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Nathan Bingham’s Hawaiian Style Rentals& Sales offers mopeds, scooters, bicycles and more
HONOLULU, HI, June 16, 2015 – When entrepreneur, Nathan Bingham, started his business out of the back of his pick-up truck at the ripe old age of 19, little did he know that it would grow into one of the most popular locally owned and operated activity companies in Hawaii. Established in July 2005 with just a couple of mopeds, Bingham has proudly grown the business slow and steady to a staff of six employees, a fleet of mopeds, bicycles, and the new environmental friendly Scoot Coupes, along with its headquarters now located in the heart of Waikiki.
With a lot of hard work and determination, Bingham and the staff of Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales (HSRS) are on their way to celebrating their 10-year anniversary on July 4, 2015. As anyone knows, getting to such a successful milestone anniversary is no small feat for any business.
“At HSRS, we have a sense of purpose,” said Bingham. “Most of our customers are first-time riders and visitors to Hawaii. We not only show them how to safely operate their new vehicle, but we also help give them cool suggestions on where to go and what to do for that day. They always have a great time and we receive a number of reviews and compliments about how much fun they had on their rentals.”
The company has also found itself in the position to reach out and give back and have established several partnerships in the community including the Hawaii Food Bank, Parents And Children Together (PACT), and Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
“At the end of 2014, our staff was able to collect 546 lbs. of food consisting of canned goods and bags of rice during the holiday season,” Bingham shared. “In February 2015, we partnered with PACT, and each quarter, will donate a bicycle for an under privileged youth through our Bikes For Tikes program.”
“In April 2015, we worked with our friends from Make-A-Wish Hawaii and donated a portion of proceeds from our brand new blue and white Scoot Coupes (an enclosed three-wheel scooter that seats two people side-by-side) to assist with local wishes,” he added.
With an international clientele of guests, every day at HSRS is exciting and different.
“We connect with people from all around the world and have visitors from U.S., Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Italy, Brazil – the list goes on and on,” stated Bingham. “It is amazing how many cultures we get exposed to and they all come here to for one common purpose, and that is to experience the beauty and culture of Hawaii. Our job is to assist in making that experience come true, two-wheels (and sometimes three-wheels) at a time.”
About Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales
Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales is Hawaii’s premier rental specialist for touring Oahu. Whether cruising the bustling streets of Honolulu by bicycle, burning up the highway on a scooter, or zipping up and down coastal roads on top-of-the-line mopeds, many quickly discover that experiencing Hawaii really is better on two wheels. Every Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales booking includes lessons, maps, helmets, and locks. If you’re in or planning a trip to Honolulu, visiti their website at www.hawaiianstylerentals.com or call 866.91-MOPED (866.916.6733). You can also connect with them through social media via Instagrams: HSRS, Twitter: @HIStyleRentals or Facebook: Hawaiian Style Rentals & Sales.
Family fun, music, food and prizes at Rivertown Block Party in Antioch’s historic downtown, this SaturdayWednesday, June 17th, 2015
Download the PDF, here. Rivertown Block Party flyer 6-17-15 Print out or email to your family and friends! Everyone is welcome.
Jeremy “Lumpy” Sturgill, young owner of Lumpy’s Diner in Antioch, Brentwood and Pittsburg, dies TuesdayTuesday, June 16th, 2015
By Allen Payton
Friends and customers of Jeremy “Lumpy” Sturgill, owner of Lumpy’s Diner in Antioch and Pittsburg, and Lumpy’s Express in Brentwood, mourned his passing, via social media, on Tuesday morning just after 8:00 a.m.
Flowers were placed at the door of the Antioch location, and a sign on the window there stated “Lumpy’s Diner will be closed until further notice.” However, both the Brentwood and Pittsburg locations were open on Tuesday.
The business’ website provides information about Sturgill and his business:
“Lumpy’s Diner was built in 2008 by Jeremy (Lumpy) Sturgill. He grew up in the restaurant industry. His parents created Digger’s Diner in Concord, CA. Lumpy started running that diner at the age of 14. After dedicating his life to the business, it was time for him to strike out on his own path. With the first Lumpy’s Diner being built in 2008, two more locations followed shortly after.
