So This Happened...Week of July 3 through 9, 2023

So This Happened…Week of July 3 through 9, 2023

So This Happened...Week of July 3 through 9, 2023
Clockwise from left: 4th of July parades brought the red, white and blue to Concord, Clayton and Pleasant Hill. The ladies of the Clayton Woman’s Club celebrated 50 years. Local competitors on the NBC TV show American Ninja Warriors include Alan Connealy of Concord.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 9, 2023) — The Fourth of July holiday kept county firefighters busy – with dozens of fires believed to be caused by fireworks. According to ConFire, crews responded to more than 80 incidents on July 4. That’s a big spike over last year, when there were 79 fires reported from July 1 to July 4.

Meanwhile, local citizens celebrated our country’s independence in style, from souped-up vintage cars to kids on bikes, all decked out in red, white and blue. Check out our photos from events in Clayton, Concord and Pleasant Hill.

Go ahead – pull that thread: Now you have one more way to keep up with local news, because the Pioneer has created a Threads account. Meta’s new social media platform is tied to the newspaper’s Instagram and has the same handle, Concord.Clayton.Pioneer.

Marking 50 years of community service: Eldora Hoyer and Emmy Joakimson launched the Clayton Valley Woman’s Club in 1973. Today’s members celebrated the club’s golden anniversary with a lunch gathering, where the local district president presented them with a special certificate for their efforts on behalf of a variety of local groups.

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Concord chiropractor among local competitors on new season of “American Ninja Warrior.”

Join Rep. Mark DeSaulnier for a Transportation Town Hall on July 10.

Historical society to auction books about Bay Area bridges and more.

Is a rental property a good investment in 2023?

Concord seeks community input for Homeless Strategic Plan.

Obituary: Melinda “Mindy” Molloy Moore.

Hope Hospice offering free grief workshops.

Clayton Police report for June.

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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.