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Antioch heroine Bianca Palomera presented with Key to the City for defending special needs boy

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Bianca Palomera is presented with a Key to the City by Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and councilmembers (L-R) Monica Wilson, Tamisha Torres-Walker, Lori Ogorchock and then-Mayor Pro Tem Mike Barbanica, as well as Antioch School Board Vice President Antonio Hernandez (rear left). Photos by Allen D. Payton

Attacked by patron of fast food restaurant where she worked resulting in blinding her right eye

By Allen D. Payton

Bianca Palomera is presented with a bouquet of flowers by then-Mayor Pro Tem Mike Barbanica.

During a special ceremony Tuesday night, December 13, 2022, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe and councilmembers presented resident Bianca Palomera with a Key to the City, “In recognition of a courageous, selfless and extraordinary act of heroism”. The 19-year-old employee of The Habit Burger in Antioch was punched in the face multiple times after protecting an individual with an intellectual disability from being bullied by another patron. Palomera lost her right eye because of the incident and the suspect was arrested last week on charges of mayhem and aggravated assault. (See related article)

During the ceremony MC’d by Assistant City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore, Robyn “RBYN” Jackson sang the National Anthem followed by a poem by Jose Cordon who was chosen by Thorpe to be the city’s Poet Laureate. That was followed by welcome remarks by Antioch School Board Vice President Antonio Hernandez.

Palomera was then thanked and presented with certificates of recognition by Be Exceptional, State Senator Steve Glazer and Assemblyman Tim Grayson, Supervisor Federal Glover and We Get it Foundation, which serves neurodivergent individuals and their families. Elizabeth Soleyman LaVasse, CEO and Chair was joined by others from the organization and said, “My team and I stand before you today to commend Bianca in her heroic and selfless efforts to defend a vulnerable, neurodivergent youth. Those efforts impacted the community and I speak for us all when I say that there should be more Biancas in this world.”

Palomera is presented with the Hero of the Year Award for 2022 by representatives of We Get It Foundation.

They then presented Palomera with their Hero of the Year Award for 2022.

Antioch Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Daniel Sohn and Chair Ana Walker presented Palomera with flowers and a certificate of recognition. Sohn announced the Chamber Board approved giving $500 to help with her medical bills and the Chamber Foundation agreed to match that as a donation to the charity of Palomera’s choice.

Antioch Chamber of Commerce Chair Ana Walker and Executive Director Daniel Sohn presented Palomera with flowers and a certificate of recognition.

Several Antioch business owners then presented Palomera with a bouquet and a gift card to Macy’s.

Antioch business owners presented, Bianca with a bouquet and gift card.

During his remarks Thorpe explained the issuing of keys to a city is from the days of medieval walled cities and that this was only the second Key to the City he’s presented as mayor. About the young heroine Thorpe said, “Miss Palomera is the light that shined valiantly.”

He was then joined by his fellow council members to present Palomera with the Key to the City mounted on a plaque which reads, “In Recognition of a Courageous, Selfless and Extraordinary Act of Heroism”. Then-Mayor Pro Tem Mike Barbanica presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

Robyn “RBYN” Jackson sings the National Anthem as the Antioch Police Color Guard look on. Antioch Poet Laureate Jose Cordon speaks his poem as Assistant City Manager Rosana Bayon Moore, the event’s MC, listens. Palomera is presented with a certificate by Assemblyman Grayson’s Field Rep. Theresa Anderson.

An at times emotional Palomera was then given the opportunity to speak to those in attendance thanking them and all those “who have reached out” supported her since the incident. She was given two long rounds of applause. Thorpe then recognized her parents and family who were in attendance for the ceremony.

Antioch Police Sgt. Matt Koch (left) and Detective John Cox with Palomera and Mayor Thorpe.

The mayor also thanked and presented certificates of recognition to Antioch Police Sgt. Matt Koch, Detective John Cox and Lt. John Fortner, who was out of town, for their efforts identifying the suspect and solving the crime.

“Antioch has a very high clearance rate for homicides and other violent crimes,” Thorpe pointed out.

A crowd, including city staff leaders, gathered in the City Hall breezeway to witness the Key to the City ceremony.

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Home for the Holidays event at Antioch Animal Services Saturday, Dec. 17

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Donations of warm blankets requested; Friend of Animal Services sponsoring all adoption fees until Dec. 31

Please join Antioch Friends of Animal Services President and Founder, Barbara Sobalvarro for cookies and punch, as we celebrate Home for the Holidays in the lobby of Antioch Animal Services on Saturday, December 17th from 1 to 3pm, 300 L Street in Antioch, adjacent to the Antioch Police Department.

We ask that you consider bringing a warm blanket for our animal friends to help keep them warm in the shelter!!

