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New Center Opens For Teens

A new teen center opened in late January to serve Benicia’s youth. Founded by Barbara Gervase, who lost her son to suicide when he was a high school student, the center offers teens a hangout space to socialize or access resources if they are troubled or feel alone. It features a lounge area with large, comfortable sofas, a large screen for movies, a cafe eating area, games, ping pong and more.

Interview: Benicia Makerspace Founder Nicci Nunes

Bio: Sensei Rex Reade

Stay at home dad, graphic artist, award-winning musician and Tae Kwon Do & Karate Black Belt, teaches kids to learn not only martial arts, but courtesy and self-control.

Love blooms In Benicia With Annual Poetry Contest

Benicia’s tragically romantic early 19th century love story of Nikolai Resanov and Concepción Argüello, has inspired a Russian rock opera, an American chamber musical, a ballad, book and countless poems in addition to the 13th annual Benicia Love Poetry Contest event.

Interview: Benicia Unified Superintendent Dr. Charles Young

Bio: Musician & Teacher Rem Djemilev

A brief interview with Rem Djemilev reveals his passion for teaching kids music, while teaching orchestral music at several Bay Area venues. With a Master’s degree in musical performance, he has played at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers as well as other noted venues.

Charles Young Outlines Priorities For The Coming School Year

Bio: Edward Coyne, BHS History Teacher

Backwards Glance: Benicia School Days Circa 1890

Bio: Darrell Doi