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Donation account set up for motorcyclist Dylan Rath’s baby

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Aria Rose Rath Donation account set up for motorcyclist Dylan Raths baby

Aria Rose Rath

A GoFundMe donation account has been set up for Dylan Rath’s and his fiancé Ashley’s, three-month-old daughter, Aria Rose Rath It has been verified by the family.

Dylan is the 26-year-old man who was in the motorcycle accident on the Antioch bridge, last Sunday, in which he was tossed over the side and down into the river. A search for him is on-going.

If you are able, please click here, as every dollar counts.

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John Muir Health hosts Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month events, beginning Thursday night, April 16

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Free Awareness Seminar, Thursday, April 16 and Run for the Health of It – 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 25

John Muir Health and the American Cancer Society invite everyone to join them at two events in April to raise awareness and learn more about the causes of and treatment options for esophageal cancer. 

According to the National Cancer Institute over 18,000 people are diagnosed with esophageal cancer annually, and the incidence numbers are increasing. The most common type of esophageal cancer can be linked to issues such as chronic heartburn.

While the incidence of esophageal cancer is increasing, treatments have improved and survival rates are getting better,” said Wilson Tsai, M.D., co-director, Thoracic Program at John Muir Health. “Through events like our free seminar and run/walk, we hope to better inform the public about the risks of this steadily growing disease as well as risk reduction and early detection strategies.”

Free Esophageal Cancer Awareness Seminar

The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. at John Muir Medical Center, Concord and will feature:      

  • Honorable Ellen Tauscher, esophageal cancer survivor (four years disease free)

  • Wilson Tsai, MD, Thoracic Surgeon at John Muir Health

  • S. Saeed Zamani, MD, Gastroenterologist at John Muir Health

  • Susie Howard, Registered Dietitian at John Muir Health

The Honorable Ellen Tauscher will share her personal experience with GERD symptoms and her journey after she was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. John Muir Health specialists will also discuss the warning signs and the latest medical treatments for GERD and esophageal cancer. More information is available at www.johnmuirhealth.com/content/jmh/en/home/event-list/esophageal-cancer-awareness-seminar.html.

First Inaugural Run for the Health of It Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk

The first inaugural Run for the Health of It Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk, will take place on Saturday morning, April 25, at Heather Farm Park, in Walnut Creek.

This event features a scenic course using paved paths through the natural early spring beauty of Heather Farm Park. Chip timing and results will be provided by race-production company www.onyourmarkevents.com.

Along with being a great competitive race and walk, this will be a fun gathering for a great cause, promoting health and raising awareness about this curable disease. All attendees will learn how to decrease risk through diet, exercise, and more. Proceeds will benefit John Muir Health’s Esophageal Cancer Program.

Runners and walkers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, post-race refreshments, and much more. Pre-registered entry fees are $35 for adults, $15 children (12-17), and $10 children (11 and under). Race-day registration fees will increase $5.

Participants can pre-register two ways: download this application and mail in with a check, or register via online at Active.com. For more event information, contact On Your Mark Events at (209) 795-7832, or visit their Website.

Race-day registration and check-in will take place at the Heather Farm Park’s athletic fields, beginning at 7:00 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m. start.

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 5,500 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with San Ramon Regional Medical Center, UCSF Medical Center and Stanford Children’s Health. John Muir Health and Stanford Children’s Health will jointly open Contra Costa County’s first and onlyPediatric Intensive Care Unit at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creekin April2015.The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care. For more information, visit www.johnmuirhealth.com.

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Contra Costa County Fair runs May 28 through May 31, 2015 in Antioch

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Exciting arena events, a concert series, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and more!

Mark your calendar for this year’s Contra Costa County Fair happening May 28th through May 31st, at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

Contra Costa Fair logo full 300x264 Contra Costa County Fair runs May 28 through May 31, 2015 in AntiochWelcome to FAIRadise, is the theme for a fun planned four day event for Fair- goers of all ages. The Contra Costa County Fair is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, exciting arena events, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and hundreds of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment and at affordable prices!

For main stage entertainment, the Fair’s 2015 concert series features Summer Beach Party and Chris Gardner Band on Thursday, May 28th, Superlicious performing on Friday, May 29th, Journey Unauthorized performing Friday, May 29th & Saturday, May 30th, Metalachi and Cover Me Badd also on Saturday, May 30th, and Hispanic Musical Celebration on Sunday, May 31st.

All concerts are FREE with admission to the Fair.

