Healthy Living Market named ‘Retailer of the Year’ by Grocers’ Association

first_imgKaty Lesser and Healthy Living, were honored by the Vermont Grocers’ Association with the VGA Retailer of the Year award during the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington. The award was presented in recognition of their involvement with the community, food industry, store operations and customer service.Healthy Living is the state s largest natural foods market and has been family owned and operated for over 22 years. Its mission is to provide the community with a market that is dedicated to offering high quality food items at affordable prices, a child-friendly environment, and a place to gather, eat and learn. Lesser is joined in the operation of the store by her son, Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, and daughter, Nina Lesser-Goldsmith. The family has expanded the market several times culminating with the move to a brand new 35,000 square foot store on Dorset Street in South Burlington in 2008.They believe strongly in community service, and have donated to various local non-profits and charities since the store s founding in 1986. The Community Outreach Team at Healthy Living reaches many local organizations every year. As one example, throughout the months of March and April this year, Healthy Living Staff prepared and served five healthy meals a week to at-risk youth who use Spectrum Youth Services Pearl Street drop-in center. The partnership was a wonderful success for all parties and Healthy Living continues to foster similar partnerships with other non-profits in the community. We are very pleased to see Katy, her family and her store recognized with this award. They are dedicated to serving their customers and community, said Jim Harrison, VGA president, who presented the award. They represent that true entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced with the large investment in what is now a showcase of a natural foods marketplace.The Vermont Grocers’ Association is a statewide organization representing approximately 700 stores and 245 suppliers to the industry. The presentation took place at the association s annual convention at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel on September 12, 2009.Note: A photo of Healthy Living with the award can be accessed at: is external)Caption: Katy Lesser (center) of the Healthy Living Natural Foods Market along with Ian Roos and Jessica Piccirilli with the VGA Retailer of the Year at the association’s 75th anniversary convention September 12.A video of Healthy Living showed at the award presentation can be found at: is external).Source: Vermont Grocers’ Association. 9.18.2009last_img read more

Curtin Maritime to Dredge Bodega Bay Channel

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, recently awarded a $4.5 million Bodega Bay Channel maintenance contract to Curtin Maritime Corp. of Long Beach, CA.The work includes maintenance dredging of the federal navigation channel in Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, California.According to the Federal Business Opportunities site, the project has a base contract for the entrance channel and includes the Coast Guard Station and the Spud Point Marina channel, and two options.The base contract project depth is ‐12‐ft (MLLW) plus 1‐ft of paid overdepth with an estimated 25,400 cubic yards of dredged material to be excavated, transported, and disposed at the government-furnished ocean site SF-8, reported the FedBizOpps.Option 1 has a contract depth of -12-ft (MLLW) plus 1-ft of paid overdepth with an estimated 1,100 cubic yards of material to be dredged and Option 2 has a contract depth of -12-ft (MLLW) plus 1-ft of paid overdepth with an estimated 51,500 cubic yards of material to be dredged, transported, and disposed at the government-furnished deep ocean disposal site SF-DODS.The period of performance for the base contract is 57 days. If the options are awarded, 4 days will be added for option 1 and 22 days will be added for option 2, reported the Corps.[mappress mapid=”24332″]last_img read more

LA City Council Member speaks on past experiences

first_imgThe event was organized by USC Professor Philip Ethington, the faculty master of New Residential College. After dinner, Price spoke about his experiences in public service and his agenda for the 9th district before taking questions from students.“You don’t get into politics to get rich,” Price said. “You have to be in it for the right reasons, and genuinely care about the community.”Born and raised in Los Angeles, Price graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif. where he served as the student body president and said he was encouraged by his parents to be engaged and involved as a student. He spent a year at San Francisco State University — a hotbed for political activism in the late 1960s — before attending junior college and eventually transferring to Stanford University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. From there, Price went on to Santa Clara University where he earned a law degree.The city council member said he was always attracted to politics and community engagement and had planned to join the Carter administration through its office of international trade. After Carter lost the 1980 presidential election to Ronald Reagan, however, those ambitions were cut short. Nevertheless, Price still moved to the capitol and spent several years working in the telecommunications industry during a period of rapid growth of satellite technology.Eventually, he moved back to Los Angeles and began his political career after defeating an incumbent council member in his home city of Inglewood, Calif. and worked his way up to the State Senate when he was encouraged to run for the seat in the 9th district. Since assuming office in July 2013, Price said his focus has been on the economic revitalization of the district and the restoration of civil services.“We had people who couldn’t go out in their backyard because trash was piled so high in the alleyway,” Price said. “How can you live like that?”He noted that as part of the “Clean and Green” initiative, over 1000 tons of debris have been removed from around the district, the equivalent of 20 garbage trucks.“We want to encourage people to rely on civic services, and ensure that those services are being delivered,” he said.He also spoke about his efforts to attract new businesses to the district, including a new shopping center at Central Avenue and Slauson Avenue, the first new center in 50 years. In addition, he said he has been working to revitalize parts of the district, such as Central Avenue, that have historical and cultural significance for jazz in particular.“The district is open for business, but not business as usual,” Price said.The 9th district encompasses a large portion of South Los Angeles, including LA Live and USC. Price said it was important for the university, the largest private employer in the area, to take an active role in improving the community.He said that USC is a “tremendous economic engine” and can be a resource for the community at large, urging the university to do the same work it does in the surrounding area “across the freeway.”“I’m not too worried about USC and LA Live, they can take care of themselves,” Price said. “I’m worried about the people on 48th and Broadway.”Students in attendance enjoyed the candid nature of the discussion.“I really liked how intimate it was,” said Sam Deutsch, a freshman majoring in political economy. “You could feel that he really cares about the community, which is nice to hear from a politician.”Andrew Morris, a freshman majoring in cognitive science and mathematics, enjoyed how he touched on the surrounding community.“I was glad that he spoke about the hopelessness that people in the district have felt,” Morris said. “As USC students, we aren’t really faced with that unless we cross the street.” Curren D. Price Jr., Los Angeles city council member for the 9th district, dined with and spoke to students at the Harris Dining Hall Tuesday evening about his political career.People’s man · Los Angeles city council member Curren D. Price Jr. discussed his experiences in government with students on Tuesday. – Min Haeng Cho | Daily Trojanlast_img read more