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Nature’s Bounty Cafe celebrates 10 years in downtown Antioch

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Owner Lynn Kutsal with one of her long time customers, Antioch businessman Isaac Negrin, as he enjoys a salad at Nature's Bounty, recently.

Owner Lynn Kutsal with one of her long time customers, Antioch businessman Isaac Negrin, as he enjoys a salad at Nature’s Bounty Cafe, recently.

By Allen Payton

Lynn Kutsal can’t believe it’s been 10 years since she opened Nature’s Bounty Cafe in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, as of last month.

They’ve been serving their customers, who have become their friends, delicious breakfast, lunch and baked goods each Monday through Friday, as well as offering their catering services throughout the week and on weekends.

We have an amazing client base,” Kutsal stated. “I can never express our thanks, enough for everyone who has been so good to us.”

Known for their breakfast burritos and famous carrot cake cream cheese frosting cupcakes, their apple, walnut, chicken salad has been a favorite. But the Erin salad, named for a former employee, is now the favorite.

It’s our everything, kitchen sink salad,” she said. “People just love it.”

Kutsal is planning to expand her catering side of the business, next year and they’re “working on some things for 2016 that are all really exciting,” she added. Those include new menus and on-line ordering for cafe customers, so they don’t have to call in.

They will also be revising their Dinner Club, rolling out Health & Fit dinners to take home, beginning the first of the year.

They also will be offering Thanksgiving Feast sides, including stuffing and all the trimmings. You just have to provide the turkey.

Located at 211 G Street, they’re open 9-2 Mon, 9-3 Tues-Fri, closed Sat. and Sun. You can see their menu online by searching Natures Bounty Cafe Menu. Stop by or call today, 777-0600 and be sure to “like” them on Facebook.

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Antioch business, community leaders help Zendy’s Boutique owner cut the ribbon on new store

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Zendy Garcia prepares to cut the ribbon to officially open her new store in Antioch's historic downtown Rivertown on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Zendy Garcia prepares to cut the ribbon, with community leaders and business owners, to officially open her new store, Zendy’s Boutique, in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown on Friday, October 23, 2015.

By Allen Payton

On Thursday, October 23, representatives of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce and the City, as well as fellow downtown business owners, joined together to help Zendy Garcia cut the ribbon on her new store, Zendy’s Boutique, in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown.

Those in attendance were treated to a nice reception with tasty refreshments and wine from Oakridge Vineyards in Lodi.

Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock added her thanks for the opening of the new business.

I love this shop already,” she said. “It’s cute stuff. Adorable.”

We are happy to have you part of the Antioch Chamber and downtown revitalization,” Ogorchock added.

Zendy then shared her gratitude

I’m so happy to be here and thank the people who have helped me,” she said.

The store is located at 505 W. Second Street, Suite E in Antioch. For more information call Zendy at (925) 597-2024, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Everyone cheered after Zendy Garcia cut the ribbon officially opening her new store, Zendy's Boutique.

Everyone cheered after Zendy Garcia cut the ribbon officially opening her new store, Zendy’s Boutique.

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Antioch’s All Sports Training Center produces their first college athletic scholarship recipient

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Niaja Nolan with Trainer Will Stalling at All Sports Training Center in Antioch.

Niaja Nolan with Trainer Will Stalling at All Sports Training Center in Antioch.

Congratulations go out to student-athlete Niaja Nolan, the first client of Antioch’s All Sports Training Center to receive a full-ride, college athletic scholarship. A resident of Pittsburg, Niaja is a junior at Carondelet High School in Concord, where she has maintained a 3.8 grade point average throughout high school.

Since the age of 12, Niaja developed a passion for softball. As she matured, so did her talent and her love for the sport grew. She played so well that the coaches recognized her potential to be great and made her a starter. However, Niaja lacked speed and agility.

Her mother Jessi Nolan, who is her number one fan and greatest supporter, took action to find her help. They hired Will Stalling, founder of All Sports Training Center in Antioch. With the help of Stalling’s personal training, Niaja has been able to maximize her speed, strength, agility and explosion, in a short time.