While visiting the Fair, enjoy other highlights such Circus Imagination, Splash Dogs, Great American Duck Races, Wood Carvers, Undead Betty Roller Derby, Stock Car Races, Livestock and more!!!

Visit www.contracostafair.com for more information. The fairgrounds are located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch.

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Family of motorcyclist in Sunday Antioch bridge accident asks public for help in search

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Dylan Rath Family of motorcyclist in Sunday Antioch bridge accident asks public for help in search

Dylan Rath. Photo provided by and posted with permission of his family.

By Allen Payton

The family of Dylan Rath, who was involved in the motorcycle accident on the Antioch bridge on Sunday, is asking for volunteers to help search for Dylan. He still hasn’t been found. They are asking for all the help they can get to search by boat, car or even on foot. Any effort will be appreciated. Please leave a comment on the Antioch Herald Facebook page under this same post, by clicking here, if you are able to help. Thank you.

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The late Smoky and Jody Jones leave sizable bequest to the Antioch Animal Shelter

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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The large, ceremonial gift check from the Jones estate.

By Allen Payton

Long-time Antioch residents and supporters of The Antioch Friends of the Animals, the late Joseph “Smoky” and Jody Jones, left a nice gift for programs at the Antioch Animal Shelter.

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The display at the Antioch Animal Shelter, included a proclamation by the City Council.

A presentation of the gift was made on February 26 and included a display about Smoky and Jody Jones at the Antioch Animal Shelter.

Elizabeth Rimbault, the Trustee for the Jones estate, sent a letter to the City of Antioch explaining the bequest:

I am happy to announce the Jones home has sold and I am now in a position to close the estate and trust. You were notified by prior mail that the Animal Shelter would be receiving 15% of the remainder of the estate/Trust. Now having calculated that percentage, it is with great pleasure I tell you the shelter will be receiving $53,447.12.

The intent of this gift from Smoky and Jody, was to support the programs sponsored by the Antioch Friends of the Animals. The reason for giving the actual funds to the shelter instead of the Friends, is the belief that the shelter would out live the founders or life of the non-profit Friends. Due to the wish to support the programs of the Friends it is our hope a minor advisory committee will be established to include members of the Friends in an advisory capacity for the spending of the money.

Programs that are automatically supported are Spay & Neuter, pet food for pets of the homeless or indigent, vaccines and other health programs for shelter animals and moving towards a No Kill shelter. Restrictions on these funds include employee salaries, management, and the supporting or organizing other fund raising efforts. The funds are to be spent on Shelter programs endorsed by and supported by the Antioch Friends of the Animals. This bequest is NOT intended to be used to reduce any funding the shelter is currently receiving as part of the City of Antioch budget and is intended to only enhance programs and funding currently in place.

We know the shelter appreciates this wonderful bequest from Smoky and Jody. I wish you all great success and enjoyment in promoting healthy shelter programs, old and new.”

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It’s Baseball Week at Tailgaters in Antioch and Brentwood through Sunday

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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Antioch Police Department to hold first Citizens Academy

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Starts July 15th – Applications accepted through April

By Diane Aguinaga, Antioch Police Department

The Antioch Police Department is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our very first Citizens Academy.

The Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for community members to meet the police officers who protect and serve our city. The intent is to educate the community on the duties, training, investigation techniques and situations police officers and other members of the police department may encounter.

Those who attend the academy will be given the opportunity to participate in some of the activities police officers perform as part of their every day duties. Hands on experiences include fingerprinting, defensive tactics, interacting with a K-9 and handler, and riding along with an officer.

Join us for a unique learning experience. The Antioch Police Department Citizens Academy affords “Knowledge through Exposure and Experience.”

- Applications will be accepted during the month of April.

- Class space is limited to 20 students.

- Classes start July 15th.

- Classes are Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays

QUALIFICATIONS

- Minimum age of 18 years old

- Resident of Antioch

- No felony convictions

- No misdemeanor convictions within 1 year of applying

- Must commit to attend all 10 sessions

To download the application, click here: Citizens-Academy-App

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Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Committee seeks adults, high school students wanting to travel to Japan this summer

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Applications due April 15

Chichibu, Japan is Antioch’s Sister City. The Antioch-Chichibu Sister City Committe is looking for adults and high school students who are good representatives of our community and would like to travel there for two weeks this summer, July 14 – 28.

The delegation members will stay with host families and their only cost is plane fare.

Attached are both adult and student applications, which are due April 15.

Please call Patty Chan at 925 683-3972 if any questions.

2015 Application Adult 2015 Application-Student

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