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New boxing gym in Antioch to hold Grand Opening, Saturday

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Family‐Friendly Gym Aims to Become a Positive Presence in the Community

Double Trouble Boxing (DTB), an Antioch-based boxing gym welcoming members of all fitness levels, will hold its official grand opening event on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 1908 A Street in Antioch, CA beginning at Noon. The free, family‐friendly affair will offer food and giveaways from local sponsors such as Celia’s, Costco, Juarez and Subway; a bounce house and other treats for kids; and a waived enrollment fee for new members who sign up during the event.

We are thrilled to be hosting our supporters and the community at our grand opening on May 10,” said Michael Alexander, co‐owner of DTB. “Sharing our love of the sport of boxing as well as helping people achieve their health and fitness goals are passions of ours, and the event is our opportunity to showcase these passions as well as our first‐class facility and staff members.”

Boasting a custom‐built boxing ring and state‐of‐the‐art sound system, the 2,119 sq. ft. gym also features a wide variety of weight training and cardiovascular equipment, including free weights, treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bicycles. Classes offered at DTB were designed with athletes of all skill sets in mind, ranging from cardio and technical boxing to cycling and kids’ boxing. Personal training with DTB’s certified fitness instructors is also available.

DTB is located in the heart of downtown Antioch’s business district, a move which Daniel Castillo, co‐owner of DTB, says was strategic. “A large part of the reason we chose downtown Antioch for our gym was that we have deep ties to the community,” said Castillo. “Both Mike and I attended school in Antioch, so the city will always feel like home to us. In addition to helping revitalize the area’s economy, we wanted to provide the city’s youth a place where they could come and participate in a positive after‐school activity,” he said, referencing the large number of elementary and high school‐aged children that are members of the gym.

Despite its relative newness, DTB and its staff members are already an active presence in the Antioch and East Contra Costa County communities. The gym recently sponsored and hosted special training classes for young, African American males in conjunction with a local mentoring and advocacy program, and DTB’s staff members participated in a volunteer cleanup day for the City of Antioch. Additionally, both Alexander and Castillo are frequent attendees and presenters before the Antioch City Council. The DTB owners say that they look forward to seeking out, participating in and supporting other community‐oriented initiatives in the future.

About Michael Alexander:

Michael Alexander is the co‐founder and co‐owner of DTB and also serves as a trainer and instructor at the gym. An Antioch native, Alexander became a professional boxer in 2007 after serving in, and boxing for, the United States Marine Corps for four years. He received his degree in kinesiology with a concentration in human performance analysis from San Francisco State University.

About Daniel Castillo:

DTB co‐founder and co‐owner Daniel Castillo is also a trainer and instructor for the facility. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1999 and became a professional boxer in 2006 after several years of Golden Gloves fights under his belt as well as professional appearances on HBO, Showtime and Spike TV networks. Castillo is a professional sparring partner to many of the fighting industry’s elite athletes, including UFC stars Nick and Nate Diaz.

For more information about DTB, visit the gym’s website at ww.antiochdtb.com.

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East County friends start new line of clothing

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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By Allen Payton

A new clothing line, called Creo Collective was launched, last September, by Antioch native Corey Agopian and Brentwood natives Jon Yetter and Nate Miller.

It’s a brand that looks to push all limits of creativity, while producing quality products,” Agopian said.

Creo Space Ship T 200x300 East County friends start new line of clothingThe name comes from the Latin word crear, which means to create. The goal of the brand is to bring people together in hopes that they will go and create something new, bringing the every day life vibrant meaning and enthusiasm.

Creo Collective looks to inspire people to see everyday things in a different way.

To view the clothes, visit their website at www.creocollective.com and follow them on social media sites: www.facebook.com/CreoCollectiveClothing, Instagram: @creocollective, and Twitter: @creo_collective.

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Antioch’s J.C. Penney store saved from closure list

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

JCPenney store front Antiochs J.C. Penney store saved from closure listBy Allen Payton

J.C. Penney announced, today, it will be closing 33 of its stores across the country, as part of a turnaround effort. Fortunately, for our community, the Antioch store, one of the newer locations in the chain, is not on the list.

Only one of the stores on the list is located in California, the Rancho Cucamonga store. For the complete list of the stores J.C. Penney will be closing, click here.

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MaxMuscle to hold free holiday eating seminar Sat., Dec. 21

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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Antioch’s Givans Taekwondo expands with after school Learning Center

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Givans ad 01 14 Antiochs Givans Taekwondo expands with after school Learning CenterBy Allen Payton

Givans Taekwondo has been serving the youth and adults of Antioch for over 10 years and has expanded their program over that time

Now, owner, and martial arts Master Instructor, Ed Givans, has expanded their programs, once again, to add after school homework assistance, as well.

Our goal is to help kids and to provide them with great programs,” Givans said. “In order to better accomplish that, we have opened our new after school program.”

Givans photo 300x225 Antiochs Givans Taekwondo expands with after school Learning CenterThey have homework stations for students to do their after school work, an entertainment center, computers and more.

Because Antioch is a commuter city, they provide extended hours until 8 pm for pick-up so for parents who work outside the area.

Givans offers the first program with Olympic Taekwondo and an after school program. Taekwondo is the only Martial arts in the Olympic Games. Our program goes beyond just kicking and punching.

At Givans Taekwondo and Learning Center children and adults can learn martial arts, respect and discipline, and improve their education, all in one place. Please visit their new learning center at 4851 Lone Tree Way, Suite A1 (behind Uno Chicago Grill), call 925 777-0227 or visit their website at www.givanstkd.com.

