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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Opens Satellite Office in Fontana

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SAN BERNARDINO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) recently opened a satellite constituent service office in Fontana to better serve constituents on the west side of the 47th Assembly District.

The 47th District includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, parts of San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. “Establishing our Fontana satellite office is important to me because it will allow us to better serve our constituents in Fontana, Rialto and Bloomington.

We’re proud to offer a variety of services to assist our constituents with state related issues,” said Assemblymember Brown.

The satellite office is located at Fontana City Hall, 8353 Sierra Avenue. The satellite office will be staffed Monday through Thursday from 9:00am – 5:00pm at the City Hall Conference Room.

The district office is located at the Vanir Tower, 290 North D Street, Suite 903 in San Bernardino.

Free Healthy Food Tasting Party For National Nutrition Month

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Riverside – To celebrate and bring awareness to National Nutrition Month, The Necessary Nutrition Academy will host a free Healthy Food Tasting Party, on Saturday, March 23rd at 12pm, downtown Riverside at 3985 University, Ave. Although this is a free community event, space is limited and reservations are required. Additional information can be obtained by calling 951-259-5198 or visiting www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy Healthy Food Tasting Party is designed to showcase great healthy foods and snacks while showing attendees how to use food and nutrition to fight obesity, illness and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and more. A certified nutrition specialist will be on hand to discuss which “healthy foods” sabotage success, how to eat more and lose weight, how to combine meals properly for optimum nutritional value and the best foods to reduce illness and disease.

This event mixes great food, education and fun.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy will also hold a “How To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally’’ class the following week on Wednesday, March 27th. This class is designed to inspire participants to use natural, whole foods to help them pacify their cravings for sweets.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy is the educational component of Necessary Nutrition, Inc. Necessary Nutrition has collaborated with skilled professionals in the fields of health and wellness in order to offer comprehensive programming; including classes, workshops and nutritional counseling. For a complete list of upcoming classes and events visit www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.

Educating the Public: Lessons Learned From the Foreclosure Crisis

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RIVERSIDE - FHCRC will be conducting a Town Hall meeting in Riverside at the Janet Goeske Center on March 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Participants will include panel speakers, city officials, mortgage lenders, realtors, and housing industry experts as they discuss lessons learned from the foreclosure crisis.

The public is welcome to attend, share their experiences, voice their concerns and get answers to their questions. The Town Hall meeting will be free. We look forward to your participation.

For more information about this topic, to book a reservation or to schedule and interview, please call FHCRC, (951) 682-6581 or email fhcrc@fairhousing.net.

CSUSB Veterans Center, Stater Bros. Charities To Recognize Medal Of Honor Recipients

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SAN BERNARDINO – Cal State San Bernardino’s Veterans Success Center and Stater Bros. Charities will host “Valor Beyond the Call of Duty,” honoring seven recipients of the Medal of Honor – the highest award for valor presented to an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at CSUSB’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the program will be from 8:15-10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Medal of Honor recipients who will be recognized include: Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum Jr., U.S. Marines; Salvatore A. Giunta, U.S. Army; Robert J. Modrzejewski, U.S. Marines; Robert M. Patterson, U.S. Army; Ronald E. Ray, U.S. Army; James A. Taylor, U.S. Army; and Jay R. Vargas, U.S. Marines.

Jack H. Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros., will introduce the seven Medal of Honor recipients. A native of San Bernardino and a Navy veteran, Brown received the Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in 2011. It is the highest award given by the Medal of Honor Society in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding service to the armed forces.

Marine 1st Lt. Barnum received his medal for the December 1965 battle at Ky Phu, Quang Tin in South Vietnam for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” While in Vietnam on a temporary assignment, Barnum took command of his company when the company commander and radio operator were both mortally wounded. Facing long odds, Barney led his Marines out of Ky Phu and they were all airlifted to safety.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Giunta was awarded his medal for the October 2007 battle at Korengal Valley, Eastern Afghanistan, for his selfless actions and personal courage. He was hailed for saving the lives of members of his squad and preventing a fellow soldier from enemy capture.

Marine Capt. Modrzejewski earned his medal for bravery and gallantry during Operation Hastings in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam in July 1966. His platoon endured a three-day battle with the enemy, culminating with a napalm blaze that threatened to burn his comrades alive.

