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Ashton Simmons, general manager of Southland Mall, has been named the Hayward Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year and will be honored at the 72nd annual chamber Awards Gala on Jan. 30, 2016. Also honored that night will be Hayward’s Educator, Firefighter, and Police Officer of the Year. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the University Union on the Hayward campus of California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Reservations can be made HERE.
“This is one of Hayward’s great traditions and a sign of the esteem this city has for those that make community service part of their life’s work,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the chamber. “The fact that the gala sells out every year says a lot about Hayward."
The honorees were announced Nov. 18 at a chamber of commerce mixer at the Hayward Area Historical Society. Also named were:
· Educator of the Year, Estella Santos, principal of Martin Luther King Middle School.
· Police Officer of the Year, Detective Robert Purnell
· Firefighter of the Year, LaShon Earnest, apparatus operator
The Business Person of the Year Award is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Educator of the Year Award is sponsored by Tri-CED Community Recycling, the Police Officer of the Year Award is sponsored by St. Rose Hospital, and the Firefighter of the Year Award is sponsored by Paramedics Plus.
Photo: Ashton Simmons
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The live drawing will be held during Off the Grid at City Hall Plaza on Monday, Dec. 21. Completed passports must be returned to a designated "block captain" before 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 to be eligible for the drawing.
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Downtown Hayward will sparkle for the holiday season again this year at the annual Light Up The Season celebration Dec. 3 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s event will include holiday bands, choirs, dancers, children’s rides, a skating rink in City Hall Plaza, lighting of a huge tree in the City Hall rotunda, and the opportunity for kids to be photographed with Santa Claus.
The principal events will occur on B Street between Foothill Boulevard and City Hall Plaza. Watkins Street, in front of City Hall Plaza, will be closed for the evening. Entertainment in the City Hall rotunda and on the outdoor plaza will include performances by theTap-Dancing Christmas Trees, the Mt. Eden High School Chorus and the New Dimensions Chorus.
In addition to the traditional tree-lighting countdown in the City Hall rotunda, downtown visitors will enjoy twinkling lights and wreaths on downtown light poles on B Street from Foothill Boulevard to City Hall.
Many Downtown Hayward merchants will celebrate the annual Light Up The Season celebration by staying open a little later and offering a variety of holiday promotions and discounts. Participants who bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toys for Kids Drive sponsored by the Hayward Fire Department will receive a ticket to win a family fun basket.
The event is sponsored by the City of Hayward, the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, with additional support from the Hayward Rotary Club and the Bay Area News Group. For more information, call the chamber at 510-537-2424.