News Digest: Livermore's Vericool wins award, Survey for seniors & No Hook & Ladder Run


Vericool wins award

Local State Sen. Steve Glazer recently named Livermore-based Vericool as the recipient of the 7th Senatorial District's Small Business of the Year.

The company produces sustainable coolers made from renewable and post-consumer materials and compostable insulation, aiming to be a safe and sustainable replacement for Styrofoam. But the firm also strives to provide second chances to former convicts, with a quarter of its 45 employees having served time.

Those are the goals spearheaded by founder Darrell Jobe, himself a former drop-out student, youth gang member and juvenile offender who turned his life around as a young adult.

"This is really a great product that does its part in protecting California's environment," Glazer said. "And Darrell Jobe has shown that people who have had a tough upbringing can succeed with innovative ideas, perseverance and a buy-in to the American dream."

Survey for seniors

The Alameda County Area Agency on Aging has launched the community assessment phase of the drafting process for the 2021-2024 Countywide Plan for Older Adults, including a new online survey available through Sept. 30.

Open to county residents aged 55 or older, the questionnaire touches on a variety of relevant subjects including outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation, employment, health services and communication.

Results will help shape the final plan, expected to be considered by the Board of Supervisors next year. Check out the survey via

No Hook & Ladder Run

The Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation is creating a new main fundraiser for later this fall after opting earlier this year to retire the Hook and Ladder Run -- which had been held annually in mid-June in Livermore Valley wine country.

The charity walk/run, which marked its 10th and final installment in 2018, raised funds for the various nonprofits supported by the firefighters' union. The foundation is planning a bocce tournament fundraiser in October, a foundation rep said.

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