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3 weeks left for 2009 Best of Manteca nominations
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WHAT: Best of Manteca 2009 nominations
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 16, through Monday, March 16
HOW: Go to to make nominations
MORE INFO: Call the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau at 823-7229

Who is the best dentist in town? Is it Sean Sangalang, Al Tonne, Ricardo Cuevas, Trang Duong, Marvin Bledsoe, Pamela Anderson, Mary Richmond, John Trueb, or someone else?

What’s the best Manteca retirement community – Del Webb, Merrill Gardens, Prestige Living, Almond Terrace, the Commons at Union Ranch or someplace else?

And who is the best Realtor here in the Heart of California? Steve Roland, Jennifer Harnden, Carol Perdew, Carol Bragan, Jim Muthart, Jackie DeZarn, Tom Wilson, Linda Aksland or someone else?

You can nominate your favorites in those three categories –or one of more than 70 others – as part of the nomination process for the 2009 Best of Manteca that runs through March 16.

The Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau is spicing up the awards presentations this year with live entertainment – including singers and musicians who are named Manteca’s favorites in various categories. The actual winners will also be notified in advance to make it more of a celebration gala of those who are voted the Best of Manteca.

Voting this year is going to be exclusively on-line. To nominate individuals or businesses in the categories that appears below go to the CVB’s website at and go to Best of Manteca to make your nominations.

The top three individuals or businesses in each category in terms of nominations will then have their names placed on the Best of Manteca ballot. The nominations close March 16.

Voting then starts the following week.

The winner in each category will be notified in advance. The celebration will take place at Manteca Trailer on May 8 complete with a circus theme that will include jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns, and face painting. Entertainment will also be provided by the persons selected as Manteca’s bets female singer as well as the best male singer. The group that wins the most votes as Manteca’s best band will also perform.

The winners of the Best of Manteca receive decals they can display in their businesses. They also are listed in various CVB publications including the visitors guide as wile as posted on the CVB website accessed by visitors and tourists.

For more information call the CVB at 823-7229.

This year’s categories are:

YOU’VE BEEN SERVED: (Service Related Businesses) Auto/ Recreational, Vehicle Repair, Bank/Credit Union, Car Wash, Dry Cleaners, Hospital/Clinic, Hotel, Non-Profit Business, Pharmacy, Retirement Community, Service Club, Tow Service

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: (Retail) Floral Shop, Furniture Store, Grocery Store, Mattress Store, Meat Department, Auto/Recreational Vehicle Dealer, Place to Buy Athletic Supplies, Place to Buy a Bike, Retail Store

SUPER HEROES: (Individuals) Bartender, Boss/Supervisor, Caterer, Chiropractor, Dentist/Orthodontist, Financial Planner, Insurance Agent, Local Chef, Loan Officer, Local Columnist, Local Singer – Female, Local Singer – Male, Mailman/Woman, Massage Therapist, Number Crunchers (accountants, Tax Prep, CPA), Optometrist, Physician, Photographer, Realtor, School Administrator, Volunteer Youth, Volunteer Adult, Waiter(tress), Mini Me’s (Kid’s & Pets), Dance Studio, Local Youth Baseball/softball Team, Local Youth Soccer Team, Local Youth Football Team, Pet Groomer, Place for a Kids Birthday Party, Private School, Public High School, Public Elementary School, Youth Organization

: (Hair, Massage, Spa) Aerobic Instructor/Personal Trainer, Barber/Hairstylist, Beauty Salon, Day Spa, Health/Fitness Center, Manicure/Pedicure, Martial Arts Studio

PERSONAL FAVES: Agribusiness, Christmas Display, Church Choir, Cleanest Restrooms, Customer Service, Family Entertainment, Local Attraction, Local Band, Local Event, New Business (less than 1 Year) Large (Over 25 employees), New Business (less than 1 Year) Small (under 25 employees), Product Made In Manteca

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY: American Food Restaurant, Asian Food Restaurant, Bakery, Burger, Dessert, Dining Establishment, Drinking Establishment/Bar, Ice Cream Cone/Sundae, Italian Restaurant, Margarita, Martini, Mexican Food Restaurant, Milkshake, Nachos, Omelet, Pizza, Pub Grub, Specialty Coffee Shop, Taco, Take-Out, Waffle