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Crafton Hills College Fire Academy Graduates 20 Cadets

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YUCAIPA: The Crafton Hills College (CHC) 77th Basic Firefighter Training Academy Graduation Ceremony took place at the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center on November 14. Fire Academy 77 graduated 20 new cadets who received their certificates from Dean June Yamamoto, President Cheryl Marshall, Trustee Donna Ferracone and Interim Executive Vice President Rebeccah Warren-Marlatt before a packed house. San Bernardino Country Fire Chief Mark Hartwig and Chief Dan Sullivan spoke to the crowd of well-wishers, congratulating the graduates and providing words of wisdom. Jamie Moran spoke as the Academy Leader and the cadets presented Chief Sullivan and the school with a lovely commemorative plaque. There was a moment of silence in honor of alumnus Fire Captain Douglas D. Heller-Taylor.

The members of the newest Fire Academy graduating class from Crafton Hills College, with their Academy titles and home towns, are: Derek Alford (Lake Arrowhead); Jason Buchan (Wrightwood), Guidon; Peter Clement (Rancho Cucamonga), Color Guard; Nicholas Glaze (Redlands), Association Treasurer; Chris Harris (Ontario), Squad 2 Leader; Zachary Hoffman (Pinon Hills); Brandon Lange (Forsyth, Montana), Squad 4 Leader; Jarid Lesh (Cherry Valley), Color Guard; Abraham Marquez (Rialto); Derick Mitre (Highland), Squad 1 Leader; Jamie Moran (Beaumont), Academy Leader; Anvinh Nguyen (Fontana); Zachariah Pierini (Norco); Alex Provonsha (Yucaipa), Association President; Carlos Sandoval (Bloomington), Squad 3 Leader; Bradyn Spaccarotelli (Rancho Cucamonga); Jesse James Sparks (San Bernardino), Color Guard; Tanya Torres (Rancho Cucamonga); Christian Valdez (Upland), Color Guard; and Trevor Valdez (Highland).

The following cadets received special recognition:

• Academy Leader: Jamie Moran was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding leadership achievement and his extra efforts as the leader of the 77th Fire Academy.

• Most Inspirational Cadet: Tanya Torres was officially recognized and congratulated for her exceptional efforts as the Outstanding Cadet of the Crafton Hills College 77th Fire Academy.

• Academy Equipment and Off-site Equipment: Bradyn Spaccarotelli was recognized for his outstanding efforts in ensuring the Fire Academy equipment was always in a state of readiness and for issuing and maintaining Personal Protective Equipment for the cadets of the 77th Fire Academy.

• Academy Achievement Award: Brandon Lange was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding achievement in receiving the highest overall score in the Crafton Hills College 77th Fire Academy.

For additional information, please contact Alisa Moore, San Bernardino Community College District Communications and Public Relations at 909.382.4012 or by email at asmoore@sbccd.edu.

Federal Grant Supports CHP Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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SACRAMENTO – Nearly 1,000 lives are cut short in California every year at the hands of an impaired driver. In an effort to save lives and reduce the number of people who suffer injuries in alcohol-related collisions, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is engaged in a grant-funded effort called “Impaired Driving Enforcement and Apprehension (IDEA) II.”

“Our goal with this aggressive education and enforcement campaign is to deter drivers from making the poor decision to drink and drive,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “And those who fail to heed this warning will be removed from the roadway and arrested.”

California has seen a reduction in the number of alcohol-involved collisions year after year.

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009 there were 1,146 people killed in alcohol-involved collisions. The following year, in 2010, there were 972 people killed, which represents a 15 percent decrease. Preliminary data for 2011 shows that encouraging downward trend is continuing.

“The majority of motorists make the responsible decision and refrain from driving under the influence,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Please choose to put the lives of your family and other motorists first this holiday season.”

The IDEA II grant enables the CHP to conduct sobriety and driver license checkpoints, driving under the influence (DUI) task force operations, and deployment of proactive DUI enforcement patrol operations statewide. In addition, the CHP will educate drivers by holding local traffic safety presentations throughout California and implementing a statewide paid media campaign.

Anti-DUI efforts stemming from the yearlong grant continue through September 30, 2013.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

CSUSB Faculty Appointed to Aacsb Steering Committee

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SAN BERNARDINO – Kristie Ogilvie, associate dean of Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration and director of the university’s M.B.A. program, has been appointed to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s Steering Committee.

