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East Bay Stand Down-free medical treatment for US military vets and their families-Sept. 11-14, 2014, Pleasanton Fair Grounds. Treatment includes a free pair of subscription eye glasses courtesy of the Lions in Sight organization.

If a special trial-run farmers market proves popular next Wednesday, Hayward residents and workers in the neighborhoods around Life Chiropractic College West and Chabot College may soon enjoy a new regularly-scheduled event right in their back yard. The new market, operated by the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, will include a full accompaniment of sellers and the locally-sourced produce they provide. Held at the Life West Health Center, the market will also provide information and resources on sustainability, health and wellness.

If interest in the August 27 event proves sufficient to sustain an ongoing farmers market at the location, the neighborhood would continue to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables brought directly to the market from the farm on a regular basis.
What: Special Farmers Market
When: Wednesday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Life West Health Center, 25001 Industrial Blvd. Hayward CA 94545 (MAP)

East bay residents organize to save Hayward's open space and recreation area: Friends of the Hidden Hills Racquet Clubs

Kudos Chase Bank- is now offerring "free checking accounts" to US military veterans with no strings attached. Yes! No minumum balance is required to qualify for this free checking account. Chase Bank located at Southland, Hayward, is the place to go. Do not go to the Chase Bank on Foothill Blvd., though. Their employees do not know about this offer from their bank, as we found out, recently.
California Lottery Commission stumbles: the commission changes the Mega Lotto game increasing the chance to win $2.00 while making it much more difficult to win the other amounts. Increasing the amounts of the lower prizes would have been a better decision.
How much corporate greed will Americans accept? Wells Fargo Bank was reported to be charging its customers over 300% interest on certain transactions. Planning to invest in a US Bank Certificate of Deposit (CD)? Beware that they will charge as much as an $1800 fee for early termination, as was recently discovered by a Hayward resident. Planning to purchase 2 season tickets to the Warriors? You’ll have to shell out $28,000 as discovered by another Hayward resident and longtime fan who has seen the light and is no longer a season ticket holder. Why would anyone do business with any of the above? Showman, P. T. Barnum said it best: “there is a sucker born every minute”.
What should you do if you witness a member of the police department or fire department commit a crime, violate an ordinance, or commit an infraction? Start by reporting your observation to the chief of the department as was recently done by a Hayward resident who saw the driver of Fire Engine #1 run a stop sign. We should keep members of pubic safety organizations in line because nobody else is, especially in the City of Hayward.

One business that doesn’t seem to be feeling the effect of any economic “downturn” is that of the veternarian. Local vets are charging an arm and a leg for services and at many offices, staff is not very welcoming. If you find a vet that charges reasonable prices and where the help is courteous, let pet owners know. You will be doing society a great favor. We recommend using the SPCA for spay and neutering.