Business briefs 1.29

Bonfante to hire 500 seasonal associates
– Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park will be accepting
applications and conducting on-site interviews for the 2005 season
during the park‚s annual job fair February 5 from 11 a.m. to 4
Bonfante to hire 500 seasonal associates

Gilroy – Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park will be accepting applications and conducting on-site interviews for the 2005 season during the park‚s annual job fair February 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The job fair is open to both rehires and new applicants at least 15 years of age and older looking for seasonal employment at Bonfante Gardens.

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park will be hiring nearly 500 seasonal associates in a variety of departments including rides, food service, admissions, janitorial and merchandise. Interviews will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis.

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park is managed by Paramount Parks, the No.1 employer of youth in the South Bay. Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Call 408-840-7110 or visit for more information.

New flavors at Coldstone Creamery

Gilroy – Coldstone Creamery in Gilroy in February is launching at flavor called Red Hot (a fiery flavor that is made with Red Hot candies infused into the ice cream). Future flavors include Cotton Candy in March and Red Licorice in April.

Using this new flavor, Cold Stone Creamery will also introduce two new menu items: Red Hot Rush – a combination of Red Hot ice cream, Red Hot flakes, fresh-made brownie and swirls of fudge; and Cupid’s Arrow – an ice cream cake made with layers of devil’s food cake, Red Hot ice cream, chocolate shavings covered in rich chocolate ganache, red piping and chocolate hearts. Both of which could be unique Valentine’s gifts.

Long promoted to Executive VP

Gilroy – Don Long, local ranch manager and graduate of Gilroy’s Leadership Program, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castro Valley Properties (LLC) which has as its primary asset the Castro Valley Ranch, an 8,400 acre working cattle and hunting ranch located three miles southwest of the City of Gilroy.

Long has managed the ranch since 1996 and with the assistance of a new ranch manager will continue to oversee Ranch operations as well as other business activities of the Corporation.

Long is active locally both as a sponsor of and participant in local community activities and is a strong supporter of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation.

It pays to shop in Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill – Local resident Paige Cisewski is the winner of a $2,000 Shopping Spree, sponsored by the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, participating retailers, and the local Economic Development Partnership. She receives $600 in cash and $100 gift certificates from 14 participating retailers, respectively.

Cisewski is the principal at the Morgan Hill Charter School, and “always” shops Morgan Hill, she says.

Cisewski deposited her winning entry at Caffee Kaffee Vin, 17400 Second Street and Monterey Road, Morgan Hill.

Shop Morgan Hill was a three-month promotion touting the array and benefits of shopping in Morgan Hill. “Chamber Members have voiced a favorable response to the promotion, as well as submitting enthusiastic contributions for making next year’s efforts even more successful,” says Gina Varela-Faust, Chairperson of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Morgan Hill’s sales tax revenues – an indicator of local consumer spending – continued an upward trend going into the promotion, Varela-Faust says. “It will be several months before we have complete measurable results, but it certainly got people thinking about spending their holiday dollars here, first. And that was our goal.”

The Economic Development Partnership is a collaborative effort among the City of Morgan Hill, The Chamber and local businesses, including South Valley National Bank and Gordon Jacoby’s development. The EDP is charged with bringing appropriate new business to town and supporting the city’s existing businesses, as well.

For more information on the EDP, contact the Chamber of Commerce, 408-779-9444.

Coldwell Banker launches program

Los Gatos – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Silicon Valley, the South Bay’s leading provider of real estate services, today announced its third annual scholarship program entitled Path to Excellence, which will benefit graduating Silicon Valley high school students.

Through the program, eleven Silicon Valley scholars will be selected from 46 public high schools in Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

Each winning scholar will earn a $2,000 scholarship. Final selections will be made by a committee that includes representatives from the business community, area high schools, area colleges and the leadership team of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Silicon Valley. The scholarships will be granted to the winners upon enrollment in an accredited four-year university of their choice.

The Path to Excellence Scholarship Program is a partnership with local high schools. The principals and faculty at each school will nominate three graduating seniors with exemplary records. Superior academic achievement is necessary, but not the sole criteria. Scholarship candidates must be well-rounded student-citizens who are involved in their broader community.

For more information contact Nina Yamaguchi at 408.252.1133 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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