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Town Knitting for a cause continues water meter rollout by Dawnmarie Fehr Correspondent

The Discovery Bay Community Services District (CSD) Board has taken the next step in the town’s water meter installation project. The board met this week to discuss and approve town staff’s recommendations and report regarding the schedule, public outreach, logistics and financing for the program. Construction crews are scheduled to begin installing meters in January. The project has been a long time coming. In 2004, the California State Assembly passed AB 2572, which stated that all urban water suppliers are required to install meters on all water-service connections by Jan. 1, 2025. In 2009, the CSD put water meter installation on the schedule for the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year. Former General Manager Rick Howard and current Interim

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As authorities continue to investigate the source of what caused 19 people to become ill and three individuals to die following a Thanksgiving event in Antioch, officials at the Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department are saying the large, church-sponsored event should have had county health permits in place before opening its doors to the public. “They absolutely should have had permits,” said Dr. Marilyn Underwood of the Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department. “But, in these kinds of things, the people have to come to us to get them; it would have been up to them.” Christopher Cappetti, 43, Chooi Keng

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ome East County homeschooling families recently came together to knit hats and scarves for the homeless. The yarn was donated through East County Yarn Angels, which will distribute the hats with the help of local police departments. “It’s good to do something for others,” said Samantha Fehr, 11. “I like to knit, and this is a good reason for it. I hope these hats keep someone’s head warm.” Pictured from left are Stephanie Fehr, 9, Samantha Fehr, 11, Maria Figueroa, 13, and Paige Sweetnam, 10.

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have had permits, but, in these kinds of things the people have to come to us to get them.

Dr. Marilyn Underwood, Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department Cheah, 59, and Jane Evans, 69, died over Thanksgiving weekend, following a Thanksgiving dinner held at the American Legion Hall in Antioch, which was sponsored by Golden Hills Community Church, also in Antioch. According to the coroner’s report, the victims were residents at two separate assisted-living facilities in Antioch – Minerva’s Place and Minerva’s Place II. Autopsies on the victims showed that

all three had similar intestinal abnormalities, meaning the cause of the illness most likely came from the same place. “All things would point to that at this time,” said Underwood. The long-standing event is a local staple in the community, and this year, organizers served up to 800 individuals for Thanksgiving. According to Underwood, many of the food items were prepared or warmed in private homes and transported to the American Legion Hall – a violation of the county health code. According to the county’s environmental health website, “A permit to operate a temporary food facility is required before the event may open for business. Contra Costa Environmental Health inspects permitted facilities to ensure temporary food establishments operate in a safe and sanitary manner. These inspections ensure that temporary food facilities operate in see Victims page 22A

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New CCCW members Christmas at the farm goal on the commission is to advocate for women in Contra Costa County. Beth W. Mora is the managing partner and owner of Mora Employment Law, a law firm in San Ramon dedicated to representing victimized employees throughout California. She is a zealous and skilled advocate for those facing a range of employment law issues. In every case, Mora is committed to aggressively pursuing her clients’ best interests. She believes in treating each person she serves with integrity and  compassion, while maintaining the utmost confidentiality. Mora was recently recognized in the “Top 50: 2016 Women Northern California Super Lawyers” list. Mora is married to her college boyfriend Jeff. They have an 8-year-old daughter Dakota, who attends Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette. The Mora family lives in Danville with two beloved dogs.  Mora is strongly committed to women’s issues as evident in her legal practice, as well as in her volunteer work prior to and during her law practice.

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he Smith Family Farm was in all its Christmas glory last weekend, as patrons from all over East County came out to enjoy some old-fashioned holiday charm and a break from the rain. Each year, from the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 18, the farm opens for Christmas tree sales and welcomes visitors young and old to enjoy a more traditional, less commercialized version of the holidays. Enter for free and spend the day taking pictures with Santa, visiting with the animals, sipping hot cocoa, munching on popcorn or picking out your tree. The Smith Farm is located at 4350 Sellers Ave., in Knightsen. For more information, call 925-625-3544.

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The Contra Costa Commission for Women had two new members appointed this fall. Both women are advocates for women’s rights, issues and equality, and the commission is proud to have them onboard. Jennifer Cohen was raised in the Bay Area and moved from San Francisco to Oakley eight years ago with the goal of starting a family. As a working mother with small children, she obtained her MBA from Chadron State College, focusing many of her educational projects on the state of women in business and mentoring. Prior to that, Cohen attended a women’s college, Smith College, to get her undergraduate degree. Currently, Cohen works in sales for high-tech security solutions. From the age of 16, Cohen has been passionate about community service and women’s rights. She volunteered with, worked for and served on the boards of many organizations, including CARAL, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc. Cohen’s


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Photo with official worth $200 by Aly Brown Staff Writer Supervisor-elect Diane Burgis met with the members of the Delta First Five Community Advisory Council (CAC) on Monday, Nov. 21, to help the center earn $200 with a single photo. The council was promised an additional $200 to add to its budget if the members could meet with an elected official and explain to them the CAC’s goals, what the center provides for local families and why it needs funding. The final requirement to earn the grant was to snap a photo as proof of the meeting. CAC members are local parents who attend the co-op, which is funded by California tobacco taxes, and act as a liaison between the community and the Delta First Five leaders. The CAC is provided a budget allowance of $2,100 per year, used to support facilitation and execution of plans that help the center’s families. The council is responsible for conducting surveys and compiling the results to better address the needs of the community. It then presents its findings at the commission meeting held yearly to reassess how programs should be developed. For example, based upon the study findings in the past, the center has developed social connections for parents; parenting support, such as tools to help parents continue lessons at home; and even exercise

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Members of the Delta First Five Community Advisory Council (CAC) and a Delta First Five community resource specialist meet with Supervisor-elect Diane Burgis to earn $200 for the CAC. Pictured from left are Ana Rodriguez, Ana Hatarik, Supervisor Diane Burgis, Hind Lalami and Community Resource Specialist Maria Esposito. enrichment for children, including soccer lessons held at City Park. The center offers a preschool environment and parental support completely free of charge. Weekly, 200 to 300 people walk through its doors to attend classes. A teacher begins each lesson with center time on the rug before the children break away to participate at activity stations for hands-on learning with their parents. “Our whole focus is that a parent is a

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child’s first teacher,” said First Five Community Resource Specialist Maria Esposito. “That’s the empowerment parents can get, knowing they can teach their child, even if they don’t have a degree.” Burgis walked through the fall-festooned facility, watched one of the classes and listened to the mothers who represent the CAC – Hind Lalami, Ana Hatarik and Ana Rodriguez – as they each shared their personal stories of how the center has

impacted their lives and the lives of their children. “I’m a mom, too,” Burgis said. “While my children are older now, it’s so important for our communities to have places like the First Five.” For many with young children, parenthood can be an isolating endeavor, but it’s a heavier task for those with family far away. Both Hataric and Rodriguez have no nearby family members to help with childcare needs, and the First Five has become a home away from home, with friends who have become like sisters and staff members who go beyond the call of duty. Rodriguez teared up as she shared a memory of how Rachel Kahler, another community resource specialist at First Five, had called after hours to check in on her. “I had come into the center that morning, but I was having a rough day, throwing up from the pregnancy and trying to take care of my toddler, who kept having meltdowns,” Rodriguez said. “Then Rachel called me after she got off work to make sure I was doing all right. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t until I had talked her ear off, while crying. I kept apologizing, but she kept telling me it was okay.” The other ladies echoed her words of praise, and now, taking that $200 from the photo with Burgis, the CAC members will be able to work with more funding to help the center that helps the community.


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Fate of motocross park in question by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer The familiar sound of motorcycles may be returning to an unincorporated Brentwood park, but opponents of the plan are hoping the project hits the brakes. Local residents John and Lori Ramirez and James and Dorothy Schmidt are hoping to reopen the old Sand Hill Ranch Motocross Park, at 50 Camino Diablo Road, in unincorporated Brentwood, but several nearby residents oppose the plan due to concerns about noise. “There is a 43-year history of complaints, including lawsuits,” said Linda Thuman, who lives near the site. “The noise is a significant impact on us and has never been properly addressed.” The park, which has operated off and on since the early 70s, closed in 2012, and has since been used for occasional motorcycle classes. The property was sold to the Ramirez and Schmidt families in 2014, who aim to reopen the park under the name Diablo MX Ranch. “My clients are committed to the ongoing, appropriate use of this familyrecreation facility,” said attorney Ron Mullin, who represents the owners. The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, which is overseeing the issue,

“ The noise is a significant impact on us and has never been properly addressed.

Linda Thuman, resident intends to approve the reopening, once county staff agrees on the conditions of approval. These are likely to include two noise-level studies within the first three years of operation, limits on the number of riders on the course at any time and widespread notification of race dates, when noise is likely to be at its peak. “This is one of those difficult, balancing decisions we have to make,” said District 3 Supervisor Mary Piepho at a Board of Supervisors meeting in November. According to attorney David Trotter, who is representing the opponents of the park, one of the biggest concerns is that noise will exceed the allowable 75 decibels along the fence perimeter and property line. He says that the project should be reviewed for compliance to the California Environmental Quality Act, because there is a reasonable possibility the noise will significantly affect surrounding residents. In addition, the project could disrupt the nearby habitat of the special-status California tiger

salamander. At the very least, opponents would like to see gasoline-powered motorcycles phased out over a five-year period, with continuous noise-control and monitoring programs in place. “We have data from our ambientnoise studies that (show) even (two or) three motorcycles can generate 85 decibels,” Trotter said. “What they are proposing to do is run all the time, not just intermittently, and to engage in racing activities, which will be very loud.” County officials, however, argue that the project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act, because the proposals do not expand on the existing land use, as the facility dates back to the 70s. Mullin contends that his clients attempted to meet with opponents of the plan to address their concerns, but were turned down. Despite that, the owners attempted to mitigate concerns by meeting with county staff and agreeing to close the facility two days a week. They have already conducted a noise

study that showed acceptable levels and have moved the track elsewhere on the property. “Staff have found the proposed use modifications will lessen the intensity of the park’s impacts on the environment, specifically in terms of noise impacts by reducing the hours of operation of the park and limiting the days the park can be open from seven days week to five days,” said Gary Kupp, a Department of Conservation and Development representative. While it remains to be seen if the conflict will be resolved, if the park is approved, it would likely be subject to reviews every year for the first three years and once every five years after that. Additionally, any motorcycle would be required to register below 96 decibels at its pipe to enter the facility. Big events, including races, would only occur twice a month. While many oppose the project, several others can’t wait for it to move forward. If approved, the park will serve as the only motocross track in the county, according to mxtrackguide.com. “They are trying to do a good thing for the community,” said resident Jack Sanchez. The board of supervisors is slated to make a final decision on the park at its Dec. 13 meeting. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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Pay attention to varied emotions during the holidays Last week, Grandpa and I watched the 90thannual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with my mom. This was a lot more nostalgic for her and me than for him, because she and I grew up in New York and even attended a parade or two. Hoisted on my dad’s shoulders, I was SENIOR able to see the giant balloons ORNER and magnificent floats go by, as I ignored the cold, inclement weather. There were policemen here and there, but a feeling of excitement and sheer joy was never dampened by fear. As I watched the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes dance in their famous routine, MARLA I felt myself well up with tears LUCKHARDT of those sweet days gone by. Even the giant turkey that has been in the parade every year as long as I can remember made me a little weepy, and Santa Claus at the end – well, don’t even ask! The world has obviously changed; a lot of it for the better. Technology and new medications have made our lives easier and healthier, but some changes have been downright scary. As I get older, I feel like time is speeding up, and I have to take a moment to catch my breath and slow it all down. A lot of my friends concur that worrying and fretting have replaced a good night’s sleep on more than one occasion. That all-important seven hours of rest at

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“ The holidays are supposed to be fun and a time to enjoy friends and family, but for a lot of us, it’s a time of added stress.

