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  • YOUR HOMETOWN WEEKLY NEWSPAPER

    Vol. 9, No. 48 Including Surrounding Communities www.thepress.net November 27, 2009

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    THIS WEEK

    FOR MOVIE TIMES SEE PAGE 5A

    Cerebral jocks celebrated

    An impressive array of Free-dom High School athletes were recognized as class acts in the classroom.

    Page 5B

    December diversions A spate of seasonal festivals, pa-rades, films, plays, shopping gigs and charitable events will keep you hopping this holiday.

    Page 14A

    Opposition to 2-Gates project grows

    Hundreds of residents packed the gymnasium at Discovery Bay Elementary School Monday night for an informational meeting on the controversial 2-Gates Fish Protection Project.

    The San Francisco Bay and Delta Foundation (SFBDF) a grass-roots group of Discovery Bay residents opposing the 2-Gates project hosted the town hall meeting.

    It was a great turnout, said Mike Guzzardo, SFBDF publici-ty chairman. We had a lot of new faces, and we feel like were really starting to gain some momentum; were getting the word out.

    The 2-Gates project is a fi ve-year experimental program designed to save the Delta smelt by rerouting them away from the water pumps on Old and Middle rivers in Byron, but many feel that the 2-Gates is the precursor to a peripheral canal.

    The project is a joint venture by the State Department of Wa-ter Resources, the Federal Bureau

    of Reclamation and the Southern California Metropolitan Water District, and would implement

    the installation of gates at Old River between Holland Tract and Bacon Island, plus a Connection Slough between Mandeville and Bacon Island. The automatic gates would be closed at various times of the year for as much as 10 hours per day, depending on fl ood tides.

    The SFBDF was formed only a few weeks ago, but has already been instrumental in getting the Bureau of Reclamation to extend its public comment period by two weeks, to Nov. 30, and the group is hoping to force the bureau to provide an Environmental Impact Report for the Discovery Bay and Delta regions.

    Pete Lucero, public affairs offi cer for the Bureau of Recla-mation, said that federal agencies such as the bureau do not conduct environmental impact reports but rather environmental impact studies (EIS), of which the cur-rently completed environmental

    by Ruth RobertsStaff Writer

    Catherine Kutsuris of the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation takes the microphone from Mike Guzzardo, pub-licity chairman for the San Francisco Bay and Delta Foundation, during a packed meeting Monday night on the controversial 2-Gates Fish Protection Project. The town hall forum was held at the Discovery Bay Elementary School.

    Photo by Richard Wisdom

    see 2-Gates page 18A

    Cathleen Knight, chair of the 2010 American Can-cer Society Oakley Relay For Life, accepts a check for $1,850 from Jim and Brenda DAmico of Black Bear Diner. The money comes from customers who dropped donations to the cause into a bucket at the front counter, and was presented at the Nov. 11 Relay kick-off event held at Freedom High School. Next years Relay in Oakley takes place May 1 and 2 at the soccer elds next to Freedom. For more information on how you can participate, visit www.main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=20487.

    Diners support Relay

    Photo courtesy of Jilda Fairhurst

    The Oakley City Council re-viewed two designs for new wire-less communication towers at this weeks meeting, but approved only one of the proposed projects.

    Both public hearings regard-ing the towers were carried over from the Oct. 27 meeting, at which time the council determined that the proposed T-Mobile monopine towers would be built too close to homes under the proposed design. The 80-foot pine-tree-shaped cell towers would have provided only a 20-foot buffer between the facility and houses, so the council asked representatives from T-Mobile to move the towers to a different spot at the proposed locations or fi nd a new site.

    After T-Mobile proposed to move the tree 82 feet from homes, the council approved a tower lo-cation on West Cypress Road but rejected the design and location for the tower proposed for the corner

    of Main Street and Gardenia Av-enue. According to city staff, al-though the latter tower would be far enough from houses, it would be too close to Main Street and disrupt the aesthetics of the area, towering over power lines.