U.S. Army Sgt. Patterson was awarded his medal for the May 1968 firefight near La Chu in the Republic of Vietnam. Under attack by the enemy in bunkers, he single-handedly destroyed five bunkers with grenade and machine gun fire. His dauntless courage and heroism inspired his platoon to resume the attack and penetrate the enemy defensive position.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ray was one of five brothers, three of whom served in the military. Ray received his Medal of Honor for the June 1966 battle in Drang Valley, South Vietnam. He was instrumental in saving the lives of members of his platoon, despite heavy artillery attack by the enemy, being shot in both legs and severely wounded by shrapnel.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Taylor was recognized with a Medal of Honor for his valor in a battle near Que Son, South Vietnam, in November 1967 during a search-and-destroy mission. Ambushed by enemy fire, Taylor rushed into two fiery armored vehicles saving fellow wounded soldiers, despite being injured by a mortar round.

Marine Capt. Vargas, who later retired as colonel, was awarded the medal for his valiant actions at Dai Do, Republic of Vietnam in April 1968. In a raging battle against the North Vietnamese, his company engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Despite his own wounds, he carried to safety a Marine whose arm had been severed. When the soldier pleaded for his arm, Vargas valiantly returned to the battle site to retrieve the arm. After the third day, Vargas finally allowed medics to treat him for a bullet wound to his side and shrapnel from mortar rounds.

There will be a brief question-and-answer period, followed by closing remarks.

Following the Medal of Honor event, the Disabled American Veterans of San Bernardino Chapter 12 will host a veteran benefits information seminar from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union. Representatives from various veterans groups and government agencies will be available to answer questions and assist veterans with the VA claims process, including assistance with filing a claim or reviewing current claim status; information about education vocational rehabilitation, the GI Bill and healthcare eligibility.

Participating organizations include the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Regional Office, California Department of Veterans Affairs, San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs Office, San Bernardino Vet Center and its Mobile Vet Unit, the DAV Mobile Service Office and the Loma Linda VA Medical Center.

“Valor Beyond the Call of Duty” is open to the public; however, pre-registration is required by calling Marci Daniels at the CSUSB Veterans Success Center at (909) 537-5196 or by e-mail at daniels@csusb.edu.

Once registered, attendees will receive a complimentary parking pass via e-mail assigned in a specific parking lot.

For more information about the CSUSB Veterans Success Center, contact Marci Daniels at (909) 537-5196.

Congresswoman Negrete McLeod Announces 35th District Art Competition

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Washington, DC – Are you a talented high school artist in California’s 35th Congressional District? Do you want a chance at having your artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol and win a trip to D.C. this June? If so, then check this out! Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) is now accepting entries for the 2013 Congressional Arts Contest for California’s 35th Congressional District. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 5, 2013.

High school student artists in the 35th District are invited to submit an original painting, drawing or other art form for the competition. One student’s work will be selected by a judging panel of local artists to hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year along with other student artwork from across the country. The winning student will also be flown to D.C. in June for the Annual Congressional Art Competition Reception. Second place will have their work displayed in the Congresswoman’s Washington DC office, and third place in the Montclair district office.

Rep. Negrete McLeod announced today that she will showcase all approved submissions on Facebook.com/NegreteMcLeod from April 6th-19. Congresswoman Negrete McLeod encourages the artists’ friends, family, classmates, teachers and principals to “like” their “fan favorite” piece of artwork. Special consideration will be given to the top online vote getter.

“The Arts are an important component for acquiring a well-rounded education. This contest is a great opportunity for students to receive recognition for their artistic talent and I’m honored to support it,” said Congresswoman Negrete McLeod. “I know there are many talented student artists in the district. I encourage them to take the time and submit their work to my district office.”

For additional information about the contest or how to submit your work, please contact Wendy Medina at wendy.medina@mail.house.gov or call (909) 626-2054.

Rep. Negrete McLeod represents California’s 35th District encompassing the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, portions of Fontana and Rialto, the unincorporated community of Bloomington in San Bernardino County; and the entire City of Pomona in Los Angeles County.

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