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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - July 12, 2013

Letters

Thanks for Fourth

Dear Editor,

We'd like to thank the Pleasanton Weekly for helping to publicize -- in print and online -- the 15th annual Independence Day celebration in Lions Wayside Park. You helped inspire more than 600 people to brave the heat to take part in "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution." Most of the entertainment was provided by our superb Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams. As Ann Collins read the words Abraham Lincoln wrote in his Gettysburg Address 150 years ago, we were reminded how relevant those ideas remain today.

It takes about 100 volunteers to provide the music, readings, decorations, seating, color guard and hot dogs that have become a tradition for Pleasanton's Independence Day. Local Boy Scouts, Lions Club, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars all helped. We also thank event sponsor Heritage Bank of Commerce and music sponsor ACCUSPLIT, makers of certified accurate pedometers and stopwatches.

We are already planning for July 4, 2014!

Jerri Pantages Long, July 4th planning team member

Amazing New Leaf

Dear Editor,

Recently a new store opened in our neighborhood called New Leaf Community Market. It is different from other stores because it only sells healthy foods that are organics, lactose/glucose free, pesticide/hormone free, etc.

This amazing market has many of the same food items that I would get at other grocery stores, but the exception is that all the items are organic and or pesticide/hormone free. At New Leaf, they make pizza, fresh sandwiches, deli items and daily breakfast, lunch and dinner items already cooked. Plus they make daily fresh ice cream and gelatto. I could go on but I would run out of room.

My special needs daughter and I love the store and wish it to be successful. It is awesome to have such a selection of organic and unprocessed food. My daughter has special diet issues and since this store has so many safe and healthy options to choose from, it's a real life saver. And I am sure that my family isn't the only one benefiting from this new community market.

I hope that by being featured in the Pleasanton Weekly, this will raise awareness about New Leaf to all parts of the city and beyond, and we'll be able to see the store continuing to help make people's lives healthier by offering them healthier choices.

Johanna Hering

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