Picnic with the new state State Superintendent of Instruction, Tom Torlakson
- Picnic with the new superintendent of instruction, Tom Torlakson
- What's on the agenda
- Abundant Life Ministries Church has a health fair
- Art in the Park, Point Richmond style
- Hotel Mac celebrates 100 years with $10 express lunch special
- Community College classes have stated but you can still sign up until August 25.
- Contra Costa County Democratic Party has a picnic
- Farmers Market and face painting still alive and kicking in Point Richmond
Monday, April 25, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
New customers to financial planning company Insight Wealth Strategies’ new Point Richmond office might think they walked into a big oil museum. Chevron, Texaco, Gulf and Standard Oil memorabilia from as early as the 1920s smother the walls and give a sense of nostalgia from a time long past. It’s not a random quirk though, it’s a strategic move.
The company, which operates two offices other than its newest location, has nearly 100 clients who either currently or at one point worked for Chevron Corp.; The same Chevron that, with more than 3,000 employees at their refinery and tech center, is Richmond’s largest employer.
“We specialize in helping [Chevron] employees with their estate planning, secure their retirements and make the most out of their investments.” Chazin said. Throughout the years, a large portion of his clientele has been Chevron employees. “We’re paid a fee to create an objective, comprehensive plan. We actually have a responsibility to our clients to make recommendations in their best interest, not ours.”
Insight’s new office, located across from the Hotel Mac at 51 Washington Ave., hosted a grand opening party this past March and has steadily been building clients in this location since. However, Chazin said he encourages any Point Richmond area residents who need help with financial planning to stop by his office, not just those employed at Chevron.
“I imagine there are lots of folks out there who can use a little direction when planning their future,” said Chazin, who previously founded two other successful companies. “I’d be happy to use my knowledge and experience to help others get where they are trying to go in life.”
Insight Wealth Strategies is affiliated with Lincoln Financial Group, however operates as its own entity. Overall, there are six planners working out of the Point Richmond office with over 80 combined years of experience.
For more information about Insight Wealth Strategies, visit the company website at HYPERLINK "http://www.insight2wealth.com" www.insight2wealth.com, call the company’s toll-free number (800) 318-7848 or stop by their Point Richmond office Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Pastor Dan Damon of the First united Methodist church passes this along to us to express the congregation's concern with the fate of relatives of our friends abroad.
A press release from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
CHAIRMAN KERRY ON THE VIOLENCE AT CAMP ASHRAF IN IRAQ
Thursday, April 14, 2011
by Jean Womack
I admit that my idea of eating out is buying a loaded baked potato salad from Safeway and eating it in my car. However, I have eaten out enough to know that there could be many reasons for a restaurant to lose customers that have nothing to do with competition, as was mentioned in a recent Neighborhood Council meeting as a reason to deny a permit to Subway.
An additional restaurant in the area is another reason for hungry lunch-out customers to go an area that has restaurants. So the competition reason not to have chain restaurants, just does not hold water. Restaurants that teenagers enjoy going to is something that it would be nice to have in or near the Point, since I do not feel safe having my teenage granddaughters visit me the way things stand nowadays, unless I kept them in the house the whole time and did not let them wander around by themselves, if it was actually possible to do that. I am thinking about Subway or Jamba Juice. Teens LIKE shopping centers, in case you hadn't noticed.
People with younger children like going to MacDonalds because they have lists of food nutrients so they can teach their children how to count calories and fat and so they don't have to go home and cook for them. This nutrient list is something that Point Richmond restaurants don't have. Macdonalds welcomes children with little gifts that a grownup will get in trouble for ordering for themselves. Macdonalds is training camp for potential restaurant customers. Don't worry, they will eat in your restaurant when they grow up. Some MacDonalds even have whole play structures, and you have to have a child with you to enter them, though that is not posted either. If you don't understand that, you didn't grow up on this planet. That's what people mean by culture: you just grow up KNOWING it, it's part of the culture.
So what if your parents never took you to Macdonalds when you were growing up. You are culturally deprived. So maybe the real reason some people resent MacDonalds is because they probably tried to climb up in one of those play tubes and were told they weren't wanted there anymore. You need someone to explain the facts of life to you: that they still can refuse service to anyone, just not based on race or religion. Maybe if they understood that many of their customers are culturally deprived dummies, they would put signs up in their restaurants like: "Adults are not allowed to enter the play structure unless accompanied by the child they brought with them." "Adults are not allowed to order happy meals meant for children or suffer unnamed consequences."
