Archive for March, 2011

Be on Lookout for Scam Artist

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

On March 20 at  7 p.m. in the 2400 block of Cambridge Drive in Antioch, a male posing as an AT&T employee came to several houses stating he had a special offer for the elderly residents.  The subject had an AT&T  identification card with a photo, that upon closer examination did not match that of the suspect.  The suspect asked for personal information, indicating it was part of the sales procedure.

AT&T has been contacted, and it has been confirmed that this was not one of their employees.  The Antioch Police Department would like to make this information known to the public so that they don’t fall victim to any such fraud.

If anyone has any similar future contacts, please call local police if the suspect is still present.  Anyone with information regarding similar past contacts in Antioch, please call Detective Kollo at 925-779-6895.

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Volunteers Needed to Keep Antioch Beautiful

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Keep Antioch Beautiful Committee is seeking volunteers for the 2011 Keep Antioch Beautiful volunteer cleanup event. Last year, over 900 volunteers turned out for the first all-volunteer event and 11,740 pounds of trash was collected and deposited in Allied Waste dumpsters located at local schools.

The 2nd annual event is once again chaired by former Antioch Councilmember Parsons and will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30-11 AM. A free volunteer thank you lunch will be served following the event at Contra Loma Regional Park. This is your opportunity to give back to your community,  

Many individuals and organizations are supporting this event and the event is funded fully by the following sponsors: City of Antioch, Antioch Unified School District, Allied Waste, Honeywell, Walmart, Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, Genon, East Bay Regional Parks, Pinky’s Klassy Kar Wash, Paintball Park, Paradise Skate, Dick Straub, Safeway, Operation Homefront & ECMFF, Target, Staples, Fast Signs, Jim Lanter Antioch State Farm Insurance Agent, Antioch Coin & Jewelry Give Always to Others & Company (GATO), Delta Bowl, Central Self Storage of Antioch.

Groups, service clubs and others are volunteering at the event. Volunteer groups include: AHS & DVHS Key Club, Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission, Antioch Rotary, Boys Scouts Troops of Antioch, Kiwanis of the Delta, Operation Homefront & ECMFF, Rivertown Preservation Society, Rotary Club of the Delta, Target Employees, UCBN.

To sign up for the event, you may register on line at www.art4antioch.org. For more information call (925) 779-6137, option 1. You can also follow us on Facebook “Keep Antioch Beautiful” Group.  Committee members are also available to speak to clubs, groups, organizations, etc.

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Youth Summit at LMC on April 16

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

As word spreads among young people and the buzz gets on the Internet’s social networking sites, the Youth Summit sponsored by Supervisor Federal Glover continues to grow in attendance and offerings.

Young people, from 5th grade through high school are encouraged to attend the 2011 Youth Summit. The annual event will be held at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, California on April 16, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The theme of this year’s conference is: Got Your Back! “The summit is a safe, healthy environment for young people to get some useful information that can help them in their lives,” says Supervisor Glover, “and have fun at the same time.” 

Besides speakers and workshops on topics as diverse as how to find a job, the increase of incidents involving girl-on-girl violence, dating and job training. “We will have a great lineup of entertainment and other fun stuff,” during the lunch hour,” says Paul Adler, who the supervisor assigned as coordinator.

“There will be dancers, rappers, a deejay, martial arts and more,” says Adler “Kids will have a chance to see the Sheriff’s helicopter up close, get a healthy free lunch and breakfast, or get a free manicure.”

Tri-Delta Transit will also be giving out free youth passes to the summit participants, which will be good all summer long. 

One of the morning highlights will be a session when the young people will be able to throw questions at local elected school, city and county officials on issues affecting youth.

“Last year, there were questions about the cutbacks in city-run recreation departments, school uniforms, city policies on smoking and the easy access to alcohol for teens,” says Adler. “Who knows what questions will come up this year? The kids can ask anything of the elected officials.”

Supervisor Glover began the youth summit when he was a Pittsburg City Council member. As Contra Costa District V Supervisor, he began sponsoring the county-wide event in 2002.