The Pittsburg Lumpy’s became the second location and after noticing a huge demand for the quality of food and service Lumpy expects, the idea to streamline the process and create a faster, over the counter version of Lumpy’s Diner was born. That extension of this brand is Lumpy’s Diner Express. The first LDX, as we like to refer to it, was opened in 2012 in Brentwood, Ca.
So much has changed for Lumpy since beginning his exciting adventure… he met a woman who truly is his companion, she helps him in every way. That woman is Marci and the two got married in 2011. As life tends to be, the two quickly had their first child and welcomed Jaxx into the family, November of 2012. This family has worked together, hand and hand, to make Lumpy’s Diner and Lumpy’s Diner Express the best locally owned restaurant in the East Bay.
Recently the Lumpy’s Diner crew’s operations have expanded to include a catering business known as Elle Dee’s. The team caters everything from car show to weddings (check out our catering page). As we continue to grow one thing remains true… without all the strong support we get from our customers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. With 5 successful years behind us we thrive to continue as a community based establishment and offer a fun and exciting environment for you and your family to enjoy. Make sure to visit us at one of our annual events (fundraisers, car shows, burger contest and toy drive) or during the week for a laid back dining experience. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you!
World Famous Since 2008!”
Lumpy’s was known for their burgers, as well as their car, truck and bike shows and burger eating contests. Sturgill was known for his generosity, having his business sponsor Christmas toy drives with former 49er Jeremy Newberry.
On his Facebook page, Newberry wrote “R.I.P. Lump. You will be missed by many.”
Others posted photos they had taken with Sturgill, including one with East Bay Regional Parks Director Diane Burgis and her family.
Maria Lazzerini, the night manager at the Deer Valley Safeway in Antioch, wrote “R.I.P Lumpy! You will be missed! The community has lost of of the most caring and giving guys!! Way too young! Prayers to his family.”
Referring to a fundraiser held at Lumpy’s, for her daughter who had a brain tumor, Lazzerini added, “So young and so caring. He…was always so giving with the communities fundraiser, including Alison’s.”
“RIP Lumpy Sturgill,” wrote Doug Knowles who posted additional photos and a TV commercial for Lumpy’s on his Facebook Page. “You and Your Family are in our Thoughts and Prayers.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up by LaTasha Renée, entitled The Sturgill Family Fund. By 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, the goal of $10,000 had been surpassed by $1,570. Following is the message on that page:
“Last night our Fit Family member and friend, Marci Sturgill and their 2 boys, suffered a devastating loss and the earth lost an angel. Lumpy, beloved husband, son, father and owner of Lumpy’s Diner passed away.
Lumpy was known and valued for all he gave to others and for the friend and business owner he was in our community. He loved his family and his infectious smile, his passion for his customers and for his business will be missed
Please consider making a donation to help The Sturgill Family. They need the community that Lumpy so willing loved on to give back in an effort to help ease the financial pain that this devastating loss can cause a family that is self employed. All funds donated will go directly to the Sturgill Family.
Thank you in advance for your donation and it comes with much love and many prayers to you and your boys Marci! Xo”
Please check back for details on his official obituary and possible memorial service.
By Allen Payton
Antioch Medical Supply has been serving Antioch and East County since before Ronald Reagan was President, the Berlin Wall fell and Al Gore invented the internet.
Much has happened during those 35 years, including many changes to Antioch. But, through it all, they’ve been here, offering their expertise in home medical care.
They offer safety equipment including beds, wheelchairs and walkers, as well as wound care, bathroom equipment, and incontinence supplies.
Many people refer to them as the “concierge of medical help,” with their knowledgeable staff.
They assist Stanford, UCSF Medical Center, Sutter Delta, Kaiser, John Muir and Contra Costa County Regional hospitals, along with all local doctors
Located in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown, at 306 G Street, Antioch Medical Supply is open to the public Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information call their very helpful staff at (925) 757-4099 or visit their website at, you guessed it, www.antiochmedicalsupply.com.
