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In Brief: Antioch Water Park offers free entrance for military on Memorial Day

Water Park to offer free entry for veterans on May 28
The Antioch Water Park will honor the military on Memorial Day, May 28, with free admission for all active and retired military personnel with a current identification.
The Antioch Water Park is at 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, in Prewett Community Park. The park opens at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day and closes at 6 p.m.
The admission rate for family members and friends is $16 per person and guests enjoy all the attractions at no additional charge.
To learn more about the Antioch Water Park, call 925-776-3070, or visit the city’s website at .
— from staff reports
Police Department to debut Youth Academy July 23-27
If you have a teen with an interest in law enforcement, then the Antioch Police Department has a program for you. And, for the right price — free.
The APD debuts it Youth Academy July 23-27 for those 14 to 18 years old. The weeklong event gives teens the chance to meet the officers and APD employees “in a relaxed environment,” and experience some of on-the-job duties. Hands-on experiences include fingerprinting and scenarios and problem-solving activities.
Participants will also interact with the K-9s and their handlers, have an opportunity to go on a ride-a-long with an officer and observe the dispatch center in action.
Also included will be the person and property crime investigations, crime scene investigation, SWAT, hostage negotiations, traffic stops and more. Each day will provide a new experience modeled after the Police Academy.
Held at the APD at 300 L St., lunch is also provided. Teens must live in Antioch or attend school in the Antioch Unified School District. Class is limited to 20 students and all must attend all sessions. To apply, go to . For more info, email .  
— Trine Gallegos, correspondent 
Council makes new Planning Commission appointment
The Lafayette City Council appointed architectural designer Kristina Sturm to the Planning Commission, bringing the total number to four on the panel.
Sturm was appointed at the council’s May 14 meeting to the Planning Commission. Sturm, who has lived in Lafayette for more than eight years, has served on the city’s Circulation Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Downtown Congestion Study Committee and the 2015 Sales Tax Revenue Committee.
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She joins Vice Chair Gary Huisingh, Steven Bliss and recently appointed member Gregory Mason on the Planning Commission.
In late March, five of the seven members of the Planning Commission resigned, citing the city’s new, strict conflict-of-interest policy. In early April, the council decided to double as the Planning Commission and reduced the number on the commission to five members on an interim basis, pending the appointments.
The Planning Commission is responsible for Lafayette’s general plan and zoning ordinance and review of development applications.
— Jon Kawamoto, staff
Big turnout for Special Olympics event at Liberty High
On May 11, 415 student athletes hit track and field facility at Liberty High School for the annual Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program Track and Field Events. The student athletes’ ages ranged from kindergarten to transition students (ages 18 to 22).
Throughout the busy morning and early afternoon, the student athletes took part in a number of track and field events.
Sherri Roberti, Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program coordinator and special education teacher, said, “Despite the blustery day, we had more than 40 special-education classes in attendance. The students had a blast engaging in the turbo-javelin, softball throw, standing long jump, and the 50- and 100-meter races.”
The event’s East County participating special education classes came from the following schools: Krey, Los Medanos, and Turner elementary schools; Hillview, Martin Luther King, Edna Hill, O’Hara Park, Park, and Rancho Medanos middle schools; Antioch, Deer Valley, Freedom, Heritage, Liberty, and Pittsburg high schools; and Deer Valley, Gateway Program, Heritage, and Liberty transition schools.
— from staff reports

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