Riverside Parks Photo Contest: The Story We Tell

Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department sponsors the Story We Tell photography contest. Grab your camera (phones are great cameras) and visit one of the parks, pools, or community centers around Riverside. The contest is open to everyone; you do not have to be a professional to enter. Submissions for the competition are due August 15, 2024. 3 cash prizes will be awarded, with the winners receiving 1st place ($200), 2nd place ($100), and 3rd place ($50). The PRCSD will use some of the remaining submissions in their Activity Guide, on social media, and during department presentations. To submit a photo, residents must ensure that their photo aligns with one of the following categories: Riverside Parks, I Love Riverside Parks, Open Space, or City of Riverside PRCSD Classes/Programs & Events/Sports. You can access the official rules and submit your photo here at TheStoryWeTell.org.

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked

Professing Faith: A closer look at the Book of the Dead

So how does one manage to get oneself into the afterlife? Of course, getting to the afterlife is frightfully easy to do, but to be more specific, we must ask how does one get into a good afterlife? Courtesy PhotoGregory Elder, a Redlands resident, is professor emeritus of history and humanities at Moreno Valley College and a Roman Catholic priest. (Courtesy Photo) This is a question which goes back to remote antiquity and even today there is a large number of people eager to answer. One of the earliest answers to where the way to a good afterlife emerges from the desert sands, in manuscripts of ancient Egypt. This information is in a curious scroll known today as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, but is more properly called “The Book of Coming Forth by Day.” The editions we have today are derived from a text called the Papyrus of Ani, which was written around 1240 BC, and stuffed into the coffin of a scribe named Ani as a kind of guidebook, on how to navigate from this world to the next. The Book of

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked

Arte Nuestra festival marks two-year anniversary of the Cheech

In only two years, the Cheech Center for Chicano Art & Culture has significantly impacted the arts scene in Riverside. Aside from showcasing Chicano artists in a world-class space, The Cheech’s presence has directed attention toward existing institutions like Division 9 and the Eastside Arthouse and fostered a culture of art entrepreneurship. On Saturday, June 22, celebrate the anniversary at ARTE NUESTRA. There will be live music, Art and food vendors, dance performances, and free museum admission at The Cheech and the RAM. Visit me under the shade of the Riversider magazine booth, introduce yourself, and bring me bottled water (it’s supposed to be hot!). Arte Nuestra will be on Mission Inn Avenue between The Cheech and Riverside Art Museum (from Lime St. to Orange St.) Entertainment Schedule Arte Nuestra Hours: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. 12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m – Opening Announcements 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Mariachi Magnolia 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico De Riverside 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Los Guipos Con A 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico De Riverside 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. – This is

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked

Temecula school board President Joseph Komrosky recalled, final results show

The recall of Temecula school board President Joseph Komrosky has officially been declared successful. RELATED: Why was Joseph Komrosky recalled from the Temecula school board? The Riverside County Registrar of Voters on Thursday, June 20, posted the final certified results of the Tuesday, June 4, recall election. In the end, 51.09% of voters chose to oust Komrosky, while 48.91% voted to keep him in office. The election had a 45.01% turnout, with just under 10,000 ballots returned. In a Thursday email, Komrosky doubled down on his statement at the June 11 Temecula Valley Unified School District board meeting, when he thanked supporters and said he would look to run again in the November election. “If I am recalled as a trustee from TVUSD, given the narrow margin, I will likely run again in the November 2024 General Election,” Komrosky wrote. “If not, it has been an honor to serve the Temecula community, and I am proud to have fulfilled all of my campaign promises as an elected official. My commitment to protecting the innocence of our children in Temecula schools remains unwavering.” Jeff Pack, the