” my age is replaced with thinking about how I am going to fit 28 hours of stuff into a 24-hour day! The holidays are supposed to be fun and a time to enjoy friends and family, but for a lot of us, it’s a time of added stress. Making sure everything on our lists is done and nobody is forgotten has made a gateway for possible depression and anxiety, which can wreak havoc on our health. Panic attacks can raise blood pressure; I can attest to that. Depression is a real disease. Telling someone to cheer up is not the answer to a very serious condition that certainly affects physical and mental health. There are many medications that can help, but also have side effects, so make sure you discuss everything you are experiencing with your doctor. This time of the year can make seniors even more susceptible to feelings of sadness and loss, so be cautious of some physicians who too hastily prescribe heavy antidepressants. What we used to call ‘down in the dumps’ is now labeled depression and there is help. In addition to talking to your family doctor, allow yourself to talk to others about your feelings.

You’d be surprised how many others are experiencing similar feelings. You are not alone in this. If you don’t have loved ones close by or someone to discuss your worries, there is help. Senior Peer Counseling, at 925-521-5636, is a very helpful and free service. Without Walls provides volunteers who will have a telephone conversation with shut-in seniors who need a friendly voice. Their website is www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org and their toll-free number is 1-877-797-7299. There is a lot of joy and happiness still to be grateful for, and the holiday season is meant for that to be shared. Allow yourself to feel that joy and seek help if you need to get a jump-start on it. I look forward every year to that parade in New York. Soon, they will light the giant tree at Rockefeller Center that overlooks the ice-skating rink. Personally, I don’t remember this story myself, but Mom tells me every year that when I was 2, I skated right though the legs of a rather tall man on that rink. Watching the lighting of that enormous and glorious tree will probably make me cry a little, but it’s worth it. Marla Luckhardt is a Brentwood resident who works with several local senior care and advocacy groups. Visit her website at www.marlasreferrals.com or email her at marla2054@aol.com. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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The sweet sounds of Christmas

Local musician and Brentwood resident Johnny Staton has sung everything from jazz and gospel to R&B and pop, and this year, he has released his first-ever Christmas compilation, entitled, “Merry Christmas.” Staton’s voice will light up your holidays with cherished Christmas songs. The Bristow Middle School Choir, conducted by Mark Morello, is featured on one of his

songs called, “So this is Christmas.” The CD is now available just in time to sweeten your holiday music list, and can be purchased at The Press building, 248 Oak St., in Brentwood, or at Visions Home Consignment, at 2430 Sand Creek Road, Suite D3, in Brentwood. For more information, visit statonproductions.com or call 510-220-1609.

So, you’ve sold your home and moving day is approaching. The movers will have the last of your stuff out by 2 p.m. Your buyers have been great to work with, so you want to go the extra mile for them. The housecleaners are coming at 3 p.m. to make sure the house is sparkling clean. As you look around the home, you realize that the carpets are looking a little dirty, so you think you should call a carpet cleaner to clean the carpets once everyone else is done, just as a little extra thoughtful gesture on your part that your buyer will appreciate. Sounds like a good plan? Better check with your buyer! I had this experience with the last home I sold, and when I mentioned my ‘great plan’ to the buyer at our walkthrough, she turned to me and said, “Thanks for the offer, but please don’t!” What I hadn’t considered is that they were planning to start moving in immediately once we were out and

turned over the keys. And as you know, it can take hours, if not a full day, for carpets to fully dry. They didn’t want to set their furniture and boxes down on wet carpet. Also, walking on wet carpet then going back outside tracks more dirt and grime in then if it was dry, and they would be going in and out A LOT over the next day or two. So in this case, we just didn’t have the carpets cleaned at close of escrow, and that was just FINE with the buyers. So, be sure to check with your buyers if you find yourself in a similar situation. Some might appreciate it being done, others might not. If you have questions on this or any other real estate topic, call 925-240-MOVE (6683). #1 for Brentwood listings sold 11 out of last 14 years. To search the MLS for free and view virtual tours of homes for sale, visit www. SharpHomesOnline.com. Sharp Realty. – Advertisement

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Reindeer and caribou are similar, but not the same Reindeer are symbols of the holiday season. Legend states these antlered animals have a busy evening come Dec. 24, helping Santa Claus pull a sleigh weighed down by toys for the world’s children. Why does Santa choose reindeer when caribou may be equally qualified for the job? It may be due to their greater history of domestication. Although the terms ‘reindeer’ and ‘caribou’ are frequently used interchangeably, leading many people to assume they are the same creature, recent genetic mapping published in the “Nature Climate Change” journal shows caribou and reindeer are actually different animals. The journal determined these mammals are quite similar and actually share the same scientific name (rangifer tarandus), but are only closely related cousins. Reindeer may be slightly smaller and are generally more domesticated than caribou. Some people of the Nenet group in Russia keep reindeer for pets. The following are some other similarities and differences, courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. • Reindeer are shorter, stouter and more sedentary than the long-legged caribou.

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• Caribou migrate longer distances than reindeer between wintering grounds and calving areas. • Reindeer have thicker, denser fur than caribou, although both have unique hair in their fur that traps air and provides extra insulation. • Both male and female reindeer and caribou grow antlers. However, female reindeer antlers grow larger than those of female caribou. • Reindeer calves are born at the end of April and caribou calves at the end of May. • Both animals have hooves that can be used as snowshoes for walking on the snow and for digging. • Only in North America are wild rangifer referred to as caribou. • Reindeer have been herded for years throughout Alaska and some parts of Canada for their meat. However, caribou largely roam freely. As a result, caribou are hunted in the wild. Reindeer may get all the glory during the holiday season, but caribou are equally impressive animals. These large mammals provide food and other materials for survival to those who live in cold climates across the world. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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Peanut and Tater-Tot are both miniature dachshund and miniature pinscher mixes, born on May 15, 2015. Peanut is a 5-pound female who loves to be right by your side and cuddle with you. Tater-Tot is a 7-pound male (in the green collar) and is a little shy. Both of them love to play with other small dogs and with each other. They are potty-pad trained when they don’t have outdoor access. It is unknown how they are with cats. They are looking for a home with older children, above 10 years of age, and need to be adopted together. For more information, email starshalodogs@yahoo.com.

Meet Pistachio and Charlie Both of these black-and-white kittens are 3.5 months old, with very sweet personalities. These brothers have the softest fur coats and are very playful and loving. They are fine around gentle, nonaggressive dogs. These babies would love a home for Christmas. For more information, call 510-715-4744.


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A costly Thanksgiving for vegetarians I have been hosting Thanksgiving for 20 years, so you would think I’d have it down to a science, but I don’t. For starters, I am not a great cook. Oh sure, I can slap some tacos together or stumble my way through a lasagna during the week, HANGIN’ IN but Thanksgiving is a whole different HERE animal. One year, I bought my frozen turkey too late and it was not defrosted on Thanksgiving morning. So, I put it in the bathtub in VICKI warm water and let MCKENNA it bob around in there for an hour, then I blow-dried it with a hair dryer. It worked! Somehow, no one got salmonella!  I gave up on making mashed potatoes from scratch. No matter how hard I tried, I would end up with lumpy potatoes that tasted like Elmer’s Glue. Now, I use instant mashed potatoes. As for the stuffing, I use Stove Top. Don’t judge me. My kids love it. The one time I made stuffing from scratch, my son asked me why I put birdseed in it. To this day, I am still trying to figure out what he was talking about, as I put absolutely nothing resembling bird seed

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in there. Let’s not forget the traditional Jell-O mold I feel should accompany every Thanksgiving feast. I always forget about making it until 11 p.m. the night before, so when I flip it over onto a plate the next day, it is only half jellified. The only way you can eat it is with a straw. As for cranberry sauce, you guessed it – fresh from the can! Gravy? Just pop open that jar! Still, my family looks forward to the holiday for some reason, and I am thankful for that. One day, I know my kids will have their own families and may not be sitting at my table. That’s why I really want things to be perfect, or at least edible. I was putting together my Thanksgiving menu last week, and I realized that I still needed a really good vegetarian dish for my two daughters. I made an eggplant casserole last year and it was absolutely terrible. It looked like something from the “X-Files.” No one even tried it. It was a waste of time, money and energy, and it gave my garbage disposal a real workout. My Williams-Sonoma catalog was sitting on the counter. I started flipping through it. A large caption caught my eye. “Delight Your Vegetarian Guests with These Gourmet Side Dishes,” by Tyler Florence. He’s a big wig on the Food Network, and I’ve watched his

show. What’s this? Creamy kale casserole? Sounds amazing! I was giddy. I could just pop it into the oven! How easy is that? My daughters would love it, and they would love me! I would have paid anything – and I did. The casserole that serves 12 was $69.95! Have you ever heard of such a thing? I mean, is that highway robbery or what? How dare they charge that kind of money for a meatless casserole! I bet you could make it yourself for mere pennies a serving! Yes, but would my casserole be as wonderful as Tyler’s? Do I really want to risk it? I had to do some soulsearching. Money is tight in my house. How could I possibly justify spending $69.95 for a frozen casserole? Isn’t credit wonderful? I mean, when you use a credit card, doesn’t part of you kind of giggle? Don’t you feel like you’re getting something for nothing? For 30 days, anyway. I retrieved my credit card with about $100 available credit on it. What the heck – let’s throw in the Parker House Rolls for $29.95 and make it an even hundred bucks! My kids are worth it! I added the items to my cart. A big warning in red appeared on the screen – ‘no refunds on food items.’ There was no turning back. ‘Process

order.’ It was done. I didn’t sleep well that night. I kept waking up, wishing it had all been a dream. I didn’t really spend $100 on a casserole and some rolls, did I? Maury would have a fit if he knew. Maury will have a fit once he reads this! The next day, I hopped on my exercise bike; I needed to burn off some anxiety. I flipped on my favorite show, “The Chew.” I love that show. Everyone is always happy and everything they make looks delicious. “Today, on ‘The Chew,’” said the announcer, “Michael Symon will show you how to make a delicious creamy kale casserole for just pennies a serving!” I nearly fell off my bike! Are you kidding me? If that isn’t karma, I don’t know what is! I received my kale casserole, packed in dry ice. It was much smaller than the picture in the catalog, and looked like something you would find in the freezer section at Safeway made by Stouffer’s. I guess the moral of the story is that it doesn’t really matter what’s on the table, it’s who’s sitting around it that counts, and that is something you can’t put a price on. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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OBITUARIES Aug. 16, 1924 – Nov. 12, 2016 James Frederick Johnston passed away at age 92, in Brentwood, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alice Miller; two sons Paul (Ellen), of Fremont, and Joseph (Meg), of Oakland; sister, Ruby Pack; brother, Robert Johnston; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Otis and Othora (Scarborough) Johnston; and sisters Esther, Katherine, Francis and Mary. Fred was born in Galion, Ohio, and graduated from Galion High School in 1942. He served in the 471st Ordinance Evacuation Company under General George Patton in England, France and Germany during WWII, from 1943 to 1945. After returning home, Fred’s life turned toward higher education and serving in the ministry. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible in 1952, Wheaton College in 1955 and Dallas Theological Seminary in 1962. He served in the pastoral ministry at Hopewell