Since training at All Sports, she was offered a scholarship from Howard University, and committed to the college, this year. It will help Niaja fulfill her dreams of majoring and working in the medical field.

People have told me I did not have what it takes to be fast,” Niaja said. “Now my coaches tell me to steal bases at will. Thanks to my trainer in the matter of three-and-a-half months, with hard work, I am a complete athlete.”

Like I have always said, ‘hard work beats talent, when talent is hardly working,’” she added. “Special thanks to my mentor and trainer at All Sports Training Center, loving mother and supporting family members.”

We would like to congratulate you on your hard work and we wish you well in your future endeavors at Howard University,” Stalling told Niaja.

All Sports is located at 2640 Somersville Road on the outside of the Somersville Towne Center. Contact them at (925) 775-4178 or visit them online at www.allsportstrainingcenter.net.

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Antioch kids can win up to $500 in Prime Vintage Realty’s Rivertown Coloring Contest

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Rivertown Coloring Contest web

1st Prize $500! 2nd Prize $250, 3rd Prize $100, 6-Honorable Mention Prizes of $25 Each

Children up to age 18 may enter. To enter the Coloring Contest, color the map (link below) of Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown from the 1800’s. Drop off or mail your entry(ies) by 5 PM, Friday, Dec. 11 to our office in the old Antioch Lumber Company building at 340 West Second Street, Antioch or email to RodneyLal@yahoo.com. Contest winners will be announced in December on AntiochHerald.com and their entries put on display at our office, during the visit by Santa, and in the January issue of the Antioch Herald. Artists release the exclusive rights for use by Prime Vintage Realty. For more information call (925) 366-8077. Download a copy of the map, here: Rivertown Coloring Contest

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LG Electronics joins Los Medanos College in training of Appliance Service Technicians

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Left to right: Len Price, LMC Appliance Service Technology Chair and Faculty; Kyumoon Yu, LGEAI President; Bob Kratochvil, LMC President; Michael Kozlowski, Director, Field Service & Strategy; Jae Park, Senior Manager, Human Resources; and James Chalut, Senior Manager, Technical Information Services.

Left to right: Len Price, LMC Appliance Service Technology Chair and Faculty; Kyumoon Yu, LGEAI President; Bob Kratochvil, LMC President; Michael Kozlowski, Director, Field Service & Strategy; Jae Park, Senior Manager, Human Resources; and James Chalut, Senior Manager, Technical Information Services.

Los Medanos College’s (LMC) Appliance Service Technology Program has a new industry partner: LG Electronics. An innovative industry leader in the world of electronics, LG will be supporting training at LMC that will focus on their line of state-of-the-art household appliances.

LG will be providing some of their latest appliances for LMC students to work on in their training classes, along with curriculum materials, training aids, specialty tools and repair parts. Training experts will give technical training to LMC’s instructors. They will also provide training sessions for current LG techs in the field at the College, and LMC’s appliance service technology students will have the opportunity to participate.

On Thursday, October 8, Kyumoon Yu, President of LG Electronics Alabama Inc. (LGEAI) joined LMC President Bob Kratochvil as the two partners celebrated the new alliance at the College. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting and certificate presentation, and a classroom conversation between LG representatives, LMC appliance faculty, and current appliance service technology students.

Michael Kozlowski, Director, Field Service & Strategy; Jae Park, Senior Manager, Human Resources; and James Chalut, Senior Manager, Technical Information Services, accompanied LGEAI President Yu.

We are honored that LG Electronics is committed to working with Los Medanos College on this venture,” said LMC President Bob Kratochvil. “Part of our mission as a community college involves preparing a quality workforce, and seeking partnerships that promote the well-being of our diverse and growing communities. This new alliance will prepare our students for careers in the region and beyond.

