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Valero Grant for BEF

The Valero Benicia Refinery announced today in a presentation ceremony held at the Benicia Veteran’s Memorial Building that 20 children’s charities, nominated by refinery employees, will be the recipients of grants totaling $345,000.  The funds were raised through the 2014 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, held in San Antonio, Texas, last March.

“These annual Benefit for Children grants help provide a wide range of services and opportunities for children through the work of local nonprofit organizations,” said Vice President and General Manager John Hill. “Since 2001, the Benicia Refinery has awarded over $4.2 million in awards through this employee-nominated grant 

“Today, we thanked and honored our business partners and sponsors who join with us each year to raise these dollars,” added Hill. “And, we offered our sincere appreciations to representatives from 20 honored charities that tirelessly support the needs of children every day.”

Since 2001, the Valero Benicia Refinery has distributed over $4.2 million in Benefit for Children grants. The grants announced today range from $10,000 to $40,000 and our 
Benicia Education Foundation received $40,000! Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs in all Benicia public schools will be enhanced with this grant, and elementary school libraries will receive support. A big thank you, Valero!

Health Advisory from the Solano County Public Health 

Solano Public Health recently confirmed a case of enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) in a school age child.  We want to take this opportunity to provide you with information about the disease that you’ve probably heard on the news.

Enteroviruses normally circulate in the summer and fall. EV-D68 typically causes mild respiratory symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, cough, muscle and/or body ache.  Fever may be present.  In some instances, people infected with EV-D68 have severe symptoms including wheezing and difficulty breathing. 

Enterovirus-D68 can be found in an infected person’s saliva, nasal mucus or sputum.  It is spread from person-to-person through coughs, sneezes or contaminated objects.   There is currently no vaccine against EV-D68.  The best way to protect yourself and your family is to wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands, avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or utensils with sick people and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

There is no specific treatment for people with EV-D68 infection.  For people with mild respiratory illness, symptoms can be managed by taking over-the-counter medications.  However, if your child experiences severe respiratory symptoms, including wheezing and/or shortness of breath, seek medical care immediately.

New 2014-15 School Calendar

Last night the Governing Board approved a change in the 2014-2015 school calendar. The old calendar had June 1, 2015 as an off day with schools not in session. Now June 1, 2015 will be a regular school day and November 10,2014 will be the off day with schools not in session. This will make a 4 day weekend on November 8th.  Click here for the revised calendar.