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E-News for Tuesday, November 27, 2018

E-News for Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Collecting Blankets and Sleeping Bags for Homeless Families in the Bay Area
Winter is here and there are many homeless in our area living in the cold. Do you have any extra blankets or sleeping bags that are gently used or new that you would like to donate? Eastin Elementary PE Specialist Darlene Crittendon (Coach C.) is collecting blankets and sleeping bags for Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter located at 588 Brown Road in Fremont, CA. If you are able to donate a blanket or sleeping bag, please make sure these items are washed and clean before donating. The blankets and sleeping bags will be distributed to the homeless population throughout the Bay Area. The Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter is part of Abode Services and runs a residential program that serves the homeless in Alameda County and beyond. All donations can be dropped off at New Haven Unified School District 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd. Union City, CA 94587

Community Meeting About Proposed Affordable Rental Housing, December 3, 8

MidPen Housing, a local non-profit affordable housing organization, is proposing to develop affordable rental apartments on the City-owned vacant land located at Mission Boulevard, D Street, E Street, and 2nd Street and is in the early stages of the planning process.  

As a part of the planning process, MidPen held community meetings in August and October, and MidPen will be holding more community meetings for community members to learn about the proposed development.

On Monday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 8th, MidPen will have community meetings to introduce the first iteration of the proposed development’s design.  Please see below and this flyer for additional details on the two community meetings.  The same materials will be presented at both meetings.

  • Monday, December 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at New Haven Adult School’s Multi-Purpose Room
  • Saturday, December 8th from 11:00am-1pm at James Logan High School’s Student Cafeteria (“The Spot”)

Refreshments will be provided and children are welcome.  Spanish and Mandarin translation services will be available.

If you have any questions, please visit or contact MidPen at

New Haven Students’ Winning Artwork to be Featured in City Winter Activity Guide

The City of Union City, Republic Services and Tri-CED Community Recycling are proud to announce the winners of the 2018-19 Recycling Poster Contest. The competition was open to all local students who live or attend school in Union City.  This year’s winning entries showcase the work of talented young artists in the community whose colorful and creative designs communicate the importance of Keeping it Clean when recycling and composting and protecting our environment. The winners will be honored at a city council meeting in January 2019 and presented with prizes and certificates. Winning artwork will be published in the Community and Recreation Services Winter Activity Guide.  The list of winners can be found here.

Logan Track and Field Team to Host Olympic Week in February

During the first week in February 2019, the James Logan High School Track and Field Team takes center stage as it hosts Olympic Week.  Olympic Week will be a celebration of athleticism, accomplishment and encouragement. Former US Olympians will visit K-12 schools throughout Bay Area school districts to share their personal and Olympic stories.  Students will be encouraged to accomplish their dreams in athletics and life through goal setting, dedication and teamwork. This clinic will be dedicated to Speed City, the 1968 Olympic team and Dick Fosbury.

Olympic Week will conclude on a high note with the 32nd Annual Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  Students and amateur athletes throughout California and neighboring states will converge on the James Logan High School campus for a unique opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most renowned athletes.  In 2016, nearly 1000 coaches and athletes participated in hands-on workshops at the largest “learn by doing” clinic in the United States. Workshop leaders include:

  • Dick Fosbury – 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and inventor of the “Fosbury Flop” high jump technique
  • Michael Powell – 2 time Olympic Silver Medalist and current Long Jump World Record Holder
  • Kevin Young – World Record Holder 400 meter Hurdles
  • Karin Smith – 5 time Olympian in the Javelin

The 2019 Clinic will have special meaning as the Bay Area pays tribute to the 1968 Olympic Team, the most decorated track and field team in US history.  In a year of war, assassinations and urban riots, the 1968 track team provided lights of hope and showcased America at its best. The 1968 U.S. track and field squad not only blew away the competition but also the record books during a historic seven days at Mexico City.  More information about the event can be found here.

November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month

The California State Legislature has designated November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.  During the month of November, the local Sikh community will be showcasing Sikh Heritage and highlighting Sikhs in history through a series of galleries across the city.  Sikhs have lived in the United States for more than a century, with many settling in Union City over the past few decades. They have made vital contributions to the life and economy of California for many years.  The main goal of these galleries is to educate and bring awareness to the local community about Sikhs.

More information about the galleries can be found here and below:

1) City Hall - carries most of the historic artifacts particularly from the Sikh Empire, Sikhs in World Wars and other items related to Sikh history. Special thanks to Sonia Dhami, Harpreet S. Sandhu and Amrinder Singh for lending us their collections

2) Mark Green Sport Center - carries images of Sikhs from around the globe to right here at home in Union City. We also have an exclusive display of Indian miniature painting and Gurmukhi Calligraphy by a renowned artist, Rupy C. Tut

3) Union City Library - will carry artifacts relevant to literature and youth

Union City Family Center (formerly Kids' Zone)
Please consider donating to the Union City Family Center (UCFC).  We are currently in need of cleansing and hygiene products for families in need: Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, and Bars of Soap.

The Union City Family Center is now an Alameda County Food distribution site! Food will be distributed every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:30 pm - 5:30 p.m. UCFC is located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA (on the Barnard-White Middle School campus). Volunteers are welcome!