So This Happened...Week of March 18 through 24, 2024

So This Happened…Week of March 18 through 24, 2024

So This Happened...Week of March 18 through 24, 2024CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 24, 2024) — From badminton to baseball, Pioneer sports editor Jay Bedecarré looks ahead to the new sports season – while also highlighting key players from winter’s teams. Meanwhile, 70 members of the Terrapins headed to the Phoenix Invitational for USA Swimming.

Springing into action: With temperatures rising, it’s time to prepare your vegetable garden, and the Pioneer’s Garden Girl offers her expert advice. Or for a quick fix, head over to the Concord Farmers Market for seasonal treats like green garlic, pea shoots or mustard greens.

Top of the class: Diablo View Middle School is a 2024 California Distinguished School, the fourth time the school has received the state honor. “Diablo View Middle School is extremely honored and humbled,” said first-year principal Vicki Wilson.

Meanwhile, College Park High in Pleasant Hill was the latest school to host the CHP’s Every 15 Minutes program. The experience includes a mock DUI accident in which at least one student dies. “I hope it has a lasting effect on my friends,” said junior Connor Nachand, who portrayed a student thrown through the windshield of a vehicle. Concord High students are next on the local calendar with a March 26 presentation.

CNWS progress: Community input will be key as the city of Concord and developer Brookfield move ahead on development plans for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. On March 19, the City Council unanimously approved a Term Sheet that will serve as a template for housing, commercial property, community amenities and open space over the next 40 years. Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister credited the developer for the change in attitude among residents toward the project, which is now under its third master developer. (Read the full story.)

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Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

From the police: Gunfire leaves two dead in Pleasant Hill robbery attempt; Concord man among six arrested for child exploitation crimes; former ConFire battalion chief admits to felony grand theft; and the latest arrest report from Concord PD.

Letters to the Editor: Clayton council needs to investigate staff turnover, and new Concord rent rules are punitive.

Pleasant Hill Park security upgrades in motion before slaying.

Concord High grad Rebecca Barrett is county Woman of the Year.

Business as usual for Joann Fabric despite Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Contra Costa animal services helps keep pets safe.

From firefighters to farmworkers, East Bay artist draws what she sees.

Passing on info about a sneaky bodily function.

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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.