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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.

Angel Blue, Returns to Area, Smashing Success with Philharmonic

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By Cheryl Brown –

The Riverside Philharmonic this season is celebrating 50 years of providing classical music to the public. Increasingly that public is more diverse. That was not more evident than the presentation recently of Angel Blue, a soprano voice, with beautiful clarity and great stamina. She was a smashing success.

Blue, who returned home to perform, has roots in the Inland Empire where she attended Redlands University and obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree. She went on to receive her Master of Music Degree in Opera Performance from UCLA and is an alumni of the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. There she studied both voice and classical piano.

Judging from her performance on stage at the Municipal Auditorium she was well prepared for the task of telling the story through operatic song in her perfect presentation.

Ms. Blue made her orchestral debut at the age of 21 with the Redlands Symphony and has been the featured soloist with the Redlands, West Los Angeles, Valdosta, (Georgia) and the Korean (Germany) Symphonies as well as the California and Riverside Philharmonic Orchestras.

In the 2008-2009 season at the San Francisco Opera Company she sang the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess. Ms Blue is a top winner in both Opera and Zarzuela in the Placido Domingo international competition, Operalia. She was an NAACP ACT-SO winner in Classical Voice Competition and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Emerging Young Entertainers Award and the Redlands Bowl Competition and many others.

She currently resides in Valencia, Spain where she is a part of the Artistas de la Academia Placido Domingo del Palau de les Arts. She proved the LA Times right last month in Riverside, “She has killer high notes and killer theatrical instincts.”

The night’s guest conductor, originally from Japan, was Heiichiro Ohyama, who performed magnificently, professionally and with loads of personality.

They were backed by an outstanding Symphony Roster of 72 all-professional musicians from all over the U.S. Dubbed the best Philharmonic orchestra in Southern California, “The Philharmonic seeks to inspire every segment of the community with the love and excitement of great music,” said Music Director of 18 years, Patrick Flynn.

For more information visit www.thephilharmonic.org

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