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Colton City Council accepts Office of Traffic Safety Grant Award to reduce traffic collisions

On Tuesday, October 1, Colton City Council approved the fiscal year 2019-20 office of traffic safety grant award. The Office of Traffic Safety is California’s lead traffic safety agency…advocating on behalf of and generating traffic safety programs to improve the safety around the state, including the city of Colton. “Using federal highway safety program funds, it is the mission of OTS to provide funding for traffic programs to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic related collisions,” said City Manager Bill Smith. Colton city staff received the approval of the Office of Traffic Safety grant earlier this year and also found that the grant does not require any matching funds from the city. “The city has experienced multiple traffic-related injury collisions throughout the years. The amount of DUI and speed related enforcement conducted is inversely proportional to the numbers of crimes and calls for service officers must handle,” said Chief of Police Mike Hadden. “The city of Colton has an abundance of establishments where alcohol is served or sold and the number of DUI drivers has not diminished. In…

City Council accepts Office of Traffic Safety Grant Award to reduce traffic collisions

On Tuesday, October 1, Colton City Council approved the fiscal year 2019-20 office of traffic safety grant award. The Office of Traffic Safety is California’s lead traffic safety agency…advocating on behalf of and generating traffic safety programs to improve the safety around the state, including the city of Colton. “Using federal highway safety program funds, it is the mission of OTS to provide funding for traffic programs to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic related collisions,” said City Manager Bill Smith. Colton city staff received the approval of the Office of Traffic Safety grant earlier this year and also found that the grant does not require any matching funds from the city. “The city has experienced multiple traffic-related injury collisions throughout the years. The amount of DUI and speed related enforcement conducted is inversely proportional to the numbers of crimes and calls for service officers must handle,” said Chief of Police Mike Hadden. “The city of Colton has an abundance of establishments where alcohol is served or sold and the number of DUI drivers has not diminished. In…

Sycamore Elementary students enjoy fruits of their labor

Third-grade students in Jessica Betcher’s class at Sycamore Hills Elementary School spent last school year planning and planting a garden as part of a Project Based Learning endeavor. Now they are enjoying the fruits of their labors. Watermelon and pumpkin vines meander across a sunny courtyard, ripe red tomatoes peek out from under the leaves of a robust plant and a few strawberries, hydrangeas and other plants complete the scene. Tall stalks of corn tower above them all. Some of the produce already has been harvested and while more is still ripening. Ms. Betcher’s students – now fourth graders — have sampled tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. They are excited for sweet watermelon and pumpkins still to come. “What I’d like to do with the pumpkins is make pumpkin pie,” said fourth grader Allison Godinez who worked on the project last year. Photo CJUSD: Student Chloe Vargas checks out a pumpkin. Student Chloe Vargas recently shared a carrot from the garden with her Guinea pig Oreo Sprinkles. “She ate the whole carrot!” Chloe said. Other students have enjoyed salsa and marinara sauce made with…

Cooley Drive receives green light on landscape rehabilitation

On Tuesday, September 17, in a 6-0 vote, Colton City Council approved the Cooley Drive Landscape Rehabilitation Project. At the meeting, Jessica Sutorus, City of Colton Electric Utility Environmental Conservation Supervisor, presented two landscape rehabilitation options to the council. “The project itself is 177,800 square feet and it’s for the modernization of the irrigation system and installation of plants, trees, shrubs and rock; and the construction of two monument signs,” said Sutorus. Sutorus noted that the cost for the project is roughly $24 per square foot. “This project begins at Mt. Vernon and goes all the way to Washington, it’s quite a large project,” continued Sutorus. “Option A…we’d able to finish both entryway monument signs coming in from Mt. Vernon and Washington and landscape the area right in front of Summit Career College and Ashlee Furniture. Option B’s estimated budget is 1.2 million, but only the entryway of both sections would get completed. Based on this budget, staff is recommending option A,” Sutorus said. At the meeting Councilmember Isaac Suchil asked, “On Option A, what type of ground cover are we going to look at…

4th Annual CJUSD District College and Career Fair is Oct. 2

Students of all grade levels and their families are encouraged to attend the Fourth Annual CJUSD College and Career Fair, to be held from 5:30-7:30 PM Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue in Colton. Admission is free. This event is a collaborative effort of the Colton Joint Unified School District and City of Colton with sponsorship from the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Omnitrans, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Horace Mann Insurance (Marcos Mata Agency) and Dynasty V Graphic Design. The fair has become a popular tradition in Colton, with the district’s first three annual events each drawing more than 3,000 in attendance. The College and Career Fair features nearly100 booths representing colleges, universities, technical/trade schools and career pathways. In addition, this year’s fair will feature workshops on financial aid, and an opportunity for students and parents to begin their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Seniors who participate in a Cash for College Workshop and fill out a survey will be able to enter a $1,000 Scholarship Raffle! The popular STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,…

Buddy Bench helps students make friends at Crestmore Elementary

On a sunny Monday morning, children are playing on the Crestmore Elementary School playground, when a little girl holding a basketball sits down on a big yellow bench. She looks a little sad and lonely, but in just a few minutes, two other little girls cheerily come up to her to ask her to play and soon everyone is all smiles. That’s the magic of Crestmore Elementary School’s new Buddy Bench. Students who might be in need of a friend simply sit down on the bench and other children know to come up and see if they can be that friend. Even though the bench has only been in existence for a few weeks, it’s already making a difference for the students in need of a friend, as well as those who step up to help, noted Elementary Counselor Angelica Martinez. “They’re aware of the power they have to lift somebody up,” she said. Second grade teacher Vicky Nitch brought up the idea for the Buddy Bench up at a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) meeting last year. “I had heard about them in…

Cooley Ranch students honor 9-11 with Remembrance Day ceremony

There were hundreds of smiling faces and lots of flag-waving at the Cooley Ranch Elementary Annual Remembrance Day on September 11, 2019.  Looking throughout the sea of red, white and blue dressed miniature patriots, it was hard to realize that the majority of those little faces were not even alive on that fateful day in 2001 or that the oldest among them had been barely born, or was maybe one or two years old at the time.  The Cooley Ranch students all started their day reporting to the flagpole, where the Colton High School Navy Jr. ROTC student color guard presented the colors and stood at rapt attention as Boy Scout Troop 42 members raised the flag to half-mast.  After the Pledge of Allegiance echoed throughout the courtyard, everyone sang some patriotic songs.  The Kiwanis Club K-Kids offered information on the meaning of 9-11 and then shared a poem with the students.  9-year old Cub Scout Devan Smith felt it was important that the students remember what happened on 9-11, stating, “We need to remember everything that happened and grow from it.”  When asked what…

Paula Flores presents Colton Fire Chief McHargue with Bravery Blanket

Colton community activist Paula Flores, presented Colton Fire Chief Tim McHargue with a Bravery Blanket on Monday, September 9 in front of the fire bell. Paula Flores who has served as a leader for Colton Relay for life, felt that a great way to show appreciation and recognition to our first responders and cancer survivors is by making Bravery Blankets to present to them. This time she made 2 Bravery Blankets one for police and one for fire. She then went on Facebook Live and asked the community to nominate one police officer and one fire fighter. Several were nominated but the community voted overwhelmingly for Colton Fire Chief Tim McHargue, and Officer J. Hanna was voted for police. So far Flores has made and donated about 50 blankets to the community. Each blanket cost about $50 to make and sends a gesture of love, strength and hope. Paula’s dream is to someday provide each officer and fire fighter with a blanket. Chief McHargue responded with a smile and indicated that would be about 42 for his department. If you would like to help Paula…

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