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Cal State San Bernardino remembers victims of Dec. 2, 2015, shooting

Family, friends and colleagues joined Cal State San Bernardino faculty, staff and students on Dec. 2 for A Day of Remembrance to honor the memory of 14 people — five of them CSUSB alumni — who died in a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on the same date in 2015. 19-12-02-CSUSB–Day of Remembrance 2019 at the Peace Garden at California State University, San Bernardino on Monday, Dec 2, 2019. CNS held a Day of Remembrance ceremony gathering family, faculty, and staff to honor the CNS alumni who were lost four years ago in a Dec. 2 shooting attack in San Bernardino. Photo by Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB The memorial was held at CSUSB’s Peace Garden, which was created three years ago in memory of the five alumni, all graduates from the university’s College of Natural Sciences: Robert Adams, Yucaipa (public health education, 2011); Juan Espinoza, Highland (biology, 2002); Shannon Johnson, Los Angeles (environmental health science, 2004); Yvette Velasco, Fontana (environmental health science, 2013); and Michael Wetzel, Lake Arrowhead (biology, 2001). Michael Nguyen, Department of Health Science and Human Ecology–Day of Remembrstarted the program by…

Sons of American Legion Post 155 in Colton serve hundreds Thanksgiving dinner

On Tuesday, Nov. 26 the Sons of American Legion Post 155 in Colton served 125 plates of food that brimmed with turkey and all the trimmings. According to Historian and Chaplain Jaime Romero, main chef of the event and pictured far left, the event originally started as a means to reach out to the homeless population, but with very little participation, the event’s focus became that of the veterans, their families and the community at-large as an opportunity to honor and support veterans during the holidays. Romero indicated that a highlight this year was the participation of eight high school students who volunteered their time to serve. They came from Colton High School, Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernadino. The post Sons of American Legion Post 155 in Colton serve hundreds Thanksgiving dinner appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Metrolink offers $7 special train service to Riverside’s Festival of Lights at the Historic Mission Inn starting Nov. 29

Metrolink helps make attending one of the Southland’s most festive traditions at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside easy and stress-free by taking special trains on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. Starting this weekend, you can take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights, a perfect family trip, for only $7 for a roundtrip with children 18 and under riding free. The roundtrip Metrolink fare allows a maximum of three children to ride for free per paying adult. A complimentary shuttle provided by the Riverside Transit Agency takes Metrolink passengers from the Riverside-Downtown Station to the Mission Inn where entry to the Festival of Lights is free. You can see train schedules and more information here. The 27th Annual Festival of Lights brightens the sky around the historic Mission Inn and features approximately 4.5 million lights and a dazzling fireworks display. There will be more than 400 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, food vendors and a visit by Santa Claus. Live music and dance will be…

Dignity Health – Inland Empire hospitals host Thanksgiving dinner to San Bernardino’s underserved

Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) and St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) provided more than 1,000 free meals in celebration of Thanksgiving. On Monday, November 25, CHSB’s Health Education Center invited the areas underserved to enjoy a warm meal and a visit from the Storm Troopers, free flu shots, and a chance to pick out a jacket or sweater for the winter season. Photo Dignity Health: Back row, left to right: Yoshi Yamamoto, Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) security, Dan Murphy, Philanthropy, and Goodluck Ukwuije, CHSB leader. Front row, left to right: Samantha Villagran, 10, Sharlene Villagran, 8, Jozeyah Reyes, 4, and Madison Villagran, 14 of Rancho Cucamonga. Subsequently on Tuesday, November 26, SBMC’s Family Focus Center hosted hundreds more for the Center’s 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Feast. A DJ, family fun zone, free flu shots, and a visit from Cal State San Bernardino’s Mascot, Cody the Coyote, all provided entertainment for the grateful guests. Linda McDonald, Vice President of Mission Services, Dignity Health Southern California shared, “The families who join us on this day are reminders of our mission to serve…

