News in Brief

News in Brief

Local Minister Attends White House Dinner
Christ Episcopal Church’s Pastor Reverend Stephen McHale and his family attended that White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. on May 3. 

The McHales received their invitation to the exclusive event as a result of a very special family connection. McHale’s older brother, actor and comedian Joel McHale, was the headliner at the dinner. Joel hosts The Soup on E! TV and played Jeff Winger in the NBC comedy series Community. 

The reverend and his wife met President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama before the dinner. 

This year’s dinner marked the 100th anniversary of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Newspaper reporters assigned to cover the President founded the organization in 1914. It was later expanded to include reporters from broadcast and online media outlets. The spring dinner was started in 1920.  

Water Quality Report Now Available from EBMUD
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) treats the drinking water that 1.3 million residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties consume. 

EBMUD recently released its 2013 Annual Water Quality Report, which guide customers through their specific water treatment processes as well as ensure them that their water is of optimum quality. 

The water quality report includes charts and statistics on contaminants found in drinking water. It also discusses a plan of action for people with a low resistance to these contaminants.

The full report is available at To have this report mailed to you, call 986-7555 or email