Guadalupe “Lupe” Martinez Lopez March 23, 1932 – Nov. 11, 2016 Guadalupe “Lupe” Martinez Lopez, age 84, died of heart failure at her residence in Brentwood, California, on Friday, Nov. 11. Born March 23, 1932, in Blewett, Texas, she lived in Michigan and Minnesota, before settling in Brentwood with her husband Nasario Lopez. She was an agricultural laborer for Sunset Packing until 1988, when she was

Baptist Church (Newtown, Indiana), Grace Bible Church (Hitchcock, Texas), Ft. Worth Bible Church (Texas) and spent 21 years at New Orleans Bible Church. After retirement, he served five years as area representative for International Ministries to Israel. In 1993, Fred and Alice moved to Newark, California, to help their son Paul with his business, and then to Brentwood in 2000. Fred was an active member and small group leader at Golden Hills Community Church. He was a longtime member of Summerset Singers, loved golf and was a past member of SPEBSQSA in New Orleans. Fred is one of those unique men who had a long life of faithful service and ministry, initially to our country, as well as to many individuals. Fred was laid to rest with military honors in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, on Nov. 22. There will be a memorial service celebrating Fred’s life on Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., at Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, in Brentwood. In light of Fred’s love of the Scriptures, a gift in his memory can be made to The Gideons, at www.gideons.org. given the opportunity to become manager of Harvest Times #3 Lopez Ranch. Lupe was a volunteer of the Red Cross Thrift Store and a longtime volunteer at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She is survived by her sister, Carlota Trevino, of Saginaw, Michigan; daughter, Lucia Leanos, of Stockton; son, Edwardo Lopez, of Rio Vista; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at the Holy Cross Cemetery, in Antioch. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service, final committal and the reception. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in her name to American Hospice, 613 1st St., Suite 206, in Brentwood.

by Silky Sahnan, esq. Three Epic Divorces of the 21st Century and What You Can Learn from Them Celebrity and high-profile divorces in the news are a guilty pleasure for many Americans and fodder for gossip columnists and entertainment journalists everywhere. If you are experiencing a divorce, however, you probably have a different view of cases like these. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton (2015) Last year, the country music world was rocked at the news that their two favorite sweethearts, Blake and Miranda, were splitting up. Perhaps the most surprising thing was how quickly the divorce was finalized after the breakup was announced, taking about two weeks, and how controlled the news cycle was in the process. Lesson: It is possible to end a marriage simply, quickly and quietly if both parties are willing to cooperate. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow (2015) Nearly everyone remembers the ‘conscious uncoupling’ remark Gwyneth Paltrow made at the announcement of her split from Coldplay front man Chris Martin. What is most notable about the breakup is the relationship today. The pair remains close and connected

with the children, and they have even gone on vacations together. Lesson: Divorces don’t have to end with bad feelings, and when parents continue to get along, even the impact on the children can be minimized. Courtney Cox and David Arquette (2012) Courtney Cox and David Arquette made the list because of a unique aspect of their breakup: both are active participants in raising their daughter together, and neither party asked for spousal or child support in the divorce. Lesson to learn: If both parties are financially independent and willing to work together, child support or alimony may be unnecessary. Perhaps the biggest takeaway from these high-profile divorces is that you are not alone: anyone can marry badly, and anyone can suffer from divorce, even the most successful of people. If you need effective legal representation and counsel for a divorce, my team and I are always here to help! Call the Law Offices of Silky Sahnan today at (925) 276-0789 for a confidential consultation or visit legalservicesca.com to learn more. – Advertisement

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Holiday coupon books at City Hall With the holidays right around the corner, now is a perfect time to pick up a Shop Oakley coupon booklet. This free booklet contains coupons and discounts for 30 businesses in Oakley, including restaurants, hair salons, floral services, event centers and more. The booklets are available at Oakley City Hall and at participating businesses. For a list of

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The Friends of Oakley is still accepting registrations, donations and volunteers for its annual Christmas Basket Program. The group is a community foundation that serves as a tool to strengthen the community through philanthropy and educational opportunities, connecting people who care about causes that matter. The program provides holiday meal fixings and wrapped presents for Oakley families. Donated, non-

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Several Bay Valley Athletic League cross-country stars finished off their season at the California Interscholastic Federation state cross-country championships. Freedom Sophomore Jiana Cortero, the school’s first state qualifier since 2012, finished off her impressive season in 163rd, in 20:48. Throughout the season, she had a series of impressive finishes, winning the 5,000-meter dual against Pittsburg, finishing second in the dual against Antioch, fifth in the 2-mile Pacific Tiger Invitational, seventh in the 3-mile league championship race and ninth at the North Coast Section meet. “Jiana possesses a work ethic and sense of team that any coach dreams to have on their team,” said Freedom head coach Elisa Onstott. “I am more than proud of her and blessed to be able to know her and coach her.” Fellow Falcon Nicole Kwasny also had a fine season, coming up 0.6 seconds short in her quest to reach the state meet. Liberty The league-champion Lions sent three girls and a boy to the state meet. Senior Kai Bohannon, winner of three league championships in four years, led the pack to finish 24th, in 18:18.7. Senior Julia Gonzalez ended the day in 54th, in 18:58.8. Madison MacPherson crossed 74th, in 19:13.4. The lone male competitor, Elliott Portillo, finished 46th, in 16:03.3. Bohannon, who has committed to San Jose State, won three races this season and finished second in three others. Her highlights included winning the 3-mile league championship race; the 5,000-meter, doubledual race – featuring Freedom, Liberty and Heritage; and the 3,200-meter Liberty time trials. She also finished second in the 3-mile Mariner Invitational and the 5,000-meter Pacific Tiger Invitational, as well as fifth in the 3-mile De La Salle/Carondelet NIKE Cross Country Invitational. Gonzalez, a junior, had a series of nice performances this season, including finishing third at the league championship, fourth in the double dual between Liberty, Heritage and Freedom and ninth in the 3-mile Mariner Invitational and North Coast Section championship races. MacPherson finished second in the double-dual and league-championship races, as well as third at the Mariner Invitational. She also finished fourth in the 2-mile Monte Vista Invitational. Portillo, who won his first league championship race this season, also won the Liberty Time Trials and the 5,000-meter

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Liberty’s Elliott Portillo, seen here at the North Coast Section championships, was one of several Bay Valley Athletic League runners to compete at the state meet. Pacific Tiger Invitational and double dual. He also won a 5,000-meter scrimmage with Freedom High School and finished third in the 3-mile Mariner Invitational. Heritage Heritage junior Jett Charvet crossed 81st in the state competition. Leading up to the prestigious event, he won the two-mile Monte Vista Invitational and 3-mile Mariner Invitational. He also finished second at the 3-mile Apache Invitational and at the 5,000-meter double dual and third in the Pacific Tiger Invitational and at a scrimmage featuring Heritage, Castro Valley, De La Salle and Northgate high schools.. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

November was a busy month for Liberty wrestling coach Tony Uchytil. Participating in the World Jiu-Jitsu NoGi Championships at the Cow Palace, Uchytil took third place in the Blue Belt Master 1 light division. In the same tournament, Deer Valley junior wrestler Emiliano Alvarez took third in the Blue Belt Juvenile 1 medium heavy division. Both were competing for Gracie Fighter and train with Andre Dumdumaya of Team Dumdumaya. “I really want to thank (Dumdumaya) and my teammates,” Uchytil said. “I had my teammates from Gracie Fighter Lodi, San Francisco, Pleasant Hill and my own Team Dumdumaya coming out and supporting me. I just really want to thank the whole team and the Gracie Fighter family.” Shortly thereafter, Uchytil traveled to Long Beach to take part in the SJJIF World Championships, competing in the Men, NoGi, Blue Belt, Master, Middle Group – consisting of people who weigh between 163.6 and 177 pounds. Competing for Gracie Fighter again, Uchytil bettered his performance from the Cow Palace, claiming first place. While Uchytil was the man who took the championship, he felt that his coach, Dumdumaya, deserved the praise. “That man does not miss a practice,” Uchytil said of his coach. “He has five kids

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Wrestling coach Tony Uchytil, second from the right, recently emerged victorious in the Men, NoGi, Blue Belt, Master, Middle Group at the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation World Championships in Long Beach. and still finds time for all of his students. My coach drove all way the down by himself, sick as a dog, to come coach me. With a new child, two other high school age kids living in the house and a business to run, this man still made it down. We finished at almost 9 p.m., and then he hopped back in his car and drove back to Brentwood.” To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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Do you have an AB or Bypass Trust? by Joan Grimes, Esq. Up until 2011, it was very common for estate planning attorneys to draft an AB or Bypass Trust for clients. The purpose of the AB/Bypass Trust was to create estate tax savings by keeping a deceased spouse’s property out of the estate of the surviving spouse. However in 2011, federal estate tax laws were changed dramatically to exempt most estates from paying any estate taxes. For 2014, the exemption for each person is $5.34 million. The amount will go up each year based on a cost-of-living increase. In addition, under the rule change called ‘portability’, a surviving spouse may use any unused portion of a deceased spouse’s estate tax exemption. For example, a couple has an estate of $7 million. The husband dies, leaving his wife with an estate of $7 million. There is no estate tax due because the wife takes all of the property by way of the marital deduction (which is unlimited). Because the husband’s personal exemption of $5.34 was not used, the wife can add his $5.34 to her exemption at the time of her death. The personal exemption and portability options have meant that very, very few people will pay any estate tax. Therefore, the traditional AB Trust is no longer necessary for most people. That is not to say that there is anything wrong in keeping an existing AB Trust. However, there are serious drawbacks.

