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Contra Costa College District to hold State of the District breakfast meetings, next week

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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Volunteers needed in Antioch for 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 17

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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The 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 17th 2016. The event is expected to draw more than 70,000 volunteers who will combat marine debris at over 800 locations throughout the state by removing the trash that has accumulated on California’s beaches and inland shorelines over the past year.

Antioch residents have the opportunity to participate and help clean up our city from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. There are three locations to choose from: Antioch Marina, Prewett Park and Fulton Shipyard.

To volunteer, visit the City of Antioch’s website and sign up for one or more people using this form. If you have more in your group than the form allows, email Lisa Arcidiacono with the information on your group.  For questions regarding the event, contact the Environmental Resource Line at 925-779-6137 or email Lisa Arcidiacono.

Then, following, be sure to attend the FREE 18th Annual Delta Blues Festival from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Waldie Plaza in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown!

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Antioch Herald to host forums for mayor, council candidates, Tuesday, Sept. 20

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The candidates for Antioch Mayor and City Council will square off on Tuesday night, September 20th and answer questions from the panelist, audience and each other during two forums, hosted by the Antioch Herald.

The forum for city council candidates will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:00 p.m. The forum for candidates for mayor will begin at 8:15 p.m. and last one hour.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to ask two questions of fellow candidates and offer two rebuttals. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, as well.

Paul Burgarino, the Voter Education & Engagement Specialist with the Contra Costa County Clerk/Recorder-Registrar – Election Division will be the panelist asking the questions of the candidates, Antioch City Clerk Arne Simonsen will serve as time keeper and Herald Publisher Allen Payton will moderate the forums.

The forums will be held in the Antioch City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 200 H Street, between West 2nd and West 3rd Streets in downtown and will be recorded for later viewing on local cable access TV channels.

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Antioch Herald forum for school board candidates rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 19

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The forum for the seven candidates running for the Antioch School Board in the November election, hosted by the Antioch Herald, has been rescheduled to Monday night, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. so as not to conflict with the dinner to honor teacher Maria McClain being held, on Thursday, September 22.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to ask two questions of fellow candidates and offer two rebuttals. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, as well.

Paul Burgarino, the Voter Education & Engagement Specialist with the Contra Costa County Clerk/Recorder-Registrar – Election Division will be the panelist asking the questions of the candidates, Antioch City Clerk Arne Simonsen will serve as time keeper and Herald Publisher Allen Payton will moderate the forum.

The forum will be held in the Antioch City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 200 H Street, between West 2nd and West 3rd Streets in downtown and will be recorded for later viewing on local cable access TV channels.

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Coastal Cleanup Kayak Day along Antioch’s shoreline, this Friday

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Mayor Harper, faith and community leaders denounce Wednesday’s hate crime in Antioch

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, center, is joined by all four members of the Antioch City Council, other community leaders including representatives of the faith community and the NAACP at a Thursday afternoon press conference about the hate crime in Antioch, on Wednesday morning.

Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, center, is joined by all four members of the Antioch City Council, other community leaders including representatives of the faith community and the NAACP at a Thursday afternoon press conference about the hate crime in Antioch, on Wednesday morning.

By Allen Payton

At a late Thursday afternoon press conference in the Antioch City Council Chambers, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper was joined by faith and community leaders to speak out and denounce the hate crime against an African-American family that occurred in the city, early Wednesday morning. All four council members were in attendance.

“We are here because a terrible crime that happened in the City of Antioch,” said Harper.

He said he looked for a word of comfort and found a scripture verse, which he quoted, Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, oh man. He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you. But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”

“And we didn’t see that the other day,” Harper continued. “We didn’t see justice. We didn’t see kindness. And we saw no humility in that terrible act that was committed.”

“While there are great things happening in Antioch and great people that come out of the city of Antioch, we’re not here to talk about that, today,” he said. “We’re here to take a stand, as a city, as a city council against the horrendous hate crime that occurred in the city, yesterday about 3:00 a.m.”