    Mayor Carol Rios said shed hoped the service provider would have looked into alternate locations for the tower, but a representative from T-Mobile said the company had already invested signifi cant time and money in the proposed location, where cell service is most in need of improvement.

    I dont feel this site is the appropriate site for a cell phone tower, said Rios. Theres other options, and Im kind of disap-pointed that T-Mobile isnt going to look at those options. Weve pointed out places where wed be more than willing to work with them. I know there is a cost, but if you have someone that is willing to work with you, I see this as more of

    Singular T-Mobiltower approved

    by Samie HartleyStaff Writer

    see Tower page 18A

    Calendar ..........................23BClassifieds ........................14BEntertainment ................11BFood .................................12BHealth & Beauty ...............8BMilestones .......................19AOpinion ...........................13ASports .................................1BTalk About Town ..............5AWebExtras! .......................1B

    INSIDE

    Fanged fans tout Twilight

    They were screaming for a screening of New Moon. And the long-awaited premiere didnt disappoint.

    Page 3A

  • NOVEMBER 27, 2009 COMMUNITY THEPRESS.NET | 3A

    Twihards emerge under New Moon

    While the new moon had come and gone, millions of adoring fans gathered in the glimmer of the waxing crescent last week to celebrate the highly-anticipated fi lm release of New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight saga.

    The staff at Wild Orchids Salon in Antioch had been patiently counting down the days to Nov. 19 when at 11:59 p.m. theyd gather with dozens of other Twihards to be the fi rst to see the new movie featuring the love story of mortal Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen.

    However, the team at Wild Orchids decided to take it a step further, dressing up for the midnight premiere, sporting vampire makeup and plastic fangs.

    Makeup artist Chris Bustos, a fellow Twilight fan, helped transform the dedi-cated fans by lightening their skin with white powder, using smoky eye shadow to create a sunken effect around the eyes, and applying red gloss on the lips to complete the undead alter egos.

    We bought our tickets in Septem-ber, Bustos said as he glammed stylist Amber Paschall. Were really excited. A lot of us have been rereading the books and watching the fi rst movie to prepare for tonight. Were all going out to dinner before the movie too, so its going to be a lot of fun.

    While Bustos has been a fan of Twi-light since the books fi rst came out, Pas-chall is a newcomer who fell in love with the story after seeing the fi rst movie.

    Im so excited, Paschall said. Theres just something about vampires thats exciting. Sure, theyre a little creepy,

    but theres a mystery surrounding them. And the love between Edward and Bella is so interesting because its a forbidden love.

    The forbidden love between Bella and Edward has been enthralling readers since Stephenie Meyers Twilight fi rst

    hit bookshelves in 2005. After the star-crossed lovers fall for each other in the fi rst book, New Moon fi nds the couples undying devotion tested as Edward leaves Bella in order to protect her from the risks associated with a vampire-human relation-ship such as his brother thirsting for her blood. With Edward out of the picture, Bella grows closer to her childhood friend Jacob, who turns out to be a werewolf, a sworn enemy of the cold ones.

    The love triangle has Twihards tak-ing sides around the world, but the staff at Wild Orchids is Team Edward all the way, and front desk coordinator Debbie Siino leads the charge.

    I love Edward. Id marry him, con-fessed Siino. Hes so sexy. Hed do any-thing for Bella even if that means leaving her in New Moon to protect her. Thats actually why New Moon is my least fa-vorite in the series because theres not enough Edward, but thats part of the fun too because youre waiting to see if and when and how theyll be reunited. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.

    Siino, wearing an Im a sucker for vampires T-shirt, got into the series early on and has since become what Bustos de-scribes as Twihardcore.

    I guess you could say Im obsessed, Siino said. Ive made a Twilight shrine at my house. Ive read the books four

    by Samie HartleyStaff Writer

    Staff members of Wild Orchids Salon in Antioch get ready to sink their teeth into New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight saga. The group dressed up for the midnight premiere of the lm, which debuted last week.

    Photo by Samie Hartley

    see Twihards page 18A

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