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Extreme Delta: Inland Voyage

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Extreme Delta: Inland Voyage
Part of the Oakley Science Week
Saturday, May 7
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by the Delta Science Center € Ironhouse Sanitary District € Diablo
Water District
450 Walnut Meadows Drive (Cross Streets Districts Way and Main Street),
Oakley

Come Pet a Shark! Get hands-on with the SF Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta Marine Life and Ecosystem.

Displays, craft projects, water conservation tools and fun facts about the Delta and the Water You Drink.

Special tours of the Ironhouse Sanitary District’s New Wastewater Plant,
(still under construction), will be available.

Free Family Fun

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State President to Speak at NAACP East County Branch Banquet

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The East Contra Costa Branch of the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People, will hold its 54th Annual Banquet on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

California State NAACP President Alice Huffman

The keynote speaker will be California State NAACP President Ms. Alice Huffman. The event, which will begin at 6 p.m., is the key fundraising activity for the branch. The event provides the funds necessary to support the branch’s programs and activities. This year’s theme is Celebrating The American Family.

Banquet tickets to the event are $65 which includes a one year membership to the NAACP or $50 without an annual membership. The event will take place at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord, California. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Jessica Alexander, Banquet Chair at 925.753.5089 or visit the branch’s website at www.naacpeastcounty.org or send an email to info@naacpeastcounty.org.

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Giants Opener at Bases Loaded Followed by Karoake Tonight!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
TONIGHT, Thurs, March 31st, The World Champion Giants season opener with Tim Lincecum pitching against the Dodgers is on at 5PM, followed by Karaoke with Dave and Christina of Rodeo House at 8PM! Catch it all at Bases Loaded!

Friday, April 1st, Live Music with “Stop Talking.” Stop Talking makes their Bases Loaded debut, featuring former members of the popular Inflatables, these versatile musicians rock, so come out and and enjoy some serious classic and danceable rock standards.

Saturday, April 2nd, marks the return of East County’s own “MamaLuke!” “MamaLuke”, as the story goes, is Italian slang for “moron,” so don’t be a Mamaluke! – come out on Saturday and see one of the Bay Area’s hottest bands!

Come by and ask about our drink specials during all Giant’s and A’s games! Tell them some MamaLuke on Facebook sent ya! Bases Loaded Restaurant & Bar. 400 G Street, Antioch, CA. 94509

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Loaves and Fishes Feeds the Hungry in Antioch and Contra Costa

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Eleanor Bonner, Operations Manager for Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa, speaks to the Antioch Rotary Club, last month.

By Allen Payton, Publisher

Representatives of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa recently spoke to a regular weekly meeting of the Antioch Rotary Club.

Formed as a nonprofit in 1983, the Concord-based Loaves and Fishes is a network of volunteers which has expanded to one kitchen, five serving sites, including one in Antioch at the American Legion Hall on 6th Street, and supplying food to three other distribution locations. 

The meals are designed to fill the nutrional needs of people for whom it may be their only meal of the day. They receive food donations from their partners: Costco, Lucky, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Lunardi’s, Aidells, The Cheesecake Factory and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Operations Manager Eleanor Bonner and Development Director Joleen Lafayette shared the growing statistics with the Rotarians.

In the 27 years feeding the hungry in Contra Costa County, Loaves and Fishes has served over 3.5 million meals. Currently they serve 10,000 hot meals each month.

graphic courtesy of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa

They are open every week day except for July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For more information or to donate funds or food or to volunteer, visit www.loavesfishescc.org.

Joleen Lafayette, Development Director for Loaves and Fishes, shares statistics and how people can support the organization.

For more information about the Antioch Rotary Club, which has been serving Antioch and the world since 1947, visit www.AntiochRotaryClub.org.

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Realtor Gary Parseghian Wins Free Ad from the Herald at Monthly Chamber Mixer

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Herald Publisher Allen Payton presents Realtor Gary Parseghian, with Security Pacific Real Estate Services, his certificate for free ads in the first issue of the Antioch Herald newspaper and on AntiochHerald.com at the March Mixer of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, while Chamber Membership Sales Representative Jack Monroe looks on.

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