“An unknown person wrote racial slurs, a swastika and threw a flammable device onto the house, setting a portion of the house on fire,”Harper stated.

“This does not happen in Antioch and this will not be allowed to happen in Antioch.”  “I want you to be clear about that. That our entire city council stands against that, our entire police department and our entire community stands against that.”

“My first reaction was anger and frustration that this type of crime could occur in the city…where we’re raising our children and grandchildren.,” Harper stated.

It seems that when we see a decline in violence in Antioch, and we’re on the right track, something like this happens bringing to our attention that our work is not done, yet.”

“I know the investigation is continuing. We’re not here to talk about that and we definitely will not interfere with any investigation.”

“While every city has crime, in Antioch our faith will not be shaken by this incident. The greatness of our city…lies in our people. So we will come together as a city of Antioch, as a community. We will not be in fear. We will not be victimized. If you don’t have a Neighborhood Watch program… in your neighborhood, start one. If you don’t know your neighbor, meet them.

He spoke of his conversation with Ms. Williams, the woman of the family that was victimized.

“I stopped by her house I found out my entire city council had stopped by her house and showed her concern and I told her that the residents of Antioch could show her way more love than one person could show her hate.”

“She said she would not attend this conference but she said she wanted to let the community know, that one bad seed does not destroy her faith in Antioch. She wanted to thank the community for reaching out to her and let everyone know she’s going to be OK.”

“I spoke with representatives of the District Attorney’s office. They are aware of this incident and they take this type of crime, seriously.”

He thanked the representatives of the various elected officials, including Assemblyman Jim Frazier and Congressman Jerry McNerney.

“This is an effort of the entire community,” Harper added. “We are coming together and we are standing firm and saying Antioch is a great city. We are not going to tolerate this. We are not going to let this happen.”

Pastor Chris Williams of the Church at Antioch spoke, next.

“I stand as a part of and representative of the faith community,” he said. “It’s very important and yet significant to realize that the very place of Antioch, historically and biblically is the place where they were first called Christians. That would suggest that they pattern their lives after Christ and after the principles of God, meaning that God is love. And the reality is love is bigger than any religion, love is bigger than any denomination.

“So we come, today to stand with this city, with this mayor, with law enforcement with all of the concerned citizens of Antioch, to as faith based leaders, offer our support, and yet our desire to cause the city of Antioch to be a place that is characteristic of that first, historic city a place of love,” said Williams, who is not related to the family who are the victims.

He said he wanted to “shower the Williams’ family with love to conquer the hate.”

Charles Glasper, representing the East County Branch of the NAACP spoke next.

“Hate crimes in our community will not be tolerated,” he stated. “We will stand united. This appears to be a hate crime of the most egregious nature. This bias not only terrorizes the intended victims but it terrorizes our community, as well.”

“However, today our community will stand together in peaceful coexistence and we will prevail,” Glasper said.

“Members of the East County Branch of the NAACP have been in touch with the Chief of Police of the Antioch Police Department. We have been assured that this matter is one of the department’s top priorities.”

“The NAACP wants to assure the Williams’ family and the community that we will continue to follow up with law enforcement to ensure that that all is being done to swiftly bring any and all perpetrators to justice. Thank you.”

Harper then thanked more of those in attendance, including other pastors and elected officials.

“Let’s stand together in unity,” he concluded.

Then Harper opened it up for questions.

The first one was about the video that the police have.

“Is this somebody’s home video?”

Harper responded that he would refer that to the police department.

“I’m not prepared to talk about their investigation and will leave that to them,” he said.

When asked if he considered murder a more serious crime and about the 35 murders since he was elected mayor, Harper responded “This is not a political event.”

When asked if he had ever had a press conference on the murders for the families of those victims, he ended the press conference and responded, “Thank you very much.”

Asked the same question again and with “yes or no?” Harper repeatedly responded with “Thank you very much.”

