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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…

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…

Aguilar announces $500,000 to fight human trafficking in San Bernardino

Rep. Pete Aguilar announced last week that the Family Assistance Program, a non-profit based in San Bernardino County, has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The grant funding will allow the Family Assistance Program to hire two case managers for Open Door, their program to identify and assist victims of human trafficking in the city of San Bernardino. The program serves 200 victims each year, with nearly half being under the age of 18. “Local organizations like the Family Assistance Program are making a real difference in the lives of young people in our community, and I’m proud to support their mission. I’ll continue working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to secure funding for programs that make our communities safer,” said Aguilar. “Sometimes helping a victim may be as simple as buying them a new pair of shoes, taking them to lunch, or providing transportation to get from point A to point B, other times they may require shelter, medical care, legal assistance, and specialized therapy. This grant will cover all of…

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…

Scouts participate in major food donation program this Saturday in multiple cities

On Saturday October 19th the Boy Scouts of America invite you and your neighbors to support your local food pantries while you shop at your local grocery stores in the Inland Empire communities from Colton and Grand Terrace to Banning along the I-10 corridor and across the San Bernardino Valley up to Lake Arrowhead, Blue Jay and Crestline in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Gray Arrow District Boy Scouts will be “Scouting for Food” October 19th collecting non-perishable food items from shoppers in these communities at participating grocery store entrances. Stater Bros., Albertsons, Food for Less, Walmart and Vons are the larger participating grocery stores in the greater San Bernardino Valley up into Banning Pass areas, while Jensen’s and Goodwin’s join Stater Bros. in the mountain communities. Gerrards, Trader Joes and Smart & Final stores in Redlands will join this support effort, as well as Dollar General and Walmart in the Calimesa to Banning area. Please encourage your families, friends and neighbors to help the Scouts do a meaningful “Good Turn” for your communities by donating food items intended for needy families that reside in…

Pat Collier, featured speaker at Museum, to discuss history of the Colton Woman’s club

On Saturday, Oct 12, at 2:30 p.m., the Colton Area Museum’s (CAM) guest speaker program will feature Pat Collier, a fourth generation “Coltonite” and long time member of the Colton Woman’s Club. With many stories to share, and background information to fill our curiosity, Pat Collier will present a historical timeline of the organization’s development and highlight some of the important milestones dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century. While recently organizing old storage files from the Woman’s Club, Pat Collier became passionate about the club’s history, and felt that the information should be available to the public. Pat enthusiastically states “I’m very happy to share this information, because few people actually know about the history of the Colton Woman’s Club.” She also adds, “this presentation will be a good opportunity for our organization.” Pat attended Colton Schools, graduating from Colton High School in 1964. She retired from the Colton School District teaching first – third grades at Zimmerman Elementary for 13 years. Since 2013, Pat has been an active member of the Colton Woman’s Club is proud to note that “through thick…

Colton Woman’s Club hosts Mayor’s Breakfast

On Friday, October 4, 2019, the Colton Woman’s Club hosted the Inland Empire Faith Collective’s (IEFC) annual Colton Mayor’s Breakfast.  Pete Tasaka, President of the IEFC and Pastor of the Vineyard Church in Colton explained that the IEFC is the faith-based community of the city working together to speak blessings into and to promote unity in Colton.  They also provide scholarships for the local high schools Baccalaureate event each year.  Photo Marina Rojas: Colton Councilman Ernie Cisneros and Colton Mayor Frank Navarro. Tim Isom, Pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Colton and IEFC Board Member said that the Mayor’s Breakfast is held each year to gather the city’s administrative leaders in each key department and to offer up prayers for the good of the city as a whole. Representatives of the Colton Fire Department, Colton Police Department and the Colton Joint Unified School District were prayed over as encouragement and good words were spoken into the lives of all who worked for those entities.  When the Mayor and City Officials were prayed for, there were blessings and favor pronounced over the businesses and…

Rialto Unified School District students earn over $2 million in scholarships

At the end of September, Rialto Unified School District students made history by earning over $2 million in scholarships to four-year universities. “We are here with over 30 colleges and universities that will be conducting on the spot admissions and granting scholarships. Today we hope to see around 1,000 students from the Rialto Unified School District and surrounding districts come out to experience this opportunity. This year we are anticipating getting 200 to 300 students accepted into a university. We are confident we will have 2 million dollars in scholarship offers,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, United Action College Network (U-CAN). On September 17, A.B. Miller High School hosted a U-CAN college fair to provide leadership services, college preparation assistance and award scholarships to qualifying students throughout the district. “Our students have worked hard in preparing their resumes and preparing their communication skills for interviews. What is unique about this college fair is that students receive on the spot scholarships, full ride admissions, and it really helps them get excited about the college admissions process,” said Dr. Edward D’ Souza, math and science lead academic agent.…

Sinfonia Mexicana to present Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life concert

Sinfonia Mexicana will present its annual “Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life” concert, an event that honors the legacy of those who have gone before us on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m., at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino, CA, 92410.  The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. There will be entertainment by the renowned Mariachi Internacional de Mexico de Francisco J. Jara, of Pancho Villa Restaurant in Fontana fame, who is recognized for its interpretations of traditional mariachi.  Ballet Folklorico Cultural de San Bernardino, under the direction of Gloria Chavez, will perform traditional folklorico dances in their regional costumes that are sure to please. The Mariachi Youth Academy students will showcase their musicianship with their interpretations of mariachi songs that celebrate the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.  Academy founder Tony Bocanegra stated, “The music will touch the hearts and minds of the audience.” You don’t want to miss this celebration that is sure to delight with artistic displays – it promises to be a culturally rich and interactive experience for the entire family.  Buy…