Young Visionaries, Community Action Partnership of SB County distribute over 1,000 turkeys in San Bernardino

Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, in partnership with Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC), hosted its 14th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and Resource Fair on Saturday, Nov. 23 at CAPSBC headquarters. Over 1,000 turkeys and boxes filled with all the Thanksgiving trimmings were doled out to county residents during the event that featured resource booths, music and a Kid Zone. Photo MJ Duncan: Pictured from left YVYLA President and CEO Terrance Stone, Assemblymember Eloise Goméz Reyes, CAPSBC President and CEO Patricia Nickols-Butler, and CAPSBC Board member and Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Pastor Dr. Joshua Beckley. In attendance were Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, San Bernardino Community College District Trustee Frank Reyes, CAPSBC Board member and Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Pastor Dr. Joshua Beckley who delivered the opening prayer and San Bernardino City Unified School District Board member Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rogers. CAPSBC President and CEO Patricia Nickols-Butler thanked the 50-plus vendors who participated, and recognized staff and volunteers for making the event a successful one. “This is all about you,” Nickols-Butler addressed attendees. “Thank you for being willing to stand in the line and cooperate with our process. We are so honored to serve you and…

San Bernardino Valley College to build new teaching hub for 21st century skills

Students, lawmakers, board members, instructors, and community members gathered Wednesday inside a cavernous building where, for decades, San Bernardino Valley College students have learned to repair autos, airplanes and even helicopters.  They came to celebrate the fact that this plain brick building — one of the oldest on the campus — is about to get a 21st-century overhaul to become a career training hub for Inland Empire students. Gov. Gavin Newsom allocated the first $2.5 million for the new Applied TechnologyBuilding in his recently signed budget. The college will eceive $35 million from state construction bonds passed by voters in 2016. The district will match that from Measure CC money voters approved locally in 2018. Construction tarts in summer 2021 on a 99,500-square-foot building outfitted for modern workforce training. The new building will be accessible, sustainable, and filled with the tools needed for training students in water management, automotive repair, and machining, among other fields.  Currently, there are about 5,600 students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses on the campus.  “This is the fun part of the job,” said State Senator Connie M.…

Caden Henderson recognized as Youth Volunteer of the Year

IECN Staff Writer Caden Henderson was recently awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) – Inland Empire Chapter, award for Youth Volunteer of the Year.  According to the National Philanthropy Day nomination form, the award recognizes “service by an outstanding youth leader under the age of 21, youth group, or youth-generated project that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and/or leadership”. Outside of school, 14-year-old Redlands High School student Caden keeps himself busy by writing an aptly named column (Caden’s Corner) for the IECN Newspaper group, and interviewing celebrities and athletes for his very own YouTube channel.  When he graduates from high school he hopes to attend USC or the University of Redlands to study sports broadcasting and/or sports journalism.  In school, he’s on the freshman basketball team, but says he’s got a soft spot for baseball.  “My grandpa, Bob Sheehan, was a baseball coach, and my mom and dad (Jill and Joe Henderson) met while working for the 66’ers baseball team, so I guess that’s why,” Caden shared. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH)…

Colton Joint Unified Superintendent Almendarez accepts new position in Santa Ana

The Colton Joint Unified School District’s Board of Education announced Wednesday, Nov. 20 that it has begun the process to appoint a new Superintendent to replace long-time CJUSD leader Jerry Almendarez. Almendarez, Superintendent of CJUSD the past nine years, accepted a position this week as the new superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District. He will begin his new duties Jan 1 and will remain Superintendent of CJUSD until then. Almendarez became superintendent of CJUSD in November 2010. Focuses of his leadership include community involvement, collaboration, and seeking innovative ways to inspire student achievement and engagement. In addition to moving forward with an appointment process, the CJUSD Board also has a scheduled special meeting on Dec. 9 to discuss its goals, which set the district’s direction and priorities and are part of the superintendent’s evaluation process. “We wish Superintendent Almendarez the very best and congratulate the Santa Ana school district on an excellent selection,” CJUSD Board President Joanne Thoring-Ojeda said. “We are also excited about continuing the outstanding work in our district to prepare all of our students for successful lives and to do…

