Making Hope Happen Raises $500K for Critical Scholarships, Ensuring IE Students Can Attend College & Afford to Eat

Last month, the Making Hope Happen Foundation celebrated a record-breaking Annual Gala, “Springtime in Paris,” emphasizing the profound need for comprehensive scholarships in the community. This year’s event, marked by increased sponsorship and emotional testimonies, highlighted the transformative impact of these scholarships on students’ lives. “We were thrilled by the turnout and the funds raised,” said Erin Brinker, Vice President of Development for the Making Hope Happen Foundation. “Sponsorships increased by 46 percent, directly supporting scholarships and other essential programs.” The gala awarded 123 scholarships, each valued at $3,000, complemented by paid mentorships for three years, effectively totaling $4,500 per scholarship. These scholarships are vital, offering not just financial aid but also mentorship from upperclassmen who are former scholarship recipients themselves. Scholarships: A Lifeline for Students The stories shared by scholarship recipients underscore the critical need for this support. “Our students have faced tremendous challenges,” Brinker said. “From the death of family members to single-parent households, foster care, and homelessness, these scholarships make a tangible difference.” One student, whose mother passed away last year, shared that the scholarship means she can now afford college. Another

Recall of Temecula school board President Joseph Komrosky winning, early results show

The effort to oust Temecula school board President Joseph Komrosky is winning, early results from the Tuesday, June 4, recall election show. Results posted at 10:51 p.m. show that 53.55% of voters wanted him ousted, while 46.45% wanted him to stay in office. The Riverside County Registrars Office reported that 7,515 ballots have been counted, almost all of those mail-in ballots. So far, the voter turnout is 34.85%. About 1,400 vote-by-mail ballots and 50 conditional ballots remain to be counted, according to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters. An updated tally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. Komrosky could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night, but he appealed to supporters to vote no on the recall in a Monday, June 3, Instagram post. “Since I’ve been elected by the majority of the community, I’ve no greater honor in my entire life than in protecting your children’s innocence,” Komrosky said in the video. “I’ve done this by reducing any social activism in our school district so that we can return to a more common-sense, back-to-basics educational framework.” Jeff Pack, co-founder of One

Stage Red amps up for first concert (and Sammy Hagar) in Fontana

Within days, in Fontana, you’ll be able to enter Stage Red. Afterward, you will exit Stage Red. Snagglepuss, the animated cat whose signature line was “exit, stage left,” sends his regrets. Stage Red is the reborn Fontana Theater, the 1937 Art Deco movie house that became a community theater and then a dinner theater. After closing in August 2022, the city-owned theater (8463 Sierra Ave.) is getting a complete overhaul to become a live music venue. The official name: Stage Red — A Sammy Hagar Venue. The Fontana-raised rocker is lending his name and his corporate team’s design savvy to assist his hometown. After a VIP preview on Thursday, Stage Red’s first concert is Saturday. Unable to wait, especially since I’ll be in the Midwest, I dropped in Monday for a tour. Plastic sheeting covered the stairs and floors because the interior is still a construction site. A small army of contractors was at work. Lighting and sound equipment was in place. Furniture, in plastic, was arrayed on the stage until last touches in the mezzanine and balcony are finished. In the bar, the bar

Law Enforcement Torch Run comes through Inland Empire in support of Special Olympics

The “Flame of Hope” is making its way through the Inland Empire as members of area law enforcement agencies take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run supporting the Special Olympics. On Monday, June 3, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department handed off the Special Olympics torch to members of the Chino Police Department and then on to other police departments, including Montclair, Ontario, and Corona, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. On Tuesday, the torch run made its way to Riverside where the Police Department and UC Riverside police participated. Members of other law enforcement agencies in Riverside County took part in the run, including the Val Verde school district police and members of the DA’s office. By midday, the torch headed back to San Bernardino County for Redlands and San Bernardino police departments and the DA’s office there to take part. The torch continues its trek in the Inland Empire Wednesday with additional agencies in San Bernardino County taking part, including members of the San Bernardino school police, CHP officials, and members from Rialto, Fontana and Upland police departments.   A representative for

Deadly shooting in Monrovia under investigation

Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the death of a man on the 700 block of West Duarte Road in Monrovia. The incident was reported at approximately 9:22 p.m. on Sunday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. Officers from the Monrovia Police Department responded to the scene after receiving a report of the shooting. The male adult victim was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead, according to LASD.  According to Fox 11, video from shortly after officers arrived shows first responders taking a second man on a stretcher into an ambulance. The man appeared to be suffering from a wound to the leg and was being transported to a medical facility. His involvement in the incident remains unclear. Sheriff’s officials have not provided information on a possible suspect or motive for the shooting. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are seeking any information that could assist in identifying those responsible for the crime.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Additionally, those who wish to remain anonymous can

