Riverside menorah lighting festival marks Hanukkah

Hundreds gathered in front of the Riverside Historic Courthouse on Monday night, Nov. 29, to celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the Grand Menorah, traditional food, live music and other activities. Rabbi Shmuel Fuss, of the Chabad Jewish Community Center, lights the Grand Menorah at the 17th annual Chanukah Festival at the Riverside Historic Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Attorney Scott Talkov, of Riverside, checks messages as he and his family wear “JEW CREW” shirts at the 17th annual Chanukah Festival in Riverside on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Rabbi Shmuel Fuss, of the Chabad Jewish Community Center, speaks before lighting the Grand Menorah at the 17th annual Chanukah Festival in downtown Riverside on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Families listen as Rabbi Shmuel Fuss, of the Chabad Jewish Community Center, speaks before lighting the Grand Menorah during the 17th annual Chanukah Festival in Riverside on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Noah Talkov, 4, yells hello to the dreidel man at the 17th…

San Bernardino park supporters say it’s time to build up Berlin Wall monument

On a stretch of grass along Irvington Avenue in San Bernardino, there’s a chunk of concrete about which an American president spoke a few angry Cold War words that changed the world. There in Ronald Reagan Park is a 12 ½-foot-high piece of the original Berlin Wall. It came to the new park a decade ago in memory of the late president who in 1987 spoke to a huge West Berlin crowd telling Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!” The wall, isolating Russian-controlled East Berlin from the rest of the city during the post-World War II years, soon did fall, uniting not only the city but Germany as a whole. Years later, the Friends of Ronald Reagan Park raised the money to purchase the section of the wall at auction for about $2,500 and spent another $3,800 to get it shipped to Southern California. It was dedicated at the park in February 2011. The front of the Berlin Wall segment that was placed in Ronald Reagan Park in San Bernardino. A local artist drew the likeness of the president. (Photo by Joe Blackstock)…

Wendy’s Destroyed by Fire | Corona

11.28.2021 | 4:21 AM | RIVERSIDE – Firefighters responded to reports of a commercial structure fire. The first arriving engine reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of Wendys Fastfood restaurant. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire. Firefighters had a difficult time putting out the fire. Flames can be seen shooting into the air from the roof of the business. Firefighters used 2 aerial ladders trucks to battle the fire from above. Arial efforts were not as effective as firefighters hoped they would be. Firefighters went back to fighting the fire mainly from the ground after about 15 min of the Arial attack from the ladders with little progress. firefighters are still fighting the fire as of 5:40 am with visible flames coming from the roof. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but the fire will be investigated to determine the cause. No other businesses were affected by the fire as of now. The post Wendy’s Destroyed by Fire | Corona appeared first on ONSCENE.TV.

Night work set for 91 Freeway in Corona, Riverside this week

Motorists driving late at night on the 91 Freeway through Corona, or on a major thoroughfare at the 91 in Riverside, could encounter significant delays this week, starting Monday night, Nov. 29. Maintenance crews will be strengthening slopes at the Magnolia Avenue interchange with the 91 all week, Caltrans spokesperson Eric Dionne said. That work will trigger lane closures on Magnolia, and only one lane will be available for travel in each direction. To avoid delays, Caltrans recommends using Pierce Street or La Sierra Avenue to go around the construction area. The slope work in Riverside will take place Monday through Friday, Dec. 3, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., Dionne said. Also this week, he said, maintenance crews plan to seal cracks in pavement on the 91 through Corona. Dionne said that, as a result, several miles of the 91 Express Lanes will close from the Riverside-Orange county line to the 15 Freeway. The eastbound toll lanes are scheduled to close Monday through Friday, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., a news release stated. The westbound express lanes are set to close 10 p.m.…