Stop by when you or a loved one has a need and speak with Teresa, Sally or any of the other staff members, who will be glad to assist you.
By Allen Payton
Bank of Agriculture and Commerce (BAC) is celebrating its Golden Jubilee. Ronald A. Berberian, president and chairman of the board, stated the bank achieved many milestones since 1965, and he’s excited about what the future holds.
“BAC is kicking off the celebration with a new name — BAC Community Bank (BAC),” said Berberian. “The name maintains BAC’s strong brand while denoting it’s a community bank serving individuals and a variety of business sectors including agriculture.”
Chief Executive Officer William R. Trezza added that the bank’s new companion tag line “banking. always connected.” reflects the bank’s strong connections to its communities and customers through investment, relationships, and technology.
“As we launch BAC Community Bank, we’re introducing new high interest and rewards based checking accounts. The name change also brings ECC Bank – a division of BAC and East Contra Costa’s oldest community bank – under the BAC Community Bank brand,” said Trezza.
Trezza, who’s been with the bank since 1982, said the transition is seamless and effortless for customers.
“The principals of the bank remain unchanged, as do other incidentals such as staff, phone numbers, web address, etc.,” he shared. “Customers can expect to receive our same commitment to unmatched personal customer service they’ve come to know and expect.”
Trezza explained the name change, further.
“We’ve always wanted to get rid of agriculture. Not that we didn’t welcome agricultural businesses. But, because it steered other businesses away,” he stated. “Plus, we’re going to do these new chip cards and the size of the name, with the two brands, it became very difficult. So, we went back to the original BAC name. It’s a better place for customers to be. It will be one brand, BAC Community Bank.”
“Other than simplicity and consistency, it’s something to call ourselves for the next 50 years,” Trezza said with a chuckle.
“It will take a little while, with new signs,” he added. ““We’re putting up new banners, in the meantime.”
BAC invites its customers interested in learning more about the name change and its new innovative banking products to check the Frequently Asked Question section at its website: bankbac.com, or call BAC at (877) 226- 5820.
BAC Community Bank
The Berberian family of Stockton owns BAC Community Bank. It was chartered in 1965 and serves San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Contra Costa Counties. BAC has 10 branches in Stockton, Modesto, Lodi, Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Antioch, and Concord.
The Bank’s expertise lies in its ability to personalize and customize its products and services to meet the needs of its customers. BAC offers innovative electronic banking products and cash management services. The Bank is well positioned to service the credit and operation needs of small to large businesses, from corporations to sole proprietors. BAC offers a wide variety of consumer banking products to satisfy the personal banking and investment needs of individuals, business owners and their employees. For more information visit www.bankbac.com.
By Allen Payton
Antioch City Manager Steve Duran and Mayor Wade Harper shared some surprising news at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City luncheon, Friday, May 29, 2015.
The City has come into some unexpected money and will not be running a deficit, starting July 1st, this year, but a small surplus, instead. They also project a surplus for the 2016-17 fiscal year, as well.
That was just part of the positive message shared by them and Police Chief Allan Cantando, at the well-attended event, held at the Antioch Community Center at Prewett Park.
Duran was the first to address the audience.
“There are now, over 108,000 people in Antioch,” he stated. “We surpassed Richmond, last year, as the second largest city in the county.”
“We’re starting to get our sea legs, again. Things are getting better, but not great, yet,” Duran shared. “They [the city council] weathered the storm. We have a double-A rating by Standard & Poor’s.”
He then mentioned the budget surplus, then offered his vision for the city.
“We want to position Antioch as the family friendly, business friendly place,” he said. “Everything is coming our way. The business community needs to have their voice heard.”
He encouraged those in the audience to attend the Downtown Specific Plan Update meeting on June 2 and the General Plan Update meeting to be held on June 17.
Chamber CEO, Dr. Sean Wright, in introducing Cantando, shared a story of his daughter and he greeting some prospective home buyers, recently. He shared how that one type of action can make a difference in attracting people to Antioch and changing the perception people have about our city.