Len Price, Chair and Faculty of the LMC program explained, “LG is one of the most supportive companies for service technicians in the field. Being able to work with this industry leader is an honor and a privilege for our college. Their product is up there amongst top-of-the-line products currently available. LG will be providing a wide variety of appliances for students to practice on including refrigerators, ranges and ovens, microwave ovens, dishwashers, and clothing washers and dryers.”

One of LMC’s goals is developing strong industry partners as the college prepares a strong workforce for today and tomorrow,” stated Natalie Hannum, Dean of Career Technical Education & Social Sciences. “With LG sales continuing to grow, more trained technicians are needed to service these appliances. We look forward to working with LG Electronics to train our students for successful careers servicing their appliances.”

LMC’s Appliance Service Technology Program is the only credit program of its kind at a public community college in California. Students and current field technicians come from far and wide to be trained at Los Medanos College on the latest home appliances. Alumni have gone on to successful careers working for major appliance manufacturers and appliance service companies, while others have their own repair businesses.

For more information about LMC’s Appliance Service Technology Program, visit www.losmedanos.edu/appliance or contact Len Price, Program Chair at lprice@losmedanos.edu, 925-473-7737.

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Payton Perspective: Antioch Council should reject college, approve new auto dealer in the AAA building on Auto Center Drive

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Payton Perspective logo 2015By Allen Payton

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Antioch City Council will consider the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval for a medical college in the AAA building and property, at 1700 Auto Center Drive at the corner of Costco Way. The appeal is being brought by Tom Nokes, the owner of the dealerships of the Antioch Auto Center, who owns the land next to the AAA building and parking lot.

He plans to open another auto dealership using the building, parking lot and the two adjacent parcels.

The building is currently occupied by the CSAA Insurance Exchange, which will be relocating to the former Johnny Carino’s restaurant at Slatten Ranch and has put their building up for sale.

Nokes says he was in negotiations with AAA, when they told him they accepted another offer, from the college, instead.

According to the city staff report for the Council’s agenda item, #3, at their August 19, 2015 meeting, the Antioch Planning Commission approved a Use Permit on a 6-1 vote for the Contra Costa Medical Career College. But Nokes appealed the decision to the city council.

While the zoning for the property is Business Park and Planned Business Center which allows for the college, the property is on Auto Center Drive and should have a focus of auto related businesses.

More importantly, an auto dealership will produce more revenue for the City of Antioch through sales and property taxes, as well as more jobs than the college will.

The current dealerships of the Antioch Auto Center generate more sales tax for the City than any other business in town. Those funds go into the General Fund which mostly pays for police. The Antioch Auto Center also currently employs about 250 people, according to Nokes, and he estimates the new dealership would create about another 100 well-paying jobs.

It makes no sense to me to have a medical college locate in the AAA building on Auto Center Drive, instead of another auto dealership. The college can locate in one of a variety of empty retail buildings, throughout the city, such as the current CVS location across the freeway, which will soon be vacant, as the store will be relocating to its new building on Buchanan Road, near Somersville Road.

We need the City Council to do whatever it can to approve Nokes’ appeal, deny the Use Permit of the college, work with them to find a more suitable location, and allow a new auto dealership to be located in the AAA building, instead.

The Council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and will be held in the Council Chambers between West Second and Third Streets in downtown. To read the complete Council meeting agenda item, click here: Appeal of college by Nokes ACC101315

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Pathway to Pipeline event connects high school academy students in Antioch with local employers

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Antioch High School juniors Kevin Roldan, Darian Quinn and Robert Gochenouer speak with Amanda Hauf, a chemical engineer with Dow Chemical in Pittsburg, while junior Hudson Preece works the laptop at the EDGE Academy display.

Antioch High School juniors Kevin Roldan, Darian Quinn and Robert Gochenouer speak with Amanda Hauf, a chemical engineer with Dow Chemical in Pittsburg, while junior Hudson Preece works the laptop at the EDGE Academy display.