SB Community College District makes new investment in the community and The Free College Promise

The San Bernardino Community College District is expanding its reach and its investment in the community with a move to a new building on Hospitality Lane.  Move-in day is Friday, Oct. 18 to a three-story building located at 550 E. Hospitality Lane, Suite 200, San Bernardino, CA 92408.  The community college district will move several offices into the second floor, including business services, human resources, facilities planning, public affairs, technology, research planning, and the chancellor’s office. This building will also house the meeting room for the public meetings of the Board of Trustees. The public will have an opportunity to see the new space at a study session with the board at noon on Thursday, Oct. 24. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be 4 p.m. Nov. 14. When guests enter the building, they will find a commemorative plaque on the first floor that reads, “On the eve of the San Bernardino Community College District’s first 100 years of public service, this building is dedicated to our community as a bridge to a better tomorrow.” Already, the first floor is leased by Molina Healthcare, and the third…

Assemblymember Reyes and School District Police bring Community Healing Forum to San Bernardino

Bullying and violence in our communities were top concerns on Monday night. Over 200 community members joined with Assemblymember Reyes and Chief Joseph Paulino of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police at Arroyo Valley High School to share their frustrations and concerns on important community issues in San Bernardino.  The goal of the Community Healing Forum was to provide a safe space for the community to express their concerns to community leaders. The main topics discussed were bullying and student safety. “It was clear to me that bullying is a main concern to parents and our community. When parents drop off their children at school they expect them to be safe from bullying and other trauma that impacts their children,” said Assemblymember Reyes. “These conversations are difficult, but they are the first step to healing and finding solutions to the community’s concerns.”   The Community Healing: Protecting the Next Generation event was the first in a series of community healing events that Assemblymember Reyes is planning throughout the 47th Assembly District. These events will tackle issues of poverty, gun violence, student safety, homelessness, government…

Grizzly Bear exhibit opens at the San Bernardino County Museum

Over the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities – expressed in fear and fascination. Although extinct in the state since the early 20th century, the grizzly has long been a central character in California’s history. Illuminating the story of the grizzly is the exhibition “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” which opens at the San Bernardino County Museum today, Oct. 1, and runs through Nov 24. Scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once lived in California, perhaps the densest population of brown bears on the continent. The California grizzly possessed characteristics that we hold dear: independence, adaptability, resourcefulness, intelligence, and strong maternal care. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat, and hunting, nature and development clashed, and the seeming incompatibility resulted in misguided, intolerant, and violent means of eradicating the animal in the state. By the early 1900s the California grizzly had vanished and could only be seen on the state flag. Although the loss of the California grizzly was a tragic lesson, we are not too late to save other threatened and…

Former Carter High Principal Dr. Patricia Chavez honored with Champions for Character award

Former Carter High School principal, now serving as Rialto Unified School District’s director of education, Dr. Patricia Chavez, was awarded with the “Champions for Character Award” by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), on September 23. Chavez was recognized at the Grand Ballroom in Long Beach for exemplifying the very finest in sportsmanship, character, and integrity. Photo RUSD: Dr. Patricia Chavez and Commissioner Rob Wigod at the CIF Champions for Character Awards Ceremony on September 23. “I nominated Chavez for this award because she is a true advocate of athletics and showcases integrity of sportsmanship. She is a true champion of character,” said Joe Paluba, Carter High School Athletic Director. Paluba also shared that Chavez has been present in the success of the high school’s CIF in wrestling and showed support even when the school faced difficult seasons in football. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Mr. Paluba and especially our students because they are the ones on the ground running and doing the work. They are the reason why I was recognized,” said Chavez. “I’m passionate about the high school level because it has…

Rialto City Council approves $3 million construction contract for Fire Station 205

On September 24, Rialto City Council approved a $3,147,000 construction contract to Robert Clapper Construction Services, Inc. for the construction of Fire Station 205. During the meeting it was stated that the construction company will have 250 days to complete the project and that it should be complete by October 2020. “This will be your first new first station in 25-plus years. It will serve the nearly 20,000 residents that live south of the metro link tracks. Completion in October 2020 is a realistic timeline for the 250 working days, but as we know there will be rain and some other challenges, so anticipate a grand opening of the station around Christmas 2020,” shared City Administrator Rod Foster. “On July 25 we received nine bids for phase two of the permanent fire station. Robert Clapper Construction Services Inc. was the lowest bidder at $3 million…they are the same company renovating the Frisbee Park Edition; they are located right here in Rialto,” continued Foster. The city council also awarded a contingency to retain its construction management from phase one of the fire station project. “In addition…

SB Chamber celebrates grand opening of Neighborhood Service Center

On Thursday September 12th, the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) formed in partnership by the City of San Bernardino and the Neighborhood Association Council to combine the services of the SB Direct Call Center and that of the Neighborhood Association of San Bernardino. The NEC is located on the first floor of the Vanir Tower.  The event began with the Presentation of Colors by the San Bernardino Police Explorers Honor Guard.  Photo Ricardo Tomboc: Amelia Lopez, Neighborhood Association Council, and Mayor John Valdivia, cut the ceremonial ribbon. During the Opening Ceremony Mayor John Valdivia addressed guests and participants in the lobby of the new NSC.  Mayor Valdivia introduced Amelia Lopez, President of the Neighborhood Association Council.  Lopez introduced the Neighborhood Services Program and the new partnership with the City of San Bernardino and the SB Direct Call Center.    Lopez received several Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the Neighborhood Association Council from the City of San Bernardino Mayor and Council, Congressman Pete Aguilar, State Assemblymember Mike Morrell, State Assemblymember…

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