Archive for May, 2015

Police shut down marijuana grow house in Antioch, Tuesday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By Acting Sergeant Mortimer #2843, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at approximately 4:30 PM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a residence in the 5400 block of Mojave Way on a report of a possible marijuana grow house. The homeowner contacted APD because he arrived at the listed residence to conduct a “48hr notice of inspection prior to termination of tenancy.” The homeowner requested APD assistance to make sure the residence was secure as the homeowner suspected his tenants were growing marijuana inside. When officers entered the home they discovered the house was completely converted into an illicit marijuana cultivation operation. There was no one located inside of the home and it appears as if the tenants had left days prior.

Investigators were called to the scene and ultimately seized approximately 495 marijuana plants from the home and observed the tenants were bypassing the electrical meter, stealing the power needed to grow the marijuana. The case is still being investigated by the Antioch Police Department’s Special Operations Unit.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Hoffman with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6931. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch commemorates Memorial Day at annual ceremony, Monday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Military veterans of the color guard raise the U.S. and P.O.W. flags during the annual Antioch Memorial Day ceremony at Oak View Memorial Park, Monday, May 25, 2015

The color guard of local military veterans raise the U.S. and P.O.W. flags to half mast during the annual Antioch Memorial Day ceremony at Oak View Memorial Park, Monday, May 25, 2015

 

Pastor Larry Adams of Golden Hills Community Church offers the opening prayer.

Pastor Larry Adams of Golden Hills Community Church offers the opening prayer as Remy Goldsmith of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s office, Congressman Jerry McNerney, Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, special guest speaker Clark Strickland and Master of Ceremonies J.R.Wilson, Presdent of the Delta Veteran’s Group, bow their heads at the Antioch Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 25.

Spencer Green of the Boy Scouts Troop 450 leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

Spencer Green of the Boy Scouts Troop 450 leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The Deer Valley High School band plays the anthems of each branch of the military, as veterans in the audience are honored.

The Deer Valley High School band plays the anthems of each branch of the military, as veterans in the audience are honored.

Dennis and Renee Souza and others stand during the recognition of military veterans.

Dennis and Renee Souza and others stand during the recognition of military veterans.

World War II Navy veteran Clark Strickland inspires the audience.

World War II Navy veteran Clark Strickland inspires the audience during his speech.

 

Mayor Wade Harper and Commander Henri Veilleux of the VFW Post place the wreath at the Memorial Day ceremony.

Mayor Wade Harper and Commander Henri Veilleux of the Antioch VFW Post place the wreath at the Memorial Day ceremony.

Jean Espinosa of Boy Scout Troop 450 plays Taps to close out the ceremony.

Jean Espinosa of Boy Scout Troop 450 plays Taps to close out the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

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Contra Costa County Fair opens Thursday, runs through Sunday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Exciting arena events, a concert series, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and more!

Contra Costa County Fair opening day is Thursday May 28th –Sunday, May 31st at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

FAIRadise, is the theme for a fun planned four day event for Fair-goers of all ages. The Contra Costa County Fair is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, exciting free shows, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and hundreds of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment and at affordable prices!

For main stage entertainment, the Fair’s 2015 concert series features: Summer Beach Party and Chris Gardner Band on Thursday May 28th. Journey Unauthorized and Superlicious performing on Friday May 29th, Foreigner Unauthorized, Metalachi and Cover Me Badd on Saturday May 30th and Live Hispanic Musical Celebration Sunday May 31st with entertainment from 2pm – 10pm.

All concerts are FREE with admission to the Fair.

While visiting the Fair, enjoy other highlights such Circus Imagination, Sealife Encounter, Flo the Clown, Splash Dog, Duck Races, RC Car Races, Barnyard Adventure, Roller Derby much more.

The fair is sponsored in part by the Antioch Herald.

Visit www.contracostafair.com for more information including promos and discounts.

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Antioch School Board hears complaints about English learners program

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

By John Crowder

The May 13 meeting of the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education lasted well into the night, with members of the public lining up to speak about three main issues, English Language Development (ELD), the hiring of a head football coach at Deer Valley High School (DVHS), and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

ELD

Public comments related to ELD at the meeting coincided with a report given to the Board by the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Following the report, both parents and students complained that some students were being, “wrongly classified,” as English learners. As a consequence, they said, these students were being removed from core classes during the school day in order to work on their language skills, and were, thus, being prevented from taking electives or Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

The discussion which ensued focused on the process mandated by the state of California for classifying students as English learners. According to Stephanie Anello, Associate Superintendent, Educational Services, the California Department of Education requires schools to determine the languages spoken at home by each student.

When a parent lists a language other than English on a state-mandated form they are given, the schools are then required to provide their students with, “meaningful instruction” in English. Such instruction continues until they are able to pass the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), a test that gets progressively harder each academic year.

If a parent states that a language other than English is spoken in the home, the District is required to administer the CELDT test. Some students who take the test score ‘initially fluent proficient’ (IFP) and are not classified as English learners,” Anello explained. “Those who do not are classified as English learners and receive services until such time as they are reclassified.”

Those objecting to the process indicated that the programs implemented for English learning, in some instances, were actually harming those they were intended to help. One student said that some of her friends were prevented from taking AP or Honors classes because they were, “stuck in ELD.” She called the process, “unfair.”

Willie Mims, Education Chair for the East County NAACP, said, “The English Language Survey is problematic,” because the parents who fill out the form are not aware of the consequences. He also said that he knows of a student who spoke only English, yet was stuck in ELD classes.

Mims went on to say, referring to the CELDT, that many native English speakers cannot pass the test, and that, “It’s discriminatory in nature,” because, “This one specific subgroup is paying the price for some…[bad] legislation.”