3-month high for coronavirus cases seen in Riverside County

More than 2,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in Riverside County Monday, Nov. 29 — the highest single-day total since Aug. 30. County officials did not report case figures Thursday, Nov. 25, or Friday, Nov. 26, and do not report virus numbers on weekends, so Monday’s high count likely accounts for at least four days. Riverside County also reported 24 new COVID-19 deaths Monday. As of Sunday, Nov. 28, 227 people were battling the disease in county hospitals. Hospitalizations have remained in the low-to-mid 200s for the past six weeks. Riverside County is approaching 3 million total vaccine doses administered, with nearly 1.5 million residents partially or fully vaccinated. Here are the latest numbers. Vaccination and hospitalization data comes from the state and is as of Sunday. Other numbers were reported by the county Monday. Riverside County Vaccinations 2,969,067 doses administered so far to county residents 1,469,346 residents have received at least one dose 1,310,819 of those residents are fully vaccinated 44,548 doses reported in the past week 9,958 residents got their first dose in the past week 6,786 residents became fully vaccinated in the…

Free pet adoptions offered by Riverside County Animal Services

Riverside County Animal Services is extending its Black Saturday Special, offering free pet adoptions, until Dec. 4. This is the first time Animal Services has offered the post-Thanksgiving promotion for a full week, according to a news release. Participating shelters include the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley; and the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms. People adopted more than 100 animals on the first day of the Black Saturday Special, according to the news release. “This adoption promotion has been one of our most popular,” Kim Youngberg, an Animal Services deputy director, said in the news release. “We really hope people without a pet at this time of year can find room in their hearts – and homes – for a four-legged friend.” Although pets can be adopted for free during the Black Saturday Special, those adopting dogs must purchase a dog license if they live within the county’s jurisdictional areas. For dog license information and prices, go to rcdas.org/index.php/services/dog-licensing. For shelter hours and to view adoptable animals, go to rcdas.org.

CIF will not investigate the Mater Dei hazing case

High school athletics in Southern California are governed by the book. As in the Blue Book, the CIF Southern Section’s 260-page handbook that details the region’s high school sports’ governing body’s constitution and by-laws. Under “Code of Ethics,” the Blue Book states “IT IS THE DUTY OF ALL CONCERNED WITH HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS” “to emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play.” The code also states that those involved in high school sports have to “recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of individual players.” The Blue Book and CIF Southern Section rules, however, do not cover hazing, a CIF official said Monday. The CIF Southern Section, citing a lack of jurisdiction, will not conduct an investigation of Mater Dei High School head football coach Bruce Rollinson and the school’s handling of an alleged hazing incident between two players last February that left one of the players with a traumatic brain injury, a broken nose and other head injuries, CIF assistant commissioner Thom Simmons said. “The CIF is really not involved in…

COVID-19 hospitalizations in San Bernardino County hover around 300

The number of COVID-19 patients in San Bernardino County hospitals continues to hover above 300, state figures released Monday, Nov. 29, show. As of Sunday, Nov. 28, 311 people were hospitalized with the disease, up nine from Saturday. Hospitalization figures always reflect the previous day’s mark. The last time there were fewer than 300 COVID-19 patients in county hospitals was Nov. 7. Hospitalizations hovered in the high 200s the month prior. More than 2.47 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been administered in the county, as of Sunday, with north of 1.2 million residents partially or fully vaccinated. Here are the latest numbers. Vaccination and hospitalization data comes from the state and is as of Sunday. Other numbers were reported by the county Monday. San Bernardino County Vaccinations 2,470,806 doses administered so far to county residents 1,234,920 residents have received at least one dose 1,110,381 of those residents are fully vaccinated 38,359 doses reported in the past week 8,527 residents got their first dose in the past week 6,668 residents became fully vaccinated in the past week Confirmed cases 363,247 total 1,844 reported in…

