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February 17, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
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Giving during Catholic Schools Week
St. Isidore School student Atticus Novak and parent Heidi Novak donate clothes to St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County. Workforce development trainee Nana Bediako accepts their donation, one of more than 100 bags donated by families at the Danville school during Catholic Schools Week. An estimated 900 items of clothing were donated, providing much-needed clothing for children and men. Parents were able to drive-through and drop off their donations as they brought their children to school, or picked them up.
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St. Paul salutes young scientists
St. Paul School in San Pablo for the first time ever has placed every student entered in the Diocesan Science Fair, which was held Feb. 8 at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. Pictured with their science teacher, Catherine Simpson, are Ethan Agabon, a seventh-grader who won a third place; Melina Pena, a seventh-grader who won first place and grand champion in behavioral sciences; Laurence Macaraeg, an eighth-grader who received an honorable mention; and Andrew Salibay, an eight-grader who won third place. Not pictured are Juliana Orellana as seventh-grader who won second place, and Genesis Sanchez, an eighth-grader who won third place.
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During the Feb. 13 Black History Month assembly at Alameda's St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, the 70th anniversary of the Port Chicago disaster — a horrific munitions explosion that killed 320 people, and injured some 400 others — was remembered and honored. The dead were mostly untrained African American sailors who had been loading munitions aboard two ships. The explosion at Port Chicago, later renamed the Concord Naval Weapons Station, subsequently led to a mutiny because another group of Black soldiers, still reeling from the incident, refused to load any more ammunition aboard ships and helped accelerate efforts to desegregate the Navy. Two members of the school's alumni, Spencer Spikes II ('81) and Morris Soublet Jr. ('62) talked about their fathers who worked at the munitions base in 1944.

Maya Bello, a senior at Oakland's Holy Names High School, has been selected as a 2014-2015 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship program recipient. The scholarship is an award of $1,000 and is given in recognition of the efforts of young people who are helping make our communities stronger.

Mariya Moore, a student at Salesian High School in Richmond, was recently named to the East team of the McDonald's All-American game. The game is April 2 at the United Center in Chicago. Salesian High recently inducted three of the school's alumni into the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame: Jocelyn Leche '02, Jahvid Best '07 and Madison Burfict '92.

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The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will broadcast "What Every Catholic Needs To Know About the Bible," an in-depth look at the Bible that refutes common misunderstandings about biblical theology. A panel features Brant Pitre, Michael Barber, Jesse Romero and Scott Hahn; at 11 p.m. Feb. 22 and at 2 p.m. March 1.

Another special program is titled "Trustful Surrender to God, " featuring a young father of four as he shares wisdom about trusting God, reconciliation, and living in His will each day while battling Lou Gehrig's Disease; at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 and at 2 a.m. March 1. All times are Pacific Time. EWTN is carried 24 hours on Comcast 229, AT&T 562, Astound 116, DISH Satellite 261 & Direct TV 370. In Alameda, EWTN airs on Comcast 30.

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