Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 12, 2011

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The board of Open Heart Kitchen thanked Supervisor Scott Haggerty for his annual gift from the Alameda County Fair. This year he bid on and paid for a pig at the 4-H livestock auction, to be used to feed the hungry of the Valley at Open Heart Kitchen.

"How great of Supervisor Haggerty to support a Valley 4-H youth who has raised an animal for market, and at the same time provide much needed fresh pork for our free kitchen," said Linda McKeever, executive director. "The gift of the pork will provide the main protein dish for approximately 7,000 meals. We call this the proverbial win/win solution."

Open Heart Kitchen serves the hungry at five locations in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin with free, nutritious, hot meals each weekday made from scratch by its 200-plus volunteer crew. No one is ever turned away. In 2010, Open Heart Kitchen served almost 217,000 meals, and McKeever said it expects to increase that number significantly in 2011.

To donate, visit or call 580.1616. Write to McKeever at

Jon Vranesh, vice principal at Foothill High School, has been named principal at Pleasanton's Walnut Grove Elementary School, where he once was a grade school student, himself. He takes over his new job immediately, in time to prepare the school for the start of classes Aug. 23.

Vranesh has been with the Pleasanton school district for more than a decade, first as a special education teacher at Hart Middle School, then as vice principal at Pleasanton Middle School and most recently at Foothill. He also was elementary principal for three years in the district's summer school program.

Growing up in Pleasanton, he attended Walnut Grove and graduated from Amador Valley High. He holds a master's degree both in education and psychology, and has more than 16 years of experience in education.


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