Specifically, with an AB Trust there are restrictions on what a surviving spouse can do with the property in Trust A created with the deceased spouse’s assets, making it is difficult to sell assets. Also, with an AB Trust, the surviving spouse cannot make gifts to anyone of the Trust A property. There can also be substantial costs involved in managing an AB Trust after the death of the first spouse, including establishing the trust, preparing the trust tax return each year and record - keeping to ensure that the property in Trust A is kept separate from the surviving spouse’s assets. In most cases, an AB/Bypass Trust is no longer necessary or advisable for estate planning. If you have not looked at your trust recently, I strongly encourage you to review it and see whether it provides for an AB Trust. If it does provide for an AB/ Bypass Trust, I would encourage you to seek legal counsel to see whether it is in your best interest to amend or restate the trust to remove the AB Trust provisions. If you have any questions regarding an existing trust, I see people every day for a FREE 30 minute consultation in Walnut Creek and Brentwood. This article provides only general legal information, and not specific legal advice. Information contained is not a substitute for a personal consultation with an attorney. The law office of Joan M. Grimes is located at 600 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA, 94513 © 2014 Joan Grimes. For more information, call 925939-1680. – Advertisement


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Wildfire not dampened by rain answered with a goal of its own late in the first half. The second half was dominated by the Wildfire’s aggressive offensive assault. The girls took several shots on goal, but they all were deflected or snagged by Union City’s goalkeeper. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. West Coast faced the Pleasanton Rage Premier the following day, also in the rain. The Wildfire immediately went on an offensive assault, and spent the entirety of the first half in the faces of the Rage defense. Midfielder, Sierra Martin scored with a shot into the left corner of the goal, but she was flagged for being offside. The half ended with neither team scoring. As the second half started, the last rain cloud passed through, and the sun began to shine on both the field and the West Coast offense.  With a few minor adjustments by coach Troy Dayak, the Wildfire again went on an offensive attack and did not let up. The first goal of the game came in the 52nd minute by attacking midfielder Rachel McCarthy. McCarthy maneuvered herself up the middle of the field, around several Rage defenders and fired a shot into the right side of the goal to put the Wildfire ahead 1-0. But the West Coast goal did not dampen Pleasanton’s spirits. West Coast pressure on the Rage, and managed to open a couple scoring opportunities off free kicks. At the 83rd minute, West Coast forward Savannah Seals received a pass from Kate Wallace and delivered a line drive into the corner of the goal. West Coast moved ahead 2-0 and closed out the game with a shutout. Next up, the team returns to fall league matches and begin preparations for the Surf College Showcase in late November. – Courtesy of the West Coast Soccer Club

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The West Coast Wildfire under-17 squad closed out its NorCal State Cup preliminary bracket with two wins and a tie. In this first round of State Cup matches, the Wildfire beat the Tracy Alternativo Futbol 6-1 and the Pleasanton Rage Premier 2-0 and tied the Union City Premier 1-1. The Union City matchup was played in the rain. Roughly fourteen minutes into the first half, Union City scored first on a breakaway through the middle. West Coast

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006432-00 The name of the businesses: 1) Swirls 2) Swirls Yogury 3) Swirls La Frozen Yogury Located at: 1229 Rockspring Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owner: North American Hospitality Group, LLC. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Co. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Lydia Warmsley Managing Member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October 21, 2016 by Deputy Lisa Ferm Expires October 21, 2021 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 71637 Publish dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2016.

Trustor(s): RENEE R. HARVEY, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN Recorded: 10/17/2002 as Instrument No. 2002-0376235-00 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California; Date of Sale: 1/4/2017 at 9:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Pleasant Hill Community Center, located at 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. In the Auction. com Room Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $201,874.56 The purported property address is: 1800 CRATER PEAK WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 072-390-114-6 NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sa le date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-280-2832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site http://www.qualityloan.com , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-13-606475-BF . Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return o f the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 800-280-2832 Or Login to: http://www.qualityloan.com Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-13-606475-BF IDSPub #0118555 12/2/2016 12/9/2016 12/16/2016. Antioch Press No: 06-1617 71773 Publish Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 2016.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006637-00 The name of the business: Guiding Light Supportive Services Located at: 621 W. 2nd St., Ste. 260 In: Antioch, CA 94509, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Jarvis Walker and Malikea Walker. This business is conducted by: A Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Malikea Walker. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 3, 2016 by Deputy C. Garcia Expires November 3, 2021 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 71648 Publish dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006739-00 The name of the business: Tower Zone Smoke Shop Located at: 2717 Contra Loma Blvd. In: Antioch, CA 94509 is hereby registered by the following owners: Muthanna Qassem Naser. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/7/16. Signature of registrant: Muthanna Qassem Naser. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 9, 2016 by Deputy M Fuhrer Expires 11/9/2021 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 71690 Publish dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006776-00 The name of the business: Chivers Custom Vinyl Located at: 4019 Regatta Dr. In: Discovery Bay, CA 94505 is hereby registered by the following owner: William Cody Chivers. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: William Cody Chivers. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 14, 2016 by Deputy M. Fuhrer Expires 11/14/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 71781 Publish dates: November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 2016. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-13-606475-BF Order No.: 130315164-CA-API NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVIDED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/2/2002. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006511-00 The name of the business: Sioux City Sweets Located at: 1580 Savory Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Jeanne Elise Winding. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. Signature of registrant: Jeanne E. Winding. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October

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26, 2016 by Deputy H. Franklin Expires rangan Expires 11/22/2021 Brentwood October 26, 2021 Brentwood Press No. Press No. 02-1273 71810 Publish dates: 02-1273 71633 Publish dates: November December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016. 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006956-00 The name of the File No. F-0006557-00 The name of the businesses: 1. Specialized Occasions business: The Crew Located at: 1272 2. Jack of Small Trades Located at: Dainty Ave. In: Brentwood, CA 94513 684 Bellmeade Way In: Brentwood, CA is hereby registered by the following 94513 is hereby registered by the followowner: Jason P.M. Lemon. This business ing owners: Scott E. Nelson and Joanne is conducted by: An Individual The reg- Chris Nelson. This business is conducted istrant commenced to transact business by: Married Couple. The registrant comunder the fictitious business name or menced to transact business under the names listed above on 10/28/16. Sig- fictitious business name or names listed nature of registrant: Jason Lemon. This above on N/A. Signature of registrant: statement was filed with the County Scott E. Nelson. This statement was filed Clerk of Contra Costa County on: October with the County Clerk of Contra Costa 28, 2016 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires County on: November 23, 2016 by Deputy 10/28/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02- H. Franklin Expires 11/23/2021 Brent1273 71664 Publish dates: November wood Press No. 02-1273 71812 Publish 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2016. dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006579-00 The name of the business: Sol Textiles Located at: 1781 Castellina Drive In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner(s): Marisol Guadagno Fuson and Shawn Michael Fuson. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Marisol G. Fuson. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: Oct. 31, 2016 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires 10/31/21 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 71609 Publish dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006616-00 The name of the business: Red Anchor Consulting and Compliance Located at: 1393 Springdale Court In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: ANTHONY J. RAMOS. This business is conducted by: AN INDIVIDUAL. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on NOVEMBER 2, 2016. Signature of registrant: ANTHONY J. RAMOS. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 2, 2016 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires November 2, 2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 71632 Publish dates: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006693-00 The name of the business: We Spa Located at: 3980 San Pablo Dam Rd In: El Sobrante, CA 94803, is hereby registered by the following owner: Bruce Hyun Kim. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Bruce Hyun Kim. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 7, 2016 by Deputy A. Aguda Expires 11/7/2021 Brentwood Press No. 02-1273 71704 Publish dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006823-00 The name of the business: East Bay Home Solutions Located at: 191 Sand Creek Road Ste 100 In: Brentwood, CA 94513, is hereby registered by the following owner: Sean Thomas Towyenis. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Sean Thomas Towyenis. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 15, 2016 by Deputy T. Lawson Expires 11/15/2021 Brentwood Press No. 021273 71811 Publish dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006932-00 The name of the business: Alamo Hay and Grain Located at: 3196 Danville Blvd In: Alamo, CA 94507 is hereby registered by the following owner: Anne Cecilia Bellandi. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signature of registrant: Anne Cecilia Bellandi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 22, 2016 by Deputy J. Pa-

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a mobilehome, registered to MICHAEL MCCARTY, ORALIA BETANCOURT, and described as a 1977 SUNCREST mobilehome, Decal Number AAX4968, Serial Numbers A0083/B0083, Label/Insignia Numbers CAL008371/CAL008372, and stored on property within the Delta Hawaii Mobile Home Park, at 875 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg, California, Contra Costa County, 94565 (specifically the space designated as 219 Maui Drive, within the park), will be sold by auction at the mobilehome park at the Delta Hawaii Mobile Home Park, at 875 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg, California, Contra Costa County, 94565 (specifically the space designated as 219 Maui Drive, within the park), on December 16, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., and such succeeding sales days as may be necessary, and the proceeds of the sales will be applied to the satisfaction of the lien, including the reasonable charges of notice, advertisement, and sale. This sale is conducted on a cash or certified fund basis only (cash, cashier’s check or travelers’ checks only). Personal checks and/or business checks are not acceptable. Payment is due and payable immediately following the sale. No exceptions. The mobilehome and/or contents are sold as is, where is, with no guarantees. This sale is under the authority of California Civil Code 798.56a and Commercial Code 7210. DATED: November 23, 2016. JOSEPH W. CARROLL Attorney at Law, 1231 I Street, Suite 203,Sacramento, CA 95816. (916) 443-9000. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 71805 Publish Dates: December 2, 9, 2016. NOTICE OF LIEN SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a mobilehome, registered to JOAN PERRY, interested Party JOHN GAETANO, and described as a 1979 LANCER mobilehome, Decal Number AAB8675, Serial Numbers A26058/A26058, Label/Insignia Numbers 101860/101861, and stored on property within the Delta Hawaii Mobile Home Park, at 875 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg, California, Contra Costa County, 94565 (specifically the space designated as 277 Luau Drive, within the park), will be sold by auction at the mobilehome park at the Delta Hawaii Mobile Home Park, at 875 Stoneman Ave., Pittsburg, California, Contra Costa County, 94565 (specifically the space designated as 277 Luau Drive, within the park), on December 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., and such succeeding sales days as may be necessary, and the proceeds of the sales will be applied to the satisfaction of the lien, including the reasonable charges of notice, advertisement, and sale. This sale is conducted on a cash or certified fund basis only (cash, cashier’s check or travelers’ checks only). Personal checks and/or business checks are not acceptable. Payment is due and payable immediately following the sale. No exceptions. The mobilehome and/ or contents are sold as is, where is, with no guarantees. This sale is under the authority of California Civil Code 798.56a and Commercial Code 7210. DATED: November 16, 2016. JOSEPH W. CARROLL, Attorney at Law, 1231 I Street, Suite 203, Sacramento, CA 95816. (916) 443-9000. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 71752 Publish Dates: December 2, 9, 2016. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Walter J. Towers, deceased CASE NUMBER P16-01590 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: Walter J. Towers aka Walter John Towers, deceased. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: Jack M. England in the Superior

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Court of California, County of: CONTRA COSTA\cs2 . The Petition for Probate requests that: Jack M. England be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: a. Date: December 22, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 14. Room: 212 b. Address of court: 725 Court Street, Martinez, CA 94553. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. \cs2 If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above.\cs2 You may examine the file kept by the court.\cs2 If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Michael J. Amthor, ESQ. 1120 Second Street, Suite C. Brentwood, CA 94513 925-516-4888. Brentwood Press No. 021273 71780 Publish Dates: November 25, December 2, 9, 2016.\cs2

ciation under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 939-0772 or visit this Internet Web site at www.nationwideposting. com using the file number assigned to this case 16-00745A. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE A DEBT COLLECTOR Date: 11/9/2016 For Sales Information Please Call (916) 939-0772 or go to www.nationwideposting.com A.S.A.P. Collection Services, as Trustee by: Platinum Resolution Services, Inc., as Agent Stephanie Strickland, President NPP0295984 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS 11/25/2016, 12/02/2016, 12/09/2016. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 71703 Publish Dates: November 25, December 2, 9, 2016.