Agua Mansa gravestones haven’t always been treated with much reverence

Cemetery gravestones – the last physical remembrance of someone’s life – just haven’t been treated very well over the years at the historic Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery in Colton. Decades of weather and vandals have damaged and even destroyed a number of the gravestones and other decorations at Agua Mansa, the oldest cemetery in the Inland Empire. A ceremony May 22 offered hope that the cemetery will be given a greater amount of respect and care. The San Bernardino County Museum held a ceremony there that day to celebrate $1.1 million in repairs as well as refurbishing of a number of the damaged gravestones. This is the upper half of the gravestone of Carmen Robidoux de Estudillo, who is buried at the historic Agua Mansa cemetery in Colton. At some point, it was broken, stolen and later found in a field in Glendora about 20 years ago. It is awaiting being reunited with its original gravesite at the cemetery. (Courtesy of Joe Blackstock) It prompted me to look at the lives of two people buried there and how their gravestones have survived for more than

Showcasing the perennial relationship between humans and plants at the Huntington’s Chinese Medicinal Garden

The final piece of the Huntington’s popular Chinese Garden — the culmination of years of work, interrupted by the pandemic — the Chinese Medicinal Garden (採藥圃 Cǎi Yào Pǔ) is, as the Chinese Garden’s curator Philip Bloom says, truly a milestone worth celebrating. The team has been working on many types of interpretive programming for the Chinese Garden, including an art gallery scholar studio and the celebration court for performance space. “But it is, I think, the Chinese Medicinal Garden that most powerfully connects the Chinese Garden to the rest of the Huntington as a whole,” Bloom reflected in his remarks to the press the day before the garden’s official May 22 opening. “The Cǎi Yào Pǔ is a place for learning about the relationships between plants and people,” Bloom said. “Indeed, in historical China, medicinal gardens were always a primary site where people went to learn about and think with plants.” Michelle Bailey, the garden’s assistant curator, concurred: “The deepest purpose for us at The Huntington is to show the long relationship between humans and plants.” Some of the Medicinal Garden’s first admirers studying

Rialto’s Carter High School graduation is second of 3 Sunday ceremonies

Rialto seniors bid farewell in back-to-back-to-back graduations staged Sunday, June 2, at an Ontario arena. Carter High School graduates-to-be wave to family and friends as they enter the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Photo by Eric Vilchis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Family and friends wave to Carter High School graduates-to-be as the seniors enter the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Photo by Eric Vilchis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Riley Orlando, Carter High School Valedictorian, speaks to the graduates at the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Photo by Eric Vilchis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Carter High School graduates-to-be nervously wait for their turn to receive their diplomas at the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Photo by Eric Vilchis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A Carter High School graduate raises her hand in thanks after she receives her diploma at the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Photo by Eric Vilchis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A Carter High School graduate unfurls a Palestinian flag after he receives his diploma at the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Sunday, June 2

Rialto’s Eisenhower High School graduation is first of 3 Sunday ceremonies

Rialto seniors bid farewell in back-to-back-to-back graduations staged Sunday, June 2, at an Ontario arena. Eisenhower High School senior Brianna Gonzalez translates the national anthem in American Sign Language during the Rialto school’s Sunday, June 2, 2024, graduation at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. (Photo by Kait Lavo, Contributing Photographer) Eisenhower High School seniors wait for the Rialto school’s Sunday, June 2, 2024, graduation to begin at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. (Photo by Kait Lavo, Contributing Photographer) Eisenhower High School students decorate their caps for the Rialto school’s Sunday, June 2, 2024, graduation at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. (Photo by Kait Lavo, Contributing Photographer) Eisenhower High School’s 2024 salutatorian Antonio Navarro speaks at the Rialto school’s Sunday, June 2, 2024, graduation at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. (Photo by Kait Lavo, Contributing Photographer) An Eisenhower High School graduate holds a diploma after saying, “I did it!” The Rialto school’s Sunday, June 2, 2024, graduation was at the Toyota Arena in Ontario. (Photo by Kait Lavo, Contributing Photographer) Rialto Unified School District officials watch Eisenhower High School seniors enter the Toyota Arena in Ontario

Senior Living: New help for dealing with aggression in people with dementia

Caring for older adults with dementia is stressful, especially when they become physically or verbally aggressive, wander away from home, develop paranoia or hallucinations, engage in inappropriate or repetitive behaviors, or refuse to let caregivers help them. Upward of 95% of patients experience these neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, which tend to fluctuate over time and vary in intensity. They’re the primary reasons people with dementia end up in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. At some point, families and friends trying to help at home simply can’t manage. “When people think about dementia, they usually think about forgetfulness and memory impairment,” said Mary Blazek, director of the geriatric psychiatry clinic at the University of Michigan. “But it’s behavioral and psychological disturbances that are most disruptive to patients’ and caregivers’ lives.” Now, help is available from a first-of-its-kind website created by prominent experts in this field. It offers free training in a comprehensive approach to managing neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia — a method known as DICE — based on several decades of scientific research as well as extensive clinical practice. The website’s goal is to “give people tools