Breakfast for every student at Eisenhower High School in Rialto

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, on August 5, Eisenhower High School rolled out its Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program. Since then, the school has gone from serving 400 meals per day, to serving 2,000 meals – during breakfast alone. The BIC program has received much critical acclaim from local dignitaries, district superintendents and the community. “Breakfast in the Classroom provides every student at Eisenhower High School a quick breakfast at the beginning of second period, every day of the week,” said Kristina Kraushaar, program innovator for Rialto Child Nutrition. Every morning each second period class has a designated student who is responsible to go and grab the prepared breakfast cart. “We’re bringing the cafeteria to the classroom. The rolling cart consists of one red bag and one blue bag. One of the bags is filled with the main meal item and the other is filled with the drinks,” continued Kraushaar. Photo RUSD: Pictured from left – Agent: Nutrition Services Fausat Rahman-Davis, student Steve Paez, Assistant Principal Gilbert Henriquez Pulido, Principal Frank Camacho, student Juan Galvez, Custodian Carlos Flores, and student Daphne…

Hot 1039 Radio recognizes St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Emergency Nurse, Diana Tapia, with T.L.C. Award

Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center is proud to share its emergency department nurse, Diana Tapia, was named a T.L.C. Award recipient. The Tender Loving Care Award (T.L.C.) is presented by Azusa Pacific University Inland Empire location in partnership with Hot 1039 radio to recognize a deserving nurse who goes above and beyond. Diana’s nomination read: She’s always been so compassionate and caring to all of her patients. She always has a smile on her face and treats her patients like they are family. She has a kind heart and is very giving. Nursing is truly her passion and it shows. A surprise celebration was held at St. Bernardine and Diana was overcome with joy as she entered a room filled with her colleagues, and was greeted by Hospital President, Douglas Kleam, Sabrina Ruiz, on-air personality at Hot 1039, and Bonnie Huiskes, associate professor at the Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing. The post Hot 1039 Radio recognizes St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Emergency Nurse, Diana Tapia, with T.L.C. Award appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Ken Hubbs Little League to give back to community through toy, food drive

Shilo Sutton, vice president of Ken Hubbs Little League, is preparing to give back to the community in a major way. On December 8th, Sutton, along with all board members of the Little League, will be hosting a homerun derby, toy and food drive. “I was discussing possible opportunities and ways to give back this holiday season with my brother, Larry, who is a board member at the league, and we felt that a homerun derby to raise funds and gift donations was the best match,” said Sutton. Participation in the homerun derby will consist of donating a Christmas gift or making a $10 donation. “With the toys and donations we receive from the home run derby, we will be donating them to Loma Linda University Children’s Rehabilitation Center and the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House,” continued Sutton. Sutton said he was inspired to give back to children in the hospital over the holidays because he was one of those kids, when he was 17 years old. “When I was 17 years old, I was in the hospital over the holidays and it was awful.…

Cardiologists use nation’s first alternative access point for heart device to save a veteran

In a first of its kind in the United States, cardiologists at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute have performed a pioneering coronary intervention with an Impella heart assist device and stent placement through single access from the axillary artery in the shoulder. The new procedure offers surgeons another option to help save the lives of people suffering from severely calcified coronary heart disease, which kills more than 370,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran David Quiett presented at Loma Linda University Medical Center with a heart attack. Physicians quickly learned that he had severely calcified coronary artery disease in his major arteries. He was in need of stents and a heart-saving pumping device. But surgeons were unable to insert both interventions in separate vascular entry points because of the patient’s calcification. The pumping device is usually inserted through the femoral artery near the groin, and stents are placed through a separate artery. Due to the patient’s condition, there were no viable traditional arterial access points. With no options left, Loma Linda University Heart Institute interventional…

