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December 14, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
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Tradition of (Thanks)giving continues
For the sixth straight year, the De La Salle High School lacrosse team provided more than 150 turkeys and financial contributions to the Thanksgiving food distribution that takes place at nearby St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Concord. In thanking new Coach Jonathan Christmas and the team, the St. Vincent de Paul Society said the contributions fed more than 650 hungry Concord residents. Jane Streich, SVdP conference president at St. Francis, said the conference has operated the food pantry at the parish for more than 20 years, and annually provides more than 12,000 meals. It was estimated the team has made more than $17,000 in donations and logged more than 520 volunteer hours to this project in six years.

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Camilo Eifler, a senior at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, is among 90 of the nation's top football players who was invited to play in the Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9. Over the years the game has featured the nation's top football players, including winners of the Heisman Trophy.

Seven students of Carondelet High School in Concord recently received Jefferson Awards for their outstanding community service, demonstrating their commitment to volunteerism. Special project award recipients: Karina Rosselli '18, Niquole Marquez '18, Julia Stark '16, and Sydney Tshimbalanga '16; Continuous Service Award recipients: Isabella Book '16, Lillian Cheeks '17, and Emma Walsh '16.

The Environmental Awareness Club at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda stepped away from the classroom and traveled to Manresa State Park recently to spend a weekend camping above the Monterey coast. The students saw several pods of dolphins, observed sand crabs and stargazed, according to a Dec. 2 article posted on the school's online newsletter.

Carina Gallo, assistant professor of criminology at Holy Names University in Oakland , recently received The Burmeister Award, an award for innovative teaching by the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The award-winning project connects students and instructors at Gävle University in Sweden, and HNU in an online learning experience. The project is an extension of previous work that Gallo did with social work collaboration with U.S. students and students from Stockholm University.

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Silicon Valley philanthropists, real estate developer John A. Sobrato and his wife Susan, have made a historic $15 million commitment to the University of San Francisco, launching the transformation of the 60-year-old War Memorial Gymnasium. The Sobratos' groundbreaking gift, the largest from individuals in the institution's history, will help create a state-of-the-art athletics facility and multi-use center honoring USF's rich tradition of athletic excellence and reflecting its Jesuit commitment to educating the whole person. The Sobrato Center is the core of a comprehensive athletics facilities master plan.

Dress A Girl Around the World, a ministry which makes simple dresses for girls in third world countries, is in need of all kinds of help for its upcoming sew-fest. Helping hands are needed to assist with the sewing, ironing and cutting, and more. If you have a sewing machine or serger, bring it. Irons, ironing boards, scissors are also welcome. The next sew-fest is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at St. Augustine Hall at Catholic Community of Pleasanton.

Helpers can set their own hours and can stay for one hour or all day — but if you plan to stay the whole day bring a bag lunch. Sew-fests are usually held monthly and at different venues. Questions? Contact Suzanne Beck at 925-352-8447 or suzbeck@yahoo.com.

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