We’re on TikTok: Introducing the SoCal Local

At the end of 2023, Southern California News Group launched a new TikTok, Instagram and YouTube account, the SoCal Local. The SoCal Local is led by Audience Engagement Producer, Carolyn Burt, and focuses on highlighting the coverage from our award winning reporters at all 11 of our publications across Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Inland Empire through social video. By creating the SoCal Local we aim to share our reporting in bite sized video breakdowns. @the.socal.local Here are some creative and unique coffee shops to visit in Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. You can see the full list which includes 15 different coffee shops in Southern California by visiting #coffee #coffeeshops #coffeetiktok #coffeeaddict #coffeeshopsla #coffeeshopsoc #southerncalifornia #thingstodo #thingstodola #thingstodooc #crumbsandwhiskers #librarycoffeehouse #longbeach #hellokitty #hellokittygrandcafe #orangecounty #losangeles #melrose #radcoffee #sanbernardino #sanbernardinocounty ♬ A Cup of Coffee – Muspace Through our videos we’ve highlighted entertainment news, such as providing a behind-the-scenes look at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as well as a rundown of the new menu items available at Disneyland’s food festivals. We’ve also provided news affecting Southern

Chaffey College Trust Fund awards scholarships to eight graduating high school seniors

Eight graduating seniors from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District were recently awarded Chaffey College Trust Fund Scholarships. The Chaffey Trust, established in 1882, created the scholarship program in 1967 to provide awards to outstanding students in the Chaffey district. Every year, scholarships are awarded to seniors at each of the Chaffey district’s eight comprehensive high schools for their academic record, participation in student activities and potential for collegiate success, according to a news release. Each scholarship is named after a former Chaffey district superintendent. Following are this year’s recipients. Jessica Dong of Los Osos High School received the $2,200 Merton E. Hill Scholarship. Dong plans to attend Cornell University and major in neuroscience. Dylan Pina-Martinez of Montclair High School received the $2,100 Gardiner W. Spring Scholarship. Pina-Martinez plans to attend Brown University and major in applied math and computer science. Zuireth Sanchez-Aldape of Chaffey High School received the $2,000 Daniel B. Milliken Scholarship. Sanchez-Aldape plans to attend Stanford University and major in psychology. Ivy Tran of Alta Loma High School received the $1,900 Allan G. Smith Scholarship. Tran plans to attend Claremont McKenna College

Water jug tossing at Ontario’s California Jam left misty memories

I solicited your comments for a 50th anniversary retrospective on the April 6, 1974, California Jam rock festival, which drew 200,000 people to the Ontario Motor Speedway. Reminiscences came in right up until deadline, then beyond deadline, and then in the days after publication. Hey, man. Nobody at a rock festival is on a strict schedule. It’s uncool. Well, we’ll get to your comments. They’re pretty good. First, though, let’s deal with one Cal Jam curiosity: the tossing of empty water jugs. As a reader in Eastvale, Kent (Bayless) Romero, described it, he first thought he was gazing at bouncing ping-pong balls. “What I was seeing,” he told me, “was half-gallon water jugs” — distributed earlier for relief on a very warm day — “being thrown up in the air by the thousands.” He and his friends took cover. Dave Ramirez of Covina brought it up too: “The water bottle throwing was dangerous. My group of friends stood in a circle defending ourselves as some still had water in them.” While scrolling through photos on the California Jam Fan Club Facebook page, I saw a

Why a ‘reimagined’ detention system for juveniles has stalled in LA County

Four years ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors backed a sweeping reform package that proposed closing the county’s juvenile halls by 2025 and placing the youth into smaller, more homelike “safe and secure healing centers.” The progressive policy pledged to invest in a new Department of Youth Development — an agency eventually formed in 2022 — that would focus on programs to keep children and teens out of the juvenile justice system, while simultaneously shifting those already detained from jail-like institutions to “a more rehabilitative, care-first model.” The proposal, dubbed “Youth Justice Reimagined,” was developed over more than a year by a working group that included advocates, law enforcement, defense attorneys and prosecutors. The most dramatic reform would take juvenile detention out of the control of the Probation Department in light of its “history of reform failures” and instead place it under Youth Development’s oversight. Now, that reform may never come to fruition due to unexpected legal constraints, while other key components of the policy inch forward, years behind schedule. The first of the safe and secure healing centers, originally envisioned to replace