So This Happened...Week of July 1 through 7, 2024

So This Happened…Week of July 1 through 7, 2024

So This Happened...Week of July 1 through 7, 2024
Clockwise from left: Fireman of the year Capt. Josh Andrews. Kids at Concord’s 4th of July parade collected candy and flags. Pleasant Hill’s parade showed off it’s red, white and blue spirit.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 7, 2024) — Yup, it was hot. A triple-digit scorcher. But everyone still managed to have fun in the sun this Fourth of July.

The Blue Devils came out in full force for Concord’s parade, but the horses stayed home this year due to the unrelenting heat. Parade participants marched on in Pleasant Hill and Clayton as well, with slightly smaller crowds decked out in red, white and blue to celebrate America’s independence.

Meanwhile, Walter Eichinger highlights other reasons to head downtown Concord this month, including the Tuesday and Thursday farmers markets and summer blockbusters at Brenden Theatres.

As the heat wave continued, officials heeded a Red Flag warning and closed several East Bay Regional Parks. For pet owners, Pioneer columnist Micki McCabe provided tips for keeping our furry friends safe.

And with fire danger lurking behind every wind gust, David Scholz caught up with the Kiwanis Club of Concord’s Firefighter of the Year. “The intimacy of this job and how you spend the time with people you work with and the people you serve have made for some of the most rewarding times of my life,” shares Capt. Josh Andrews.

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From Concord PD: Arrest report for June 26-July 2.

In real estate: Personal insights on finding the perfect Realtor.

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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.