Wreaths Across America event set for Riverside’s Evergreen Cemetery

The Wreaths Across America event will be observed at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery in Riverside on Saturday, Dec. 18. The 9 a.m. event is at the cemetery, 4414 14th St., Riverside. Wreaths will be placed that day at veterans’ graves across the nation. Participants in the Evergreen ceremony will include Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War — Camp 18, Boy Scout Troop 2, North High School’s Air Force Jr. ROTC and singer Tim Apple. Casey Borders will play taps on a bugle. Muskets will be fired at the end of the ceremony, a news release states. Guests can help place wreaths after the ceremony. Cemetery tours will be available. The deadline to sponsor a wreath is Tuesday, Nov. 30. Sponsorships start at $15. Organizers are half way to their goal of 1,015 wreaths. Information: 951-522-6462 or www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CA0369 Related Articles New law means Veterans benefits will be printed in multiple languages Riverside Military Wall of Honor to get $100,000 face-lift Bill would expand access to GI Bill benefits Moreno Valley marks Veterans Day with speeches, song Here’s how to help Redlands family give medical…

Holiday Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft show returns Dec. 3 – 5

Hundreds of artists and crafters reunite to ring in the holiday tradition of the Pomona/Ontario Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show December 3-5, at the new location of the Ontario Convention Center, while the Pomona Fairplex remains closed for 2021. Following state Covid protocols and safety guidelines, this treasured holiday shop fest serves up a full day of merriment in a winter wonderland with more than 24,000 dazzling American handmade creations, strolling performers, an interactive Kidzone, specialty foods, and more. Giving back to the community, patrons who bring non-perishables for donation to Foothill Family Shelter will receive $2 off admission. Kids 12 and under are free, and tickets are good for the entire weekend. In themed attire, the nation’s top trendsetting artisans are eager to offer their personal touches to gift-giving with creations in jewelry, clothing, photography, oils, specialty foods, hand-turned wood, ceramics, eclectic art pieces, kid’s accessories, holiday décor and ornaments, and blown glass, among others. Many artisans can personalize items right on the spot. Bringing people together to celebrate the joys of the holiday season while following state Covid protocols and safety guidelines is…

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools distributes Thanksgiving food to families

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) Employee Connection and the Children Deserve Success Homeless Education Program each provided food to families in the community during two separate events ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. “One in five children in San Bernardino County live in households experiencing food insecurity,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “These annual food drives provide an opportunity to alleviate that stress and bring joy to these families for the holiday. Every single year the awesome staff at SBCSS dedicate themselves to making these events successful, and I couldn’t be prouder.” A Salvation Army representative gives a thankful hug to an SBCSS staff member after receiving boxes of Thanksgiving donations. Employee Connection is a not-for-profit staff organization that plans events promoting positive relationships between staff members and between staff and the community.  For more than 20 years, SBCSS Employee Connection has held an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Student Services branch compiles a list of families requesting Thanksgiving food and SBCSS Employee Connection collects donations from staff throughout the organization to build a meal box for those families. This year, Employee Connection raised…

LifeStream Blood Bank extends its Dream Raffle deadline

LifeStream Blood Bank is extending the deadline to buy tickets for its second annual Dream Raffle, with the goal of reaching the minimum number of tickets that need to be sold to award a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport or $20,000 cash as the grand prize. The original Nov. 30 deadline has been moved to Dec. 10 and the drawing will be held Dec. 15. “We’re optimistic that the extra days will help us reach the 3,500 tickets threshold necessary to award the Bronco Sport or $20,000,” Dr. Rick Axelrod, LifeStream’s president, chief executive officer and medical director, said in a news release. If fewer than 3,500 tickets are sold, the grand prize will be $10,000. Dream Raffle proceeds will help LifeStream cover the cost of two new bloodmobiles. Tickets are $25 each. For every four tickets sold in a single $100 transaction, buyers receive a bonus entry that gives them an extra chance to win all Dream Raffle prizes. Major prizes include a flight on a P-51 Mustang World War II plane; a four-day, three-night New Mexico winter getaway with ski package at a Red…

