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New owners jazz up java joint

The three existing full-time employees have agreed to stay with the new owners, and Callan and Smith said the transition could not have been made without them.

The Rivers family owned Java Jazz for seven years and, Rivers said, from the first day to the last, the experience was rewarding.

"Everything we did, we did it from the heart," said Rivers. "We told the community by our actions we have more than food to offer."

Rivers believes one of the reasons the business is so successful is because of the low-fat, flavorful Middle Eastern style flat bread used in a variety of sandwich offerings.

"Two-thirds of our business relied totally on our sandwich selection," said Rivers who has seen an upswing in his health after having a bout with pneumonia, osteoporosis, and back and stomach surgery that saw him confined temporarily to a wheelchair.

"I have another day to live, breathe, walk and feel proud of my

accomplishment," he said, an accomplishment that he could not have been achieved without his family.

The new owners of Java Jazz CafE and Bakery will be holding a grand re-opening to meet with the community Sunday, June 24, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Local artist Joan Byalin will display her textile art. Java Jazz is currently open Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Catering for all occasions can also be done on request by calling 439-1727.

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