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National Protect Your Identity Week October 20-27

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Free Document Shredding and ID Theft Awareness Webinars Help Protect and Educate the Inland Community

Riverside – Millions of people are victimized by identity theft each year, with ID theft remaining the top complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. There have been breaches of secure information in nearly every sector of the business community as well as the education, healthcare, banking, and even government sectors. Everyone, even children, is at risk of identity theft.

In response, Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (“Springboard”) is proud to take the lead in this area by bringing identity theft protection education to consumers. Springboard is participating in the fifth annual National Protect Your Identity Week (PYIW) October 20-27, 2012. The initiative is co-hosted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Triads. Since prevention is the best answer to this growing problem, Springboard will host the following events, which are open to the public and free of charge:

• Community Shred Day/Free Document Shredding
Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 1695 Spruce Street, Riverside, CA 92507

There are numerous techniques that thieves use when committing identity theft, from more traditional methods, such as stolen wallets, to emerging methods through the Internet and social media. The popularity of smart phones brought with them another opportunity for thieves to steal personal information, making the 2012 PYIW theme of “ID Theft Protection on the Go” extremely relevant.

“Even though the old-fashioned ways of stealing a person’s identity are still prevalent, thieves are beginning to focus on the personal information they can obtain from our everyday electronic devices such as cell phones, PDAs, pagers and even copy machines,” said Melinda Opperman, Springboard’s senior vice president. “Even those who consider themselves protected against identity theft would be well-served to learn more about the threats that are inherent through technology we use everyday. Consumers need to stay in front of these problems, and the best way to do that is through education. We encourage consumers to attend our free events and become better informed.”

Springboard’s Community Shred Day is sponsored by Cintas Document Management, which will provide free-onsite document shredding of out-dated financial records and other documents that contain personal financial information. In addition, e-waste such as old computers, monitors and televisions will be accepted by SmartRiverside.

As an additional resource, consumers are encouraged to visit Springboard’s online learning center at http://credit.org/downloads/ where they may download free resources, including a copy of ID Theft: Protecting and Restoring Your Good Name.

1st Annual Oktoberfest in Historic Uptown Yucaipa

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The City of Yucaipa will host its 1st Annual Oktoberfest October 26‐27, 2012 in the historic uptown district. Thousands will gather to enjoy a music, spirits, and family contests that promise to leave all in anticipation of the next year. This event commemorates a traditional German fall celebration that features live brass bands, dancing, festival competitions, and kids’ activities. It is sure to draw thousands of people for a full weekend of fun and relaxation.

Friday’s (Oct 26) activities operate from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature the final farmer’s market of the year so be sure to pick up seasonal produce as it won’t return to the uptown until the spring. The evening will also include food and merchandise vendors, live music (Delaney James), a beer garden, classic car display, costume contest, and trick or treating.

Saturday’s (Oct 27) activities operate from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature an Oompa Band (German American Brass Band), log sawing contests, youth games, frankfurter eating contest, queen stein and stein hold`em contests, Schuhplattler Folk Dancers, pie eating contests, kids’ fun zone, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, petting zoo and pony rides, a beer garden, and Rebel Soul as the evening headliner with the best of country and classic rock’n’roll for your listening pleasure.

Event attendance and parking is free! Wristbands will be sold for the Kids’ Zone attractions. A beer and wine garden will be available Friday and Saturday for those over 21 years of age. Souvenir event steins/mugs will be sold with the screened event logo. To learn more about the event please visit www.yucaipa.org or call (909) 797-1177. The Yucaipa Oktoberfest is made possible by support from our sponsors: Yucaipa Disposal Inc. (Burrtec), Southern California Gas Company, Sorenson Engineering, HR Benefits, and Pinnacle Medical Group, Yucaipa-Calimesa News Mirror, and the Yucaipa Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Young Latino leaders recognized at 30 Under 30 Breakfast

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SAN BERNARDINO - District 62 Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, on September 22 honored 30 Latinos and Native Americans under the age of 35 for their accomplishments and community service.  
About 400 family and friends of the honorees, past honorees, community leaders and elected officials attended Assemblymember Carter's 6th Annual 30 Under 30 Latino/Native American Recognition Breakfast at Cal State San Bernardino. The breakfast recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month and California Native American Day.