and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $236,421.68 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The Beneficiary may elect to bid less than the full credit bid. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 939-0772 or visit this Internet Web site www.nationwideposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case 129157-11. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 11/11/2016 MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. 11707 Fair Oaks Blvd., Ste202 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 962-3453 Sale Information Line: (916) 939-0772 or www.nationwideposting.com Tara Campbell, Assistant Vice President MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. MAY BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NPP0296186 To: BRENTWOOD PRESS PUB: 11/25/2016, 12/02/2016, 12/09/2016. Brentwood Press No: 02-1273 71729 Publish Dates: November 25, December 2, 9, 2016.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Title Order No.: 160022414 Trustee Sale No.: 16-00745A Reference No.: 1408068 APN No.: 088-660-002-2 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT DATED 9/30/2014. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/15/2016 at 1:30 PM , A.S.A.P. Collection Services, as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Notice of Delinquent Assessment, recorded on 10/2/2014 as Document No. 2014-0169899 Book n/a Page n/a of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of Contra Costa County, California, property owned by: Elda J. Castillo WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a State or national bank, a check drawn by a state of federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state.) At: AT the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA Said sale shall be subject to a 90 day right of redemption period per the requirements of the California Civil Code section 5715(b). All rights, title and interest under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment in the property situated in said County, describing the land therein, under Assessors’ Parcel Number: 088660-002-2 The street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 5 Addison Court Pittsburg, CA 945657534 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum due under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment, with interest thereon, as provided in said notice, advances, if any, estimated fees, charges, and expenses of the Trustee, to-wit: $14,019.33 Estimated Accrued Interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale The claimant, Stanford Place Owners’ Asso-

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 129157-11 Loan No. 0209210 Title Order No. 95310465 APN 016-300-244 TRA No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03/27/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/15/2016 at 01:30PM, MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/06/2006as Document No. 20060106580-00 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of CONTRA COSTA County, California, executed by: DANIEL ARGYLE FRAVEL, IV,, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). Place of sale: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic Center near the grass located at 65 Civic Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 340 JEFFERSON DRIVE, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address

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Water from page 1A General Manager Catherine Kutsuris, along with town staff, have been preparing for the project, and the 3,531 homes currently unmetered will have meters by the project’s target completion date of June 2017. Currently, all Discovery Bay West homes are on meters and paying only for the water they use. Discovery Bay East, on the other hand, pays a flat rate each year as a line item on their tax bill. Homeowners stand to save money once their meters are installed, as they will only be paying for the water they use. Installation of the new meters is expected to cost approximately $875 per home. Kutsuris brought on temporary staff member Carol Rudy, who has more than 25 years experience in public outreach, to answer questions and keep the project on course. “My feeling is to get this up and running as smoothly as possible for residents, so they feel comfortable calling, and so they know that they’ll probably save money, since

Victims from page 1A compliance with local, state and federal regulations.” Underwood wouldn’t speculate as to the probablity of fines from the county or the likelihood of pending lawsuits. A press release was issued this week by Golden Hills Community Church. Calls to the church were not returned at press time. “We are fully cooperating with health

they’ll be paying for actual use,” Rudy said. “I don’t want anyone thinking they’re paying more and not getting anything out of it. One of the great things about this meter is that it can detect leaks and be monitored daily from any mobile device anywhere in the world.” While the meters themselves won’t affect actual water rates, residents will have to pay for the cost of the meter. Brochures, door hangers and phone calls will go out to homeowners, detailing costs and payment options. There will also be information posted on the town’s website and open-house meetings for residents to attend. “Our goal with public outreach is to be as personal as possible,” Kutsuris said. “It is our hope to be communicating and communicating and communicating until people say, ‘OK, we understand, we don’t need you anymore.’” For more information, call 925-6341131 or visit www.todb.ca.gov. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

officials and are praying fervently for the families who lost loved ones and for others who are sick,” read the release. Individuals who attended the event and are feeling ill are advised to contact their doctor, and anyone with food or drink remaining from the event should throw it away. For more information, call the county’s public health services at 925-313-6740. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME PETITIONER OR ATTORNEY: Agueda Concepcion Alvarez SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA, 725 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553 PETITION OF: Agueda Concepcion Alvarez CASE NUMBER: N162099 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. Petitioner Agueda Concepcion Alvarez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name: a. Auguilar Martin a.k.a Agueda Concepcion Alvarez a.k.a Agueda Concepcion Martin to Proposed Name: Agueda Concepcion Alvarez. 2. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without

a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: 1/5/17 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept.: 14 Room: 212 b. The address of the court is same as noted above. 3. a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Brentwood Press Date: 11/9/2016 Judge of the Superior Court Brentwood Press No. 021273 71677 Publish Dates: November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006945-00 The name of the business: CPR & Safety Training Located at: 6009 Everlasting Way In: Oakley, CA 94561 is hereby registered by the following owner: Kelli Lyn Cole. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 2008. Signature of registrant: Kelli L. Cole. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 23, 2016 by Deputy J. Parangen Expires 11/23/2021 Oakley

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Running feat before the feast Runners at the annual Turkey Trot in Brentwood take off at the starting line for a 5K run on Thanksgiving Day morning, Nov. 24. Parents and children from all over the district came out to exercise – a tribute to health on a day otherwise known for gorging.

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Press No. 03-0477 71818 Publish dates: association, or savings bank specified in December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016. section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state.) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE at: At the north side of the Pittsburg Civic TS No.: 2015-0775 Title Order No.: Center near the grass located at 65 Civic 91204903 APN: 037-270-046 YOU ARE Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565 all right, IN DEFAULT UNDER A NOTICE OF DELIN- title and interest under said Notice of QUENT ASSESSMENT DATED 11/10/2015 Delinquent Assessment in the property UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT situated in said County, describing the YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A land therein: APN: 037-270-046 As more PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLA- fully described on the referenced AssessNATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PRO- ment Lien The street address and other CEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD common designation, if any, of the real CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/08/2016 at property described above is purported to 01:30PM., ATC ASSESSMENT COLLEC- be: 5331 DELTA RANCH DRIVE, OAKLEY, TION GROUP, LLC As the duly appointed CA 94561 The undersigned Trustee disTrustee under and pursuant to Notice claims any liability for any incorrectness of Delinquent Assessment, recorded of the street address and other common on 11/12/2015 as Document No. 2015- designation, if any, shown herein. Said 0236297-00 Book Page of Official sale will be made, but without covenant Records in the Office of the Recorder of or warranty, expressed or implied, reCONTRA COSTA County, California, prop- garding title, possession, or encumerty owned by: RODOLFO GALVAN WILL brances, to pay the remaining principal SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGH- sum due under said Notice of Delinquent EST BIDDER FOR CASH, (payable at time Assessment, with interest thereon, as of sale in lawful money of the United provided in said notice, advances, if any, States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn estimated fees, charges, and expenses by a state or national bank, a check of the Trustee, to-wit: $5,917.04 Estidrawn by a state or federal credit union, mated Accrued interest and additional or a check drawn by a state or federal advances, if any, will increase this figure savings and loan association, savings prior to sale. The claimant, California Isle

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Owners’ Association under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Please be advised that this property being sold is subject to a ninety (90) day right of redemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 5715(b). Notice to Property Owner: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 939-0772, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 2015-0775. Information about postponements that

are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Notice to Potential Bidders: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on

the property. Payment must be in the form of certified funds payable to ATC. DATE: 11/09/2016 ATC Assessment Collection Group, LLC 1451 River Park Drive, Suite 125, Sacramento, CA 95815 Please call (916) 939-0772 for sales information. NICOLE THORNSBERRY, TRUSTEE’S SALE OFFICER NPP0296014 To: OAKLEY PRESS 11/18/2016, 11/25/2016, 12/02/2016. Oakley Press No: 03-0477 71692 Publish Dates: November 18, 24, December 2, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. F-0006687-00 The name of the business: Nu Styles For Less Located at: 2743 Lone Tree Way In: Antioch, CA 94531, is hereby registered by the following owners: Monir Aslai and Zarghona Aslai. This business is conducted by: Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/7/16. Signature of registrant: Monir Aslai. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Contra Costa County on: November 7, 2016 by Deputy H. Franklin Expires 11/7/2021 Antioch Press No. 06-1617 71823 Publish dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016.


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Events Friday, Dec. 2 Holiday Happenings For a list of local holiday events, look at our Holiday Happenings on page 10B.

Monday, Dec. 7 Casino Bus Trip Oakley Senior Citizen’s host a bus trip to Jackson Rancheria, leaving the senior center, 215 Second St., in Oakley, at 8 a.m., and returning around 5 p.m. Cost is $30, and includes transportation, $20 cash on card or $25 for table games, and a $5 food credit after 55 points on card. Reservations and payment must be made by Dec. 2. For more information or reservations, call 925-626-7223.

Philosophy of Ayurveda Cancer Support Community presents an introduction to the healing science of Ayurveda, with Dawn Jacobson, M.D., at 3276 McNutt Ave., in Walnut Creek, from 6 to 8 p.m. Identify your mind-body type, augment conventional cancer treatment and minimize side effects using food, natural herbs and other lifestyle changes based on Ayurvedic healing. This event is for cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information, call 925-933-0107.

Thursday, Dec. 8 Open Mic Night The Brentwood Library and Brentwood Writes present an open mic night at the community center, 35 Oak St., in Brentwood, at 6:30 p.m. All short work – poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work on any subject, of your own or that of another writer – is welcome, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 925-634-6655.

Alzheimer’s Support Group The Brentwood Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group hosts an open discussion at Neighborhood Church, 50 Birch St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for caregivers to share concerns, challenges, tips and successes about caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. For more information, call 925-284-7942.

Saturday, Dec. 17 Crab Feed American Legion Post 202 presents its annual crab feed, at 757 1st St., in Brentwood, from 6 to 11 p.m. The event includes dining and dancing. Donations are $55 per person. For more information or tickets, call Phil Pezzella at 925-516-2141 or Drew Hanson at 925-634-7039.

Sign-ups Job Training Session Opportunity Junction holds application sessions for its job training and placement program on Jan. 3, 9 and 17, at 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., in Antioch, and Jan. 5 at 3105 Willow Pass Road, in Bay Point, at 10 a.m. The session covers applying for Opportunity Junction’s 12-week training and four-month paid internship programs. For more information, call 925-776-1133 or visit www. opportunityjunction.org.

Basketball Tryouts Blaze AAU Basketball is hosting tryouts in Antioch, on Dec. 10. To register, visit blazetravelball.com. For more information, call 925-203-5626.

Girl Scouts of Nor Cal Girl Scouts of Nor Cal seeks girls and adults to join its leadership team. Contact infogirlscouts@yahoo. com with your girl’s name, grade, school, address and phone number or adult leadership interest.

Volunteer Drivers Needed Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors in far East Contra Costa County. Drivers are needed Monday through Friday, for approximately two to two and a half hours, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the scheduled delivery day. For more information for Oakley, Brentwood, Bethel Island or Discovery Bay areas, call 925-625-4545. For more information for Antioch, Pittsburg or Bay Point areas, call 925-954-8736.

Brentwood Blaze Cheer Brentwood Blaze Cheer is hosting a high school readiness cheer program for kids in fifth through eighth grade. The program does not have tryouts or cuts, and focuses on teaching jumps, tumbling, stunting and try-out techniques. Practices are ongoing, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Brentwood. Uniforms may be purchased or borrowed, and performances are held locally throughout the year. For more information, call 925-848-8422 or email brentwoodblazecheer@ gmail.com.

Library Volunteers Needed The Brentwood Library Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of duties, including assisting at events, conducting outreach and fundraising. For more information, contact Diane Alexander at dapa@comcast.net or 925-634-5456.

Hula Classes Halau Kawaikahe Lani Malie is now accepting new students, 8 years old and older, to join hula classes. Learn the beauty, art and meaning of hula dancing and the history and language of the Hawaiian people. Classes are every other Friday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Brentwood. For more information, call Kapi’olani at 925-550-5656.

