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Fontana Awarded $900,000 for Safety Improvements

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Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the City Council announced the City of Fontana received a $900,000 Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant. Mayor Warren said, “This grant will be used to construct safety improvements on Foothill Boulevard from Oleander Avenue to Cypress Avenue. This is the maximum amount that may be awarded to any recipient and we are thrilled the federal government has recognized the crucial need to construct these safety improvements in this critical corridor.”

The construction along Foothill Boulevard from Oleander Avenue to Cypress Avenue consists of a raised median and new decorative traffic signal at Oleander Avenue. The intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Oleander Avenue has been number one on the City’s list of intersections in need of a traffic signal for several years now.

“This grant enables the City to overcome the last remaining obstacle to completing this work – the purchase of right-of-way. The combination of local and HSIP funds provides the opportunity for the City to move forward with this project,” Mayor Warren said.

Foothill Boulevard is a major corridor through the City of Fontana and this project will provide better traffic flow. There are several commercial areas and residential developments along the project limits, and the improvements will better serve the residents, commercial developments, and businesses.

“In addition to the immediate traffic flow and safety benefits, this project will also enhance future business and commercial development along Foothill Boulevard. The new improvements to be installed as a result of the HSIP funds will be a key component to working toward improving Foothill Boulevard overall,” Mayor Warren added.

For more information on this project, please contact Noel Castillo, Senior Engineer, (909) 350-7632.

Local Resident J. Christine Young Turns 100

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By Rory O’Sullivan

A lot has happened since November 28, 1912. Black Voice News was founded, Earth's population has swelled from about a billion to more than 7 billion, 19 presidents have been sworn into office, including the first African American President, Mr. Barack Obama, Alaska and then Hawaii were added to the United States and J. Christine Young was born in Oklahoma.

So how does it feel to be 100?

“Great,” Young stated emphatically. “I thank God for everything...if it comes in a little ways, alright.”

Her Minister, William T. Milligan of Church of Christ in Riverside, who has known Ms. Young for 18 years, said she always puts others first. She actually had a hard time talking about herself and listing her own accomplishments, but ask her about her family and she can talk forever.

“I love my children,” said Young and counts her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I'm happy that all my children have college degrees.”

“She could be mad and mean and angry and grouchy because that's how old people get,” said Milligan.

“But she is the exact opposite.”

He said she doesn't complain and that everyone in the church likes her.

“Surely sister Young would make it to heaven, even before me,” Milligan quipped.

She had a wide variety of jobs, from helping her mother with domestic work, working for an airline, to owning a cafe.

What stands out the most over 100 years of living?

“Our president, I guess you might say the world kept us pushin and fussin and fighin and now we have a president of our own race,” said Young.

She can appreciate the journey of Blacks in America better than most. She can remember taking her oldest daughter Sue Alexander to school after desegregation during the 1950's.

She moved to Southern California in 1984 with her late husband who also lived into his 90's.

So what is the secret to living to becoming a centurion?

“Good loving relationships, sympathy, understanding, consideration, empathy for each and everyone,” said her daughter Sue Alexander, 83. “We are there for each other.”

Some of the credit should be given to her only drinking one glass of wine in her life, never smoking, and never using any recreational drugs.

Nehal G. Patel, who has a doctorate in medicine, and works in geriatric medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana where Ms. Young receives her medical care, said there are more centurions because of advances in modern healthcare. He said there is no “magic secret” to staying healthy throughout your life.

“The main key is staying active, keeping your mind sharp, your body sharp, and having a strong social network,” said Patel.

He said it is never too late to embrace a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, and not smoking. Ms. Young stayed active in the church, helping to build three. She also plays dominos and belongs to a bridge club, where she recently won a tournament.

When asked what the secret was if any to living so long her response was simple.

“God was with us, without him we couldn't have done so much.”

Cal State University San Bernardino Vets Center Plans Veterans Day Festivities

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SAN BERNARDINO – A week of festivities honoring military veterans in observance of Veterans Day is being held at Cal State San Bernardino today through November 9th.

Sponsored by the Cal State San Bernardino Veterans Success Center, the Student Veterans Organization and the department of Recreational Sports, Veterans Awareness Week will include a military memorabilia exhibit at CSUSB’s Pfau Library, an honor wall at the Recreational Sports Center, a care package drive for service men and women and a banquet celebrating the Marine Corps birthday, among other events.

The CSUSB Recreational Sports Department from Nov. 5-9 will exhibit an honor wall located on the first floor of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center displaying photographs of military service men and women. CSUSB students, faculty and staff are invited to bring photos of their loved ones serving in the military to include on this wall. Free T-shirts will be given to CSUSB student veterans. Free guest passes to the recreation and fitness center, good for the entire week, will also be available to faculty, staff and alumni who are military veterans.

“We are very excited about participating in this tribute to Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday celebration,” said Kenneth Jacobs, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves and a junior majoring in biology at CSUSB. “We look forward to participation from the campus community as well as the general public.”