At another Macdonalds, when I ordered a Happy meal, the server put her hand gently on top of my hand as if to say, "You're covered. We know you have insurance." I have seen in an art book Voodoo Veve writing that looked to me like a golden arches M with a pin stuck in it. I guess that's something the ordinary citizen wouldn't know about, but I got a masters degree in art, and we learn about things like that in college.
And now down to the nitty gritty: the REAL reasons why restaurants lose customers
1. The food does not taste good.
2. The food is cold.
3. The customer did not get the food he or she ordered.
4. The service was slow and the food came late and was not hot.
5. Prices are too high.
6. Not enough parking.
7. Restaurant does not open or close on time.
8. Portions are too large.
9. The customer had to wait too long to get served.
10. The waiter or waitress or owner was disrespectful and unfriendly.
11. The establishment has labor problems.
12. The restaurant uses child labor or does not pay the help the minimum wage.
13. The restaurant was dirty.
14. The bathrooms were dirty.
15. The place smells bad.
16. The server argues with the customer.
17. Decor of the restaurant includes images the customer does not want to look at while eating.
18. The owner and server are constantly putting down other people and businesses.
19. Uncomfortable seats.
20. Loud music the customer doesn't like.
21. Psychedelic drugs in the air.
22. The restaurant failed to advertise in the local newspaper, thus missing out on a steady stream of new customer referrals.
It's just a little too easy to blame other people for what these restaurants do to themselves. Their customers are so loyal that they really have to work hard to drive their customers away. We're talking about NEW jobs in addition to the ones we already have in the Point that are possibly going to get NEW customers to get off the freeway at Point Richmond to go to a familiar chain restaurant. Then they find out about historic Point Richmond and all it has to offer.
Wouldn't it be nice to get a nice brand new Chevron station with an EM convenience store attached to it for our neighborhood? We can't do that if the local area is zoned to prevent that, as the Neighborhood Council recently got the City Council to do. Chevron says they are going to open hundreds of new EM stores in California and around the country. Maybe if we are nice to them, they will design it so that it fits in with the historic theme that has already been developed.
I have been nominated to be on the Point Richmond Neighborhood council. I am one of two candidates for that office. I hope you will come to the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council to vote for me April 27 at the community center at 7:30 p.m. You have to be a member to vote. Membership is $10. They usually let a person join right before the meeting if they want to vote at that meeting. I hope to see you then. I need your vote to turn neighborhood council policies into a pro-growth, job creating, hopeful family and future-oriented organization.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Femur starts here, as Nancy Burns demonstrates to her Saturday morning free introduction to Restorative Exericse class
Nancy Burns may not think of her new exercise studio "Body Wisdom Exercise Studio," located at 146 Washington Avenue, Suite A, Point Richmond, CA 94801, Phone: 510-232-4566 or 415-722-3000, as a Christian exercise studio. However, when she insisted on me taking my shoes off to exercise barefoot, even though I have a short left leg, I thought of the story of Ruth, in which Ruth's mother tells her to go to the Boaz after he had dinner and drinks, take his shoes off, and lie down at his feet.* (Ruth 3, 1-4) In the bible it says uncover his shoes, but for some reason taking the shoes off stuck in my mind, perhaps because my mother's name is Naomi. My son and his ex-wife had a no-shoes policy in their house that I also asked exception to, which I later regretted and decided to go along with.
My feet may be fat, but they're straight.
Nancy also believes that people should live a long time and then boom, they're dead, instead of slowly deteriorating on a slow descent downwards towards the end. I do not know what chapter and verse would describe that philosophy, but to me it sounds more like my financial situation than any health philosophy I would want. Who decides when the "boom" happens and what age they think is old enough to be boomed out of existence? I'm 68 and I think I am too young to die. That's one reason I went to Nancy's studio on Saturday morning April 2, for her free sample introductory exercise class called Restorative Exercise.
Here we start with black clothing and move up to blue. If your clothing doesn't make you feel great when you wear it, throw it away, Nancy says.
Nancy has a B.A. from St. Mary's college in Moraga and is a graduate of the Restorative Exercise Institute of Ventura, CA. Nancy's class is education as well as exercise.
The previous Wednesday evening, Nancy had told the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council about her exercise philosophy.