“It’s our job to not hide out in our homes and be scared,” he stated.
Cantando then took the podium and offered a slide show of crime statistics. He spoke of the hostage standoff with the carjacking suspect, just two days prior.
“The narrative should be the Antioch Police Department stepped up and took a scary situation and everyone came out safe,” he implored.
“This whole issue about perception of crime in Antioch, they’re not looking at the numbers,” Cantando stated. “People in this community are making a difference. That’s the perception I have.”
He then shared some of the statistics.
“In the first quarter of 2015, compared to 2014, there’s been over a 13% reduction in violent crime, a 6% reduction in property crimes and a 7.7% reduction in Part I crimes, overall,” he shared. “They call us Little Oakland, Little Richmond. The city to our west had nine homicided in one year. We’ve had one.”
“I didn’t create the stats,” Cantando said defending the numbers. “A crime analyst did.”
“Adult arrests are up 30%. How can that be if crime is down?” he asked. “We may arrest more than one person in a crime.”
He went to share about a “56.8% increase in officer-on-view…officers being pro-active” and “Priority 1 response time is dropping.”
Cantando then mentioned the EBRCS communication system the city recently purchased.
“We are the only city in the county who doesn’t have it,” he stated. “We’ll be online with that system by Thanksgiving.”
He then mentioned the addition of license plate readers in all police cars and body cameras.
“We’re going to be able to protect ourselves better in lawsuits,” said Cantando.
He mentioned all the things being done for youth through the Police Activities League, including “starting a Junior Giants program in partnership with Bank of America; free baseball for eight weeks for kids, in conjunction with the Leo Fontana Foundation; bowling, skating, an after school program, and etiquette classes.”
Cantando also spoke about the new Antioch Police Citizens Police Academy starting later this month.
“The reality is the staff cares,” he said. “We’re talking about how we can work smarter and get the job done. We have a wonderful community.”
“The city manager cares,” Cantando shared. “He understands economic development. Mr. Duran has us living within our budget, within our means.”
“The city council cares,” he stated. “They choose to let staff do their jobs. Each are involved in a different way,” which he delineated.
Then Harper spoke last, offering his words of what sounded like a reelection speech.
“I’m always excited aobut providing the State of the City address,” he said. “I always introduce Antioch as ‘the great city of Antioch.’”
He stated that he teaches two law enforcement classes in Antioch schools.
“We have already developed a vision,” he stated.
He spoke of having good communication with the citizens and the police department.
“Officer complaints are down. We authorized the aggressive hiring of police officers to get to 102 and three more CSO’s [Community Service Officers], thanks to the citizens who approved two tax increases,” Harper added.
He then touched on a list of other things the city is doing, including obtaining a grant for more police officers, “dispatch has been handling calls for service for both Antioch and Brentwood,” he said. “Kudos to Public Works for 726 days without an accident.”
“We want to improve our downtown area,” said Harper. “It won’t happen over night.”
“We will be launching something like a Youth Commission,” he shared. “We want to hear from our youth.”
He mentioned the new Antioch Community Foundation, and being able to make “grants for local programs that benefit our youth” through a partnership with NRG, the power company with a plant on Wilbur Avenue on Antioch’s northeast water front.
Harper also mentioned the water park, and that the “improvements begin, this year, with an all-abilities play area.”
He then spoke about business and economic development.
“Antioch, we are a frienly and welcoming city to business and developers,” Harper said. “We will have to remove the red tape and roll out the red carpet. We have to remain a business friendly and welcoming community.”
“We have a new Smart & Final and Hobby Lobby,” he shared. “Let’s figure out how to kee our Uno’s and Schooner’s…retaining our Lowe’s and auto dealerships.”
“We celebrate being Antiochians with our parades, events, celebrations and ceremonies,” Harper said in conclusion. “Lets’ make it the greatest place to live, work, play and worship. God bless the great city of Antioch.”
Wright concluded the event with a comment of his own about job creation.
“We have a half job for every household,” he shared. “That needs to change. Antioch truly can be the best place to live.”