Board Member Barbara Cowan concurred with those speaking out.

It’s inequitable if kids have to take ELD classes and are thus unable to take A-G electives,” she said.

She agreed with Mims that, “the test is difficult to pass, and there are students who are English only who cannot pass the test.” But, she said, it is an issue that must be resolved with the state.

Also in agreement with those speaking out were board President Claire Smith and Vice President Diane Gibson-Gray, each suggesting that the school district work with parents by engaging their legislators to make needed changes.

DVHS Football Coach

Several parents and others spoke in favor of hiring Saleem Muhammad, currently the Strength and Conditioning/Running Backs Coach at Los Medanos College (LMC) as head coach for DVHS. All of the speakers at the meeting praised Muhammad for the work he does and has done with student athletes. “He’s all about the kids,” said one of those speaking on his behalf.

Following public comments regarding Muhammad and the coaching position, the Board entered a closed session meeting, part of which was to include a discussion of the coaching job. After the closed session, the board had nothing to report about the issue at that time.

LCAP

Also during public comments, a handful of speakers discussed the LCAP process. This followed an update regarding the LCAP given to the board at a work study session which took place prior to the regular meeting.

One speaker, Reggie Johnigan, representing the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO), spoke of the LCAP process.

The district is not truly engaging parents,” he said. “Last year…we were not taken seriously.”

Complaining that, “students are not getting the support they need to succeed academically,” Johnigan also referenced the recent threat of a lawsuit, temporarily settled with the NAACP. Saying that, “parents are ignored until a lawsuit is brought forward,” he asked for, “better engagement.”

Other speakers echoed the remarks made by Johnigan, calling for “real, authentic engagement,” and asking the board to, “stop reacting to lawsuits.”

One part of the LCAP presentation that drew a positive response from members of the public and board members alike was the emphasis on bringing back Visual and Performing Arts. Several slides shown during the LCAP presentation focused on this topic. One parent, Julie Young, thanked Anello for, “saving the Deer Valley music program.”

Board President Smith and Board Member Walter Ruehlig both emphasized the importance of music in education.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 7:00 p.m. Meetings take place in the School Services Building, located at 510 G Street.

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Registration now open for El Campanil Theater Summer Drama Camp

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

There will be two half-day sessions.

Session One: June 22 through June 26 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session Two: July 6 through July 10 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ages: 8-16

Fee: $150 per session

Attendees will learn the magic of theater and improve their acting skills with comprehensive theater training. They will have fun with improvisations, theater games, music & dance, performing scenes and one-acts, monologues, creating characters, all the while expanding their talent.

Not only will they learn about acting and auditioning, but will flourish in a supportive and safe environment, use their imagination, have fun with costumes and props, make new friends and get prepared for ECCT’s next theater season. The will gain the necessary building blocks to grow as a performer.

El Campanil Theatre Summer Drama Camp is taught and directed by Artistic Director, Sharon Redman. Ms. Redman has had over 26 years’ experience in theatre and cultural arts. She is an accomplished actor, director and cultural arts instructor.

Online Registration: www.elcampaniltheatre.com/summer-camp.html

Phone: (925) 757-9500

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Antioch to commemorate Memorial Day at Oak View Memorial Park on Monday

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Memorial Day celebration

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Highway 4 and related street closures for week of May 23-29

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES:

There are no full freeway closures planned for this week.

HIGHWAY LANE CLOSURES:

State Route 4:

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between

Railroad Avenue and California Avenue on Wednesday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

State Route 160:

There are no highway lane closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.

RAMP CLOSURES:

There are no ramp closures planned for this week.

LOCAL STREET CLOSURES:

There are no local street closures planned for this week.

For questions or comments please send e-mail to info@4eastcounty.org.

 

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Deer Valley boys volleyball team stays unbeaten through 118 league matches, wins 9th straight title, beats De La Salle for NCS Championship

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Deer Valley players attempt to block the spike of a Heritage player during the match on Friday, May 15, 2015. By Cathie Lawrence

Deer Valley’s Jacob Evans and Jacob Brannon attempt to block the spike of a Heritage player during the match on Friday, May 15, 2015. By Cathie Lawrence

Face De La Salle for the NCS Championship, tonight

By Luke Johnson

2006.

That number represents the year in which Deer Valley High School boys’ volleyball last lost a match to a Bay Valley Athletic League opponent. The Wolverines would go undefeated 118 matches later, win nine consecutive BVAL Pennants and two North Coast Section Championships.

The team who beat Deer Valley in 2006 is not even in the BVAL anymore, and that’s De La Salle. The Wolverines have not even lost a single set in the past five years; a streak that has expanded to 143 sets.

Head Coach Lou Panzella said the reason behind his great success is because he has been blessed with great players such as Jason Agopian, Noah Lebonte, Marcus Lee and Derrico Kwa. Today the team is led by a quad of seniors: Jordan Ewert, Jared Stark, Jacob Evans and Jacob Brannon; all of which have received All-BVAL honors.

One of the most different things [about this season] is that this time I’m a senior, and instead of having all these people to look up to, there are a couple people looking up to me, which is kind of a strange feeling,” Stark said. “Playing [on varsity] as a freshman, I always had these really big players on the team to look up to, and now I kinda have to hold my own and show that I am someone to look up to.”

Outside of high school, Ewert is a National and World Champion. He signed his letter of intent to play for Stanford University in November, and is on the verge of becoming the first player with 2,000 career kills at Deer Valley (currently at 1,934).

The Wolverines (38-1) beat East Bay rival De La Salle (25-5), Saturday, May 23 in the NCS Championship match, 3-1 giving Deer Valley its third straight title.

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