Where are the mechanics? LBCC, other local community colleges try to fill a need

Students from the California Job Challenge program work on brakes during their auto technician class at LBCC Pacific Coast Campus in Long Beach on Thursday, November 4, 2021. With a labor and supply shortage in the auto industry following the pandemic, vocational schools are getting support from car makers and dealerships. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Students from the California Job Challenge program work on brakes during their auto technician class at LBCC Pacific Coast Campus in Long Beach on Thursday, November 4, 2021. With a labor and supply shortage in the auto industry following the pandemic, vocational schools are getting support from car makers and dealerships. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Alejandro Bouroumand changing the brakes on a Nissan Altima during an auto technician class at LBCC Pacific Coast Campus in Long Beach on Thursday, November 4, 2021. With a labor and supply shortage in the auto industry following the pandemic, vocational schools are getting support from car makers and dealerships. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Students from the California Job Challenge program know that putting tools back in their proper order is crucial…

These 6 statues in Riverside form a Peace Walk, but few know it

If you’ve visited downtown Riverside’s pedestrian mall, which runs between the Mission Inn and City Hall, you’ve surely seen at least one bronze statue of a historical figure, even if you weren’t paying close attention. But did you know there are six such statues in three blocks, and that they form a sort of walk? South to north, they depict Ysmael Villegas, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Ahn Chang Ho, Mahatma Gandhi and Eliza Tibbets — more on all of them in a moment. The statues were erected from 1995 to 2013, piecemeal, by private efforts. Former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and current Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson next to the Staff Sgt. Ysmael R. Villegas Medal of Honor statue on the city’s Peace Walk along the pedestrian-only Main Street mall in Riverside on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the city’s Peace Walk along the pedestrian-only Main Street mall in Riverside on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Dosan Ahn Chang Ho statue on the city’s Peace Walk along the…

Redlands Unified teacher sexual abuse reforms paying off after $41.3 million in payouts

More than two decades after Redlands Unified School District mishandled the first in a cascading series of complaints about teachers preying on their students, officials say the district has moved on from its scandalous past with the help of sweeping reforms adopted in 2018. Since that time, police have been called in to investigate 16 reports of “inappropriate/unprofessional conduct” between teachers and students, but none was reported as sexual abuse and all of the allegations were found to be unsubstantiated, district spokeswoman Christine Stephens said. The district’s new safety plan, ACT Now (Actions Create Trust), which includes ramped-up teacher training, stricter reporting policies and awareness campaigns, has largely been credited with essentially putting a stop to teacher sex abuse. “The effectiveness of ACT Now is demonstrated by the fact that we have had no new or recent cases of sexual misconduct or failure in mandated reporting,” district spokesman Tom DeLapp said in an email. DeLapp did say, however, that the district fired an employee in 2019 for violating the district’s adult-to-student boundary policy. He would not elaborate on the circumstances nor identify the employee. Sean…

Nearly 15,000 affected by Edison shutoffs Friday afternoon

Nearly 15,000 Southern California Edison customers were still without power as of early Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, as crews worked to get them back on the grid following a shut down for wildfire safety reasons over Thanksgiving. On Friday morning, more than 30,000 customers were affected, but crews restored power to more than half of them before 12 p.m., according to information on SCE’s website. Officials, concerned about the possibility of downed power lines sparking a wildfire, cut off electricity to thousands of customers on Thursday morning. As of Friday afternoon, 9,328 customers in Los Angeles County were without power, according to the SEC website. Riverside County had 3,081 affected customers, while San Bernardino County had 2,349 and Orange County 99. More than 122,000 customers across five counties, including Ventura County, also were considered for power shut-offs. See updates here Areas that appear to be heavily affected include the Canyon communities in Orange County, areas near Hemet and San Jacinto in Riverside County and Malibu and Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles County. Places near Highland and Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County also saw large…