SBCUSD Board of Education Honors Outstanding Individuals

In April, the Board of Education presented the Outstanding Achievement Awards to students, parents and staff of Mt. Vernon and Muscoy Elementary Schools, M.L. King Jr. Middle School and San Andreas High School. The Board recognizes Outstanding Student Award winners to honor excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts, citizenship and most improvement. The Board also presents the Outstanding Parent/Grandparent/Volunteer Award and Outstanding Employee Award to individuals who embody the District’s dedication to student achievement and well-being. Mt. Vernon Elementary School, Principal Sylvette Del Llano: Gabriel Rios is a fourth-grader and Outstanding Student. Rios shines as a beacon of academic excellence and outstanding citizenship. Beyond consistently achieving stellar grades, Rios is also kind, helpful, and he follows the rules. Rios wants to become a surgeon. Dalilah Reyes Chiman is a sixth-grader and Outstanding Student. Dalilah stands out for her exceptional academic achievements and citizenship. She demonstrates commitment to her studies and she earns praise for her outstanding grades. Dalilah also has a kind and helpful nature. Dalilah is working towards her goal of becoming a veterinarian. Outstanding Parent Award winner Rubi Barrios-Vallejo is a dedicated and proud mother of two children. She plays a

Dino Martinez Defends Title at Colton’s Second Annual Horseshoe Tournament

Last week, veteran residents of South Colton joined newcomers at Veteran’s Park for the Second Annual Colton CITY TALK Horseshoe Tournament. The event saw nine participants, many accompanied by enthusiastic family supporters. The morning was picturesque, with the Colton horseshoe pits meticulously groomed and painted for the occasion. Prior to the tournament’s start, players’ names were randomly drawn to determine the match-ups. Dino Martinez, last year’s champion, was among the participants, ready to defend his title. The players were organized into eight bracket slots, progressing through three rounds to reach the final showdown. After an intense competition featuring one ringer and two leaners, Dino Martinez triumphed over Nick Zupkofska, securing the championship for the second consecutive year. Martinez’s victory earned him a dinner at Le Rendezvous Restaurant. The tournament featured Elaine Chavez, Norma Gallardo, Christopher Gomez, Javier Gomez, Dino Martinez, Brandon Morales, Paul Padilla, Bob Salazar, and Nick Zupkofska. Elaine Chavez, a second-year participant, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “This was a great event, and the players really had a fun time playing horseshoes.” The event’s growing popularity has spurred plans to continue this emerging tradition

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw pitches in Rancho Cucamonga

There was plenty of noise Wednesday night, June 19, at the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ game. RELATED: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ‘checked a lot of boxes’ in first rehab start Fans cheered Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw, who was in town to pitch in his first comeback since shoulder surgery 7 1/2 months ago. Rancho Cucamonga resident Ana Hernandez holds her beagle Luna during the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ monthly Bark in the Park night Wednesday, June 19, 2024. The next Bark in the Park night is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, right, greets catcher Jesus Galiz before making a rehab start for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Wednesday evening in Rancho Cucamonga. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) A Rancho Cucamonga Animal Center volunteer shows a dog available for adoption Wednesday, June 19, 2024, during the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ monthly Bark in the Park night. The next Bark in the Park is set for Wednesday, July 31, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Deanna Martinez, a Santa Clarita resident

AT&T must keep providing landline service, regulator rules

State utility regulators Thursday unanimously shot down a massively unpopular proposal by AT&T to scrap landline service for most of the Bay Area and much of California that critics would have stripped many older people and rural residents of a communications lifeline in power outages and disasters like fires and floods. The Utility Reform Network estimated that millions of households in California would have lost landline service if the California Public Utilities Commission had approved AT&T’s proposal. The commission voted on whether to adopt a decision last month by an administrative law judge to deny the telecommunications giant’s plan. Judge Thomas Glegola excoriated the telecommunications giant for making “flawed and erroneous assertions regarding the law and regulatory policy,” and said no alternative landline provider exists to take AT&T’s place. Services the utility claimed could replace landlines, including internet-based phone service and cell service, could not do the job, either, Glegola wrote. AT&T, which is backing proposed legislation that would let it pull out of some landline services, said, “We want to keep our customers connected and help them upgrade to modern technology.” The company’s plan