By Allen Payton

Thursday’s Pathway to Pipeline event allowed high school students from the nine Linked Learning academies in Antioch to share what they’re learning with local employers. In turn, it provided the opportunity for those employers to talk with the students and offer them potential internships at their companies.

Dozier-Libbey Medical High School juniors Joshua McEvoy and  Adriana Uritia share about their SportsMed class with Karen and Bob Martin

Dozier-Libbey Medical High School juniors
Joshua McEvoy and Adriana Uritia share about their SportsMed class with Karen and Bob Martin.

Sponsored by the Antioch Unified School District, Antioch Chamber of Commerce, City of Antioch and the East County Business-Education Alliance, the event, held at the Antioch Community Center at Prewett Park, was held for the purpose of building the region’s future workforce. Launchpath, an effort of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Linked Learning Alliance, was instrumental in supporting the day.

During the morning, the students from the nine academies shared what they are doing and learning at school. Those academies include the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School, with booths about the school in general and their SportsMed class. The Business-Tech Marketing, Law and Justice, ACE Bio-Tech, Performing Arts Academies of Deer Valley High School were represented, as were the Environmental Studies, Media, Leadership and Public Service (LAPS) and Engineering & Design Green Environment (EDGE) Academies from Antioch High School.

ACE is an umbrella for other pathways, and stands for Academic Challenge and Enrichment. It provides students with opportunities to become expert in a STEAM field of their choice. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Deer Valley High students, junior Jafar Khalfani-Bey, center and senior Rahmat Omari, speak with Antioch business owner Ken Turnage at the Law & Justice Academy display.

Deer Valley High students, junior Jafar Khalfani-Bey, center and senior Rahmat Omari, speak with Antioch business owner Ken Turnage at the Law & Justice Academy display.

Academies on Display

The EDGE Academy students had a 3D printer on display, creating a plastic toy from a design file found on a website, which they had downloaded to an attached laptop.

It took about 30 minutes to create the one-inch tall toy.

According to junior Hudson Preece, the students are trying to resurrect an older server to help make the 3D printer, that they can use to sell products they make, on a website they plan to set up, and to update the software to make metal objects, as well.

Also on display was an old robotic arm from the early 1990′s, from one of two inactive assembly lines.

We’re looking to update it and integrate it into newer computers and software so that it’s usable for the freshmen to integrate it into their curriculum,” Hudson added. “We want everyone in the EDGE Academy to use these tools to further their education.”

They’re little layers of plastic,” explained junior Robert Gochenouer. “It’s 0.5 of a millimeter per layer.

The plastic is heated like in a glue gun,” said junior Kevin Roldan.

The students use designs they find online and sell their creations.

Hudson Preece, Kevin Roldan and Robert Gochenouer, juniors in the Antioch High EDGE Academy explain the workings of the 3D printer at their display.

Hudson Preece, Kevin Roldan and Robert Gochenouer, juniors in the Antioch High EDGE Academy explain the workings of the 3D printer at their display.

Or you can create your own design,” Robert added.

New to the school in Fall, 2014, the printer they had on display costs about $1,000 to $2,000.

The teachers gave it to us and said figure it out,” Hudson said.

They have a bigger printer that can print the larger items and more accurately,” said Darian.

That one cost roughly $17,000,” Hudson added.

Students in the Business-Tech Academy are starting a new, virtual enterprise that will be international, buying and selling products, as part of an online simulated economy.

We were doing college textbooks,” shared senior Miraya Finau, Vice President of the Virtual Enterprise. “But, we just decided this morning to switch to noble teen fashions.”

The classes in there, right now, are researching marketing and what prices to charge,” she added.

The Marketing Academy students run their own on-campus store. On display they had ssome of the school-related products, and other items, such as sports-themed laniards, which they sell.

Success Stories

The half-day also provided the opportunity for those in attendance during lunch, to hear from Antioch Superintendent Dr. Don Gill and students who participated in an internships, this past summer.

Linked learning works,” Gill stated. “When we had freshmen first come in to the EDGE Academy many of the students were underperforming.”

