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RCC Applied Digital Media Student, Iris Calderon, Wins A $2,000 Scholarship And A Trip To Graph Expo 2012 In Chicago

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RIVERSIDE - Applied Digital Media student Iris Calderon was surprised when she received news that she was the winner of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation’s (GAERF) 2012 Student Design Competition. “I didn’t think I could win,” said Calderon, who decided to take digital media courses in college after enjoying a high school graphic design class. “I was in complete shock and disbelief.”

The theme of the contest was “Why Hire Me?” Entrants were required to produce a postcard with a personalized logo. Calderon decided to use a sequence of images that were part of a project she had done in class. “I made them look like a film strip,” she said. “It makes me extremely proud to know that our program produces students of this caliber. Iris just confirms the success of RCC’s Applied Digital Media and Printing,” said Professor Rich Finner.

Calderon, the oldest of three children and a graduate of Centennial High School in Corona, wants to be an entrepreneur/developer/inventor. She plans to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to pursue computer engineering and is eager to learn computer programming and integrate the artistic and technical elements of graphic design. The GAERF award includes a trip to GRAPH EXPO 2012 in Chicago and a $2,000 cash prize, which she plans to use to buy new computer equipment.

For more information about Riverside City College’s Digital Media program, log on to http://www.academic.rcc.edu/applieddigitalmedia/.

Riverside Police Invite Community to Golden Badge Awards In Support of the Riverside Police Foundation

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Riverside – The Riverside Police Department and the Riverside Police Foundation invite community members to attend the Golden Badge Awards for a formal evening of dining, dancing, silent and live auctions. The event will take place at the Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Avenue on Saturday, September 29, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to support the Foundation and its Service to Youth. The Foundation’s inaugural Golden Badge Awards fundraiser is being held at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and the proceeds will help sponsor numerous programs for the youth in our community. Rob McMillan, ABC7 Eyewitness News Inland Empire Bureau Chief, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Mayor Ron Loveridge will be recognized as the first recipient of the “Distinguished Leader Award” and Mr. Dell Roberts will be honored with the first “Chief’s Award.” The third award, our “Future Leader Award”, will be presented to Courtney Blatchford for the leadership skills she demonstrated in our Teen 2 Teen program. The Future Leader Award also includes a scholarship. Foundation board members will highlight the Foundation’s activities within the community.

The Riverside Police Foundation is a charitable organization created to fund youth and community outreach programs within the police department. The goal of the Foundation is “Service to Youth” and to promote public safety, improve quality of life in our community, and strengthen the partnership between Riverside youth, parents, community members, and the police department. Community involvement is a key component in redirecting young people toward a more promising future.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to donate contact Supervisor Karen Haverkamp at khaver@riversideca.gov or 951-826-5644. www.riversidepolicefoundation.org

Crafton Hills College Fire Academy To Participate In 9-11 Memorial Ceremony

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SAN BERNARDINO - The Crafton Hills College Fire Academy cadets will for the second time participate in the Loma Linda Fire Academy Memorial Ceremony. The event will take place on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loma Linda Fire Station 1, 11325 Loma Linda Dr., Loma Linda, Calif 92354.

This year, in honor of those lost, the Loma Linda Fire Department will conduct a 9/11 memorial ceremony featuring the unveiling of a permanent 9/11 Memorial Monument which contains a steel artifact recovered from the devastation at Ground Zero. In addition, participation of Fire and Law enforcement honor guards, pipes & drums, representatives from military service branches as well as comments from recognized speakers will make this a memorable event. There is no cost to attend, and the public and media are welcome. According to Dr. Cheryl Marshall, Crafton Hills College Interim President, “Crafton Hills College is honored to have our students, cadets in one of the finest Fire Academies in the state, participate in such a significant event. The tragedy of 9-11 changed the world as we know it, and we must continue to remember and acknowledge those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Individuals and Organizations scheduled to participate in this event are: Representatives from military service branches; Fire Department and Law Enforcement Honor Guard; Pipes and Drums performance by San Bernardino City Fire Department; Senator Dutton; County Supervisor Neil Derry; Loma Linda Mayor Rigsby; The Urban Search and Rescue leader will give his account and experience from 9/11 as a first responder; and Crafton Hills Regional Fire Academy

For more information about the Loma Linda Fire Department event, please contact Nate Boucher, Public Information Officer, 909.799.2877, nboucher@lomalinda-ca.gov.

Several Multi-Unit Housings in SB County Go Smoke Free to Prevent Secondhand Smoke Exposure

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San Bernardino: Apartment and townhome complexes in the cities of San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Redlands, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, and Rialto have implemented regulations to protect residents in multi-unit housing from environmental exposure to secondhand smoke. Two of the newest apartment complexes in Rancho Cucamonga, Santa Barbara and Villaggio, are 100% smoke-free. The corporations that own these multi-unit housings chose to implement a smoke-free policy; and additional future complexes will become smoke-free. Visible signage is posted throughout the facilities stating "This is a Smoke-Free Facility. Thank you for not Smoking."

Lewis Apartment Communities, National Core, and the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County are the three known companies in San Bernardino County that have implemented complete or partial smoke-free policies. By designating buildings within the complex as non-smoking, along with all common areas, these companies have put the health and well-being of County residents as their top priority. Owners/landlords have the right to limit smoking in their properties. California State legislation states that owners/landlords have the right to make units or housing areas smoke-free. Secondhand smoke kills 53,000 people in the United States every year. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, 50 of them can cause cancer later on in life. Smoke from nearby units or people smoking outside can drift into homes. Smoke can travel through electrical outlets and switches, gaps at the bottom and sides of doors, poorly sealed windows, and opening in walls and floors where wiring, plumbing, and air and heating vents are placed.

A smoke-free policy is beneficial for both owners and residents by promoting a healthy and clean air environment, especially for young children, people with asthma and chronic lung disease. Furthermore, the cost of fire insurance liability will be much less for owners and provide a safer place for all residents to live in.

For a list of complete or partial smoke-free apartments or questions about free or low-cost smoking cessation programs, please contact the Tobacco Use Reduction Now (TURN) Program, Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m., at 1 (800) 637-6653.

Solar Projects in Riverside Now Producing Over 5 Megawatts

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Riverside – The City of Riverside reached another solar milestone today by surpassing the 5 megawatt (MW) mark. A megawatt is enough to power around 650 homes. More than 450 residential, commercial, and city-funded solar energy systems are now producing local, clean renewable energy in the City of Riverside.

A 7.35 kilowatt system at the California Citrus State Historic Park, located in the city’s historic orange grove greenbelt and a number of smaller residential projects going online this week helped to push Riverside over its latest solar milestone mark. “At the park we are proud to share in Riverside’s past,” said Kelly Elliott, Superintendent of the California Citrus State Historic Park. “However, we are just as proud to be a part of Riverside’s future by contributing to the community’s sustainable energy goals.” Fueled by the city’s and utility’s commitments to create a more sustainable community, available tax incentives and utility rebates, and more cost-effective solar technologies, Riverside has seen about a 1 MW increase in solar generation annually since 2009. “A key component in our plan to create a clean and green city was to increase our use of renewable energy resources and to make those technologies available to our residents,” said Riverside’s Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge. “The continued growth in Riverside’s solar portfolio is proof that the path we have paved is leading us to become the model solar city that we envisioned.”

Riverside Public Utilities, which provides energy services to more than 106,000 metered customers in the city, currently receives 20 percent of its total power mix from renewable energy resources.

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