Jacobs is a student assistant at the CSUSB Veterans Success Center and is co-chair of the planning committee. The staff of the fitness center is also collecting donated items for care packages to send to reserve units of the U.S. Army’s 426th Civil Affairs Battalion and California Air National Guard 163rd Reconnaissance Wing deployed from March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley.

Items such as food, personal care products, personal electronics and games may be brought to collection boxes placed throughout the campus. For more information, call (909) 537-2348.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-noon, CSUSB will participate with the Inland Empire Veterans Education Collaborative, which will host its inaugural meeting “Military Culture 101,” an orientation to military culture at March Air Force Reserve Base. The meeting is intended to inform the community and resource providers who administer educational information to active military or veterans. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact Linda Umberg at the Cal Vet office at (909) 387-5986.

Cal State San Bernardino is part of the IEVEC network of public and private organizations that pool their resources to provide educational services to veterans, military personnel and their families, as well as to increase public awareness of the needs of this segment of the population. The collaborative is co-sponsored by the Air National Guard and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

Union Bank Unveils Banking By Design

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Customized, “unbundled” checking account gives customers greater control over their day-to-day finances

SAN FRANCISCO – Union Bank, N.A., recently unveiled Banking By DesignSM an innovative new way of banking, which allows customers to design a checking account that fits their needs. Banking By Design “unbundles” the traditional checking account and offers a wide range of optional features, each with associated costs clearly visible and with many at no cost.

New and existing Union Bank customers can design their own checking account by choosing only the services they want. The base cost of $3 per month can easily be waived if the customer makes one direct deposit of $250 or more each statement period. Consumers can design their account at bankingbydesign.com, and after customizing it, they can call or visit a Union Bank branch to open the account. Accounts can also be designed in a Union Bank branch with the support of a personal banker, and the ability for consumers to open their Banking By Design account online after customizing will go live in January 2013, giving them yet another convenient option.

“Banking By Design was created in direct response to consumer research and demand for control and transparency in their banking, and its innovation builds on the idea that today’s consumer expects the ability to customize the products and services that are important to them,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “Consumers made it clear that they want a fair value exchange – they only want to pay for what they need. Banking By Design delivers on that, and we know this will be a welcome shift for consumers when it comes to their banking relationship with Union Bank.”

“Many categories today require consumers to choose from bundles at a set cost, while other categories, such as the computer industry, have evolved to enable consumers to customize a product based on their needs. With Banking By Design, we are bringing this approach to banking,” explains Union Bank Senior Vice President Maha Madain, head of Consumer Deposits and chief designer of Banking By Design. “Banking By Design is the future of responsible, transparent and responsive banking.”

Banking By Design’s initial offering is only the beginning as additional feature enhancements are already planned for 2013. The Banking By Design Web site design team from Eleven Inc. includes Human Factors Engineer Michael Neuman, formerly with Apple®. In support of the launch, Union Bank is debuting a new advertising campaign, and will also be adding an interactive viral component that allows users to create a Banking By Design commercial with an opportunity for their commercial to air on television in 2013.

To learn more about Union Bank’s Banking By Design or to design your own checking account, visit bankingbydesign.com.

Local Student Contributor: Happy Halloween!

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Halloween. The holiday where you get loads of candy, and can change your identity. There are many things you need to prepare for a successful holiday. At my school, Pacific High School in the SBCUSD there is a mini carnival with a movie and games hosted by the drama club after school. ASB is hosting a costume contest during school. So no matter what age you are, or your interest, there are many ways to be spirited.

For instance, your costume: Being in high school myself, I need to choose a costume that is fun and stylish at the same time. It’s still “cool” to dress up in high school just make sure your comfortable and own the identity you’re borrowing for the day. Keeping it cool and real, make sure the accessories such as bling and makeup are 2nd to none. Most of all be spirited, safe, and have fun!

Decorating is a humongous deal: Many Harvest festivals are the week before Halloween. The people came in costume for games, candy, and a safe environment. The booth with the best and loudest theme always has the biggest crowd being the popular spot of the entire night. At her pre-school, Peyton Brown says her schools hot spot was the super bounce house and the cakewalk.

For all the trick or treating people, traveling to an upper-crust area with well-decorated homes is the most appealing because the persona is you will receive super sized candy bars (not the fun sizes).

Homes with elaborate displays will bring in the big crowds. These are normally the adults who put the added touch in both tricking and treating. My neighbors across the street have that house this year.

They have pumpkins everywhere, orange lights that trim the entire front of the home, and an apple bobbing display on the front porch. They are a sure win for the most popular house on the block to attract a huge crowd.

Halloween is a blast but you have to be safe. You don’t necessarily need to go trick or treating with your parents if you’re a teen. I suggest going in a group of at least four friends. This way you can all keep track of each other and enjoy your night of tricks and treats.

Whatever your plans are this Halloween, remember to have fun, be safe, and don’t eat too much candy!

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