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Job Training and Placement Opportunity Junction hosts a job training and placement program information session at 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., in Antioch, at 10 a.m. The program helps motivated jobseekers find employment in a variety of fields at no cost, training for individuals in office and administrative work, support for short-term career technical education certificates and more. For more information, visit www.opportunityjunction.org or call 925-776-1133.

Parkinson’s Support Group Delta Shadow Boxers Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month (except December), at John Muir Health, in the second-floor conference room, 2400 Balfour Road, in Brentwood, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Sue and Duane Schnittker at 925-550-2756.

MS Support Group The free MS support group meets the third Thursday of each month at Kaiser, 4501 Sand Creek Road, Antioch, room 2H2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Sue at 925-813-9069.

Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Peer Support Group Harvest Time Church invites all members of the community – survivors, families, friends and caregivers of all ages – to meet at Harvest Time Church, 2200 Ventura Drive, in Brentwood, the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. For more information, call Jessica at 925-219-2126.

Kaleidoscope Connection Circle GSMOL Bi-Weekly Class Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League Chapter 196 hosts an education class the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Oakley, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Facilitator Glorie Illian discusses important topics related to mobilehome living, such as emergency preparedness for pets and humans, mobile-home maintenance and more. Attendees should come prepared to take notes. For more information or to rsvp, call 925-625-6251.

Mobile Homeowners Advocacy Group Golden State Manufactured Homeowners League Chapter 196 is hosting a monthly meeting in Oakley, on the first Saturday of each month – not including December – from 10 a.m. to noon. The league teaches mobile homeowners their legal rights and how to defend themselves when rights are violated. Mobile homeowners living in Oakley, Bethal Island, Knightsen, Byron, Brentwood, Antioch or Pittsburg are welcome to the invitation-only meeting. For more information, visit www.GSMOL.org. To rsvp, call 925-625-6251.

CSBA West Delta Chapter The California Striped Bass Association’s West Delta Chapter hosts a monthly dinner meeting, at Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane, in Antioch, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month. Cost is $15. CSBA is a nonprofit fishing club dedicated to preserving the striped bass fishery and the Delta, and to promoting youth fishing. Reservations are preferred, please call 925-699-1699. For more information, email Tom Coss at tomcoss8@comcast.net.

Road Map to College Youth Opportunity Junction hosts a Road Map to College Youth Program information session, geared toward people ages 18 to 24, who are

The Kaleidoscope Connection Circle meets the third Monday of every month at Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection Center, 14671 Byron Hwy., in Byron, from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Acquaint yourself with Kaleidoscope’s programs and meet its leaders and volunteers. For more information, email info@kaleidoscopehope.org or call 925-550-6198.

Antioch Riverview Garden Club The Antioch Riverview Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of each month – except July and December – at the Antioch Public Library, 501 W. 18th St., in Antioch, at 7 p.m. Contact the club at antiochriverviewgardenclub@gmail.com or visit https://goo.gl/QS1XT9.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Alzheimer’s Association and Neighborhood Church host Brentwood Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group the second Thursday of every month, at 50 Birch St., in Brentwood, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge or reservation needed. For more information, call Linda Hughes at 925-202-0345.

Sons In Retirement Brentwood Sons In Retirement, a group of retired and semiretired men enjoying active retirement, meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at The Nines Restaurant, 100 Summerset Blvd., in Brentwood, at noon. For more information, call Norman Jackson at 925-516-9499.

CSBA West Delta Chapter The California Striped Bass Association West Delta Chapter hosts a monthly dinner meeting at Bridge Marina Yacht Club, 20 Fleming Lane, in Antioch, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Cost is $15. CSBA is a nonprofit fishing club dedicated to preserving the striped bass fishery and the Delta, and to promoting youth fishing. Reservations are preferred, please call 925-699-1699. For more information, email Tom Coss at tomcoss8@comcast.net.

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just want to celebrate the season with your friends and family, downtown Brentwood’s Zephyr Grill & Bar’s festive décor and holiday menu will put you in a holly jolly mood. “We really embrace Christmas in every way,” said Randy Tei, who owns the upscale restaurant with his wife Lynn. Their festive holiday menu includes Holiday Baked Brie; Candy Cane Beet Salad; a Christmas Wreath Salad, filled with grilled and toasted goodies that resemble a beautiful Christmas wreath; Partridge in a Pear Tree, a free-range, skin-on, bone-in chicken breast roasted with cranberry chutney glaze and served with Who holiday smash and roasted pears; A Christmas Story Duck; Grinch’s Roast Beast; gingerbread pudding; and pumpkin cheesecake. The Discovery Bay couple also owns the Zephyr Grill & Bar in Livermore, and the Icon Grill in downtown Seattle. Since its opening in Brentwood on Aug. 2, Zephyr has already earned a loyal customer base, who appreciate having another unique, non-chain restaurant to choose from. “I prefer unique and locally owned restaurants,” said

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Zephyr Grill & Bar in downtown Brentwood welcomes the season and their clients in a festive, holiday atmosphere complete with plenty of Christmas-themed dishes. Brentwood resident Susan Knight. “We need restaurants with amazing food and service, so when you and your friends are thinking of going out to dinner, your first thought is restaurants here in town, and not in Walnut Creek. Zephyr is just that type of place. The interior is warm and elegant, their service is excellent and the food is delicious.”

The Teis never expected such a positive response from the community. “It’s beyond our wildest dreams,” said Tei. “People in the community have been so positive, and we couldn’t be more appreciative or express our thanks enough.” While the Teis want to show their gratitude to the community, they also want to share their joy for the Christmas season, which includes giving back to others. Zephyr Grill & Bar will donate $1 from every pumpkin cheesecake, gingerbread pudding and Holiday Boot Tini cocktail to the Boot Campaign, which gives back to veterans. Their long-time friends John and Corinne Billheimer’s company, MAS, will match their donation. “We’re pretty excited about the Boot Campaign,” said Tei. “This time of year, we want to think of those less fortunate.” Other holiday events at Zephyr include their inaugural, cookie-decorating class on Dec. 10 and 17, at 9 a.m., followed by a Santa Brunch on both days, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended for brunch and required for the cookie-decorating class, which is free and open to children ages 11 and under. Zephyr Grill & Bar, located at 613 First Street in Brentwood, is open on Christmas Eve, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch, and from 2 to 8 p.m. for dinner, with no seating after 8 p.m. They are closed on Christmas Day, but open during regular business hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For more information visit www. zephyrgrillbrentwood.com or call 925-418-4708. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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Since 1965, Pantell’s Music Box in Antioch has been East County’s holiday shop for the best-quality parts and service for mobile audio systems.

brothers have worked together, including four generations of their family – all committed to bringing the highest quality of sounds and service to their customers. “You don’t have to buy a new car to

have the latest technology,” said Keith Pantell. “With long commutes, people are in their cars two to four hours a day and want the convenience and technology of a great system in their car.”

Offering great systems means carrying the best brands. Pantell’s Music Box is the area’s largest Wet Sound dealer and specializes in the hottest brands, including Pioneer, Alpine, Viper, Sound Quest, Avital, Myron and Davis and more. They are experts at installing systems in autos, classic cars, boats, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. “We take a lot of pride in our work and make sure things are done right,” said Pantell. “It’s nice to be part of a community where people recognize your name, and that means something to us.” Their hard work and commitment to personalized service has earned them a loyal customer base. “I have been a customer of Pantell’s since 1986,” said Discovery Bay resident Steve Costello. “What I like most about them is that they are a family-run business and are a good group of guys who have been around a long time and do great work. They are also well-respected in the motorcycle industry and did a great job on my Road King.” Pantell’s Music Box is located at 407 G. St., in Antioch. For more information, visit www.pantellsmusicbox.com or call 925-757-6618. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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It is that time of year again… important planning By Beth Miller-Rowe Branch Manager and Reverse Mortgage Specialist • The Reverse Mortgage Group • A Branch of American Pacific Mortgage

I am attending a conference in Chicago as I write this article. I am listening to a presenter speak about a topic I feel is timely and relevant to this time of year. As we approach the end of the year, we begin to think about what we want to accomplish in the next year. We make our resolutions; we write them down and hang them on the fridge. We promise to clean out the garage and travel to Italy. I am going to exercise more, eat less, work more, work less and spend more quality time with family and friends.

How about Planning for Life’s Hiccups? Due to the graying of America, and our extended longevity, it is important that we address the eventuality of illness, medical emergencies and long-term goals for medical care. Dr. Lee Lindquist, MD., MPH., MBA, (1) obtained a research grant to determine if people think about potential medical crises that may come up later in retirement. The answers were interesting and surprising. The research showed that yes, people do think about these topics, but they do not have actual conversations about them because: Their kids don’t want to talk about it because it is never going to happen to their Mom or Dad. They know they are not prepared, financially or emotionally, for these types of eventualities, so why think about it. They feel like they are too healthy, so it will never happen to them. They feel like they are too sick, so they won’t make it that far. What ends up happening is that these questions get answered during a crisis which is never good. Dr. Lindquist thoughtfully pointed out that we make plans for college, marriage, babies, careers and retirement and even for our own funeral services. As we think about retirement, we may have general or specific plans for travel, spending time with grandkids or enjoying a slower pace. What we do not plan for are potential medical emergencies in between retirement and death. These types of emergencies can be small temporary hiccups or major, life-changing crises – hospitalizations, traumatic injury or illness, longterm treatments, need for skilled nursing facility or the loss of a spouse and the resulting loss of income. These are difficult topics and difficult conversations. No one wants to talk about these subjects but it is critical to smooth out the anxiety and adrenalin of a medical crisis.

Let’s look at a scenario: Mom falls and breaks her hip. She is in

the hospital, and she will need surgery and rehabilitation. Once all this is done, it may or may not be appropriate for Mom to go back home, even if Dad is able and willing to take care of her. Dad is at home trying to cope with all the issues that go along with a medical crisis, and he has some health issues himself. The kids arrive to help. They have left their kids, spouses and jobs to be by your side. They make the calls for in-home help, visit the social workers at the hospital regarding a nursing facility, they cook up some meals for Dad to heat up while Mom is gone. They try to help all they can, but they do eventually have to go back home likely with many questions left unanswered.

Think of a new order for life’s hiccups – give yourself a voice in your future care: PlanYourLifeSpan.org is a website that walks you through these questions. You make decisions and indicate your preferences. If you experience memory loss, what are your preferences for care? If you get cancer, what are your preferences for treatment? If you fall and break a hip, which hospital and rehabilitation facility do you prefer? Do you know what your options are for the varied types of health care you may need at 65? How about 75? How about 80 or 90? How about 100 years old? Visit the nursing facilities around your local hospital. Let your kids know which you like best, if you would prefer at-home rehab and is that feasible? Do you have friends who have had a good experience with a particular in-home health agency? How about a bad experience with an agency? That may be the more important question. If you are not able to go back home, are you open to a senior community? Do you have friends who live in a community you like? Have you thought about the village concept? Do you like organized activities, would you like to cook for yourself or would you prefer a meal plan? Perhaps you would rather move closer to your kids. Would you want to live BY them or WITH them? Would THEY want you to live by them or with them? Have you spoken to your kids about your wants, needs, desires and demands for that time when emotions will be running high with fear and uncertainty? Check out the book “Can’t we talk about something more pleasant,” – it is a great conversation starter – or use the website and hand them your answers. It too is a great

conversation starter. If you can remove the uncertainty, wouldn’t that be helpful to everyone? Wouldn’t it be nice for you to have a voice in how your life plays out, whether you can express those desires at the time of crisis or not? With planyourlifespan.org, you can do just that. Tell your family what you want, when you want it and what your plans are for paying for it. A reverse mortgage certainly may be a tool you can utilize to insure you have sufficient funds to remain independent, secure and confident about the rest of your life. There is a lot of research about taking out a reverse mortgage earlier rather than later, which may extend the life of all your retirement assets (2). I would love to meet with you to chat further about how a reverse mortgage may help you to eliminate at least some of the stress that comes with unexpected emergencies.

