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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…

City Council appoints Charles M. Duggan Jr. as City Manager

The Redlands City Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to appoint Charles M. Duggan Jr. as the new Redlands City Manager effective Jan. 13, 2020, concluding an extensive recruitment process that included 44 applicants, resident and business participation and multiple community interview panels. “This has been a thorough, deliberative and collaborative process with our residents, our labor partners, the business community and my Council colleagues to identify the best candidate, one who will provide effective, efficient leadership and who will guide our City staff as we embrace the opportunities and the challenges that are opening before us,” said Mayor Paul Foster. “We are looking forward to Mr. Duggan engaging with our community, connecting with all our civic stakeholders and beginning a dialogue with our residents as we move forward into a bright future.” “I would like to thank the City Council for entrusting me with this responsibility. I am excited about the opportunity to work with such an engaged citizenry and capable staff,” Duggan said. “The great pride exhibited by the residents, elected officials and city staff is what first drew me to this wonderful community,…

Loma Linda University Health performs Inland Empire’s first spinal ablation surgery to treat tumors

A new, innovative and minimally invasive procedure called Spinal Tumor Ablation with Radiofrequency was successfully performed last month at Loma Linda University Health, the first such procedure in the Inland Empire. The procedure involves making small incisions in the back at each bone level to insert a probe directly into the tumor. The probe emits heat generated by the radiofrequency to kill the tumor cells. Once the tumor has been ablated, surgeons then stabilize the weakened bone by performing kyphoplasty — a procedure in which the surgeon uses a balloon-like device to inject cement into the spine. Spinal Tumor Ablation can be performed in as little as a few hours and allows patients to return to activities more quickly than traditional surgeries. “This is a great minimally invasive therapy for patients with metastatic disease or primary tumor of bone because it provides patients another option for better quality of life and control of their tumor disease without exposing them to the risk of traditional surgeries,” said Namath Hussain, MD, a neurosurgeon who performed the procedure. Hussain said traditional surgeries to remove a spinal tumor often involve opening the…

Domestic violence survivors encourage, empower others during conference in San Bernardino

Domestic violence survivors and their families banded together for an afternoon of healing, support and encouragement during the 2nd annual domestic violence conference: Arise & Conquer, hosted by nonprofit organization Divine Connections, HOPE (Hold On, Pain Ends) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Enterprise Building in downtown San Bernardino. Domestic violence survivor Melinda Cuellar founded the faith-based nonprofit after she emerged from a harrowing and terrifying ordeal involving her ex-husband. Cuellar endured seven years of emotional, mental and physical abuse in her marriage. Six months after their divorce in 2015, her husband kidnapped her and held her hostage at gunpoint for several hours in her car. When he cocked his handgun Cuellar leapt from the car and a standoff with SWAT ensued. He was eventually apprehended, and later sentenced to 12 years. Cuellar, a mother and grandmother, became a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate and through her organization, hosts support groups monthly in San Bernardino for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Additional services include education, clothing and toiletries, court and advocacy support, referrals and mentoring. Cuellar and her DCH team, all of whom are survivors, created…

San Bernardino Valley College to host Alumni & Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

San Bernardino Valley College is proud to usher in its newest distinguished members into its Alumni and Athletics Hall of Fame, all recognized for their award-winning accomplishments and service to the community. SBVC Foundation Board President Beverly Powell said the foundation is honored to partner with the college’s athletics department to laud the achievements of SBVC alumni and former student athletes. “The opportunity to showcase some of Valley College’s best ‘success stories’ not only helps the Foundation raise funds necessary to help students achieve their dreams – but events highlighting our alumni also help inspire our current SBVC students to envision their own success and believe their own dreams are possible,” said Ms. Powell. On Friday, November 8, the Alumni & Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony runs from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event will be held at the San Bernardino DoubleTree Hotel. Among the inductees is Dr. Louie F. Rodríguez, Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, who receives recognition for being a catalyst for many academic initiatives to benefit the community. He also serves as Bank of…

Loma Linda University Cancer Center launches breast pain clinic that combines medical and psychologic treatment

