So This Happened...Week of June 24 through June 30, 2024

So This Happened…Week of June 24 through June 30, 2024

So This Happened...Week of June 24 through June 30, 2024
Clockwise from left: The owner of Canesa’s Brooklyn Heros survived a stabbing attack on Tuesday. Northgate High student Mark Burenko connects local teens with those in Ukraine. De La Salle track and field team wins end of season title.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 30, 2024) — Clayton deli owner John Canesa was recovering over the weekend after a June 25 altercation with a customer left him with six stab wounds.

Officers arrested 45-year-old Peter Kerns of Concord in front of Canesa’s Brooklyn Heros in the Town Center. Canesa’s wife Priscilla said Kerns was acting erratically and verbally harassing customers and their teen daughter, who was behind the window counter.

The sandwich shop remains closed until Tuesday, July 2. Read the complete story.

Making the world a better place: Northgate student Mark Burenko is once again asking fellow teens to join his “If I could charge the world” project, which connects them to students in Ukraine via Zoom to help them learn English. “The war destroyed a lot of schools. And even in the schools that are still there, students either have to work online because they don’t have a bomb shelter or have to frequently interrupt classes to hide during air raid warnings,” he says. “Learning English is very important for Ukrainians right now, since that is what’s used to communicate internationally.” Read the complete story.

All things Concord: The city was the star of a recent Zip Trip segment on KTVU Channel 2. “There was recognition of our people, who did a great job telling our story,” Kevin Cabral writes in his Chamber of Commerce column. Cabral also offers up some Concord trivia. Read the compete story.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

In sports. De La Salle track, golf champions claim final titles, plus a Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Zoe Lahanas of Clayton Valley Charter.

In Pleasant Hill. Police partnership with community essential.

In Concord. City takes multi-faceted approach to help the homeless, and waitlist coming soon for affordable housing units at Rick Judd Commons.

In Clayton. Parade exemplifies spirit of Pride Month.

From the county: Contra Costa offering Fish and Wildlife resource grants, and a countywide campaign to elevate trust in elections.

From the police. Concord PD arrests 2 for DUI, along with the latest reports from Concord and Clayton.

New music, new traditions for cities’ summer concerts.

Experiences as military nurse still influence artist.

Stay-at-home moms embrace new career paths.

Ornamental grasses provide visual garden variety.

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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.