Our Neighbors: Richmond attorney takes green practices to parks foundation

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm

William Acevedo, a Richmond resident and attorney who leads the Green Business Practice Group at a large Oakland law firm, can now expand his environmental interests following his recent appointment to the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation.

The 39-year-old nonprofit foundation provides direct support for the East Bay Regional Park District, raises donations and invests funds for future use, bringing in more than $35 million in donations, land and in-kind services since 1969.

Acevedo, an attorney and partner at the Oakland law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, was appointed to a two-year term on the foundation board.

"I have enjoyed the various regional parks and advocated for the park district for a long time," he said in a statement. "My new role on the board will increase my capacity to help the park district flourish."

The foundation is dedicated to supporting resource protection and preservation, educational and recreational programs, and acquisition of parklands, as well as assisting programs that provide broader public access. Programs the foundation helps fund include a camp for disabled children, camp scholarships for disadvantaged young people, environmental and habitat restoration projects, renewable energy resources for district buildings, developing new parks and trails and assisting municipal parks and recreation departments.

"Parks of this kind offer needed educational, recreational and ecological elements, and now, more than ever, it is important to keep our parks healthy, protected and accessible for residents, visitors and especially youth," Acevedo said.

The Green Business Practice Group at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean advises clients on sustainable design and construction issues, as well as contractual disputes, environmental contamination claims, toxic tort, personal injury and property damage matters.

Acevedo isn't a newcomer to community involvement. He has served on the Economic Development Commission and General Plan Advisory Committee in Richmond and acted as counsel to the board of the Rosie the Riveter Trust.

To learn more about the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation, go online to www.regionalparksfoundation.org.

BUGS FUNNY: "Catch the Reading Bug" is the summer theme at area libraries, and two free events play on that slogan this week.

The puppet show "Bugsy Brown, Private Fly" buzzes into the Children's Room at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, at 3 p.m. Thursday. Bugsy is spending his birthday on the job when a beautiful black widow spins her way into his office in the family show presented by Swazzle Puppet Theater and sponsored by the Richmond Public Library and the Friends of the Richmond Public Library. Details: 510-620-6557.

# The East Bay singing and songwriting duo Sandi & Stevie will bring a "high-energy, interactive, educational and environmentally friendly bug show for kids" to the Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday. Their program of original, insect-related compositions is suitable for ages 3 and older. Details: 510-524-3043.

AROUND WEST COUNTY: Last week's item about the farewell concert for Albany children's librarian and Times columnist Julie Winkelstein may not have been clear about the date. The performance of songs from Latin America by Duo Amaranto is at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Winkelstein is departing to pursue advanced studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, which was ranked 18th in a new list of top party schools in the United States. Have a good time, Julie.

# The series of free music and movies in Pinole continues this week in Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Boogie Men will play "nostalgic music of the '40s, '50s and '60s." At sundown Friday, the musical "Hairspray" will get an outdoor screening.

# The colorfully masked grapplers of Lucha Libre Mexicana (Mexican freestyle wrestling) return at 6 p.m. Saturday to the Richmond Veterans Hall, 968 23rd St. This is the second wrestling program produced by promoter Phil Ferratt of El Cerrito, who hopes to make wrestling and other shows regular events in West County. For tickets or details, call 415-760-9478 or 415-912-0489.

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