Loma Linda University Cancer Center has created a breast pain clinic that combines medical and psychological interventions to treat the common condition experienced by women — the first in the nation to create a multidisciplinary approach to breast pain management. The clinic incorporates the use of a medical treatment plan to treat physical pain while using one-on-one and group therapy sessions with stress management tools that can unearth underlying stressors causing breast pain. The clinic also educates attendees on the definition, causes and remedies of the condition. Some 70% of women experience breast pain in their lifetime, yet only 7% of women with breast cancer have breast pain as their first symptom, according to the breast pain clinic co-director and director of Loma Linda University Cancer Center Breast Health Center, Sharon S. Lum, MD. Yet many women believe their pain is due to cancer and end up in an oncologist’s office. To save women time and offer them the resources they need, Lum partnered with clinical oncology therapist Gabriela E. Gutierrez, PhD, LMFT, to launch this clinic. “When someone gets stressed, they can get headaches or even stomach aches,…

Colton advocate Israel Fuentes awarded for providing resources to the Latino community and beyond

On October 17, Israel Fuentes, member of the Binational Parent Leadership Institute (BPLI) and board member of the Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD), was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Fuentes was recognized as an inaugural member of the BPLI, which is led by the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino and founded by Latino Education & Advocacy Days, for his advocacy in providing Latino students and parents with viable resources to strive in today’s society. “It was an honor to receive this recognition. It’s important that we support CJUSD students and their families. There are lots of parents who do not understand the opportunities that are out there for themselves and for their children,” said Fuentes. “Having the opportunity to understand and share resources such as how to apply for financial aid, receive scholarships, enroll or getting accepted into a college or university, obtain citizenship, or learn English…is something I envision myself doing for many years to come,” continued Fuentes. He went on to share how often many Spanish-speaking parents are left unaware of all the…

Fontana High School showcases AVID success to local educators

Nearly 50 local educators on Oct. 22 visited Fontana High School classrooms, met with administrators and learned from students about the school’s highly successful Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The showcase provided teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members with a look at the inner workings of an AVID National Demonstration School – a status Fontana High School has held since 2006. “AVID boosts achievement by initiating and supporting all students in their efforts to become college and career ready,” Fontana High School AVID Coordinator Jo Sisk said. “AVID students make up more than a quarter of our students, and their work in academics and goal setting has helped to shift the culture of our entire campus in a positive way.” AVID aims to narrow the achievement gap between the lowest- and highest-performing students and ensure more students enroll in four-year colleges and universities. The showcase was held in response to a large number of requests to learn about Fontana High School’s AVID success. In addition to the meetings with administrators, visitors joined AVID students to tour elective classes and sit in on tutorials.…

Wolverine football team sets ten individual records in a single game

After a 2018 season that saw the San Bernardino Valley College football team rewrite the record books, the 2019 team picked up right where the 2018 team left off breaking 10 records in a single night during the first game of the season on Sept. 7. The Wolverines took on Santa Ana College, defeating the Dons 80-48 in the SBVC Stadium. Quarterback Jeremy Moussa completed 38 passes for 636 yards and seven touchdowns as the Wolverines beat the Dons 80-48 Saturday night at SBVC Stadium. Moussa threw passes to 10 different players, with six different receivers scoring touchdowns. The 636 yards surpassed the school record for passing yards in a game, previously set at 495 yards in 1991 by Richard Robles. Moussa’s seven touchdown passes also ties Armando Herrera for most in a single game, which Herrera completed twice in 2018. And the 38 completions also set a new mark, besting Jamie Sander’s 1994 mark of 33. But it wasn’t just the Jeremy Moussa show Saturday night. Running back Darrell Turner Jr. scored three times, gaining 106 yards on eight carries on the night. In…

University of Redlands names first Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer

The University of Redlands, a premier private liberal arts and professional university in California, has appointed Christopher Leon Jones, Jr. as the institution’s first Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer (SDIO) charged to drive change across the University. Jones will assume the SDIO role on Feb. 1, 2020, and is excited for the new challenge. “A foundation of important work has been laid by the efforts of many members of the University community,” he says. “I look forward to joining my expertise and leadership with the contributions of the University community to create the type of inclusive excellence that is a model for institutions around the country.” University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl says Jones — an experienced higher education professional, honored U.S. Air Force veteran, and lawyer — brings a “wealth of valuable experience and excellent administrative skills. He will be an engaged and visionary leader of our University-wide efforts toward greater inclusiveness and diversity.” A graduate of the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Howard University School of Law, Jones comes to Redlands from Case Western Reserve University.  There he…

Kimbark Elementary unveils San Bernardino school district’s first literary vending machine

