BRENTWOOD

New Black Angus to donate proceeds to food bank

Black Angus Steakhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the grand opening of its Brentwood location at 4 p.m. Feb. 6. The company plans to give back to the community by donating 10 percent of its sales that night to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.

"This is the first of many partnerships between our Brentwood restaurant and the local organizations that work tirelessly to improve our community," said David Wolfgram, Black Angus president and chief executive officer.

According to the food bank's Executive Director Larry Sly, they are able to feed about 149,000 people monthly because of donations like this.

The Brentwood restaurant is around 7,900 square feet and features an outdoor patio that includes heating and misting systems and several televisions. For more details, visit www.blackangus.com.

-- Paula King, Staff

Antioch

49th Neighborhood cleanup all set for Saturday

A neighborhood cleanup will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the area around East 18th and Cavallo Road.

Those interested should park and meet at Kimball Elementary, 1310 August Way. Volunteers will receive instructions at the site and cleanup equipment if necessary.

Neighborhood cleanups, the 49th one held in Antioch since the program started, are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, weather permitting.


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Neighborhoods that are free of trash and refuse are inviting, and a clean community instills a sense of community pride, police said in a news release.

--Paul Burgarino, Staff

ANTIOCH

District, teachers union agree to reopen contract negotiations

Antioch Unified trustees and the district's teachers union agreed earlier last week to reopen its collective bargaining agreement.

The two sides publicly presented their proposals for upcoming negotiations at the district's Jan. 22 meeting.

Among the issues that will be discussed include salaries, benefits, the 2015-2016 school year calendar, extra duty pay, class sizes and any legislation that could impact the contract.

The two sides agreed to a three-year contract in January 2013 that provided teachers with a 3 percent raise and increase the district's contribution to health insurance premiums.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Free oil changes and vehicle inspections for veterans seeking work

The Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County is offering free oil changes and vehicle inspections to veterans who use their vehicle to look for work or to maintain a job they already have.

To make an appointment, go to www.vecofccc.org.

The mission of the Pittsburg-based nonprofit is to help veterans find work and opportunities for job training and to help them maintain employment once they have a job. Donations to support the oil change and vehicle inspection program and other services such as transit passes offered by the Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County can also be made at the website address listed above.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff