(Photo courtesy Stonestown YMCA)

Stonestown YMCA celebrates this weekend after $4 million renovation completed

At 10 a.m. this Saturday the Stonestown YMCA will formally reopen to…


After residents voiced concerns about safety at Excelsior Playground, Rec and Park responded with repairs and safety measures.  (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Excelsior Playground sees improvements after rat infestation, attempted break-in at clubhouse

The hole where a rat chewed through a bathroom door into the…


Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerSecond chances:  Founder and director of the Red Rose Culinary Academy Henry Howard teaches culinary skills to help people get back into society after spending time in jail or on the streets.

Program uses kitchen to retrain ex-cons and the homeless

Since Henry Howard’s release from prison in 2006, the longtime San Francisco…