So This Happened...Week of March 22 -28

So This Happened…Week of March 22 -28

So This Happened...Week of March 22 -28CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — It seems that things are still moving in the right direction as Contra Costa County opens vaccination availability for anyone 50 or older, local theater troupes look to the fall season while movie theaters reopen and schools continue to hone their reopening plans. (Read more: “Clayton Valley Charter begins hybrid learning” and “MDUSD and Teachers Union planning for full-time reopening in the fall”)

Home loan options: But as many still struggle with the financial devastation caused by COVID-19, real estate columnist Lynne French offers an update on forbearance plans for homeowners.

The great outdoors: Clayton’s Lydia Lane Park, tucked away in a residential neighborhood, provides a friendly vibe plus easy access to the George Cardinet Trail. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in more biking opportunities in Concord, the city is seeking public input about construction of a shared pedestrian-bike path on Monument Boulevard. You can join the discussion on Zoom Wednesday night, March 31. And in yet another sign of recovery, the East Bay Regional Park District has re-instituted the volunteer Trail Safety Patrol.

You say tomato As the weather heats up, the Pioneer’s Garden Girl welcomes spring with a primer on tomatoes that thrive in our sunny clime.

Reading for change: Clayton resident Cheryl Willis is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to bring Rise Up Against Racism little libraries to town. The libraries emphasize the power of books to open minds, spark conversation and inspire change.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

Firewise advocates proactive steps for fire-prone areas.

After 12 years of the Pulse, many issues remain the same.

The Scientific Method is the foundation of modern science.

“Virgil Wander” a fascinating character study.

Folx find “not good enough” view makes the climb harder.

Concord PD arrest 3 for DUI.

City of Concord invests in sustainable safety.

Gray may be hot, but it can leave a room feeling cold.

It’s Thunderbolt time.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened…” If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

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.