Homeless to Homeowner (*)

Article originally published on AAJA JCamp website

Co-written with Sho Sho Leigh Ho

Candy, the office manager and outreach coordinator for Project HOME, a Philadelphia non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, works the phones in a simple tan t-shirt, offset by her decorative hoop earrings and intricate three-bun hairdo.

Her work at Project HOME (Housing Opportunities Medical Education) is deeply personal: for two years of her life, Candy was homeless.

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Pleasanton Farmers’ Market: Fresh food, family, friends and fun (*)

Article originally published in Pleasanton Weekly online and in Pleasanton Weekly newspaper print front page and pages 12-13 and in Pleasanton Life magazine pg 26-27

On a Saturday morning in downtown Pleasanton, West Angela Street is often filled with the musical stylings of local singers, resounding laughter of children after balloon artist Twee Twee gives them his latest masterpiece, scattered exclamations of “It’s so nice to see you!” as old friends reunite and most importantly, the smells, colors and flavors of the freshest produce and artisanal goods that the Bay Area has to offer.

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SRVHS senior rows his way to Junior World Rowing Championships (*)

Article originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com and featured on row2k’s website

Before a race, Spencer Dettlinger goes through his normal routine of shaking off his nerves, calming down and channeling his adrenaline into pure energy and aggression for the competition.

Once he’s on the water, he is focused on one thing: getting his blade in on the next stroke, with more strength and power than the last.

That mentality is how he earned his spot in the Junior World Rowing Championships.

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Bras for the Cause raises $160,000 for breast cancer support

Article originally published in Pleasanton Weekly online 

The 12th annual Bras for the Cause 8K breast cancer walk that occurred in downtown Pleasanton in late spring raised a total of $160,000, which was recently disbursed to four local breast cancer charities, organizers announced last week.

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Short articles based off of press releases (most to least recent)

County Elections Division holding voter information guide photo contest (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Danville: ‘Improv for Everyone’ teaching adults how to think on their feet (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Moonlight Movies returning to Danville (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Danville: Eugene O’Neill Festival sure to tell some tales this September (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Danville: Music in the Park to feature four bands in outdoor concerts (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Jazz Room series bringing three renowned musicians to Danville stage (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Pleasanton ready to celebrate Independence Day (originally published in Pleasanton Weekly online and in Pleasanton Weekly print pages 5 & 7)

Fourth of July fireworks in the Tri-Valley (originally published in Pleasanton Weekly online and Pleasanton Weekly print page 6 and DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Danville: ‘Totally Trains’ exhibit showcases models, memorabilia and more (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

‘Pleasing to the Palette’ juried art exhibition coming to Danville (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Podcast series aims to introduce residents to Mt. Diablo’s history and beauty (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Danville: Role Players examine race relations with staging of ‘Honky’ (originally published in DanvilleSanRamon.com)

Addressing taste, odor changes in Pleasanton drinking water

Article originally published in Pleasanton Weekly online
and  in Pleasanton Weekly print page 6

During the summer months, some Pleasanton residents have noticed distinct changes in both the smell and taste of their drinking water — caused by algae blooms in the source water of Zone 7 Water Agency, the Tri-Valley’s water retailer, according to local officials.

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They left Vietnam but Vietnam never left them (*)

Article originally published in The Wildcat Tribune online
and The Wildcat Tribune issuu and in print in The Wildcat Tribune newspaper

2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Of those who served, only approximately 850,000 veterans are still alive today. Of those who served, 97 percent were honorably discharged. Of those who served, 91 percent are proud to have served their country (Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine).

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