Week in Review: $25 Million Youth Center Nears Completion; Bloggers Support Food Trucks

The top stories in the Castro Valley this past week.

Here’s a brief look at the three most-read stories on Castro Valley Patch this week:

$25 Million Youth Center Nears Completion

The $25 million Ashland Youth Center, located at 16335 E. 14th St., is almost complete. The 31,500 square foot, two-story facility is the largest youth center being built in the country at this time. It came together with the help of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD), the former Alameda County Redevelopment Agency, the San Lorenzo Unified School District and input from the community. The project has been named "Reach" -- an acronym for how it will offer local kids with help in recreation, education, art and culture, careers and heath.

Elderly Man And Woman Hit By Car Taken To Eden Hospital

Two seniors, a man and a woman, sustained major injuries and were taken to Eden Hospital in Castro Valley early Friday morning after being hit by a car in Cherryland. According to the California Highway Patrol, the pedestrians were crossing the street at Meekland Boulevard and Blossom Way when they were struck by a car whose driver did not notice them. The driver stopped and called authorities. The injured pair were taken to the hospital.

Bloggers Support Food Trucks

In separate posts, bloggers David Ashton and Rachel Bradley-Gomez supported the idea of food trucks coming to Castro Valley. Ashton, who made a New Year's resolution to visit every Castro Valley restaurant, says "trying to block food trucks is counterproductive and closed minded." Similarly, Bradley-Gomez, a corporate chef, says she finds herself "leaving Castro Valley to seek out a level of quality that simply doesn't exist in town."


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Mitchell Lehrman March 10, 2013 at 04:52 PM
OK Patch: The pros and cons of this youth center.......PRO.The HARD seems to be a special kind of organization that seems to take care of business very well. Our experiences in the community dealing with the HARD have been beyond positive and we hold them in very high esteem. The cons? Many young families are Fatherless. No Father is a poor start to success. Here is also the mentality of not being a success on many levels which becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Let's hope this youth center becomes a positive source in this community where young people can get view of what life is like outside the ghetto, help them make constructive choices and turn that prophecy around.


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