So This Happened... May 23 through 29, 2022

So This Happened… May 23 through 29, 2022

So This Happened... May 23 through 29, 2022
Clockwise from Left: College Park High seniors revisited their old elementary school before graduation. Memorial Day stories celebrate sacrifice. Concord Naval Weapons station redevelopment project hits possible roadblock.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 29, 2022) — On this Memorial Day weekend, Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris reflects on the grandeur of the WWII Memorial on the National Mall and shares the stories of three individuals whose war experiences had an impact on him. The Pioneer also recalls the tale of the bomber nicknamed Thunderbird.

Naval Weapons Station update: The Concord City Council agreed to extend the negotiation time with Concord First Partner’s (CFP) over its plan for the former Naval Weapons Station, but the council did not approve requested changes to the Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA). Jeb Elmore of CFP said they were “disappointed with the results of our proposed ENA amendment but very much appreciate the city’s commitment to CFP by extending our negotiations to promote continued dialogue.”

It’s graduation season: Students at Gregory Gardens Elementary made a “tunnel of Gators” to welcome the graduating seniors from College Park High, who took a walk down memory lane at their old school in Pleasant Hill. Meanwhile, four local high schools celebrated 18 student athletes who plan to play college sports after graduation.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

Carondelet students build tiny house for local farm workers.

Graphic designer “feels the joy” when creating digital art.

Grayson’s bill boosts support for manufacturing.

Prepare your home – and barbecue – for summer.

Center for Elders’ Independence celebrates 40 years of helping East Bay elders thrive.

After two virtual years, Cancer Support Community Hope Walk returns in-person.

From butterflies and birds to reptiles and jellyfish, explore East Bay parks’ wildlife.

Memoir explores the “Wonder” of training assistance dogs.

Delving into housing market and interest rates.

Concord gift card program returns.

Local “writers/riders” can submit entries for BART’s short fiction contest.

Concord Police arrest report.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened.” If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.