By Nikki Silverstein
Hero: In last week’s Hero & Zero, we featured a photo of an overflowing garbage can in Marin City. For weeks trash was heaped beyond the capacity of the waste receptacle and heavy breezes turned the nearby vegetation into a dump. Seriously, the can hadn’t been emptied in weeks. We continued to monitor the situation and just this morning we met Charles, a resident of Marin City and an employee of the private company contracted to clean up a playground behind the crammed-full rubbish container. Charles explained that he is new to the job, but takes great pride in his community and will empty the can regularly and pick up the litter in the surrounding area. Thank you, Charles, for caring about your work and your neighborhood.
Zero: The raucous residents of a retirement community in San Rafael rocked out last week during a live performance by Marin favorites Jack and Adele. In the middle of the afternoon, clad in tie-dye T-shirts, the seniors, whose average age is 88, celebrated the 1960s by listening to American classic songs and reminiscing about their yesteryears. All of the fun apparently became too much to bear for a neighbor at an adjacent condo complex and she called the center to complain about the noise. They responded by turning down the sound. That wasn’t enough for the woman, who called yet again, this time threatening to contact the cops if the octogenarians didn’t stop partying hardy. Lady, what’s next? Asking toddlers playing in a sandbox to quit giggling?