After nearly two full days at Fremont's 50th
anniversary bash this weekend, Margo
Ferreira was feeling plenty homesick.
"I want to
come back," said Ferreira, a Fremont
resident of 25 years who recently moved to
Modesto to buy a bigger house.
thousands of people celebrated Fremont's
50th anniversary in Central Park Sunday. For
most, it was a chance to party with family
and neighbors, but for others it was perhaps
the largest homecoming in city history.
"I miss the
friendliness," said Karen Lee, who sold her
Fremont-based deli five years ago and was
hoping to see some old friends.
Ferreira, the celebration has been one
familiar face after another. "It seems like
everyone I know is here," she said.
four years at the University of California,
Los Angeles, Natalie Lau has decided that
she'll never be a valley girl. "It's more
relaxed and family oriented here," said Lau,
who has moved back in with her folks in
the Fremont of Lau's adulthood look like?
questionnaire circulated to Fremont
residents this year yielded a wish list
headlined by better school programs and
facilities, more recreation activities, less
traffic, a BART extension to San Jose and a
performing arts center.
the Big One could strike any time.
to Fremont's Street of Dreams future
exhibit, Mary Biggs gave slide show
presentations illustrating the devastation
of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Earlier
in the day, Fremont Fire Department Division
Chief Vic Valdes had assured residents that
firefighters were trained to handle a dirty
bomb attack, she said.
"This is a
party, so it's
forum to speak about disaster preparedness,"
said Biggs, a Community Emergency Response
Team member, as most revelers passed by her
tent on their way to the nearby bouncy
Fremont is around for another 50 years,
there will be a lot of people with happy
memories of its golden anniversary party.
that it's for families and it doesn't have
that commercial feel," said Shiny Shyu, who
moved to the city 11 years ago.
Williams, a native of England, said the
highlight for her as a mother of two young
children were the bouncy castles, and, as it
is every day in Fremont, "the mix of
a working nose and taste buds could savor
the city's diversity. The food court's
offerings included passion fruit tea,
bratwurst, tandoori chicken, kebabs,
Portuguese sausage, Hawaiian snow-cones, and
Malasada, a Hawaiian and Portuguese
doughnut. Meanwhile, a band played a mix of
country music and '80s rock.
like the idea of my children being here in
50 years for the 100th anniversary,"
Williams said. "I don't know where they'll
live then, but there's always something
special about the place you're from."
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