Antioch PAL to hold “Legos and the Law” Saturday, August 22

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The Antioch Police Activities League will be hosting the first “Legos and the Law” activity on Saturday, August 22, 2015. From 9-11 am, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando and other members of the police department will be on hand to help Antioch residents between the ages of 5-10 build some cool Lego creations.

LEGO logo 75x75 Antioch PAL to hold “Legos and the Law” Saturday, August 22Who: Antioch residents ages 5 to 10 with a parent or guardian

When: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Antioch Police Department’s Community Room

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is only for the first 25 children who RSVP. No walk-ins will be allowed to participate. To register please call (925) 779-6875.

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Publisher @ July 27, 2015

New Antioch Smart & Final Extra! store already giving back to the community

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Friday, July 3 is the busiest day of the year for Smart & Final. Last year, the company sold 621% more private label hamburger patties, 470% more hot dog buns and 300% more red cups on that day alone.

Smart & Final has affectionately coined the days leading up to the summer holiday weekend as “Engagement Days,” which were all-hands-on-deck, this year with more associates and company executives from all levels chipping in to handle the crowd rush. Even Smart & Final CEO, Dave Hirz—a former bag boy himself— took part in the fun by stocking shelves, ringing up customers, and even gathering all the carts in the parking lot.

On Thursday, July 2, as a way to show appreciation for customers and commitment to their communities, Smart & Final partnered with Feeding America, this year to package and donate food and everyday staples for families in need. Their Antioch store, just opened in May, provided packages for100 families in the Antioch community.

Smart & Final is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer for household and business customers. Smart & Final Extra!, one of the company’s newest store concepts, is designed to enhance the household consumer’s shopping experience and also includes changes to benefit business customers. The Extra! Stores are much larger and carry a greatly expanded selection of products in key categories like produce, fresh meat, frozen foods, dairy, deli and grocery basics like cereal, yogurt, bread and snacks. In addition, they have everything that small businesses, clubs and organizations need on a daily basis.

The Antioch Smart & Final Extra! store and is located at 2638 Somersville Road on the outside of the Somersville Towne Center.

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Publisher @ July 27, 2015

Antioch man dies in motorcycle accident, Sunday night

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By Corporal R. Martin #3343, Antioch Police

On Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:45 PM, Antioch Police Officers responded to the area of Hillcrest Avenue near Deerfield Drive on a report of a solo motorcycle collision. Upon arrival, Officers located the motorcyclist, a 25-year-old male Antioch resident with multiple injuries. Paramedics arrived on scene and pronounced him deceased.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441 or Officer Robert Solari at 925-779-6900 ext.82372. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Restore the Delta offering bus rides to Sacramento for Tuesday public hearings on Delta Tunnels

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By Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Restore the Delta

One of two public hearings on the Delta tunnels project will be held in Sacramento on Tuesday, July 28. They are making it an open house so that they don’t have to listen to public comments or respond to the outrage of hundreds of thousands of Californians who oppose the destruction the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas.

Help us transform the open house.

Our goal: a video of how large we really are to share with the Secretary Jewell at the Department of the Interior and with President Obama. We will provide you with insightful questions to ask, help you craft your own thoughts, and plan some spirited, yet respectful activities to transform their dull open house into a party to oppose the tunnels. Let’s win this thing once and for all! We need to pack the “public hearings” on the Delta Tunnels!!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday in Sacramento — that’s where we will be from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown.

Restore the Delta is hosting buses to the “Open House”/Public Hearings on the new Delta Tunnels Environmental Impact Report.

Sacramento Hearing: Tuesday July 28, 2015

3-5pm Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento

Buses to Event:

Antioch: 1:30pm – 115 Lauritzen Ln, Oakley

Discovery Bay: 1:30pm – 871 Marina Blvd.

RSVP to Jennifer@restorethedelta.org or 209-475-9550

If you cannot make the July 28 date from 3:00p to 7:00p, there is a second public meeting on July 29 in Walnut Grove (see here).

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Publisher @ July 26, 2015

BART to host online town hall Tuesday to answer questions about transbay shutdown

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Got questions about our planned Transbay Tube closure? BART officials will host a live online town hall meeting from Noon-1pm on Tuesday, July 28th to answer questions about the work taking place the first weekend in August and during Labor Day weekend to repair a critical section of track near the Transbay Tube.  BART officials from Operations and Maintenance and Engineering will take questions that have been emailed or tweeted in before and during the webcast.

