Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 1, 2013

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Cash for candy

For the fourth straight year, Dentist Steven Nerad will pay a dollar per pound of candy to trick-or-treaters, then send the candy to troops stationed overseas, who presumably will do a better job of brushing.

Nerad will also donate an equal amount of cash to the schools the youngsters attend, and the schools with the largest amount turned in will get a bonus: up to $250 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

Candy can be redeemed for money at Nerad's office, 1024 Serpentine Lane, Suite 107, Pleasanton from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Just saying 'No'

The Pleasanton Police Department collected 350 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at its fourth annual drug take back event. That was enough to fill 16 large boxes and keep potentially dangerous drugs out of the hands of people who raid medicine cabinets of family and friends.

The police department also collected needles and other sharp objects, thanks to hazardous waste containers provided by ValleyCare Medical Center. Some residents had been storing used needles for years because they had no place to dispose of them.

Representatives from Mothers with a Purpose were also at the event, offering drug abuse information and advice.

Free bird

As it gears up for Thanksgiving, Open Heart Kitchen is looking for frozen turkeys.

The optimal size is a 10- to 14-pound turkey that can feed a family with some leftovers. Stuffing mix, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce and the like will also be welcome.

More than 1,500 turkeys are needed to meet the need of the region's hungry each holiday season. Frozen turkeys can be delivered to Ridgeview Commons Senior Center, 5200 Case Ave., Pleasanton, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Turkeys can also be ordered online and delivered through many Tri-Valley grocery stores.

For more information about donations, call 580-6793.

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