Our local shelter is bursting at the seams with amazing dogs and cats who would love nothing more than a family to call their own! In order to encourage adoption, we are sponsoring all adoption fees through the end of December, which includes spay/neuter, microchip and shots. Please view available pets at 24petconnect.com and call the shelter directly at (925) 779-6989 to make an appointment to meet the animal and adopt.

If you are unable to adopt, but would like to assist the animals, please consider a donation from the Antioch Animal Services Amazon Wishlist.

 

 

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Get photos with your pet and The Grinch in Rivertown Sunday, Dec. 18

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Kittens, Coffee and Hot Coco event

By Erin Pina, Furry Friends Pet Relief

Bring your pup and family down to MEET THE GRINCH and get your picture taken with him.

This Sunday, December 18, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm The Grinch will be at Kittens, Coffee and Hot Coco event.  At the Furry Friends Pet Relief Office, 708 West 2nd Street, in Antioch’s Historic Downtown Rivertown.

Come down for a cup of cheer and play with some Furry Friends looking for homes for the holidays. Pictures with the Grinch – $5 suggested donation.

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Rivertown Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, Dec. 10

Friday, December 9th, 2022

Bring the whole family and get a photo in front of the city Christmas tree in Waldie Plaza!

 

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Warriors to hold Holiday Basketball Clinic in Antioch Saturday, Dec. 10

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Will give away hundreds of prizes to participants

The Antioch Recreation Department is partnering with the Golden State Warriors to offer a Holiday Basketball Clinic for local youth on Saturday, December 10th. We thought that your news outlet may be interested in attending and wanted to formally invite you to the event. The clinic is sold out with 80 children registered.

Golden State Warriors Academy coaches will put players through a series of drill stations followed by games and competitions. The clinic will conclude with a performance from the Golden State Warriors Dunk Team. The Warriors are donating hundreds of prizes for all players that participate in the event.

The clinic takes place from 10am-12pm at the Antioch Community Center in Prewett Family Park, 4703 Lone Tree Way.

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Antioch Police to hold toy drive at Disney House Saturday, Dec. 10

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Antioch Police officers with members of the Vistalli family at their “Disney House” decorated for Christmas. Photo by APD

By Antioch Police Department

This Saturday, December 10th, from 5:30- 9:00 pm, take a drive by of the “Disney House” at 3732 Colonial Court in Antioch. This spectacular house has over 35,000 lights.

The Vistalli family and friends will be on-hand collecting new unwrapped toys as well as new blankets, gloves, socks, hats and scarves that will be donated to our Help for the Holidays event which will provide extra help for those struggling this holiday season.

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Veterans’ Voices to air “Best of 2022” show Dec. 12

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Vito Imbasciani. Source: Veterans’ Voices

Includes interview with Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. Vito Imbasciani

By Ray Alvarado, Contra Costa County Office of Communications & Media 

On Monday, December 12th, at 7 pm (PST), the Veterans’ Voices show will premiere its “Best of 2022” show, highlighting some of the best moments from the past year. It will showcase some of the most interesting interviews from a wide range of topics important to the Veterans community. The show will feature Veterans from all branches of service sharing their experiences. It will also include an interview with the Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Vito Imbasciani.

The Veterans’ Voices program is broadcasted on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) on the second Monday of every month at 7 pm. It can be seen live online at facebook.com/veteransvoices1. You can find an archive of past shows and show resources at https://contracosta.ca.gov/5163/Veterans-Voices

or on our YouTube channel Veterans’ Voices of Contra Costa. The show is re-run multiple times on CCTV on Comcast Channel 27, Astound Channels 32 and 1027, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

Join us as we present our year of topics discussed from the Veterans’ point of view. We are proud to share these open and honest discussions and honor those who serve.

 

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East County Grand Community Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting in Brentwood Dec. 18

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Biggest Menorah in Eastern Contra Costa!

You are invited to join us for a grand Chanukah Celebration

Come celebrate the Festival of Lights with Chabad of the Delta and our surrounding communities as we light the Grand Menorah on Sunday, December 18 at 4:30 pm in Brentwood City Park.

Our local community leaders will participate in kindling the giant “Menorah of Freedom”. There will be fun activities for everyone including:

  • Chanukah crafts, glitter art and a photo op!
  • Delicious traditional latkes and donuts!
  • A Grand Raffle!
  • Fire and LED performer Aaron Zamarron

For many of us, Chanukah prompts warm, loving memories from our childhood. We light the Menorah every night of the 8-night holiday. These lights offer warmth, joy, strength, inspiration and renews our sense of identity.

Rabbi Peretz Goldshmid, director of the Chabad of the Delta Jewish Center, describes Chanukah as “a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition. In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jersusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place.”

As we celebrate in East Contra Costa, we join millions the world over, promoting the universal message that good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness!

Make sure not to miss this opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends! Outdoor event, please dress accordingly.

This is a FREE event. All donations are appreciated! Register by clicking here.

For more information, contact Chabad of the Delta at (925) 420-4999 or online at JewishDelta.com/Chanukah.

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