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News Digest: 'Unmoored' author at library | Zone 7 earns award | Leadership Livermore recruitment

Author J.R. Roessl is appearing at the Livermore Civic Center Library on Aug. 27.

'Unmoored' author:The Livermore Public Library is welcoming J.R. Roessl, author of the memoir "Unmoored: Coming of Age in Troubled Waters", for a presentation next Sunday (Aug. 27) at 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room at the Civic Center Library at 1188 S. Livermore Ave.

Set in the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, the book follows a 16-year-old girl embarking with her family on a sailing trip in a boat built by their father.

"'Unmoored' is a story of adventure, revelation, and ultimately redemption. The outcome is never guaranteed, and sometimes not even the journey is a sure thing, but the discovery of resilience, strength, and most of all forgiveness is an inspiration for those who have dared to dream and thought they failed," library officials said.

Roessl, who is based in Pittsburgh, Penn., will sign books and answer questions. Learn more at

Zone 7 award: The Zone 7 Water Agency has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2021-22 annual comprehensive financial report.

This marks the seventh year that Zone 7 has earned the award that reflects the agency's "commitment to responsible fiscal management, transparency and public accountability," according to Osborn Solitei, Zone 7's treasurer and assistant general manager of finance.

"The preparation of this annual report represents the culmination of a concerted team effort by the entire staff of the Finance and Accounting departments, Office of the General Manager, and other departmental staff, who have demonstrated their professionalism, dedication, efficiency and transparency in the preparation of this report," Solitei added.

Leadership Livermore: The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce is recruiting applicants for its 2023-24 Leadership Livermore program.

Participants will take part in monthly meetings from Oct. 24 to June 18, 2024, to help "develop their understanding of leadership roles and learn about prevailing issues within the Livermore Valley," chamber officials said.

"Leadership Livermore is a program designed to identify, train and motivate the finest current and future leaders from all segments of the Livermore community. Its aim is to prepare participants for involvement in community oriented leadership roles," they added.

The program is open to the public at a cost of $999 for chamber members and $1,099 for non-members. Visit


About the Author: Jeremy Walsh

Jeremy, a Benicia native and American University alum, joined Embarcadero Media in November 2013. After serving as associate editor for the Pleasanton Weekly and, he was promoted to editor of the East Bay Division in February 2017.
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