Two of Harper’s opponents in the Mayor’s race were unable to attend.

However, before the press conference when asked for comment, Gil Murillo said the “Mayor should have been with our Chief at yesterday’s press conference. Luckily our Chief has a community behind him.”

His other opponent, Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock was in attendance but didn’t speak at the press conference. Earlier in the day she said “I believe as leaders of our community/city [we] need to stand together. This is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Dr. Sean Wright commented after the press conference that “The hate crime was despicable and doesn’t represent the residents of Antioch.”

 

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Antioch High Class of 1956 holds 60th reunion, honored by city, school

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Antioch High School Class of 1956 60th reunion attendees.

Antioch High School Class of 1956 60th reunion attendees. photo by Teri Bell Johnson

By Sherrill Hecock

On August 9, 2016 at the City Council Chambers, the Antioch High School class of 1956 received a proclamation from Mayor Wade Harper declaring August 27th the “AHS Class of 1956 Day.”

Five members of the class were there to receive the proclamation which was shared with all at their reunion. Those in attendance that evening were Bob Franchetto, Sue Carris Siino, Joan Price Bell, Gayle Gibbs Autentico and Sherill Beckett Hecock and their guests. This class was the second to graduate from the newly built high school at 18th and L Streets.

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A banner hung at the Antioch High football game welcomed the reunion attendees.

On August 26th at the 7:00 p.m. football game against Lincoln High school, the class was again honored with special seating, several announcements and a “Class of ‘56…Welcome home” sign prepared by the current high school students. This was arranged courtesy of Principal Louie Rocha. Nineteen class members and their guests were present at the game. (Not all pictured here below).

ahs_class_of_56_reunion-photo-1Their 60th class reunion was held at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center on August 27th, and attended by 80 classmates including their guests. Masters of Ceremonies were Lanny Bown, who came all the way from North Carolina for the event, and Randy Autentico.

The class was treated to a fabulous “Italian House Buffet” prepared by chefs at the Golf Course. Grace was offered by Sue Carris Siino. Each attendee was greeted by Sue Siino and Gayle Gibbs Autentico at the door and received a packet containing a raffle ticket, name tag with their high school photo courtesy of Teri Bell Johnson, a copy of Mayor Wade Harper’s Proclamation, their class song “No Man is an Island” and a current roster of classmates.

During the evening, Lanny Bown read the bios of Antioch Sports Legends 2011 and 2012 inductees Ray Harrington and Randy Autentico, Gayle Autentico memorialized those who have passed away from a list prepared by Olga Jacques Martinez, and Renee Hunt Holding read the class song lyrics. Olga also prepared memory boards with photos from the past 60 years.

Beautiful flower arrangements were on each table compliments of Paula’s Family Florist. Principal Louie Rocha also arranged for the class to receive a gift basket for their raffle during the evening. It was a month to remember. A year of planning proved to be well worth the effort.

 

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Antioch’s 2016 Sports Legends Hall of Fame Class announced, Gala October 8th

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

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ASL 10 Year Anniversary_FinalBy Tom Lamothe, Coordinator, Antioch Sports Legends

As in the past decade, the Antioch Historical Sports Legends Museum’s Hall of Fame class is amazingly full of talented athletes, a spectacular team, an exceptional coach and a community leader dedicated to bettering our city through sports.

The 10th Anniversary, 2016 Hall of Fame Gala induction class is no exception. They will be honored at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 8th.

This Hall of Fame class has many accomplishments to be honored. We begin with Antioch High’s legendary Golf Coach Joe Gambetta, who’s unparalleled coaching success enjoyed at least 15 league championships in 31 years of coaching.

Rich Hall, NFL Umpire

Rich Hall, NFL Umpire

Then, Bob Beswick, a community leader dedicated to improving our city by helping start, Antioch Little League, our Sutter Delta hospital, the Antioch Community Investment Fund and more. Also being honored will be the 1979 Track & Field Team, believed by Hall of Fame Coach Mike Hurd, as the greatest Antioch High Track & Field Team of all time.