"In honoring the accomplishments of the young, successful and motivated individuals in our community, more and more people will be moved to follow such fine examples of success and community activism," Assemblymember Carter said.

Southern California Edison Vice President and Former Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez shared with honorees his life experiences that fueled his passion for service across the globe. The 2012 30 Under 30 honorees either live, work or perform community service in Assembly Member Carter's 62nd District.

Riverside Community Hospital named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals by The Joint Commission

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Riverside - Riverside Community Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ program for 2012. RCH was one of only two hospitals in the Inland Empire to receive this recognition.

RCH was one of Healthcare Corporation of America’s (HCA’s) 96 hospitals recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012. Riverside Community Hospital received national recognition as a top performer in the areas of: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“Riverside Community Hospital is proud to be named on the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures and to be recognized as a national leader in providing quality patient care. This achievement validates RCH’s dedication and commitment to our patients through providing high quality, safe and compassionate care resulting in positive outcomes through evidence-based measures,” said Patrick Brilliant, President and CEO of Riverside Community Hospital.

“We have an excellent team here at RCH who truly care about our patients by making sure we provide a nurturing and healing environment away from home. Our goal is to create a positive and safe experience for each patient. By having accountability and standardized measures in place, and a “No Excuse” policy, we are able to ensure the best results and outcomes for our patients,” said Brilliant.

“Making the Top Performers list is no easy feat. Each recognized hospital met two 95 percent performance thresholds,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, President, The Joint Commission. “These hospitals are leading the way in quality improvement.”

RAAHS Honors Dr. Barnett Grier & Mr. Herman Carpenter

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Dr. Barnett Grier Mr. Herman Carpenter (posthumously)

The Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. (RAAHS) will hold their 12th Annual Dinner Meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM at Cal Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Yeager Center – 2nd floor (Copenbager Room). The guest speaker is Dr. Vince Moses. The honorees are Dr. Barnett Grier and Mr. Herman Carpenter.

Mr. Herman Carpenter, Sr. joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1960 after being honorably discharged from the Air Force. He was the 2nd African American to become Deputy Sheriff in Riverside, and the 1st African American to be promoted to investigator. He was later promoted to Commander of the Crime Lab, and retired 20 years later at the rank of Lieutenant. He then became a supervisor for the San Bernardino County Probation Department, Juvenile Hall, where he also served on the Spiritual Concerns Committee. After 13-years, he retired from Probation and became a licensed realtor. He was a member of the MLK Senior’s Club and the Riverside African American Historical Society. Mr. Carpenter passed away at age 80 on Sunday, July 1, 2012. He was an asset to our community and loved by all.

Dr. Barnett John Wesley Grier, until retirement, was a successful physicist, businessman, teacher, civil rights activist, and author of Trek to Equality: An Autobiography. He received his 1st degree as Cum Laude with a BS in mathematics and physics from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina followed by a distinguished career as a physicist with the National Bureau of Standards. In 1951, the Bureau relocated Dr. Grier to the Corona Laboratories, later known as the Naval Ordinance Laboratory of Corona. Dr. Grier earned a Ph.D in Ministry from the Claremont School of Theology. He was a Life and Founding member of RAAHS. As a team, the Grier’s served as an inspiration to others by effectively working together for the betterment of the community. The “Grier Scholarship Fund” is the legacy of their efforts to ensure equality for all. The Grier Pavilion, located in City Hall, will long stand as a monument to their will, their spirit, and their contributions.

Please RSVP to Cleda Givens-Bullock (951) 683-2505. The cost is $35.00.

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