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Berryhill honors Phil Waterford as top businessman; games stolen from library
Phil Waterford1
Phil Waterford
Manteca Ford-Mercury owner Phil Waterford has been honored as the 26th Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year by Assemblyman Bill Berryhill.

The state resolution notes that Waterford:

•embarked on his career in the automobile business at age 17 as an entry-level salesman, eventually advancing to the positions of sales manager and general manager.

•in 1994 was one of five chosen in a new program to groom dealership owners offered through Ford Motor Company.

•with his acumen as a businessman resulted in his being able to retire Ford’s stock in the dealership in an industry record of 39 months.

•owns the nation’s thirty-eighth largest African American-owned dealership.

•Waterford and Manteca Ford-Mercury have earned numerous awards for their performance and customer satisfaction.

•despite the slow economy that has been particularly rough on auto sales, Phil Waterford has repeatedly opened his heart and pockets to help others; this past year he served a Christmas morning breakfast for the needy that brought hundreds upon hundreds of people into his North Main Street dealership to break bread.

•was moved by the sacrifice of war veterans to present a new 2010 Ford Fusion to a Vietnam veteran who was in dire need of a reliable car; and

•as an individual of profound faith, served as keynote speaker for the 44th Annual Manteca Community Prayer Breakfast held on May 6, 2010.

Waterford is serving as the master of ceremonies during this Sunday’s Memorial Day Weekend ceremonies that start at 5:30 Woodward Park.

Who stole Nintendo games from library?
Someone swiped two Nintendo Wii games from the Manteca Library at the recent You Got Game program.

Young Adult & Outreach Librarian Rebecca Hill Long noted that someone took the liberty of lifting them either before or during the May 14 program sponsored by the Friends of the Manteca Library with assistance from Best Buy.

“Everybody has such a great time at the Library’s You Got Game events, playing both board and electronic games, enjoying time with friends and snacking on great munchies,” Long said. “I doubt the perpetrators realize what a negative impact their actions have made.  Again, we just want the games back, undamaged.  No questions asked.”