?- medical solutions for GERD
Wilson Tsai, M.D., Surgery Advanced surgical treatment options for GERD Non-surgical treatment options for Barretts Esophagus
Susie Howard, Registered Dietitian What to eat and not to eat- nutritional information regarding GERD
To reserve your spot call (925) 947-4447 or for more information visit www.johnmuirhealth.com
Sponsored by John Muir Health, EndoGastric Solutions & BRRX Medical, Inc.
Oakley Mayor Pat Anderson recently awarded Heritage High School junior and Troop 298 Scout Joshua Londono with a proclamation from the city honoring his attainment of Eagle Scout status. Hes done a lot of things, and I see a great future for him, said Anderson. Londono attained Eagle status in January following the completion of his community service project, which revamped the community garden at St. Albans Episcopal Church in Brentwood by adding an irrigation system, a compost bin and a meditation garden. Basically I just helped the church out, got donations from Home Depot and other major corporations, and I built the garden for the church, Londono said. In his free time, the new Eagle plays saxophone, juggles and rides his unicycle. He also participates in a variety of sports, including football, swimming and diving.
Eagle earns his wings
Photo by Samie Hartley
Oakleys Passport to fun
The City of Oakley is wrapping up its se-ries of decennial celebrations with Passport to Parks Month, a special event that encourages Oakley residents to visit and explore the citys 32 parks this month.
One of the things the city is most proud of is our community parks, said Oakley Rec-reation Technician Cindy Coelho. We have more than 30 parks, but a lot of people dont know about all of them, so we designed the Passport to Parks program to encourage resi-dents to go out and enjoy the different parks throughout the city.
The Recreation Division developed a contest to help encourage residents to partici-pate in the Passport to Parks event. The Pass-port can be found on page 11 of the Oakley Spring/Summer Recreation Guide, available at City Hall. As part of the contest, residents are asked to visit particular parks and answer questions about the park and its various ame-nities. For example, what is unique about the swing at Crockett Park, located on Richard Way?
Participants must earn at least 12 points (out of 19) to qualify for a prize. Prizes (limited to one per household) will be available at City Hall, 3231 Main St., beginning June 1. Photo-copies of the Passport will not be accepted.
We want this to be a family event, Coel-ho said. We want people to get out there and enjoy the parks in their neighborhood. This activity is designed to encourage families to get
outside, and were hoping that after kids have visited a few parks, theyll ask their parents to go to the park after school rather than come home and play video games all afternoon.
For those who want to take the city scav-enger hunt a step further, the Passports to Parks contest features a bonus activity called geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt that re-quires the use of a GPS.
Hundreds of geocaches have been hid-den throughout Oakley. To fi nd one, you must log on to www.geocaching.com and search for Oakley, Calif. (as there are more than a million geocaches hidden throughout the world). Once the Oakley results appear, choose the geocach youd like to fi nd, and youll get coordinates to its location. With the aid of a GPS, you go out to fi nd the item, which is customarily found in a box. Once the item is located, you sign your name on the box and put it back so that others may fi nd it. Residents who located a geocach will earn two bonus points toward their prize.
Geocaching is very popular, Coelho said. Even our mayor, Pat Anderson, is an avid geocacher. Its like a treasure hunt. You follow the clues until you fi nd the geocach, and you never know what youll fi nd, so its re-ally exciting. It helps you explore places youve never been to before. Its fun and its free.
To share your memories from Passport to Parks Month, upload your photos at www.fl ickr.com/groups/oakleyparks. For more in-formation about the Passport to Parks pro-gram, call Coelho at 925-625-7044 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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by Samie HartleyStaff Writer
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This months home was selected because of its understated elegance and immaculately kept yard. For the Smith family, this is a labor of love; for the neighborhood, a scenic view to enjoy on a regular basis. The Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee (BANC) runs its Home of the Month program to encourage and thank homeowners for keeping their properties up and enhancing the look and property values of their neighborhood. To learn more, call Michele Keady at 925-634-6911.
April Home of the MonthPhoto courtesy of Michele Keady
Triad Council to help protect, educate seniors
The Brentwood Police Department recently invited representatives from Brentwoods senior residential areas and those responsible for providing se-nior services in the community to join a Triad Council.
The purpose of the council is to educate and protect the seniors living in Brentwood and offer a program of a shared community response to a grow-ing problem in America: senior crime. The council will be composed of the triad of law enforcement, community groups and senior citizens. Its focus is to make seniors more aware of the ser-vices available to them throughout the community and offer them a safety net to protect them from becoming victims of crime.
About 31 percent of seniors live alone, and the group 85 and older is the fastest-growing segment. In 2011, the first of the baby boomers will turn 65, and by 2030, one in five Americans will be over 65. This fast-growing de-mographic has encouraged con artists to focus their scams on this group. The Triad Council will work to counter this trend by educating seniors about the scams and how to report them when theyre discovered.
The senior community is grow-
ing in Brentwood, said Lt. Doug Silva of the Brentwood Police Department. There are more than 12,000 residents over the age of 55, so we believe it is important to have a program like this available to protect the elderly in this community and reduce their fears of crime. Everyone should feel safe in Brentwood.
While much of the focus of the National Triad Program revolves around crime prevention, the local 12-member council will also incorporate the educational aspect of informing se-niors and their caregivers of the areas myriad programs, including emergency preparedness for those with special needs, Adopt-a-Senior, home safety awareness and driver safety. From the law enforcement perspective, seniors will be given information about how to protect themselves from financial and physical abuse, Internet and tele-marketing scams, and how not to be a target of crime.
In the coming months, the council will develop and distribute a survey to determine what types of programs are of greatest interest to the senior com-munity.
For further information, call Silva at 925-809-7712.
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