I participated in a two-week Town of Danville camp called "Summer of Service" after moving to Danville from Lake Bluff, Ill., recently. I believe community service is important, and I was hoping to meet like-minded people.
On the first day I discovered I was one of nine people to sign up, surprising for a town of over 40,000 people. I discovered, to my disappointment, that I was the only person to have signed up purely of my own volition. Others were there because their parents wanted them to do something worthwhile over the summer or because a court had sentenced them to community service. Comments I heard included, "Danville's so rich, why can't we just pay someone to do this?" I'm sure this isn't the attitude of all Danville teens, but it made me wonder.
I was impressed by the services we performed, and by the planning and leadership. We spread bark in a Danville playground, and in other areas we sorted fruit at a food pantry, helped plant and clean up the Bay in Oakland, removed barbed wire and fence posts from Mount Diablo, fed the homeless at a San Francisco shelter, created kits of donated supplies for teachers, and painted the Los Cerros Middle School teen center. Fridays were designated as fun days, so we enjoyed rock climbing and a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. All in all, it was a very fun two weeks.
I was disappointed to hear the second run of the camp was canceled because just one person had signed up. Community service is important to me and also a lot of fun. If the sense of satisfaction isn't enough, teens ought to consider that service hours are either required or smiled upon in applying for colleges. Camps like this are fantastic opportunities to lend a helping hand, and it's a shame to see such valuable opportunities go to waste.
Mark Warwick, Danville
Alamo speed limit should be 25 mph
This letter was sent to District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho:
Dear Supervisor Piepho,
We the undersigned residents in the neighborhood of Jackson Way and Orchard Court would like to thank the county for getting the first phase of the improvement to Danville Boulevard in place with the recent installation of flashing lights in the pavement of the crosswalk at Jackson Way.
It is our understanding that the Public Works Department plans to study the results of the flashing lights in the pavement for pedestrian crossing at Jackson Way. In the short time that the lights have been in place, we find very little improvement in the behavior of drivers on the boulevard.
While we wait for another study and future work to be done, we ask that the county immediately change the speed light from 30 mph to 25 mph in the downtown area of Danville Boulevard. We also ask that law enforcement make a serious effort to ticket the speeders, especially those going in the northbound directions.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
93 residents in the neighborhood of Jackson Way and Orchard Court