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Dow to Host Winter Holiday Awards Dinner for Community Grant Recipients Monday night

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Over $25K Awarded to Local STEM Programs

The Dow Community Advisory Panel of Dow Pittsburg Operations has awarded six local schools or non-profit organizations grants totaling $25,300 for 2014 programs benefitting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in East Contra Costa County. Dow will host a winter holiday dinner on Monday, December 2, at which all recipients will receive recognition and present a brief summary of their upcoming projects. Media representatives are invited to attend. Please provide advanced notification to Josh Wimble of Dow Public & Government Affairs, and we will send you the event details.

There are two Antioch winners of 2013 Dow Community Grants:

Antioch Middle School (Antioch) “Site Garden Restoration” The grant will allow for the purchase of supplies to build a sustainable learning garden. The sixth grade class that establishes it and following sixth grade classes that maintain it will learn key concepts and principles of agriculture. Needs Addressed: Science, Education, Environment Amount Granted: $5,000

Homeless Animals Lifeline Organization (Antioch) “Angel Ears Dog Therapy Program” The grant will support the training and certification of homeless canines to become therapy animals for education assistance of students with learning disabilities. Special reading materials, certifications, grooming materials, reading enclosures and blankets will be purchased to pair these animals with children having difficulty learning to read. Needs Addressed: Education, Environment Amount Granted: $2,500

About Dow: Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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Office Space Available in Antioch

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

5109 Lone Tree Way Suite A

Approximately 1650-1690 SQ FT

Four Private offices\Rooms

Lobby with 6-8 L-shaped Desks

Kitchen room

Ladies and Men restrooms

Contact: Najib Zafari

Phone: (925) 209-7685

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Antioch Council approves reopening of Kelly’s restaurant and card room

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
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Antioch residents show their support for reopening Kelly’s restaurant and card room at the Council meeting on Tuesday night, November 12, 2013.

By Allen Payton

Perhaps it was the lucky numbers of the day’s date, 11-12-13, that played in his favor. But, after working with the city and being “bullied through this process by out of town interests” Antioch businessman Tony Keslinke received unanimous City Council approval to reopen Kelly’s restaurant and card room, Tuesday night.

After a year-long process, we have a staff recommendation for approval,” Keslinke said in his presentation to the council. “Following Planning Commission approval and a 5-0 vote of the California Gambling Control Commission, I am asking for a decision that is conditioned upon state license approval.”

Following public comments of a veritable Who’s Who of Antioch supporting the effort, including two Antioch School Board members, one of whom represented the Rivertown Preservation Society, a former Antioch councilwoman, business leaders, the former Chair of the Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission, an Economic Development Commissioner, as well as a variety of friends and business owner tenants of Keslinke’s ABC Building on A Street and refurbished Friendship Manor on Cavalo Road, that’s exactly what the council gave him.

City Hall needs to get rid of the red tape and start rolling out the red carpet for business,” stated Brian Bellante, owner of an auto repair business and Chairman of the Board of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.

That was followed by a rousing speech by Chamber CEO and local chiropractor Dr. Sean Wright, a former tenant of the ABC Building, which elicited the largest round of applause.

He’s [Keslinke's] done more for economic development in the last 10 years in Antioch than anyone else,” Wright said. “It’s a decision over future economic development for the next five years and the investors he’ll bring to our city.”

The “landmark Kelly’s restaurant” as Keslinke referred to it, which included a six-table card room, located on O Street, near the corner of 4th Street, has been closed for a few years. The building has fallen into disrepair and has attracted homeless people and squatters to the property.

 

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Kelly’s restaurant and card room, as it looked in the years it was open. (courtesy of 500Nations.com)

One neighbor, Ruth Riley-Evans, who owns Scotto’s Auto Body across the street, said she supported “the 24/7 operation with professional security,” which will benefit the neighborhood.

The council’s unanimous decision to approve the issue included a list of conditions, including recommendations from Chief of Police Allan Cantando, a few of which were met with opposition by both Keslinke and one speaker.

Metal detectors and full-body scanners is taking things too far,” stated Antioch resident Phil Robinson, who said he wants a place to play cards in town.

But, no one spoke against the matter and many in attendance held signs stating “I Love (heart sign) Kelly’s” and “I Love (heart sign) Jobs.” It is projected that 48 new jobs will be created at the restaurant, bar and card room.

Following the public comments, Mayor Harper said he had worked for 17 years in Emeryville, which had a card room, and wanted to “move forward on the matter tonight.” The council then approved the motion by Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha, seconded by Councilman Tony Tiscareno to give a conditional license pending approval by the state within 36 months, but not until after they received input from City Attorney Lynn Tracy Nerland and Councilman Gary Agopian about their concerns with voting on the motion without the additional conditions recommended by city staff, and amended the motion.

The Council then took a break allowing the staff and Keslinke to meet in a conference room at City Hall to hammer out the details of the conditions.

That list of conditions was later brought back to the council for their final decision on the matter, which also passed with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

Earlier this year, on the day of the Planning Commission vote, a full-color, glossy campaign-style mailer appeared in Antioch residents’ mailboxes opposing the reopening of Kelly’s. It was put out by a group that labeled itself ProtectAntioch.org. However, it was later discovered that those behind the fake organization was the California Card Club Association, and funded by the Oaks Card Room in Emeryville, California Grand Casino in Pacheco and the San Pablo Lytton Indian Casino, among others, trying to prevent additional competition. During his presentation, Keslinke referred to their representatives, saying “some of them are in this room, tonight.”

Nerland also mentioned a possible lawsuit and a possible referendum of the council vote, which could be led by the opponents.

Antioch allows for six licenses for six-table card rooms. Currently, only one, The 19th Hole, is in operation.

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