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In case you were wondering why firefighters like Jimmy Laughlin, seen here at Balfour Road and Fairview Avenue in Brentwood, were standing in traffic brandishing footwear recently, it was all part of the Fill the Boot fundraising effort for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters have been doing the same thing all across the country in recent months, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fight the dreaded disease, while at the same time making local gridlocks a bit more interesting.
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Red means stop – or is it yield? Drivers making a right-hand turn from Discovery Bay Boulevard onto Willow Lake Road recently might have felt like they passed into the Twilight Zone. It seems the county and Public Works Department are in a push-me-pull-you predicament as to whether the turn from DB Boulevard onto Willow Lake Road should be controlled by a stop sign or a yield sign. Over the past few weeks the signs have changed so often that drivers have been stopped and ticketed for going through a stop sign that the day before was a yellow yield. Frustration abounds, but hope springs eternal that the powers that be will eventually become of one mind – or at least one sign.
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Citizens of Oakley and neighboring communities came out big time to support Ally Jenkins on Monday night during a fundraiser at Oakley’s Black Bear Diner. Nearly $12,000 was raised – the sandwiches sold out in just two hours – to support the Oakley teen stricken with pulmonary hypertension on July 27 and remains in intensive care at UCSF. Special T-shirts have been made to raise money for Ally’s trust fund. The shirts, which cost $15, are available at the Diner, located at 3201 Main St. Also on sale are special wristbands, and a custom-made Johnny Cash afghan blanket, on display at the Diner, is being raffled off as well. The fund-raising continues all this month at Yogurt Pizazz in Brentwood. For more information, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/allyjenkins.
–Compiled by Press Staff