March 2017

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In This Issue

Brightly Colored Paintings of Local Scenes Evoke a Sense of Whimsy

After Benicia artist Donna Covey transitioned from a career in art education, she turned to painting herself, to much success with her local scenes in Benicia and other Northern California communities.

From Army Base Closure to Thriving Industrial Park

The sale of the Benicia Arsenal to the City sparked the transition to the current Benicia Industrial Park.

Benicia’s Downtown Buildable Parcels are Rapidly Disappearing

A flurry of construction activity has seen many, if not most, of Benicia’s remaining vacant lots near the waterfront receiving large new homes.

Benicia Fire Chief Jim Lydon on Emergency Response and Fire Prevention

Always preparing for the next step, a fire explorer program at age 14 encouraged Jim Lydon’s career as a fireman, advancing to his current job as Benicia’s fire chief.

Clean Tech Business Flavor Insights Recently Launched in Benicia

Using a unique spray process, a state-of-the-art production facility and incorporating environmental practices, Flavor Insights in the Benicia Industrial Park is poised to become a major player in the flavor industry.

Bay Area Estate Attorney Offers Free Pet Directive

For pet owners who want to insure their pets are optimally cared for in the case of death or incapacity, a free pet directive is available online.

Main Street Program Keeps Benicia’s Downtown Vital

The famer’s market, numerous parades, waterfront festival, ghost walks, holiday markets and more would not be possible without the program’s dedicated staff.

New to the BUSD Board, Celeste Monette Advocates for Music and Art

With a family tradition of social justice activism, Celeste, a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser, also writes and plays guitar locally with the BB’s trio.

Merging Innovation, Collaboration and Hands-on Learning

Now in its third year, Benicia Maker Faire joins other Maker movements across the world in taking innovation out of the exclusive realm of tech companies and empowering the minds of creative individuals and visionaries within communities.

Kids can access programs catering to all age groups and interests.

The beautiful and engaging Benicia Public Library offers so much more than books, (including public art AND art gallery) but especially kid’s programs that include story time, book clubs, poetry, yoga and special events.

Demystifying First Street

Downtown Benicia’s ten blocks of scenic beauty and a mix of retail stores, restaurants, bars and offices is explained, one block at a time.

Jerrold Turner’s Work Exhibited at Benicia’s Gallery 621 in March

After many years as a successful landscape painter, the artist is creating new works in his studio that encompass humor, whimsy and a commentary on social-political themes.