In Photos: Mayor David Smith Uses Oversized Scissors For Last Time

The ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Mayor David Smith was held at Baskin Robbins to honor the new owners of the ice creamery


Mayor David Smith got to cut the big, red ribbon, have his cake and eat it, too.

Dozens of Newark residents, city leaders and members of the Newark Chamber of Commerce visited for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday night in celebration of a change in the franchise’s ownership for the first time in 20 years.

And while the ice creamery was celebrating a first, Smith was celebrating his last.

Smith has lost count of how many ribbon cuttings he has done since he was appointed and then elected mayor in 1978 but his last was welcomed with applause and cheers.

And that wasn’t all there was to celebrate. Today is Smith’s 66th birthday and Baskin Robbins owners Ping and Iris Wang surprised him with cake decorated with the city’s emblem frosted on top.

Throughout the evening, the Wangs met with the individuals who crowded the shop as scoops of ice cream and cups of frosty shakes circulated the room.

The decision to take over the shop was one that came naturally.

Iris Wang’s smile was defined as she recalled memories of trips she and her husband Ping used to take to their local Baskin Robbins store to grab scoops of their favorite flavors.

“I’m an ice cream lover,” she said.

Since their 25-year-old son Lawrence was a child, Baskin Robbins in Newark became their dessert go-to spot.

And now, two decades later, the Wang family gets can call the ice creamery their second home as owners.

Iris Wang said no physical changes have been made to Baskin Robbins but that customers, who she called guests, may see a difference in customer service and management style.

Also, Newark's Baskin Robbins will be holding numerous weekly promotions this winter including Tuesday discounts of $1.00 off a scoop and free Waffle cones on Wednesdays.

Baskin Robbins has 6,000 stores in 35 countries. To learn more about Baskin Robbins, visit their website at http://www.baskinrobbins.com.

Ima Dawn Baker November 17, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Are these the same scissors the City Council used to cut off "safe & legal access" to medicinal marijuana in Newark ? If the owners of this new ice cream parlor don't want to incur the wrath of those participating in our retaliatory economic boycott of Newark businesses they should consider holding a fundraiser for a dispensary defense fund. Dispensaries like ice cream parlors are legal businesses that are an asset to those they serve in other communities in Alameda County. Until our narrow-minded short-sighted city leaders reverse their ill-advised position I suggest we all buy our ice cream elsewhere ! "BOYCOTT NEWARK" - boycottnewark@gmail.com
Bud Daily November 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Ribbon cutting is all these self-righteous simpletons are actually qualified to do. Why don't you stick to your ceremonial duties (an ice cream parlor changes hands,really ?) and stop attacking the rights of medicinal cannabis patients and the dispensaries that serve them ? Just because you've won elective office is by no means any indication that you're qualified to represent those who elected you. I wouldn't spend a penny anyplace our present city leaders endorse or pose in front of because their ridiculous emergency ban on dispensaries makes one question their intellect & reasoning abilities. Any business associated with our city leaders or city employees should be a primary target of the "BOYCOTT NEWARK" retaliatory economic boycott effort. Don't spend your hard earned cash in Newark until this reprehensible assault on cannabis patients rights is rescinded !!!
Nadja Adolf November 19, 2011 at 07:40 AM
Boycotting Newark won't hurt most of the city officials; it will only hurt small business owners. Newark has little enough business as it is. The Four Corners shopping area has become so congested with people acting like they're driving Miss Daisy out of fear of the traffic cameras that we drive to the Raley's and Safeway off Mowry, as well as the Trader Joe's. I don't want to have my car hit from behind at Four Corners.
Joe November 20, 2011 at 05:26 AM
We should and must help and support small business and small business owners as much as we can. They create new jobs (sooner or later) and/or keep existing jobs (as a minimum) and pay taxes to City of Newark and State of California! Guys, be positive and supportive for any of your local business (opening or re-opening) in today's "job-less" environment! Be rational and kind as a good citizen - do not try to penalize a small business or any business owner because of your personal and political belief!!! Thanks!
Jacob M. November 20, 2011 at 06:34 AM
I am amused how you dorks can turn any topic into a rant about medical marijuana. What the heck does a ribbon cutting at a Baskin-Robbins store have to do with cannabis? What...are they supposed to sell Alice B. Toklas ice cream now?


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