Cool fun of Yucaipa’s Winterfest continues with ice rink

Holiday festivities kicked off in Yucaipa with Winterfest on Saturday, Nov. 27. The event was set to include snow play, bands, a Christmas tree lighting with Santa riding in on a fire engine, food, shopping and more. Isabel Campos, 8, of Moreno Valley, drops off a letter for Santa at Winterfest in Uptown Yucaipa on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Everest Maseulita’afua, 4, plays with bubbles from a bubble maker at Winterfest in Uptown Yucaipa on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Loni Gallo, of Yucaipa, left, races down the snow slide with sons Max, 7, center, and Zander, 8, at Winterfest in Uptown Yucaipa on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Payton Wolfe, 10, sleds down a slow slide at Winterfest in Uptown Yucaipa on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Children ice skate at Winterfest in Uptown Yucaipa on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) People attend Winterfest in Uptown Yucaipa on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)…

Redlands Footlighters to present ‘The Christmas Express’

Spencer Carter, left, playing the role of Mr. Fairfax and Miguel Erickson playing Devon Smith rehearse a scene for the Redlands Footlighters’ production of “The Christmas Express.” The play opens Dec. 3, 2021, and runs through Dec. 19. (Photo by Aimee Ullrich, Redlands Footlighters) The Redlands Footlighters will present “The Christmas Express,” a holiday comedy by Pat Cook, opening 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the theater at 1810 Barton Road. In the play, Leo Tannenbaum shows up in the small town of Holly the day before Christmas Eve, and things begin to happen. The local carolers suddenly sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and wisecracking characters in town get the Christmas spirit. Rob Thurmond, who directs the Footlighters’ production, describes the town of Holly as “a snow globe of magic where anything is possible and yet nothing is what it appears to be,” according to a news release. In the cast are Suzy Pearce as Hilda Trowbridge, James Muro as Satch Brunswick, Nancy Huffacker as Maggie Clooney, Brady Huffman as Leo Tannenbaum, Ali Rafter as Penelope Blaisedale, Spencer Carter as Mr. Fairfax, Katharine Buffy…

Here are winners of Chino Hills’ Celebrate the Family contest

Winners in Chino Hills’ 24th annual Celebrate the Family Celebrate the Family poster and essay-writing contest honored at the Nov. 9, 2021, Chino Hills City Council meeting are, front row, from left, Rhofanie Hu, Jayden Park, Zoe Ortega, Emily He, Claire Mulia, Kaira Gupta; second row, from left, Brandon Nava, Kaitlyn Cabral, Nancy Dong, Emma Shiozaki, Alina Kim, KateLian Linky. (Courtesy of city of Chino Hills) A dozen students from kindergarten through eighth grade were honored at the Chino Hills City Council’s Nov. 9 meeting. They are winners of Chino Hills’ 24th annual Celebrate the Family poster and essay-writing contest. The Chino Hills Healthy Cities Steering Committee began the contest in 1998 to celebrate the family during National Family Week, according to a news release. This year’s theme was “Every Family Has a Story, Welcome to Ours,” and the 12 winners were chosen from more than 560 entries from students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Judges awarded prizes to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each of four age categories. First-place winners each received a family four-pack of season passes to Knott’s Berry Farm.…

Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s monarch butterfly legislation signed into law

PACIFIC GROVE — Nestled inside the huge $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed into law last week are two bills co-authored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta aimed at helping monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators threatened by loss of habitat and pesticide use. There are two bills that Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, announced in April while flanked by Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Peake and Santa Cruz Mayor Donna Meyers — two cities where monarchs overwinter along Monterey Bay. The first is a five-year program that will provide $10 million in grants to benefit pollinators on roadsides and highway rights-of-way. Called the Monarch and Pollinator Highway Act, the bill was authored by Panetta and Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley. Eligible projects include the planting of native plants — which provide pollen and nectar to wild pollinators — as well as the costs of switching to pollinator-friendly practices, such as reducing mowing, especially during key points in the monarch butterfly migration. Pollinating creatures — birds, bats, bees and butterflies — are important because pollinated plants provide one out of every three bites of food, according to…