CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Apr. 24, 2022) — Residents gathered April 16 for a somber memorial for Mt. Diablo High School student Jose Castillo, who was killed while riding his bicycle home from school in February.
As the school community rallied to send money to his family in his native El Salvador, students and teachers also shared memories of the recent immigrant. “He was one of us,” said sophomore Anahi Nava Flores.
Arrest in Concord shooting: On April 17, Concord police arrested a suspect in the shooting of a bicyclist at Meadow Lane and Johnson Drive the previous morning. Traffic had been closed in the area as investigators combed the scene. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Concord PD.
New marching orders: Jim Verrett is the new CEO for Blue Devils Performing Arts, replacing Shaun Gallant. Verrett has been involved with the Blue Devils Board of Directors since 2018. “We conducted an extensive search for an individual with the experience and skill set we believe essential to build upon the foundation that the leadership team has established, and to shepherd the organization to new heights,” said board president Donna Batchelor.
Fresh from your garden: With a nod to Earth Day, consider planting fruit trees, grapes and berries in your yard. The Pioneer’s Garden Girl Nicole Hackett explains how to enjoy the best of nature’s bounty.
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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.