Happy holidays and happy planning! (1) Lindquist, L. A., Ramirez-Zohfeld, V., Sunkara, P., Forcucci, C., Campbell, D., Mitzen, P., & Cameron, K. A. (2016). Advanced life events (ALEs) that impede agingin-place among seniors. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 64, 90-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2016.01.004 (2) “Reversing the Conventional Wisdom: Using Home Equity to Supplement Retirement Income” by Barry H. Sacks, J.D., Ph.D. and Stephen R. Sacks, Ph.D.

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come up empty or run out of creative ideas for those all-important people on our gift-giving list.

It’s ok, you are far from alone, and although there might not be something here for all those pesky, hard-to-buy-for people on your list, we hope it’ll help get those ideas flowing again. We also hope you’ll pick up what you need right here in East County. Remember, shopping locally not only saves gas and time, it helps your neighbors and your neighborhood by supporting their business and keeping tax dollars close to home. A is for Album Jazz up your gift recipients’ holidays with some music. RPM Records in Brentwood’s Sunset Plaza has an amazing array of vintage vinyl, CDs and cassettes. If the thought of tunes isn’t music to your ears, the store also features video games, books, comics, art, clothing and jewelry. Many of the albums are three for $15, and the store also accepts trade-ins. To make your gift a hit, visit the store at 7720 Brentwood Blvd., Suite A, on Tuesday through Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

B is for Barbeque Turn up the heat on your gifting experience by giving a grill. Brentwood Outdoor Living is located at 6061 Lone Tree Way, behind Buffalo Wild Wings, in Brentwood. The store is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 925-626-6383. Visit,www.brentwoodoutdoorliving.com. C is for Creativity Give the artists in your life a creative outlet with a paint night experience. One local painter, playfully known as Bindu the Ox, blends adult humor, music and expert instruction into his often sold-out shows. He promises all participants will leave with a stitch in their side from laughing and a masterpiece in their hands. For more information, visit www. paintnite.com/artists/603.html. D is for Dark Chocolate Few things sweeten up people’s lives more than chocolate. Bella Sweet Shoppe, at 3860 Balfour Road, Suite A, in Brentwood, offers chocolate and so much more, with its assortment of cookies, ice cream and caramelized apples. All the sweetness can be scooped up Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 3 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 925-265-3043. E is for Earrings Live up to the old adage that a diamond is

a girl’s best friend by giving the girls in your life a few glittering jewels. K & Co Family Jewelers at 741 2nd St., in Brentwood is a great choice as is Crème dela Gem also in downtown Brentwood at 626 1st St. F is for Facial Sawã Spa, located at 1700 Trilogy Parkway, in Brentwood, is the place to go for facials and just about any other beauty treatment you can think of. Visit www.sawaspa.com for ideas to pamper your over-worked loved ones. G is for Gardening Do you know someone who loves gardening? Introduce them to Delta Informal Gardeners, a local club for green thumbs. Affectionately known as DIG, the club meets monthly to hear from local experts about the latest in gardening tips best suited for East County growing. A individual club membership is $15, and family memberships are $20. For more information, visit www.

deltainformalgardeners.org. H is for Honey Raw honey collected in your local area is not only tasty and easy to come by, it also can be used in a wide variety of applications, from cooking to health to beauty. To stock up on honey from a local, family business, visit Dwelley Farms at 515 Delta Road, in Brentwood, or call 925- 634-6508. I is for Imagination Barnes and Noble, located at 5709 Lone Tree Way, in Antioch, offers an array of new books in every imaginable genre. Open up your imagination and flip through the pages of a new best seller or a time-honored classic. For more information, visit www.barnesandnoble. com or call 925-978-1031. J is for Jumping Do you need a way for the kids to burn see ABC’s page 7B


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ABC’s from page 6B off extra energy during the holidays? What about all those extra celebratory calories for the kids at heart? Head over to Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, at 5641 Lone Tree Way, in Brentwood, or to Pump It Up, an inflatables party place, at 5351 Neroly Road, in Oakley, for hours of jumping fun. K is for Kitten Are you looking to expand your family this holiday season? Why not give yourself or someone you love (and whom you know wants a pet) the gift of a rescued kitten. HARP (Homeless Animal Rescue Program) and HALO (Homeless Animal Lifeline Organization) in East County can help. Visit www.harp-rescue.org or www.eccchalo.org for more details. L is for Laundry Basket Stuff a beautiful wicker laundry basket full of elegant bathroom essentials, such as handcrafted soaps, monogrammed hand towels or a plush floor mat. HomeGoods, located at 2460 Sand Creek Road, in Brentwood, has the latest in all your interior design needs. And while you’re there, Monogramming by Frichy, located at 2420 Sand Creek Road, can help personalize those hand towels. M is for Mason Jar The gift possibilities are endless when it comes to mason jars. Layer them with ingredients for a ready-made cookie recipe that looks as cute as it is tasty, or put together a sewing kit for your favorite quilter, complete with a pincushion top and adorned with ribbons. Create a ‘mini bar in a jar’ with cocktail ingredients and fancy straws or a

‘TIS THE SEASON luxury bath kit filled with spa-style products. No matter your choice, you can purchase a crate of jars at Ace Hardware, 8900 Brentwood Blvd., in Brentwood, and create gifts with a personal touch. N is for Notebook Even if you don’t know an up-andcoming Hemingway, just about everyone can find a use for a notebook. Whether it’s bound in leather or covered in lace, there’s something charming about a book with fresh pages, meant for notes. You can find lovely paper, pens and journals for your loved ones this season at Tuesday Morning, 2410 Sand Creek Road, in Brentwood. O is for Olive Oil If you’re looking for a gift someone will actually use, high quality, locally grown and pressed olive oil is on the list of must-haves. The McCauley Olive Grove grows its own olives and crafts unique blends of extra virgin olive oil, ranging in price from $6.50 to $56. McCauley’s sells its wares through a number of vendors in Brentwood, but to get to the source, visit 300 Balfour Road, in Brentwood. P is for Photo Coasters Instead of stuffing photos away in an album to sit on a dusty shelf, your loved ones may want to display their precious moments in a way that doesn’t take up tons of shelf space. Glenn Combs, Brentwood business owner of E-Z Ink Promotions can help take pictures and turn them into photo coasters, a gift that will make its recipient smile every time they take a sip. see ABC’s page 15B

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gourmet, Lynn Gursky has assembled countless gourmet gift baskets over the past 30 years. From the store’s huge assortment of dried fruits, nuts, candies, specialty soups, oils, sauces and more than 390 gourmet items, the Gursky Ranch Country Store has something to delight the chef, foodie or anyone looking for a taste of Brentwood and the county’s most delicious, locally grown treats. “Our specialty is making gift baskets,” said Gursky. “Our baskets are unique, handpacked and can be made using anything in the store.” Choosing the most delicious and unique morsels are important to the Gurskys, who have been part of the agricultural heritage in Brentwood for four generations. Before Roy and Lynn Gursky moved to Brentwood in 1975, Roy’s grandfather and his father ran a dairy on Empire Mine Road in Antioch and farmed land on Orwood

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Gursky Ranch Country Store is Brentwood’s neighborhood gourmet – the perfect place to find gourmet food items and beautiful gift baskets for the holidays. Island in the Delta. When Roy and his brother Barry graduated from agricultural management programs, they brought their wives to the ranch, which became a feed lot. When the cattle market declined, they lost the ranch and pursued other careers.

Roy became a realtor and broker while Barry worked as a teacher. Roy and Barry couldn’t stay away from their farming lifestyle and eventually moved their family to a walnut ranch on Apricot Way in Brentwood. “My husband wanted to get back to

his agricultural roots,” said Gursky. “We had 12 acres of walnuts and the country store started with us marketing walnuts from our garage.” Over the years, the business grew alongside the community, and the Gurskys added more and more products to their store. Whenever possible, they carry local products, supporting other local businesses and the bounty of the county’s harvest. They have also created a loyal customer base. “I shop there weekly,” said Brentwood resident Jan Schults. “Their products are local and so good, and their gift baskets are gorgeous. I pick out baskets for my friends and family, and they make them look beautiful and even ship them for me.” According to Gursky, who runs the business with her son Steve and his wife Sarah, customers mean everything to them. “It’s our loyal fan base that keeps us going,” said Gursky. “We have such wonderful customers.” The Gursky Ranch Country Store, located at 1921 Apricot Way in Brentwood, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.gurskyranch.com or call 925-634-4913. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.

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BRENTWOOD TREE LIGHTING The City of Brentwood presents its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, at the community center and City Park, 35 Oak St. Sponsored by the city and the Brentwood Neighborhood Committee, the event will feature music, singing, hot drinks, goodies and visits with Santa. The tree lighting will take place promptly at 7 p.m.

VISIT WITH SANTA Smith Family Farm and Special Kids Foundation present the 10th-annual Visit With Santa at 4430 Sellers Ave., in Knightsen, from 9 to 11 a.m. Eastern Contra Costa County special kids and their families are invited to spend quiet time with Santa. Special Kids volunteers will take a 4x6 photo of you and your child with Santa in the barn, free of charge. The farm will be open exclusively for special kids until 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.spkids.org.

LEER VINEYARDS TREE LIGHTING Leer Vineyards presents the Campos family’s inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting, at 6:30 p.m. This free event features photos with Santa, Allison’s Art Bus and Cupcake Truck, live music, carols and wine. Please bring a warm coat or blanket to donate and enter a drawing for a gift basket. Leer Vineyards is located at 3501 Byer Road, in Brentwood. For more information or tickets, call 925-308-7963.

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” Liberty High School’s Playmakers presents “A Christmas Story,” at 850 2nd St., in Brentwood, from 2 to 4 p.m. The story follows the trials and tribulations of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, a child in small-town Indiana during the late 1940s, and his obsession with the Red Ryder air rifle he desperately hopes to get for Christmas. Tickets are $7 for

the Brentwood Concert Band, Celebration Ringers, Brentwood Flute Choir, middle school students and retirees. Admission is a toy donation or monetary contribution to Toys for Tots.

the general public and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, email lhsplaymakers@ hotmail.com. CHRISTMAS ART SHOW CR Framing and Gallery presents its fifth-annual Christmas Art Show, from Dec. 3 through 22, at 700 Harvest Park Dr., in Brentwood, with a reception on Dec. 3, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 925-634-7742.