As in so many previous Hall of Fame classes the Antioch Sports Legends is inducting a professional athlete and this year it’s, former NFL Chicago Bear, two-time BYU All-American and Antioch High linemen class of 1990′s, Evan Pilgrim. Also representing the NFL is AHS class of 1972′s Rich Hall. Besides having a high school football career as one of Northern Cal’s best linemen and championship years at University of Arizona, Rich is now in his 13 year as an NFL Umpire. Rounding off the football inductees will be Antioch High’s 1950’s, All-Northern California defensive tackle, 6′ 185 pound Ray Salazar.

The 2016 Class will also be remembered as the night of the Wolverine, as two Deer Valley High athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, high school All-American Volleyball player and Cal Bear Pac 10 honorable mention, Gabrielle Abernathy and  2000 North Coast “Player of the Year” by Sports Focus, and St Mary’s soccer player, Niles Almarinez.

Niles Almarinez

Niles Almarinez

Many like to think Antioch’s a football town. Just don’t tell the 13 AA and above Antioch natives who played baseball in the bigs or chased the dream. Continuing Antioch’s baseball legacy are three outstanding ball players; 1992 All-California Interscholastic Federation softball pitcher Stephanie Andrews; three-time All-BVAL and AHS class of 1990′s, UC San Diego’s catcher, Al Del Favero and wrapping it up with Steve Ochoa who put on the burners after AHS and was first team- Junior College All-State in ’84, first-team All Pacific Coast Athletic Association at San Jose State and Philadelphia Philly’s free agent pick.

A wrestler will also be honored. Bill Dupree, of Antioch High’s Class of 1979, was the two-time North Coast Section wrestling medalist, and who as a freshman at Park qualified for North Coast, placing fourth.

Larry Lentz II, the 1995 volleyball “All North Coast Section MVP” and “AHS Male Athlete of the Year,” will be honored with the high flying pole vaulter, Mitch Mikula of the AHS Class of 1984, who jumped 15’ 6” at the 1984 California Interscholastic State meet and set the school record that still stands, today.

Gabrielle Abernathy

Gabrielle Abernathy

In the Hall of Fame’s special category of their own, are the All- Around Athletes, those amazing female athletes that varsity lettered in at least two sports at high levels, and male athletes in three. This year’s Female All-Around is, AHS 1994 “Athlete of the Year” Christine Brockett. Whether it was basketball, track or volleyball, Brockett rocked it.  A two-time, first team All-BVAL and team MVP in basketball, Brockett also held the long jump and triple jump records as the team MVP in Track and was 1993’s “Most Outstanding Defensive Player” in volleyball during her junior year.

The Male All-Around honoree is AHS Class of 1981 Doug Snyder, the two-time All- DVAL and team MVP outfielder in baseball and first team All- DVAL and honorable mention All East-Bay in football. While at LMC he received the 1983 All-State honors, and was the Major League Baseball 37th round draft choice by the Astros.

The Alumni Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 7, at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch. Call Alumni Chair Steve Parks 925-550-3819 for details. 10:00 AM start followed by Alumni and new Inductees social from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Evan Pilgrim

Evan Pilgrim

The Gala is October 8 from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM, also at the Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center. For Gala dinner tickets at $65.00, mail your check payable to Antioch Sports Legends to Joanne Bilbo by mail at 234 Flagstone Drive Antioch, CA 94509 by September 19. Tickets will be mailed to you. You can also pay online at www.antiochsportslegends.com by the September 19th deadline. A convenience fee will apply. Or call Antioch Sports Legends Coordinator Tom Lamothe at 925-639-2536 by October 1.

Don’t wait this event has sold out for nine years.

The Antioch Sports Legends Museum is inside the Antioch Historical Society Museum at 1500 West 4th Street in Antioch. It’s open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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