Riders can ask questions about how the lifeline bus service will work, the closure of the West Oakland Station, what it means for the rest of the system, details about the work being performed and why it’s important, and any other related question.

How it works

  • Starting today and through the live event you can email your questions to BetterBART@bart.gov.

  • Starting at 9am on Tuesday, July 28th, you can tweet your question by tagging @SFBART. We will also monitor the feed during the event for those with questions once the town hall starts. We will not be responding via Twitter. You must watch the town hall to see if your question was answered.

  • The town hall will be held from Noon-1pm on Tuesday, July 28th. Watch it live at www.bart.gov/townhall. To watch the meeting, make sure you have Microsoft Silverlight downloaded on your computer. Google Chrome is not compatible with Microsoft Silverlight so you must use another browser to watch the event.

An archive video will be available at the same location immediately following the event for those who couldn’t watch it live.

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Antioch Police arrest man for 2012 murder at bar, Tuesday morning

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By Allen Payton

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at approximately 5:50 AM, Antioch Police Detectives served an arrest warrant in the 10 block of W. 17th Street in Antioch for Rudy Cuellar.

Rudy Cuellar has been wanted for numerous warrants since 2012 to include a $1,000,000.00 warrant for murder. Cuellar was arrested inside of the home and later transferred to the Martinez Detention Facility.

On March 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM, Antioch Police received a 911 call from Cruisers Saloon reporting that a shooting had just occurred. It appears that a group of males who had been kicked out of the bar earlier in the night, returned with baseball bats specifically with the intention of starting a fight. The fight started inside the bar and then moved just outside the bar’s front door. One of the males, who had been kicked out earlier, pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot inside the bar.

Lizandro ‘Tony” Bertolazzi, a 38-year-old married father of four, and Marine veteran was at Cruisers Saloon on A Street early that morning when he was struck by gunfire.

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Publisher @ July 22, 2015

Nationally touring Beatles tribute band returns to Pittsburg stage on August 21

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Remake of a photo of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show (l-r) Nate Bott (“John”), Axel Clarke (“Ringo”), Jesse Wilder (“George”) and Chris Paul Overall (“Paul”)

Abbey Road performs at California Theatre as part of 125 city tour

PITTSBURG, CA – Almost everyone knows that The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed bands in rock and roll history because their music has the hypnotic qualities that made teenage girls scream and artists today and yesterday cite them as one of their influences.

While many of us don’t have the opportunity to see the two surviving Beatles Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live in concert these days, the closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert will be Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles on Friday, August 21 at 7:30 pm at the California Theatre in Pittsburg.

With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world.

Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia and Abbey Road attire. Hear the piccolo trumpet solo on Penny Lane and the full orchestration of A Day in the Life. Relive the emotional intensity of Paul’s moving Yesterday solo, as well as the high energy of stadium songs like Twist and Shout and other Beatle hits.

The show delivers!” said the L.A. Times. “If you see one tribute show, see this one – smart and loads of fun,” said the O.C. Register. “This is the ticket for you,” said the Idaho Statesman.

The band recently concluded a three month run at the Harrah’s Reno showroom and will perform a 30 show residency at the Harrah’s Laughlin showroom this summer. Abbey Road also headlines Harrah’s Tahoe and Houses of Blues across the country. The Abbey Road band performs in musical biography of the Beatles called “In My Life,” which performed to a capacity audience at the California Theatre last year.

The show in Pittsburg is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S. and Canada. The show has been touring since 2008.

For more information visit www.abbeyroadtributeband.com or www.facebook.com/abbeyroadtribute.

CALENDAR:

Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles plays at the California Theatre in Old Town Pittsburg on Friday, August 21 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are  $25 – $45 and may be purchased online at www.PittsburgCaliforniaTheatre.com, by phoning 925.427.1611 or by visiting the theatre box office. The box office is open Tuesday – Friday from noon – 5 pm and one hour before shows. The California Theatre is located at 351 Railroad Avenue in Old Town Pittsburg, California. The show is appropriate for all ages.

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Publisher @ July 21, 2015

Antioch Speedway: Shawn DeForest takes IMCA Modified Main Event; Mark Garner wins one for his dad; Sorensen victorious in Hobby Stock battle

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(071815) Antioch Speedway Action – Shawn DeForest of Livermore slides through the high-banked turns of the Antioch Speedway clay oval in route to winning the IMCA modified feature Saturday night. (Antioch, CA) photo by Mike Adaskaveg

Antioch, CA – Watch the weather forecast if you want to know who is going to win at Antioch Speedway. When humidity rolls in, Livermore’s Shawn DeForest is the driver to beat in the International Motor Contest Association Modified stock car division.

