So This Happened...Week of Feb. 6 through 12, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Feb. 6 through 12, 2023

Clockwise from Left: Vandalism in Pleasant Hill playgrounds. Year of the Rabbit mural in Concord. Valentine’s Day weddings at Martinez Cobra Museum.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 12, 2023) — ’Tis the season: Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit by checking out a new mural in downtown Concord. One of the volunteer artists named the vibrant rabbit “Riley” in honor of a beloved pet. In a nod to another February holiday, the county Clerk-Recorder’s Office is offering “destination weddings” on Valentine’s Day at the Cobra Museum in Martinez. Now that’s love, American-style. This month also brings a plethora of movie options. Columnist Jeff Mellinger praises the performances of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in “Banshees of Inisherin.” Of “Women Talking,” he writes: “Though the subject matter is not for everyone, the film deserves to be seen.”

Police tag park vandals: Pleasant Hill officials reported that five minors have been referred to juvenile probation for damages to Pleasant Oaks Park and Sherman Acres Park. The police are also reminding residents to call 911 if they see a crime in progress.

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently.

Contra Costa offering free animal adoptions through February. Plus, ARF adoption stars looking for forever homes.

Letter to the Editor: Reducing energy costs as natural gas prices rise this winter.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of wastewater in Contra Costa County.

Concord police arrest report.

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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.