Archive for November, 2015

Book Fair on Monday at Antioch Barnes & Noble to benefit East County university women scholarship program

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Delta Contra Costa Branch is hosting a Book Fair, and will receive a percentage of the net sales for the entire day, Nov. 30 if you mention their Bookfair ID number 11714250. Download flyer for details – AAUW B&Nvoucher2015

You may shop at any Barnes & Noble, not just the one in Antioch.

You may also shop online from anywhere at bn.com/bookfairs from Nov. 30 – Dec. 5 and enter their ID number 11714250 on the checkout/payment page.

Books, CD’s and DVD’s make great gifts.

During the day at the Antioch store, they will offer free gift wrapping and children’s crafts. Plus, spin the wheel and win prizes.

From 1-2 pm Antioch author, Linda Locke will be holding a book signing and doing a talk about her book, Family Fables. http://rosedogbooks-store.stores.yahoo.net/familyfables.html

Thanks for shopping and supporting AAUW – proceeds go to educational scholarships and Tech Trek.

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New Antioch restaurant now hiring, this Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Hurricane Grill & Wings ad 12-15 web

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Help a child be warm this Christmas with a pair of new pajamas donated at Antioch’s Umpqua Bank

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Give back this Christmas Season by providing a new pair of Pajamas to children in need in East County.

We are collecting New Children’s Pajamas

for ages 4 to 16 years old

Now thru December 10th

Please drop off an unwrapped package to one of these

Collection Locations:

Umpqua Bank – 3700 Lone Tree Way, Raley’s Center, Antioch

Fremont Bank – 200 Sandcreek Rd Suite F, Brentwood

Or donate by mailing a check to:

International Orphan Relief Foundation

2420 Sandcreek Road C195, Brentwood CA  94513

Contact Phone: (925) 418-4109 or online at www.iorf.org

All Donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive an emailconfirmation and tax receipt.

PJ’s will be distributed on December 12, 2015.

Thank You and Happy Holidays

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Antioch’s Rincon Café offers new owners, new name, same menu, but more Mexican food

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Rincon Cafe owners Jose Recino and Laura Salguera and staff welcome you.

Rincon Café owners Jose Recino and Laura Salguera and staff welcome you.

By Allen Payton

Dad’s Café in Antioch is now Rincon Café, with new, husband and wife owners, José Recino and Laura Salguera, venturing into the restaurant business as operators for the first time. But, they both bring with them years of experience. José has been a chef for 22 years and Laura has worked in the restaurant business for 18 years.

They’re keeping the menu the same as Dad’s, but are focused on adding more Mexican dishes. They plan to feature special meals during their Fiesta Fridays.

Rincon Cafe customers enjoy breakfast on Saturday morning, November 21, 2015.

Rincon Cafe customers enjoy breakfast on Saturday morning, November 21, 2015.

We want everyone to know about our delicious, Mexican food dishes,” Laura said.

Rincon means corner because that’s where they’re located – at the corner of Deer Valley Road and Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch, in the Crossings Shopping Center where Safeway is located.

The restaurant offers inside and outdoor dining on the patio, take-out, catering and private parties.

We’re very excited to be part of the community,” José stated. “We look forward to serving our current customers and meeting new ones.”

Rincon Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day and offers their Hora Feliz! which means Happy Hour, from 2 p.m. to close, each day. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call for reservations or to go orders at (925) 777-0791.

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Vote for your favorite downtown Antioch window decorations, win prizes in Rivertown’s Holiday Store Window Décor Contest,

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Download the attached ballot and vote for your favorite window or store decorations from the list of participating Rivertown businesses and be entered to win Prizes from Shops in Antioch’s Historic Downtown! Voting starts this Saturday, November 28, during Small Business Saturday. You must turn in your ballot by 5 PM, Saturday, December 12. Please mark only ONE box. 2015 Rivertown Holiday Store Window Décor Contest Ballot

2015 Holiday Window Decor Contest Ballot web

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Antioch School Board hears from teachers about problems in district, Anello’s first meeting as Interim Superintendent filled with complaints

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

By Nick Goorich and Allen Payton

During public comments at the Antioch School Board meeting on Wednesday, November 18th, parent Candi Amigo shared concerns about parents of eighth graders not being aware “there will be non-themed options for eighth graders going into ninth grade.”

They don’t have to choose an academy,” she continued. “December 11th is the deadline for choosing.”

But, she said she learned the school district was not going to send out notices to parents until January.

We are not being informed, properly,” Amigo added. “I’m not the only parent who feels this way.”

Interim Superintendent Stephanie Anello, in her first meeting in her new role, responded.

I’ve heard your concerns and will meet with staff in the morning,” she said.

Board President Claire Smith also offered a response.

