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SB NAACP Hosts Image Awards Trip Fundraiser

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The San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP is hosting a fundraising bus trip to the 41st Annual Image Awards, to be held on February 26 at the historic Shrinner's Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The cost of the event is $60, which includes admission and bus transportation. Seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Join us to see the stars and enjoy a great evening What will win the Outstanding Motion Picture award, The Blind Side, Invictus, Michael Jackson This Is It, Precious or Princess and the Frog. Or who will win in the over 40 categories.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m. from the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Ave. The show may be seen live on Fox at 8 p.m. For information or to reserve your seat call, Linda Hart (909) 246-2078. Hurry to get your seat.

RCOE offers on-the-job training program

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The Riverside County Office of Education is offering an on-the-job training program for more than 100 young people with federal stimulus money available to reimburse employers who participate to cover training costs.

The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) offered by RCOE is a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and finds jobs for young people who recently completed high school and who have learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

Some of the young job hunters have no work experience.

Others have completed a vocational training program and an internship in a field such as warehousing, child care, or retail.

Employers who continue to employ one of the participants for several months may also qual ify for the state’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Information on the on-the-job trainings is available from Lynn Smith at the Riverside County Office of Education, (951) 826- 6763.

SCE Honors African American Inventors at 8th Annual Black History Month Event

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Southern California Edison (SCE) recently celebrated its 8th Annual Black History Month Celebration, “Connecting The Evolution of Electricity to Black History”, at its Customer Technology Application Center in Irwindale. The event is a demonstration of SCE’s commitment to diversity and recognizes African Americans who have made contributions to electricity and technology.

The event’s keynote speaker was Bernard Kinsey who spoke about African American history and historical artifacts. He discussed the “Shared Treasures of the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey”, a collection of African American art, books and documents. Another special guest speaker at the event , David Owens, Edison Electric Institute’s executive vice president, Business Operations Group, talked about advances in the electric industry.

SCE also recognized African American inventors, community leaders and businesses that have made contributions and influenced history. Notable guests at the event included Kenneth B. Morris Jr. , the great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, and Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X.

“This event is designed to celebrate and recognize Black History Month and the contribut ions of African Americans,” said David A. Ford, event cofounder.

“SCE was honored to have descendants of prominent African Americans such as Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X attend the event and support our efforts.”

Two companies, South Coast Paper and Sullivan International, were honored for long-standing partnerships and providing quality products and services to SCE.

For more information on African American inventors, visit www.sce.com/inventors.

ABC 7 Q&A at Boys and Girls Club of SB

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Representatives of ABC 7's News, Programming, & Public Affairs Depts sat as a 'panel' to listen and respond to statements from the people of San Bernardino "about local issues and stories that affect the community". The Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino hosted the event, and many of their members as well as a spectrum of community representatives participated.

Issues raised included: local air quality and it's affect on the health of area children and frail adults; vehicle and rail traffic congestion and their addition to pollution; bad 'rep' in the media who appear to focus on 'crime', ' violence', 'gangs',and ignore the rest of people and events of area life. Ministers spoke of programs they endorse; Mayor Pat Morris, recommended press attention to the up-coming "City of San Bernardino 1810-2010 Bicentennial celebration which in 'newsworthy for ALL of Californians' Another spoke of the Black History & Culture Month events beginning with the Black History Parade.

Responding, on behalf of Channel 7, were Cheryl Fair; Ernie Thornton; Diane Medina; Teresa Samaiego; Rob MacMillan; Bob Banfield; and General Manager, Arnie Kleiner. While generally responsive, they felt it necessary to point out that they depend on us to let them know what is going on in our area, but that they 'cover' all of Southern California, and how much they can do depends on what else is happening in the region.

'We're Sweet On Soldiers' Valentine's Day Project Touches Lives of Troops

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On behalf of the 'We're Sweet on Soldiers' project, the Inland Center in San Bernardino collected Valentine's Day cards and non-perishable supplies for U.S. troops deployed overseas.

Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), joining with Inland Center Mall, invites the community to participate in the holiday project "to let the troops know that they are supported and appreciated for their dedication to this country."

The public should bring cards and supplies to the Inland Center Guest Services Center, 500 Inland Center Drive, during the mall's regular operating hours.

Requested supplies are: toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, black boot socks, snack bars, single-serve powdered drink mixes, foot powder, small packs of baby wipes, batteries, and microwavable soups, noodles and stews.

In 2009, Inland Center collected more than 5,500 greeting cards and 18,000 nonperishable food items, socks and toiletries.

Supplies will be delivered overseas by "Touch of Home" Support 4R Deployed Military, Inc.

Many Valentine's Day cards were created by local school children. "The troops overseas really appreciate the children's letters," said Assemblymember Carter, who, last year, picked up boxes of cards from Casa Ramona Academy in San Bernardino, Sycamore Elementary in Colton and Casey Elementary in Rialto.

For more information on the project, call Assemblymember Carter's District Office at (909) 820-5008 or Inland Center at (909) 884-7268.

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