Literary options expanded for Kimbark Elementary School students with the installation of a book vending machine – the first of its kind in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. PTO President Amanda Manzano  unveiled the machine on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the school’s lobby amid school and district officials, teachers, staff, parents and select students from each grade.  Students took turns inserting a token and making their literary selections; books are for students to keep. Kimbark Principal Mario Jacquez came across the vending machine on-line, and was confident it would be a great fit for the school. “I realized not everyone has books at home and making sure everyone has books has always been a mission of mine as a teacher and administrator,” Jacquez remarked. Funding for the vending machine was supported through ASB and the site’s Parent Teacher Organization; an allowance and a portion of Book Fair proceeds will be directed to replenishing the inventory. Students will earn tokens by completing 10 Accelerated Reader (AR) tests, or for going above and beyond school expectations for positive behavior. “Kids are going to be excited…

Third Annual CSUSB Run Like A Mother 5K Run/Walk to benefit Time for Change Foundation

Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) is honored to announce that they are the beneficiaries for the 3rd annual Run Like a Mother 5K Walk/Run presented by CSUSB.  The event is hosted by CSUSB students in the Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary Society and students in Health Science 404: Women’s Health. The Annual CSUSB Run Like a Mother 5K is public health in action. It is a prime example of bringing the community together, all while raising consciousness on the pressing concerns that local communities face and celebrating those community organizations that strive to address these concerns.  Tickets are $15 for non-students and $10 for students.  You can register using this link: https://bit.ly/mother5k All proceeds from the event will be donated to Time for Change Foundation’s mission to provide housing programs and self-sufficiency services to homeless women and children.  You only have a few weeks left to register, and we look forward to seeing you there! Location & Event Information  Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 9AMCSUSB5500 University Parkway San Bernardino, California 92407 Learn more and get your tickets here The post Third Annual CSUSB Run Like A…

Colton Joint Unified School District spreads positivity with “Kindness Bus”

Now in its fourth year, the Colton Joint Unified School District Kindness Bus will be traveling through the district this month to spread a message of kindness, inclusion and acceptance. The bus, which was painted by Washington High School students and District staff, appeared in the Colton High School Homecoming parade earlier this month and will spend the remainder of October visiting sites across the district. It also will join Bloomington High School’s first Homecoming Parade on November 1. The bus serves as a rolling billboard for the CJUSD Kindness Campaign, highlighted in October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. The bus also is an essential part of the district’s observance of Unity Day, which takes place on Wednesday, October 23. “Our number one goal is to help spread positivity, respect and kindness throughout our district and community,” Transportation Director Erick Richardson stated.  CJUSD focuses on kindness throughout the year in an effort to prevent bullying by reinforcing positive behaviors, as reflected in the district’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework. Many CJUSD schools also host their own Unity Day and bullying prevention events…

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…

San Bernardino Pastors United prepare for upcoming block party

The San Bernardino Pastors United (SBPU) in association with community leaders and the faith-based community, will have another Community Block party on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Dr. Mildred Henry Elementary, located at 1250 W 14th Street, San Bernardino. The residents of San Bernardino are still being plagued with violence, crime and shootings in the city. The San Bernardino Pastors and community leaders take a stand together in solidarity and let the residents know with boldness, theme “Our God Will Provide” Gen 22: 11-14. The SBPU pastors demonstrate by showing love, helping thy neighbor, covering one another.  On this day, pastors, law enforcement, dignitaries, school officials all join together on one accord.   We are expecting thousands to be in attendance, Come early. At the event, there will be free food, free groceries, free gifts and prizes for the kids, free clothes and free health checks, job resources. The host church will be Victory Outreach Church, located at 990 W Mill Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410. Pastor Rick Alanis Senior will deliver a life changing message. Please register by…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino hosts historic event honoring decades of service with dedication of ‘The Physicians’ Corridor’

Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) announced the unveiling of the Physicians’ Corridor, a beautifully designed space dedicated to all 50 former Medical Staff Presidents, a dozen of whom attended a celebratory event in their honor. According to current Chief of Staff, Dr. Johnny Negusse, “This dedication is to show the hospital’s appreciation for the high quality medical care our physicians have provided and continue to provide the San Bernardino community since 1956. It is an honor to be surrounded by such compassionate and caring providers and to welcome back former medical staff presidents.” Attendance included the second president of the medical staff from 1957, along with others who served in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Negusse shared, “By remembering, honoring and inducting these presidents into our new “Physicians’ Corridor” we are also honoring all of the physicians who served alongside them.” CHSB Hospital President, June Collison stated, “Our physicians are important members of our care team. They each embrace the mission of Dignity Health every day as they serve and advocate for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised. It is…

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