Nurses’ union ordered to pay $6.26 million to Riverside hospital over pandemic-era strike

A nurses’ union was recently ordered to pay Riverside Community Hospital $6.26 million in a dispute over a nurses’ strike in 2020. A third-party arbitrator on May 31 ordered local nurses’ union SEIU Local 121RN to pay the fine to cover the costs of replacement workers during nurses’ 10-day strike over staffing and safety gear shortages just six months into the coronavirus pandemic in June 2020. It’s the second half of a May 2023 decision by the arbitrator, who then ruled that nurses with SEIU Local 121RN – which represents 9,000 nurses and healthcare workers in Southern California – did not follow due process as stated in its contract before the strike, the hospital said in a news release. The hospital also argued that because nurses voiced concerns over personal protective gear, the reasons for the strike were not covered in its contract. In a June 13 news release, Jackie Van Blaricum, president of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division, and the hospital’s CEO during the strike, said the union showed “reckless disregard” for the community by calling the strike. However, the union’s executive director, Rosanna

In the Inland Empire again but out sick

No sooner did I return from vacation than I came down with something. I felt a little off on Monday, then somewhat more off on Tuesday. That evening, my nose started running like Willie Mays making The Catch. Wednesday morning I knew upon waking that I did not have the energy for my morning walk, much less for working. Ditto on Thursday, after a night in which I slept sitting up due to congestion. It’s just a cold. (I tested negative for the other thing.) We all get them. They’re rarely well-timed. Still, it’s awkward to have returned for one column, Wednesday’s, and then to vanish again. Hence, I’ve typed out this brief explanation for my absence before I return to a prone position. See you back here soon. David Allen naps Friday, Sunday and Wednesday. Email dallen@scng.com, phone 909-483-9339, like davidallencolumnist on Facebook and follow @davidallen909 on X.

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked

Community meeting on Pasadena SR-710 set for Saturday

Pasadena is hosting an “open house” meeting Saturday for residents to learn about and discuss the SR-710 Reconnecting Pasadena project. The community open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at Victory Park Recreation Center, 2575 Paloma St. The event will feature an interactive model-building workshop and display boards in an attempt by officials to educate the public about the project and field the community’s needs and desires as the city initiates the project’s first phase. “The plan will reimagine the SR-710 stub and create a more inclusive and sustainable environment,” according to a city statement. “Spanning approximately 60 acres from Union Street (North), Columbia Street (South), St. John Avenue (West) and Pasadena Avenue (East), the stub was once home to over 4,000 displaced residents from demolishing approximately 1,500 homes. The majority of these residences belonged to low-income and minority community members.” The workshop offers the opportunity for the public to participate in and guide the transformation of the stub as the city considers ways to add improved transportation and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, green spaces, cultural attractions, economic opportunities and more, officials said. City officials

🍊 Wednesday Gazette: June 19

Brought to you by California Baptist University Children playing at Fairmount Park during The B.L.A.C.K Collective’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on last Saturday. Wednesday Gazette: June 19, 2024 Good morning, and Happy Juneteenth, Riverside. Today is a day to celebrate freedom and the work of making that freedom known and experienced by all. Riverside itself was founded with an abolitionist vision just five years after the first Juneteenth, and here in this city, we love it; there is much to celebrate, and there is still much work left to do. Let’s get after it today! SPORTS Arlington’s Javier Hernandez earns prestigious Gatorade State honor Senior soccer star recognized for athletic and academic achievements. Javier Hernandez with his family at Arlington Soccer Senior Night. (Courtesy Arlington Boys Soccer) Javier Hernandez, a senior from Arlington High School, was named the 2023-24 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Gatorade Player of the Year program, which is presented annually to the top soccer player in the state. Hernandez was selected from a field that included more than 100 applicants from across the state and was ranked