Those kids who want to be in the general education pathway…we need to always maintain that,” she stated.

English Language Development

Another parent, Nallely Malaspine, shared her concerns with the English Language Development (ELD) program.

The whole program needs restructure,” she said to light applause from the many faculty in attendance.

I’d like to see this program become a priority to the district,” Malaspine continued. “We are in a very big need of bilingual assistance. We don’t have any bilingual teachers.”

We’re killing these kids’ home language,” she added. “We’re teaching them in just English.”

Smith responded briefly, stating that state law has something to do with the district’s limitations in the area of bilingual education.

Class sizes

Deer Valley High teacher Scott Benedict shared his concerns about the number of students in the special education classrooms, and lack of teachers.

We feel it’s critical. Some are up in the 22 to 25. It drives a lot of our suspensions and referrals,” he stated to heavy applause.

We’re using like a 1970’s model for hiring, we wait until April,” he added.

Gill’s paid leave

Lone Tree Elementary Teacher Sarah Nichols wanted to know why Superintendent Dr. Don Gill was placed on paid administrative leave, to strong applause.

He’s being paid for eight months,” she exclaimed. “Couldn’t the money be used for something else?”

Substitute Teachers

Antioch High French teacher Sara Savacool, Political Chair of Antioch Education Association, the local teachers’ union, joined several teachers in expressing her dissatisfaction with the current state of substitute teaching in the district.

I’m here to talk about subbing,” she stated. “It’s a mess.”

Savacool made it clear that there are too few substitute teachers available, leaving many overworked.

There are not enough substitutes in the sub pool,” Savacool continued.

She told the board that many substitutes do not receive sufficient training and therefore make less of an impact than they could and the fact that teachers are substituting in classes, during the day, earning them time off.

Teachers are using their bank days,” she said. “I have teachers getting a day a week because they’re subbing every day.”

The bank day system, in which teachers can save up time off over the course of a school year and later use them all at once as a vacation, is flawed, said Savacool, as it makes substitute teachers’ job more difficult and stretches the sub pool thin when replacements are called upon for so many days in a row.

She also reminded the board that many subs have difficulty getting their pay on time; pay can be received months after the work has been done, in some cases. “We need to revamp our hiring and training of substitute teachers,” she said. “And the pay is a mess.”

Savacool suggested several best practice strategies that she has seen work well in the past. Having permanent substitute teachers at schools, whom the students and staff know, would increase the effectiveness of the substitute teachers and allow them to make a greater impact.

Smith and the other board members, as well as Anello said they would look into the challenges and work to address each one.

The next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9th at which the new Trustee, Fernando Navarro will be sworn in to fill the vacancy left by the resignation in September by Barbara Cowan.

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Man arrested for taking his Antioch child from mother during custody dispute, threatening to kill her, Wednesday

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

By Corporal Powell Meads, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at approximately 3:43 PM, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of W 9th St for a custody dispute involving a 9-month-old female. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the child’s mother, a 19-year-old Antioch resident.

The child’s mother reported that during an argument, her estranged husband, a 20-year-old resident of Waterford, took their 9-month-old child and fled in a vehicle that did not have a car seat, while also driving recklessly. She reported that she continued to argue with the father via cell phone at which point he made threats to kill himself and the child.

The child and her father were eventually located at an apartment in Waterford. The child was not harmed and was returned to her mother. The child’s father was arrested for criminal threats and an unrelated felony warrant from Sacrament County.

This preliminary information is made available by the Field Services Bureau.

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Antioch Police arrest woman on multiple charges in assault on Antioch man, last Thursday

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Lisa Parker

Lisa Parker

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Investigations Bureau, Antioch Police Department

On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at approximately 4:47 PM, the Antioch Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 2300 block of Peppertree way for an unresponsive male after a disturbance at the location.

This incident was brought to the attention of the Antioch Police Department after receiving a 911 call from 43-year-old Lisa Parker of Antioch. She advised she had just assaulted the victim and left him on the floor of the residence as she walked to a relative’s house some distance away and called the police from there. Parker was immediately contacted at her location while officers went to the Peppertree Way address and found the victim unconscious. Parker was taken into custody and booked into the Contra Costa County Jail on the below charges. Parker and the victim have known each other for some time.

The male, a 69-year-old Antioch resident, was transported to an area hospital where he is in critical condition.

Lisa Parker Bail $2,235,000

Charges:

PC 12022(b)(1) Use of a Weapon During a Felony

PC 12022.7 GBI Causing Coma or Paralysis

PC 205 Aggravated Mayhem

PC 273.5 Spousal Abuse

PC 368 Elder Abuse

PC 664/187 Attempted Murder

The victim remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

No further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Vanderpool with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6988. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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