So This Happened…Week of Dec. 12 through 18, 2022

So This Happened...Week of Dec. 12 through 18, 2022
Clockwise from Left: MDUSD Superintendent Adam Clark gets national recognition. Four of the student athletes who received league honors for excellence. Lily Qin and Adelina Zheng use their crochet skills for charitable causes.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 19, 2022) — Mt. Diablo Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark is a “2022 Superintendent to Watch,” according to the National School Public Relations Association.

The group honored 25 superintendents for their dynamic leadership and strong communications skills. “This year’s honorees understand just how important effective communication is in building trust and relationships with families, employees, students and community members in their districts,” noted Barbara Hunter of the school association.

Meanwhile, the county Office of Education released its annual report, which includes the year’s accomplishments as well as school funding information.

Helping out at the holidays: Through their Charitable Crochet program, high school students Lily Qin and Adelina Zheng donate homemade crocheted blankets and stuffed animals to children’s hospitals for the holidays. They also conduct classes to teach others the craft. In another sign of the holiday spirit, Concord kids received warm coats at the Knights of Columbus Christmas party. And, the Center for Elder Independence offers advice for making the holidays special for seniors with Alzheimer’s and mobility problems.

A legal look ahead. Assemblymember Tim Grayson reviews a few new laws going into effect in 2023, including ones that address housing and the state’s drought. On a brighter note, new legislation will bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to California in June.

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Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

In sports: DAL and EBAL athletes earn all-league honors for fall season excellence. And, winter sports going in full gear through the holidays.

City of Concord updates: Police launch holiday DUI enforcement campaign. Applications open for Homeless Strategic Plan Working Group. And, Pulse of Concord: Seeking guidance from the man in the red suit.

Guest Editorial: Clayton and Pleasant Hill can make it easier for young people and seniors to live here.

Twenty years of improving the well-being of Pleasant Hill residents.

Upgrades improve recycling process at Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery.

Local Islamic center honors Concord police officers.

Sharing knowledge helps end the stigma of HIV/AIDS.

Camellias begin their seasonal display this month.

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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.