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The Fontana Community Senior Center offers Flu Vaccinations to the Community

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The Mayor and City Council would like to invite the community to participate in the Fontana Community Senior Center’s Flu Shot Clinic. In collaboration with San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health, the Fontana Community Senior Center will be offering flu shots to community members of all ages on Friday October 26, 2012 from 10am – 12pm.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their area.

Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. While every- The Fontana Community Senior Center offers Flu vaccinations to the community one should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that some groups receive the vaccinations because they are at high risk of having flu-related complications. These groups include: pregnant women, children younger than 5 (especially children under 2 years old), people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and people who live and/or work in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

The Fontana Community Senior Center is excited to be partnering with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

“Because we operate a Senior Center, we know how important it is for everyone to receive their vaccination every year,” says Community Services Coordinator Tiffany Starks. “We are happy that the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health has chosen our wonderful facility to provide the community with such a necessary program.”

So clear your calendars for Friday October 26, 2012 from 10am – 12pm. The Fontana Community Senior Center is located at 16710 Ceres Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335. All vaccinations will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and will cost $10 per person. All ages (older than 6 months) are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information on this and other social service programs available for the community, please visit the Senior Center webpage at seniors.fontana. org.

New Law Bans Cash for Copper

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California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, that prevents metal recyclers from paying quick cash for copper.

The “No Cash for Copper” Metal Theft Prevention Act, Assembly Bill 1508, goes into effect on January 1, 2013.

The measure will bar copper thieves from getting up to $20 in cash on the spot from scrap metal recyclers for small amounts of copper that are New Law Bans Cash for Copper combined with the redemption of beverage containers.

Existing law requires all recycling centers that buy copper to check the seller’s photo ID, take video or a photo of the seller and the material being sold, and also collect their thumb print. Cash is not allowed to be given instantly.

The seller must come back three days later or have a check mailed to them.

Sellers, however, found a way to redeem quick cash for their scrap metals through a loophole in current law which allows an instant redemption of up to $20 if the metals were mixed with recyclables.

“The law had encouraged copper wire thieves to cut up the metal into little pieces.

When combining it with recyclable cans, they could walk away with cash in hand,” Carter said.

Over the past several years, copper theft has reached epidemic proportions, jeopardizing public safety and leading to severe injury or even death. Although the street value of stolen copper is usually only a few hundred dollars, time and resources spent to repair damage to businesses, schools, construction sites and utilities can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The damage to property and the risk to public safety can be much greater than the value of the metal,” said Carter, who successfully championed legislation in 2011 which stiffen penalties for copper theft.

“Now that these two laws are in place, my hope is that thieves will think twice before they steal from our farmers, schools, churches, business owners, utilities and California taxpayers,” Assemblymember Carter said.

City of Riverside Chosen to Participate In STAR Communities Pilot Program

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Riverside – The City of Riverside has been named as one of 25 participants in a new pilot program designed to evaluate, quantify, and improve the livability and sustainability of communities throughout the United States.

The Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities Program was created through a partnership of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the National League of Cities, the Center for American Progress, and the ICLEI Governments for Sustainability out of a growing interest from their member organizations and communities looking for a way to rank and evaluate their ongoing sustainability efforts.

As one of the pilot program participants, Riverside will be able to test out the STAR Communities rating system and have access to new technical guides, and online reporting tools when the program commences November 1.

“These will help us set baselines, adopt targets, and provide new ways to measure and validate our progress across a standard and comprehensive set of goals and objectives,” said Riverside’s Sustainability Officer Mike Bacich.  “Our data will then become part of the initial STAR Community Index which future participants will be able to rate themselves and their progress with.”

The STAR Communities program envisions a ranking system similar to the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program that rates systems for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods.  Future STAR Communities ratings could help cities and counties when applying for state and federal funding for green and sustainability projects.

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Mark A. McKay Founder McKay’s Family Mortuary, LLC

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Mark McKay always had a vision, and that is to serve mankind with all of his heart. Prior to the mortuary business, McKay was employed as a surgical nurse for over 12 years at St. Francis Medical Center in Los Angeles. He obtained numerous achievements of recognition for the care that he gave to patients.

Always desiring to hone his entrepreneurial skills, Mark sought to explore the janitorial industry as an additional source of income during the recession period of the Reagan Administration. As his knowledge and experience increased, McKay was able to negotiate lucrative corporate, government and state funded accounts. The expanding success of the business allowed him to employ over 30 employees. He faithfully mentored his employees, showing extreme dedication and motivating many of them to start their own businesses.

Mark McKay later accepted a position with SCI, Service Corporation International, the largest end-of-life arrangements and services provider in the U.S. He provided compassion for families and assisted them as they struggled to obtain dignified and quality funeral services for their loved ones. Witnessing this task daily was an overwhelming feat for McKay. However, it was also a defining moment in his life, as he realized his true passion and calling. McKay comments, “There is no greater gift than to be of service to mankind”. In 2003, Mark McKay opened his first mortuary with monies saved from his janitorial business. He and his wife Robin, have since established over five successful locations serving families throughout Southern California. They are committed to providing quality services at affordable costs, having many of their competitors to follow suit. McKay Mortuary’s mantra is, “No family will ever be turned away due to a lack of funds.” Mark and Robin McKay have been happily married for over 29 years, and have raised five successful children.

McKays Mortuary, an outstanding institution as distinctive as its name. Operated with Christian ethics, McKays Mortuary maintains great value in serving others with dignity. 

Riverside Community Hospital appoints new Chief Financial Officer

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RIVERSIDE - Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Young as Chief Financial Officer, effective October 1, 2012. Mr. Young brings extensive health care finance and administration background to his new role at Riverside Community Hospital.

"We are delighted that Russ is joining Riverside Community Hospital as Chief Financial Officer and as a part of our executive team,” says President and CEO Patrick Brilliant. “With more than 15 years of finance experience and a broad and deep knowledge of hospital accounting and administration, I’m confident that Russ is a perfect candidate for the position. We look forward to welcoming him to our team.”

Since 2008, Russ has served as the CFO for HCA Central Florida Regional Hospital.  Russ has been a part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Riverside Community Hospital’s parent company, since 1998, starting as an Accountant with HCA Ocala Regional Medical Center.  From there, he transitioned to the HCA Corporate office serving as an Internal Audit Manager, then moved on to Controller for HCA Mountain Division, then CFO for HCA South Bay Hospital in the West Florida Division.

Russ played a significant role in the success of HCA Central Florida Regional Hospital. During his time there, he was instrumental in developing and implementing growth strategies that contributed in making Central Florida Regional an excellent performing hospital. “I am extremely excited to join the Riverside Community Hospital family!  My wife, Pam, and our children look forward to relocating to the Riverside area in October and engraining ourselves in this wonderful community. I know that RCH is an organization that really does care for the community and I am looking forward to being a part of the team.  Personally, I am eager to begin building friendships both inside and outside the walls of our Hospital.”

Russ received his Masters of Business Administration at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.  Russ is married to his wife, Pamela, and they have three children:  Kelsey (12), Hailey (10), and Caleb (7).

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