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Ferrer, deemed legally blind, returns to career in photography

Gary Ferrer of San Bernardino enjoyed a successful career in fashion photography until he contracted meningitis in 2016 that cost him his eyesight. After weeks of battling depression and coming to terms with his new normal, Gary emerged with a newfound passion in dance, and soon created a youth folklórico group, teaching neighborhood kids the art of cultural dance in the nearby church for a couple of years until the parish evicted him without a specific reason. Monse Mena, 13, was the other model during the photo shoot. Fast forward four years, Gary, deemed legally blind, has come full circle when he embarked on a renewed journey into photography, this time with a darker, deeper perspective resulting from loss and near death experience, with an emphasis on culture. Gary conducted the first in a series of six photo shoots on Sunday, Sept. 6 at his dance studio in San Bernardino with the help of husband Ivan Resendez, models Nitzia Chama, a TV anchor on Envisión, and folklórico student Monse Mena, 13, dress designer Adan Terriquez, makeup artist Chona Mua, and assistants Blanca Sylva and Rosa…

Rialto opening its cooling center ahead of five-day heat wave

One program special to the city of Rialto is its Rialto Cooling Center, which is available to all city residents. As the region prepares to head into a five-day, over 100-degree heat wave on Friday, September 4, Rialto’s community services department has been busy preparing to keep residents cool. “The Rialto Cooling Center provides an opportunity for the Rialto public to escape the heat and relax in one of our chilled city buildings,” said Sean Grayson, interim community services director. The building that is currently hosting the program is the Carl Johnson Community Center, which is located at 214 N. Palm Avenue. “We operate cooling centers on a year-round basis, in response to the temperature. Anytime temperatures reach 95 degrees or higher we make the cooling center available,” continued Grayson. “As many of you already know, it can be hot in Southern California, even throughout the fall and even around Christmas time, so we determine our cooling center operations based off 95-degree temperature or higher.” When operating, Rialto’s cooling center is open from noon to 6 p.m. and there is no time limit. Recently, the…

Patio West Deli in Rialto showcases resilience through COVID-19 pandemic

Patio West Deli has been operating in Rialto for over 39 years, and for 29 of those years, it’s been owned and operated by locals Gloria Miller and Claudia Szypusz. The name behind this deli, Patio West Deli, is exactly what has kept this mom and pop business afloat through the worst of the pandemic. “We are blessed that we have a patio area in which we currently have tables that are socially distant and space for about 20 people to dine in,” said Miller. She said that since the start of the pandemic the deli has implemented new processes in order to keep not only employees safe, but to also protect the safety of customers. “We are very customer service and customer oriented. Since March we’ve implemented mask wearing mandates for all employees and we also ask customers to do the same. Every single table in the patio is wiped down after each use and we do the same with our service counter,” continued Miller. Photo Patio West Deli: The Patio West Deli Sandwich, above, features egg salad, crispy pastrami, cheese and an array…

San Bernardino City Council hosts sidewalk vending study session, discusses ordinance amendments

On August 5, San Bernardino City Council held a sidewalk vending study session to discuss potential amendments to the city’s 2019 street vending ordinance. “Today we’re only going to study the street vending ordinance and its implications. We’re going to allow city staff to go through the presentation and we’ll follow it by all of our questions. We’re not making any decisions tonight,” said Mayor John Valdivia. Before discussion, 10 public comments were shared via voicemails and emails, which were read by city staff. “I’m requesting city council to table this item on street vending because there is no attempt to reach the people most affected by the proposed changes. I request the city of San Bernardino to stop its enforcement operations until a complete accessible outreach and education strategy is established that includes input from vendors and community organizations. I ask that the city council and staff work with vendors and the Inland Coalition for Justice to ensure that we are all on the same page as we move forward,” said Jessica Hernandez, resident. In 2019, the State of California adopted an ordinance to…

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