As a result (of their experience in the academy) those kids soared and those students reached the level of proficient and advanced,” he said. “Now, about 80% of students in the Antioch high schools are aligned to a link learning program.”

He thanked the James Irvine Foundation for providing $3.5M to Antioch’s linked learning program.

Gennie Barr, a Supervisor at Verizon praised the work of the three interns, over the summer.

In 10 years I’m expecting them to be my boss,” she said. “I told them to give them work. Not just busy work. After six weeks I had everyone ask me ‘can we keep ‘em?’”

Antioch High senior Matthew Hilton speaks about his summer internship at Verizon during lunch.

Antioch High senior Matthew Hilton speaks about his summer internship at Verizon during lunch.

One of her interns was Matthew Hilton, a senior in the EDGE Academy.

I had to do a resume. It was like a real job interview,” he said about the process for getting accepted into the internship. “I got to see what it was like to be with these firms. I was looking at different designs for cell towers. I actually took the place of a project manager before she left on vacation. It was a lot of work, essentially.”

For the most part I was actually working there. I was shoving a 9 to 5 into a 9 to 3,” Matthew continued. “I got to see and prove I could make it in the business world. There was never a dull moment.”

Matthew ‘s father, Rick Hilton, offered his praise for the EDGE Academy.

I’ve never seen a group of teachers who are more dedicated to their students than in the EDGE Academy,” he shared. “It’s not just the engineering teachers, but the others associated with the academy like the English and math teachers, as well. They definitely believe in the team teaching approach.”

Dr. Sean Wright, the CEO of the Antioch Chamber concluded the lunch time presentations with his thoughts.

This isn’t the future of education renaissance. It is education renaissance,” he stated. “We need the business community to continue to support this.”

Local employers participated in the Antioch Careers Expo offering internships to students who attended.

Local employers participated in the Antioch Careers Expo offering internships to students who attended.

Wright mentioned aspects of Linked Learning academies.

It must be rigorous…raising the level of education,” he said. “It must be relevant. It needs to matter. It must be work-based learning to engage with us as business owners.”

After lunch, that’s exactly what students had the opportunity to do, as local employers participated in the Antioch Careers Expo, hosting tables at which they shared information and offered internships. Participating employers included those in the fields of real estate, health, law enforcement, government, technology and media.

For more information about LaunchPath, visit www.launchpath.com.

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New Limitless Kitchen & Bath officially opens in Antioch

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Business and community leaders cheer as owners Lou and Vanessa Hellmann, with scissors, cut the ribbon to officially open their new business Limitless Kitchen & Bath in Antioch, Thursday afternoon.

Business and community leaders cheer as owners Lou and Vanessa Hellmann, with scissors, cut the ribbon to officially open their new business. Limitless Kitchen & Bath in Antioch, Thursday afternoon, September 17.

By Allen Payton

Antioch business and community leaders welcomed and helped the owners and staff officially open Limitless Kitchen Bath at their grand opening and ribbon cutting, Thursday afternoon.

Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO Dr. Sean Wright welcomed spoke of owner Lou Hellman, a general contractor, who with his wife Vanessa, opened the business, last month.

What he’s selling here is real quality stuff,” Wright said. “He knows how to install it. He’s done it for Home Depot, before.”

Thank you for opening in Antioch,” he added.

Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock, who was in attendance, along with Council Member Monica Wilson, as well as city staff members, spoke on behalf of the city.

It’s so unique,” she said. “It gives you good ideas and is needed in this part of town. .”

Lou and Vanessa then spoke briefly before the ribbon cutting.

Thank you to all who have made it possible and easy enough to get through,” Lou said. “Especially the vendors. It’s been an adventure. Thank you to my family for being understanding.”

Vanessa thanked all those who attended.

Then they cut the ribbon to officially open their new business, located at 1201 Auto Center Drive in Antioch. For more information call them at (925) 230-0556 or visit www.limitlesskb.com.

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