Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 25, 2011

News digest

No. 100,000 on Express Lane

Lab equipment technician Larry Uruquat of Pleasanton took the 100,000th trip on the new I-680 Express Lane last month. Uruaqut, a technician for Beckman Coulter, says he uses the lane two days a week en route to service calls in the Palo Alto area.

The southbound Express Lane opened Sept. 20 over the Sunol Grade from Pleasanton to Milpitas, and its weekly average usage has increased since then by more than 20%. The lane reached a high of 2,024 users on Jan. 20.

The I-680 Express Lane operates Mondays to Fridays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. The lane is "open to all" at night and on weekends. California Highway Patrol officers provide enforcement using visual and electronic means via FasTrak tags.

Laugh for a good cause

The third annual PAR 4 Kids' Sake Comedy Night will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at Tommy T's Comedy Steakhouse in Pleasanton, which again will give 100% of tickets sales to the cause. Resident Regina Stoops will be the opening act, using her personal knowledge of raising an autistic child to keep the audience entertained.

Tickets are $20 each; two for $35; or a table of 10 for $150. Call 461-0501 or go to www.par4kidssake.org.

PAR 4 Kids' Sake is dedicated to raising funds for research to help special needs kids, and to help them attend camp at the Taylor Family Foundation's Camp Arroyo in Livermore. It also supports the School of Imagination in Dublin, and the SOI/Happy Talkers community outreach program. So far PAR 4 Kids' Sake has donated nearly $1 million to these causes.

Swimming, diving at Las Positas

Beginning this spring semester, Las Positas College will offer Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving intercollegiate teams.

"There is a lot of excitement about the season," said Head Coach Jason Craighead. "We are one of the few community colleges with new facilities."

The new Aquatic Center, which also is used by community organizations, features a pool house, 13-lane competition pool, and six-lane instructional pool.

"Three to five years from now, we will have an extremely competitive swim and dive program that will be in the top five or 10 in the state, Craighead added.

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