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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.”
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.
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
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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.
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.
By Allen Payton
The long wait for the opening of Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill’s second location is over. Opening in late September, at the corner of Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road in Antioch, Tailgaters features an exciting place to watch your favorite sports teams.
They offer something for pretty much everyone with over 40 flat screen TV’s and 49 beers, wines and mixed drinks (including three Margaritas) and even root beer on tap, plus great food including Saturday and Sunday breakfast and brunch buffets, and two full-size pool tables and a hand shuffle board game, as well as power strips to keep your cell phone or laptop plugged in, and finally, two outdoor dining patios, also with TV’s.
After opening their Brentwood location in 2005 and enjoying success, there, they’ve been working all year to open their new, Antioch location.
They’ve built a $200,000 custom-designed tap room, kept at 29 degrees, so the drinks are served nice and cold.
“The self-contained, walk-in, refrigerated tap room runs on a mix of nitrogen and oxygen,” said Norman Poot, the brains behind its construction. “There’s not one piece of refrigeration equipment under the bar.”
It has glass and mug dispensers and operates “like a well-oiled machine,” Poot added.
The bar features 49 taps in just eight feet of space and another set of 38 duplicated taps for the servers who take care of those eating in the restaurant. The tap handles are all three inches long, which offers a better pour, due to more control.
Their menu includes bone-in, boneless and grilled chicken wings with 16 different flavors. They can handle orders of 10 to 1,000 wings. Be sure to get there for Wing Wednesday when they offer an All You Can Eat special.
Plus, they offer a variety of burgers, sandwiches, sliders, soups, salads, wraps, appetizers, fries, onion rings and soft drinks, as well as a kids menu.
As for sports, you can watch all the college football games on Saturdays and NFL games every Sunday, Monday and Thursday with their DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket, as well as NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball games.
“Every where you look, you can see a TV,” they said.
Plus, any time a Bay Area team scores, they offer a $2 Fan Favorite on drinks.
Their Grand Opening will be tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12 at 11 a.m.. The first 100 guests get free food for a year.
So stop in, today and see what you’ve been waiting for. Tailgaters is located at 4605 Golf Course Road, at the corner of Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Call them for a take-out order at 754-2277 or visit them online at www.TailgatersSportsBars.com. They even offer a Tailgaters app for your Android or Apple iPhone.
Antioch resident Mina Guevara has grown up around cars all her life. Her father, George, owns a car dealership and smog station in Antioch.
On October 3, 2013, at age 16, just 10 days before she turned 17, she became the youngest Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Smog Test and Repair Technician in America.
Mina’s been working as a service writer since her dad’s shop, VIP Smog opened in 2011. The shop is located at the corner of West 10th Street and Auto Center Drive in Antioch.
She also passed her state test of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s STAR Program, which allows her to provide vehicle smog inspections.
Mina is a hard worker. She amazingly graduated from high school a year early, at age 16, by doing 100 hours of home work each week, even while working over 60 hours per week at VIP Smog.
“I was ready to start work and pursue my goals and interests,” Mina said as for the reason for getting done so quickly.
She’s now also working at the new family business, Little Mexico Restaurant, that just opened on W. 10th Street next door to the smog station, as part of her pursuits into the restaurant business.
Mina recently applied to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in San Francisco. Her desire is to open a steak house, some day.
But, for now you can get your car smogged by the youngest technician in America while you enjoy some of her authentic Mexican food.