We excel when the track holds a little moisture,” DeForest said after driving the car of Jim Reid from Knightsen to victory. “Don’t bet against us on a night like this.”

DeForest was untouchable in leading the feature event, Saturday night, July 18.. The battle for second between Petaluma’s Michael Paul, Jr. and Kyle Wilson of Salinas had the fans on their feet.

Wilson was challenging Paul, running second for ten laps, for the entire distance to the checkered flag. It was on the last turn of the last lap that Wilson snatched second from Paul, who was held up by the lapped car of Ed Daviess.

I just got sandwiched between Kyle (Wilson) and that lapped car,” Paul, Jr. said. “I had to slow a bit.”

We both stayed on the gas deep into the third and fourth turn,” explained Wilson of he and Paul, Jr.’s battle. “He just lifted his foot for a second and that was all I needed – I took full advantage of it.”

Paul, Jr. charged back to finish alongside Wilson, with Wilson taking second by a half car length.

Bobby Motts, Jr. of San Pablo was fourth, and Scott Busby of Martinez fifth.

Garner Wins for His Dad

Mark Garner of Antioch celebrated a win for his dad in the Northern All Stars Limited Late Model Division. Jerry Garner, battling cancer, was able to be in the stands to see his son bring home a hard fought victory.

It is an important year for us – I’ve dedicated the season to my dad, who is the reason I am racing,” Garner said. “To win with him in the stands is something I will always remember.”

Early leader Jim Freethy of Danville exited with s shredded tire, with Garner taking the lead. Veteran drivers Larry Damitz of Vallejo and Mike Gustafson of Concord then began chasing Garner.

He (Garner) was in the right groove,” said second place Damitz, who got alongside Garner a couple of times. “I tried to pass him but there wasn’t much I could do to get traction.”

Ricky Thatcher from Mariposa chased Gustafson across the line, with Mike Hynes of Suisun City following in fifth.

Sorensen Takes Hobby Stock Thriller

El Sobrante’s Chris Sorensen scored his second win of the season in the Hobby Stock Division, but the win didn’t come easy. Concord’s veteran figure eight racer, Jimmy Robbins jumped into a friends hobby stock to “shake it down” and wound up shaking up Sorensen.

I tried to get him on the low side, the high side and on the backstretch,” Robbins said. “Man, we had some fun out there.”

Sorensen echoed the excitement.

It was a thrilling race,” Sorensen smiled. “I couldn’t believe he could jump into a hobby stock that hadn’t been driven in a long time and make it perform like that.

Kimo Oreta of Vacaville, who finished third, had a bird’s eye view of the excitement in front of him.

I was ready – and I was worried that it could get ugly as those two battled it out, but everything went just fine,” Oreta said. “I stayed low on the track to get traction, but there wasn’t enough track to make a move.”

Michael Cooper of Bay Point finished fourth, with last week’s winner, Chase Templeton from Brentwood challenging.

Wingless Sprint Heartbreaker

Concord’s Keith Shipherd led the Northern All Stars wingless sprint car feature from the drop of the green until eight laps to go, when Chase Wood, Jr. of Milpitas stalled on the track.

Shipherd, hoping for a win on his birthday, wound up crashing hard at the start of the backstretch as he avoided Wood, Jr.

I had too much speed,” Lamented Shipherd, whose car was wrecked in the front and rear. “I was hit him or hit the wall, so I chose the wall.”

Jim Perry III from Concord passed Rick Panfilli of Antioch to take the win. Perry III overcame an early spinout to make it his third win of the season.

It is strange how things turn out in this division,” Perry said. “After I got bumped and spun, it didn’t look like a win for me. I’m happy I could turn it around and win.”

Marcus Smith of Manteca finished third, followed by Alan Miranda and James East of San Jose.

This Week At Antioch Speedway

IMCA SportMods and DIRTcar late Model Stock cars highlight the five division program at Antioch Speedway on Saturday night July 25. The Northern All Stars Wingless Sprint Car, Hobby Stock and Dwarf car division will also race in a complete program of qualification heats and feature events.

Antioch Speedway is located within the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch, Calif. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for children 6-12. Children under six years old are admitted free. A family four pack of tickets is $40. Secured parking is offered by the Fairgrounds for $5. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.ovalmotorsports.com.

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