First hydrogen-powered train in U.S. to be introduced as part of Redlands Passenger Rail Project in 2024

A contract signing Wednesday, Nov. 13 between Stadler U.S. and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) clears the way for the first hydrogen-powered passenger train to operate in the United States. The agreement marks a major milestone in bringing zero-emission passenger rail technology to the U.S. The hydrogen-powered FLIRT H2 vehicle will be introduced in 2024 as part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a nine-mile connector between Redlands and San Bernardino’s Metrolink station.  Under the agreement, Stadler will develop the first hydrogen-powered train. The ordered vehicle consists of two cars with a power pack in between that holds the fuel cells and hydrogen tanks. The train is expected to seat 108 passengers in addition to generous standing room. The FLIRT H2 is projected to transport passengers at a maximum speed of up to 79 mph (130 km/h). The predicted delivery will be in 2023; the train is scheduled to enter passenger service in 2024. “Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino County,” SBCTA President…

Rialto’s Pride Platoon Program transforms lives of at-risk youth

Rialto Police Department has teamed up with the City to transform the lives of at-risk youth, in Rialto, through the Pride Platoon Program. The program is available for 14-17-year-old juveniles who have been recommended by the court, parents, probation, and schools. The program utilizes and implements innovative techniques and activities to assist the youth in forging a positive relationship with law enforcement role models and get the youth further away from the culture of gangs, violence and criminal activity. “The program is specifically designed to deal with teenagers in need of leadership skills and altering negative behavior. It utilizes proactive and innovative techniques for positive redirection. Overseen by Rialto Police personnel, the 14-week program offers physical training, prevention, disciplinary components, and counseling,” said City Administrator Rod Foster. According to a Rialto Police Department press release, “The objective of the program is to identify problems within a family that have surfaced through juvenile delinquency. Juveniles in high school and in junior high school with antisocial behavior such as truancy, incorrigibility, minor law violations, etc., may be considered for the program. Through the leadership role of the…

Hazel Health provides on-site virtual health care to San Bernardino City schools

Students K-12 in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) have easy and immediate access to health care with the implementation of Hazel Health at the onset of the 2018-2019 school year at nine school sites.  Hazel Health, based in San Francisco, is an innovative model that offers students a virtual health clinic through an iPad that connects them to health care providers who assess them in a matter of minutes – regardless of insurance or immigration status. According to Hazel Health CEO Josh Golomb, 90% of students return to class, contributing to a 40% drop in health related absenteeism. Dr. Lorraine Perez, SBCUSD assistant superintendent of Student Services, noted that Muscoy Elementary and Sierra High schools in particular have seen significant improvement in attendance as a result of the program’s implementation. “Working with Hazel is part of our commitment to provide access to services,” Perez said, and added that the program is intended to assist school nurses. “This is not to undermine or replace school nurses, but provide support to school nurses.” Sharon Lip, school nurse at Muscoy Elementary and three other school…

Meditation Garden at Carter High School promotes wellness, provides support to Rialto students

After a year of development, Carter High School’s Meditation Garden opened to both students and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Meditation Garden, an extension of its on-campus Wellness Center, gives students a space to clear thoughts, cope with life stresses and feel safe. “When entering the Meditation Garden, first you have to walk in through the Wellness Center. Inside it’s a very calm environment, there’s no fluorescent lighting, and it’s nicely painted. It brings your anxiousness down. When entering the garden, you open the door and hear the fountain right away,” said Principal Greg Anderson. Photo RUSD: Carter High Principal Dr. Gregory Anderson, was among the students who took the opportunity to meditate after the garden’s official opening. Over the past three years, the Wellness Center has provided support to students with both low and high levels of stress, and the Meditation Garden is an expansion that will allow more students to utilize the various wellness services. “There are trees all around and even the bark scent and nature of the Meditation Garden is filled with serenity. It brings your anxiousness level down naturally.…

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