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DOING COLLEGE

Does test preparation really help in college admission?

An Alamo resident asks: I don't mind spending money if it's well spent. What are the benefits of test prep? Does it work and how much do test scores count in...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2010
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AROUND TOWN

Downtown studies need public exposure

Two outside consulting agencies have been hired to help the city and the Pleasanton Downtown Association come up with marketing and nightlife entertainment strategies...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Mar. 12, 2010
Last comment by Savannah, on Sep 30, 2010 at 3:40 am | 8 comments | 8433 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Colleges want to know why you are applying. Here's how to respond to this important question!

Question: I am having trouble with a question that it seems all the private colleges on my list ask: "Why do you want to attend our college?" What are the colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 19, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Common Application Can Streamline College Admissions

Question: I keep hearing about the Common Application? What is it and why is it important? ~Danville resident Dr. LaScala responds: The Common Application (www.commonapp.org)...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Don't Let A College Education Bury You in Debt!

It has been wisely noted that money rarely goes to those who need it most, but rather it winds up in the hands of those individuals who best understand the process...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 9, 2010
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AROUND TOWN

Financial woes continuing at daily newspapers, which are mirroring state in ordering staff ?furloughs?

State of California workers aren't the only ones being required to take days off from work without pay, being called "furloughs" in business-speak. Tough times...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Feb. 11, 2009
Last comment by ru_vladimir, on Jul 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm | 6 comments | 6464 Views

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Don?t count Nostrand out in future elections

Fellow business associates and friends crowded into a newly-expanded outdoor seating area the other day to celebrate its official opening at the Hop Yard American...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Jul. 22, 2010
Last comment by You Know You're Old School Pleasanton if....., on Jul 24, 2010 at 9:39 am | 2 comments | 8628 Views

DOING COLLEGE

7 Steps to Successful College Admissions Transfer: Part II

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. Although I have been an advisor for years, my heart still skips a beat...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 23, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Navigating the Transfer Path in College Admissions

Community college student Danielle Guzman dreams of transferring to Cal State San Diego. Her goal: to earn a bachelor's degree in social work and work as an adoption...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2010
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AROUND TOWN

Mommy jewelry? Now I know!

I've never been a shopper for mommy jewelry, but maybe I'll start. There's a lot of demand for these personalized mini-tags and necklaces, making and selling them...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Apr. 3, 2009
Last comment by Kimberly, on May 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm | 2 comments | 8205 Views

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Smoking ribs for a benefit

It's hard to be a food taster when you're faced with an abundance of carefully smoked ribs at a Fairgrounds cook-out. It was the second annual "Taste of Summer"...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on May. 28, 2010
Last comment by pharmacy technician, on May 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm | 2 comments | 8190 Views

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Amador coach among 4,700 losing jobs at NUMMI

This week, my good friend and lifelong Pleasanton resident Ken Villegas will find himself unemployed for the first time since graduating from Amador Valley High...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Mar. 29, 2010
Last comment by Pleasanton Mom, on May 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm | 29 comments | 9920 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Getting Organized for Your Senior Year

Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 10, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

Admitted to Your College? It's Time for A Fresh Look

I would bet that the Class of 2010 seniors will be spending some time at their mailboxes and and checking email messages over the next few weeks. They will have...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 15, 2010
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AROUND TOWN

Bill Berck just keeps on going

It's hard to recall all the schools and organizations former Pleasanton School Superintendent Bill Berck has served, but he's not done yet. In fact, at age 76 Berck...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Aug. 24, 2007
Last comment by Suzanne Barba, on Mar 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm | 2 comments | 6956 Views

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Pleasanton Marine helps those who lost loved ones in war

Given the growing hassle over flying commercial, we might all want to sign up with Col. Chris Buescher on his next all-volunteer "Snowball Express." Buescher, an...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Jan. 1, 2010
Last comment by payday loans no credit check, on Feb 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm | 2 comments | 8422 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Amid Recession, You Still Have to Pay for College

In those agonizing months between sending out college applications and waiting for those admission decisions in the spring, many high school seniors and their parents...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 11, 2010
Last comment by Ralph N. Shirlet, on Jan 11, 2010 at 9:56 am | 1 comment | 7637 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Hurry Up and Wait: What to Do After the College Applications Are Sent

As the parent of three daughters who are all at different stages in their lives, I can tell you first hand that life does not begin with an acceptance letter from...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 4, 2010
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DOING COLLEGE

College Admission and Score Choice: What You Must Know

Hollie took her SAT exam in the spring of her junior year in high school and performed poorly. She prepared over the summer and tested again in the fall of her...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 28, 2009
There are no comments yet. 8535 Views

AROUND TOWN

Pleasanton's own 'Wikipedia' says goodbye

While many of us are celebrating the holidays with family and friends, Dean and Mary Lu Campbell will spend the week busily packing up their Pleasanton house for...

Original post made by Jeb Bing on Dec. 25, 2009
Last comment by Lucky to know Chico, on Dec 26, 2009 at 11:37 pm | 2 comments | 8239 Views
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