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March 25, 2014 > City of Fremont Briefs

City of Fremont Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Should electronic cigarette retailers, lounges, and vapor bars be permanently banned within city limits? The City of Fremont is seeking feedback from its residents on permanently banning electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) retailers, lounges, and vapor bars within city limits. Weigh in on Fremont Open City Hall, our online forum. On Feb. 11, the Fremont City Council established a temporary ban on e-cigarette retailers, lounges, and vapor bars. The City would like input as to whether this temporary ban should be permanent.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that may resemble smoking a cigarette. It is only minimally regulated by state law and the health risks of inhaling the vapors are unknown. The City of Fremont currently has eight retail establishments that sell e-cigarettes and include e-cigarette lounges and vapor bars. Please feel free to submit your feedback at

Tennis Anyone? Lessons begin April 1 through April 9, all ages and ability levels, so register now and become a student of the all new Fremont Tennis Academy. Classes begin the first week of April, with additional sessions starting in May and June. All City of Fremont instructors have undergone extensive training based on the USTA National Player Development Coaching philosophy and methodology. Lead instructors are PTR certified and create a positive learning environment. Be sure to check out all our classes at the Fremont Tennis Center and our new locations including: Niles Community Park, Sylvester P. Harvey Park in Ardenwood, and Warm Springs Community Park. Players will learn to rally on age appropriate balls and courts. Check our Spring Recreation Guide for more lessons and details at or to register visit us online at For more information, contact Nigel Pugh at or (510) 790-5510.

Taught by the award-winning dance instructor, Ms. Dana Roy, our Dance Hip Hop with Style (Ages 8 to 14, Course #205390) begins April 1. This class is perfect for kids who want to bring their groove to class and have fun with some funky Hip-Hop beats! Filled with high energy movements, this class guides students through learning the basic fundamentals of Hip Hop. Students will learn and review simple sequences of Hip-Hop choreography, as well as the fundamentals of Locking, Waacking, and Groovin'! Soon, your kids will be dancing with rhythm, confidence and style! Wear comfortable sneakers and bring a water bottle and your fun and fresh attitude for Hip Hop! Check our Spring Recreation Guide for more dance classes and details or to register, visit us online at For more information, contact Debra Crenshaw at or (510) 790-4351.

Take Our Pedestrian Master Plan Update Survey WhenÕs the last time you took a walk? The City of Fremont is looking for input on how to enhance the experience and safety of walking in the community, with a focus on improving mobility for all. After all, mobility is the key to connecting people and enabling businesses, schools, organizations and neighborhoods to thrive. Please take a moment to take our survey by visiting For more information please contact Rene Dalton in the Public Works Department at or (510) 494-4535.

Compost GiveawayÑTwo Free Bags Full! Fremont residents Ñ thank you for feeding your food scraps and yard waste to your green organics carts each week. Now, because of you, the plants in your garden will be able to enjoy quality compost that was made from your very own contributions! Feel free to take advantage of your efforts and pick up two free bags of compost on Sunday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, or while supplies last, at the Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 41149 Boyce Rd. WeÕll be there, rain or shine.

If you plan to stop by, we ask that you please bring your current Republic Services garbage bill as proof of your householdÕs participation in the CityÕs curbside organics program. YouÕll see signs directing you to the loading area, where weÕll be helping you transfer the compost into your vehicle. And if your family member or neighbor is unable to attend, you are more than welcome to bring their Republic Services bill and pick up their compost for them. This giveaway is brought to you by the City of Fremont, in partnership with Republic Services and the Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station. For more information, please contact Republic Services at (510) 657-3500.

Free Zero Waste Workshop Want to know what you can do to become a more sustainable citizen? Join us for a free informational workshop led by ÒWaste SleuthÓ Todd Sutton. YouÕll receive an individualized ÒPledge CardÓ as well as a number of free resources to assist you in achieving your sustainability goals. Workshop will be held Tuesday, April 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City of Fremont Development Services Center, 39550 Liberty St. in the Niles Conference Room. For more information and registration, contact Sustainability Coordinator Rachel DiFranco at or (510) 494-4451.This workshop is available thanks to grant funding from the Altamont Education Advisory Board.

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