Monday, Dec. 5 A MUSICAL CELEBRATION Toys for Tots presents “A Holiday Musical Celebration,” at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., at 7 p.m. The event features

Friday, Dec. 9 APPALACHIAN WINTER St. Anne Catholic Church hosts the Byron United Methodist Church and Delta Community Presbyterian Church choirs performing “Appalachian Winter: A Cantata for Christmas,” at 2800 Camino Diablo, in Byron, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 925-634-1411. “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” Stage Right Conservatory Theatre, Inc. presents, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St., in Antioch, Dec. 9,

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10, 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. and Dec. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for children 10 and under. Seniors pay $5 for matinee performances. For more information, call 925-216-4613 or visit www.srctgrp.org. NIGHT OF GIVING Kiwanis and Rotary Club of the Delta present A Night of Giving, benefiting the Salvation Army, at Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Road, in Antioch, at 6 p.m. The event features dinner, dancing, wine tasting and live music courtesy of the Brentwood Big Band. Tickets are $75 each. For more information, contact Randall Clarke at 916-335-7593 or randall.clarke@usw.salvationarmy.org. HOLIDAY BASKET BLESSING Byron United Methodist Church presents the blessing of 100 Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection holiday baskets, at 1461 Byron Highway, in Byron, at 10 a.m. The holiday baskets will be distributed to those battling cancer, providing some holiday cheer. For more information, call Sue Sharp at 925-634-1948.

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“CHRISTMAS CAROLED” The Brentwood Theater Company presents a choral presentation of Christmas music, “Christmas Caroled,” at Delta Gallery, 2485 Sand Creek Road, in Brentwood, on Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18, at 2 p.m., and on Dec. 9 and 16, at 7 p.m. The holiday musical features Christmas classics, as well as not-so-traditional Christmas songs. Admission is free and open to everyone. For more information, email jack@thebrentwoodtheater.org or call 925-437-6360.

Saturday, Dec. 10 “NUTCRACKER” Black Diamond Ballet Theatre presents “Nutcracker,” at the Pittsburg Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., in Pittsburg, on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., and on Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. For more information or tickets, visit www.blackdiamondballet.org or call 925-754-9833. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Heritage High School hosts Breakfast with Santa and jazz performances, featuring the Heritage

jazz bands, photos with Santa and a pancake breakfast, prepared by the Rotary Club. Support the Brentwood Community Chest by bringing canned food or a new, unwrapped toy. Tickets are $10. For guaranteed seats, purchase in advance. For more information or tickets, email HHSBand7@gmail.com, call 925-3541111 or visit hpab.seatyourself.biz.

Monday, Dec. 12 SNOWMEN IN THE PARK Brentwood’s Parks and Recreation Department presents Snowmen in the Park, from Dec. 12 through 22. There will be photo opportunities available every night from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music, lighted snowman plots and snow on the Christmas tree. To register for a snowman plot for $16 per entry, visit www.brentwoodca.gov.

Tuesday, Dec. 13 HOLIDAY PACK FOR THE TROOPS Brentwood Auto Parts and Operation Creekside present the fourth-annual Holiday Pack for the Troops, at 757 1st St., in Brentwood, at 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to

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Friday, Dec. 16 “THE NUTCRACKER” The Ballet Company of East County presents “The Nutcracker,” at El Campanil Theatre, 602 West 2nd St., in Antioch, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 18, at noon and 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $16 to $20. For more information or tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 AN IRISH CHRISTMAS The California Theatre presents “An Irish Christmas,” at 351 Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg, at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 925-427-1611.


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Chanukah from page 9B December. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Chanukah includes menorah displays, traditional foods and games and songs. Chanukah rose to prominence due to the story of faith and miracle behind its inception. Antiochus IV was a Greek sovereign in control of the region of Syria, Egypt and Palestine, where many Jews resided. Antiochus began to oppress the Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion and desecrating the Jewish temple. Opposition to Antiochus grew, and a group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son, Judah Maccabee, took on the Syrian army. They were successful in their efforts to combat religious oppression, and the temple was subsequently rededicated. The Talmud describes that, at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. This posed a problem, because oil was needed to burn the temple menorah throughout the night every night. However, there was only enough left for one night’s illumination. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight nights, leading to the development of an eight-day festival to commemorate this miracle. Because Chanukah is about the miracle of the oil and the lasting flame, oil and candles factor heavily in the holiday. A nine-armed menorah called the hanukiah

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Like other Jewish holidays, Chanukah is shrouded in tradition. Chanukah means ‘dedication’ or ‘induction’ in Hebrew. is lit, one candle at a time, on each of the eight nights of the celebration. The last branch of the candelabra holds the shamash (servant) candle. The organization Reform Judaism says the traditional song “Ma’oz Tzur (Rock of Ages)” is sung after the lighting of the candles each night and at other times throughout the holiday. Foods fried in oil, including latkes and jelly doughnuts, are consumed as well, giving to charity is encouraged and celebrants play games with a dreidel, a German-based spinning top. Chanukah is one of the few times of the year when rabbis permit games of chance. The letters atop the dreidel stand for the first letter of each word in the Hebrew statement “Neis gadol hayah sham,” which translates to “A great miracle happened there,” and refers to the defeat of the Syrian army and the rededication of the temple. – Courtesy Metro Creative

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downtown Brentwood keeping the shelves stocked with the top glam items for the fashionista in everyone’s lives. Opened at their current location in December 2014, Socialyte Boutique carries unique, high-quality clothing and accessories, which are all hand picked by owner Lenna Billeci. “During the holidays, we will be running weekly promotions to ensure our customers get superior items at reasonable prices,” said Lenna. “We want to keep people interested in retail, and we feel our price points draw even the most fiscally conservative shopper.” Over the last two years, the stylish boutique has grown under Lenna’s guidance, which has kept track with the increasing popularity of the downtown area. “Thanks to the expansion of Brentwood’s downtown and to events like the farmers markets and festivals, the business has really developed, and we get a lot of return customers,” she said.

“Being involved with organizations like the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Brentwood Coalition really helps us connect to our community. This is real destination shopping; we’re not a mall.” Lenna puts her years of experience in the retail industry to work, making sure each customer’s experience in her store is perfect and helping them find exactly what they are looking for. “Coming from a big box retailer to a family-run business changed my whole approach to retail,” she said. “When you own a small business, it requires 24/7 work to keep it running. When people think of this store, I want them to think of me, so I am always here and on my ‘A’ game.” In addition to offering fabulous fashion, Socialyte is also home to Jessica’s Beauty Cave, which is run by Jessica Billeci. “Jessica and I have done something unique, and we happened to be best friends as well,” said Lenna. “(That made it) fun for us to combine our businesses. Jessica grew up in Pittsburg and has been a stylist for 20 years, so nestled inside Socialyte, you will find a stunning Beauty Cave that loves to make you over. We have combined our beauty geniuses and do what we do best, style you from ‘head to toe.’” So far, the pairing has been making waves in Brentwood, bringing in clients from the immediate area and surrounding cities.

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Lenna Billeci, owner of Socialyte Boutique in Brentwood, offers great deals on trendy, high-quality fashions and accessories during the holidays and all year round. “I started going to Jessica in February, and I must say, it wasn’t easy for me to switch beauticians, said Lisa B., a Clayton resident, in an online review. “Luckily for me, not only is she a coloring expert, but also an expert with extensions, up-to-date cuts, styles and trendy colors, and she also has mastered make-up. I highly recommend you give her a try; I’m so grateful to have found her. She’s located inside a clothing store, so it’s a nice bonus to shop for a new dress or new top to compliment your new do.”

For the holidays and beyond, Jessica and Lenna encourage anyone to stop by Socialyte Boutique for all the glitzy, trendy fashions they seek. “If you are looking to give your wardrobe a facelift or just want to get spruced up for a party, Socialyte is your one-stop shop for fashion and beauty,” said Lenna. Socialyte Boutique is located at 236 Oak St., in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-550-7365 or visit https://goo.gl/TjHav3. To comment, visit www.thepress.net.


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ABC’s from page 7B Q is for Quality In the midst of frantic holiday shopping and scheduling time for family and friends, quality time can unintentionally be pushed to the back burner as quantity boils over. Being present with the ones you’re with instead of worrying about getting to the next shop or appointment on time can be worth more to a loved one than any box with a bow. R is for Retro For the eclectic collector in your life, Urban Jumble Antiques and Salvage at 307 G St., in Antioch, has retro items in spades. From metal toy cars to scales to trunks to typewriters, you’re bound to find a unique gift they’ll delight in. S is for Savory The Byron Inn Café, at 16141 Byron Highway, in Byron, brings savory to a whole new level. After spending years working in upscale restaurants in San Francisco, owner and chef Roberto Rose’s farm-to-fork creations, including the ‘wafflewich,’ are out of this world. Having extended family in town is the perfect excuse to go treat your taste buds without having to cook it first. T is for Theater The Delta Theater in downtown Brentwood is a great way to enjoy going to the movies without breaking the bank. The small, two-screen theater harkens back to when Brentwood was still a budding town, and while it boasts big titles like “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and Disney’s “Moana,” its prices reflect that time period. Where else

‘TIS THE SEASON can you see a great movie for under $8? U is for Underprivileged Do you have clothing and other items collecting dust and space around the house? H.O.P.E. House, at 218 Pine St. in Brentwood, will gladly help you de-clutter. The program collects food, clothing and household items for families in need in Brentwood, Knightsen, Bethel Island, Discovery Bay, Oakley and Byron. By helping supplement food and clothing needs for more than 1,000 people a month, there’ll be no coal in your stocking this Christmas. V is for Volunteer There is no shortage of valuable ways to give during the season, whether it’s popping a few dollars into the local Salvation Army bucket, picking a name from a local organization’s holiday gift tree or volunteering at your local food bank or community event. The Brentwood Regional Community Chest is always a great way to give locally, and the group is always looking for an extra pair of hands. For more information, contact Dana Eaton at deaton@brentwood.k12.ca.us or visitwww.brcchest.org. W is for Wine If a taste of the grape is what’s on your list this year, East County offers one-stop shopping for all your vino-loving friends. Stop in at CoCo Wine Company 925-634-9463; Hannah Nicole Vineyards 925-240-9463; Leer Vineyards, now under new ownership, 925-308-7963; Tamayo Vineyards 925-7668124; or Vine+Grain 925-513-5359; all in Brentwood. Discovery Bay has UnWined, an eclectic wine and cheese bar, under new

ownership, 925-420-3188. If the aficionado on your list prefers beer, many of these establishments offer craft beers in bottles and on tap as well. X is for Xylophone Geddes Music, located at 359 Oak St., in Brentwood, sells new and used instruments and the staff offers lessons for budding musicians who could use some insight from the pros. Visit www.geddesmusicstore. com for more information. Y is for Yoga Yoga – a small word with big benefits. Sign up for classes at the Brentwood Yoga Center and cash in on the stress and pain relief, improved breathing and flexibility and better strength and weight management this ancient practice offers. Brentwood Yoga

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Center provides safe, educational, fun yoga to all ages, body shapes and abilities. It’s a Christmas present with a twist, and you can find it at 8650 Brentwood Blvd., Suite H, in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-240-6864. Z is for Zephyr This holiday season, Zephyr Grill & Bar will donate $1 from every pumpkin cheesecake, gingerbread pudding and Holiday Boot Tini cocktail to the Boot Campaign, which gives back to veterans. Other holiday events at the Zephyr include their inaugural cookie-decorating class on Dec. 10 and 17, at 9 a.m., followed by a Santa Brunch on both days, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. So gear up and head down to get your holidays off on the right track!


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