"Body alignment is important," she said. "Most diseases are preventable. It's movement education: not just an exercise place. Your body is designed to move most of the time. Thousands of years ago human beings spent most of their time running after animals. With the advent of the computer, we sit a lot. The medical community manages illness, not restorative health. We want to go along strong well into the 80's and 90's and then boom, you're gone."
Sue Rosenoff is getting some good advice about posture.
"We have to change the way we think about the body," she told the neighborhood group. The goal is to change your posture."
The leg hinges, it doesn't rotate. (Unless you stepped on a kickball and sprained your knee.)
Nancy credits her success to appealing to an older population—like the people who go to Neighborhood council meetings, or the ones who live in Brickyard Cove. She has had an exercise studio at Brickyard Cove since 2007 and is now expanding her clientele and teaming up with other local exercise gurus like Lauren McLeod, who has been teaching Feldenkrais exercise evenings in the Methodist Church for years, Bernard Bedeur who teaches yoga on Saturday morning, and Jonothan Pofsky who teaches yoga on Wednesdays.
She will give the free sample introductory class again at some future time to be announced, she said. We were joined by Sue Rosenoff, who is the current secretary of the Neighborhood council, Rachel and Lucie, who recently had a liver transplant. All gave permission for me to take their photo.
"How the muscles work depends on where the bones are," she said. "That's why alignments are important. Bending over at the computer a lot makes the muscles of the stomach flabby.'
Give your calf a stretch.
We were asked to stretch our calves. That was the reason we took our shoes off. I placed the ball of my right foot on the little plastic pad and then attempted to stand with my left foot straight. I could feel it immediately in my right calf. Taking advantage of the moment of silence as we tried to stand the way she wanted us to, I complained that at the college we did calf stretches with our shoes on. "Well, this is the way we do it here," she said. That's what I mean when I say you have to come prepared to cooperate with the program which you are paying for, though there were no prices on any of the information sheets we were given.
"I like Kaiser," one person said.
"I'd rather get my health care from the county," I said. "I have to have it because I am on my husband's plan." (I guess I am not sick enough anymore to be on the county plan. They treat people who are really very sick and very poor.)
"I work at Kaiser," Sue said.
"Present company excepted." I said.
Mr. Skeleton Man will always let us use him for a demonstration.
Nancy brought a portable life size skeleton, whom I shall call Mr. Skeleton man, over to our exercise group to show us where the patella (knee bone) was located that she wanted us to raise by contracting our "quads," (the big muscles in the front of our legs). It is an education class as much as it is an exercise class.
"See if you can raise the patella, the kneebone, with the quads," she said, as she swung the tibia bone, showing us how it hinged on the femur, under the patella. "Now drop it. See if it drops."
I could not tell if it did anything. I think the right one did, but the left one didn't. Who can tell anything through all that fat?
However, Nancy was able to find my femur. She showed us the femur on Mr. Skeleton Man. She gave us a flexible rope. "It's supposed to drop straight down to your ankle from the top of your femur, " she said. Mine did. Thank God that did not go wrong.
A little hair pulling, but nothing serious.
The free lesson included a little hair pulling, but I wasn't the only one whose hair got pulled a little. Nancy wanted me to let my hair down a little bit so she could see my double chins, without the rubber band pulling my face back towards my ears. She did it to Sue Rosenoff too, so I could see that I was not the only one with droopy-under-chin, which she said would get better if I followed the program.
Maybe this is not your idea of a real exercise class where you are doing step-ups on a little stair platform, or screaming with pain as you get down on your knees to do back kicks. It's more like physical therapy that a hospital clinic would give you. But it was a fun morning and I got to meet a few other people there in Body Wisdom boot camp who also seemed to be enjoying it. Thank you to Nancy Allen Burns for the free sample.
*I pay $40 to get a 3/8" lift put on my left shoe by the shoemaker, every time I buy a new pair of tennis shoes. He has to cut the sole off, put the lift on the shoe and then glue the sole back on. Insurance does not pay for that. The county paid for a small leather lift for my heel, which I could take out and put into another shoe, whatever I was wearing. But that made my foot tilt forward and I was still 3/8 inches short standing on my toes, though my heels made me straight. This lift enables me to walk comfortably.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Sunday matinees at 2pm. COST: All seats are $20.00, general admission, no assigned seating.