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Wieckowski to Honor African American Community Leaders

The African American Heritage Leadership Awards will be held at noon on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont.

From the office of Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski

Fremont – Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize four African Americans for their contributions to our community by hosting the African American Heritage Leadership Awards at noon this Sunday, February 26 at the Centerville Presbyterian Church gymnasium at 4360 Central Avenue in Fremont.

Among the honorees will be Arminta King, who is Assemblymember Wieckowski’s selection as the 20th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. King has served as a volunteer coordinator at the Centerville Free Dining Room for more than a decade and has dedicated her life to caring for the hungry and homeless.

“Arminta is a very compassionate activist who has directed the serving of hundreds of meals, week after week, year after year to people in the Tri-Cities community,” Wieckowski said.  “She is tireless in her efforts to help people, to make them feel comfortable and welcomed.”

In addition to King, Wieckowski will also honor:

  • Heidi Oatis founder of .  The clinic helps its patients cope with crisis, move on with dignity and regain their confidence.  It’s a one-of-a-kind specialty clinic, for men, women and children who are undergoing radiation treatment, chemotherapy, Burn Trauma or Alopecia.  All staff persons are licensed by the state or certified by the Board for Orthotist Prosthetist Certification. (BOC).  Among the services Oatis provides are a range of seminars and classes filled with techniques and knowledge on non-surgical hair replacement and non-stressful hair weaving systems.
  • Gene Daniels, the chairman of the Newark Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. A graduate of Cal State East Bay, Daniels is a State Farm insurance agent who is active in education and business issues.  As a charter member of the Fremont/Union City/Newark Rotary Club (F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club), he is a part of numerous community service projects.  Daniels is a Newark Memorial High School mentor and is on the Nishanti Advisory Board of Ohlone College. 
  • Anthony “Tony” Alexander is an active member of the San Jose Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).   Alexander is political director for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, whose members work primarily in retail grocery stores and meatpacking and meat processing plants.  Every year UFCW 5 teams up with the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council for an annual toy drive that delivers hundreds of toys to children throughout the county.  Alexander has served on the board of the San Jose Conservation Corps, the Mayor’s Gang Task Force and organized a Solidarity Rally last year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination.
Ron February 25, 2012 at 08:34 AM
I'd guess that Assembly King Bob isn't really doing this to truly honor contributing members of our community, but rather to make himself look good for the upcoming election. Ask Assembly King Bob how this event got started. You may find that he "invented" it himself (or his staff). And, with all due respect to those identified, I'd bet that all of the "winners" were hand picked because they support him, so perhaps we shouldn't look for anything but Democrats/Flaming Liberals in his selection? I may be wrong, but isn't he supposed to represent all of us? Haven't we seen you before, Summer Hemphill, exposing yourself to other illegal and questionalble activities? Do you remember? If not, don't worry about it, life will go on. Remember, marijuana is a "gate way drug" which helps break down the defenses of people for bigger and more destructive drugs, but why should you or anyone else worry, right? Just what we need, more people doing less and becoming a drag on society. Sure hope those that are doing all the work (paying the bills) don't stop, otherwise a lot of "hanger's on" will be sunk, and maybe even our whole country?!
jerry February 25, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I wouldn't vote for King Bob for any elected office, not even dog catcher. Bob is a typical liberal lying Democrat. And if ms humpill wants to smoke some more weed ,I have a bunch growing in my backyard that I'll gladly pull out and send to her. Humphill has probably smoked so pot that she has destroyed some of her brain cells.
Brash Brazen February 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Apparently Bob didn't need your vote to get elected,nor will he need it to be re-elected ! If the majority of voters shared your myopic views Bob wouldn't have the job security he enjoys now. Fortunately no matter how much whine & complain this seat will always remain in the hands of a Democrat. As a supporter of medicinal & recreational marijuana use Bob is an advocate for the majority of his constituents. Republicans are out of touch & out of step with their neighbors in California & further losing their grip on reality on a daily basis. The contrast between my comments & yours just encourages more voters to reject your hateful & misguided agenda. You on the other hand couldn't get elected to any office,although you'd be a perfect fit for dog killer (too bad that's not an elected position,because you're a natural !!!
jerry February 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I lov trolling, I get to see all the morons on line and see their spiteful comments. Calif is going down the tubes because of the brain dead idiots you and humphill.
Ron February 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I love your comments Jerry about weed(s) in your backyard! Maybe after the "hemp" has done it's damage to Summer, she'll be interested in grazing in your backyard for anything to get "high" on? Bad choice to make if someone is serious about doing the best they possibly can with this one shot at life. I think Brash Brazen was talking about "stoned" voters. Unfortunately some of them may not be awake, know what day it is or be in condition to vote when the time comes. Hate is a pretty strong word to use regarding an issue which is pretty much oriented to a medical condition? Again, Bob is primarily interested in getting re-elected and like most politicians (both parties at times) he will say anything to make it happen. Yes, some folks are more concerned about how to get on the gravy train, but pay little attention to the danger signs along the track that says the "bridge is out!" I have forgotten who said it, but primarily the statement was.....evil will be successful only if good men/women standby and do nothing about it.

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