Week in Review: Red Robin to Stay at NewPark Mall, Woman Enters Miss California Pageant as Miss Newark

Here's a round up of the most popular stories during the week of Aug. 12.

You might have heard from a little bird — or several of them — that  would be relocating to Fremont, leaving the NewPark Mall area with yet another closed business. But according to Red Robin spokesman Kevin Caulfield, real estate specialists said there are no plans to relocate or close Newark’s Red Robin restaurant inside of NewPark Mall. Learn more about city officials’ hopes for NewPark Mall and its surrounding retail areas by reading the .


The Newark Unified School District Board of Education race has been taken off the November ballot this election year because only three candidates filed for the three seats that are set to expire at the end of this year. And of those three individuals, parent and volunteer Gary Stadler is the only one who is not an incumbent. Learn more about Stadler and find out which incumbents filed for re-election by .

A Newark resident has her eyes on the crown. The 2013 Miss California Pageant crown. Ashley Balderston, 25, has been selected as Miss Newark in the upcoming Miss California USA competition that will pit her against hundreds of women throughout the nation. Find out why Balderston decided to join the pageant and what the nutrition host’s aspirations are .

A man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and threatening family members after a lengthy dispute on Aug. 11. Police were first called to the 37100 block of Saint Christopher Street in Newark around 4:45 p.m. Saturday after it was reported that the man was holding the family at gunpoint inside a locked bedroom in the home. He was eventually arrested by Union City police after a victim called to say she had been kidnapped and threatened at gunpoint by the suspect, police said

A 59-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle in Fremont Tuesday evening, police said. Fremont police said the woman was walking westbound in a crosswalk on Civic Center Drive around 5 p.m. when she was hit by a sedan travelling northbound on Civic Center Drive. Police said it does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the collision.

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