The committee’s purpose is to provide overall guidance to the organization, including programming and networking support for at least three AACSB-sponsored events each year:

•Networking and relationship-building among its membership;

•Initiating discussions of common interests and needs of members;

•Providing professional and career development opportunities for women administrators; and

•Advancing the role and representation of women on campuses, at AACSB meetings, within the AACSB organization, and in AACSB leadership positions.

Alongside 11 other committee members, Ogilvie will help shape the future of the AACSB organization that will affect thousands of students worldwide.

San Bernardino Salvation Army Promotes "Adopt-A-Family"

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SAN BERNARDINO -- “The breadwinner may have lost a job, there may simply be more children than the parents can financially support this time of year; or perhaps the family has faced a debilitating death of one of the parents. Whatever problem causes the disruption or the ceasing of Christmas plans, our Adopt-A-Family program is here to help,” says Major Steve Ball of The Salvation Army’s San Bernardino Corps.

The San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army at 746 West Fifth Street will bring much needed support to struggling families this holiday season.

Families living in The Salvation Army’s service area of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace, Bloomington and who consider themselves “in need” this holiday season can come to The Salvation Army for help. “Families with exceptional need are identified by our staff and may be included in the Adopt-A-Family program to receive special assistance.” says Major Ball.

In early November families apply to the Salvation Army branch nearest them, making known their need for assistance. These families will receive a Food and Toy Box consisting of non-perishable food and gifts for all children age 0 - 12. If a family is identified as having exceptional need, and an adopting sponsor is found, then they are entered into the Adopt-a-Family program.

Other families, businesses or groups then choose to “adopt” a family. “We’ve had numerous cases,” Major Ball explains, “where organizations will ‘adopt’ more than one family, just to contribute to helping others who are in difficult times have happier family holidays.”

There have been cases when the adopting group will invest several hundreds of dollars or more in a family. “There’ll be Christmas gifts and food,” Major Ball says, “but we’ve seen instances where home repairs have been covered, where new clothes have been furnished, where the family’s only car was made functional again. One adopting group even bought its newly-adopted friends a much needed refrigerator.”

According to Major Ball, the whole idea, however, is to assist, not overwhelm. It’s just a matter of “whatever it takes” to aid their selected family in getting past the otherwise stressful season. Maybe it’s simply food that’s needed, perhaps it’s bedding that’s lacking during our cold winters, it might be traveling to a family member in serious need. Or maybe it’s a bag full of toys and stuffed animals for the family’s children.

Families that have “adopted” others have created lifelong friendships with those people, even helping an adult or teen land a job that turned their circumstances around. “We’ve had a family we’ve known for years,” says a woman whose family has “adopted” others annually. “There’s no longer a need for yearly assistance, but we enjoy them and want to stay in touch.”

“Adopting a family this holiday season doesn’t mean taking on responsibilities or shouldering a burden,” Major Ball explains. “It’s truly sharing the Christmas spirit with others who may not be as fortunate as you. It’s helping families to enjoy the holidays like the rest of us do, lending a hand when it’s needed.”

Elaine McFadden received Adopt-A-Family services as a single mother on welfare. “You have to believe that there are people out there like The Salvation Army that will help you,” said McFadden.

Living on the verge of homelessness, McFadden needed a place to stay with her two children while she was attending classes at Riverside City College. Her lifelong friend Sabrina suggested that McFadden visit The Salvation Army for help.

The Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family sponsor provided McFadden money to use as a deposit to move into a new home. During Christmas The Salvation Army invited McFadden and her children to visit a toy store, where her children were able to choose Christmas presents. “My children would not have gotten toys for Christmas without program,” said McFadden.

McFadden was surprised one year when The Salvation Army told her “You’ve been adopted.” A local family had purchased gifts for McFadden and her children during Christmas. “Just to have all those presents under the tree were great,” said McFadden.

McFadden’s life has improved. She attended Loma Linda University to study nutrition and become a registered dietitian. McFadden later received her Master’s degree in Public Health Promotion and Education. McFadden realized most people were unaware of the changes that had been happening to our food system and how those changes could critically impact health.

McFadden now hosts her own radio show, Smart Health Talk, every Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm on KCAA NBC News Radio 1050 AM. “Nutrition is my ministry,” said McFadden. Smart Health Talk teaches people the importance of eating healthy, organic food. “When you start putting quality food in your body, you start being a role model to children and the community,” said McFadden.

McFadden’s children have found their own success. McFadden’s daughter, Ashley, works as a General Manager for Glen Ivy Resort. McFadden’s son, Brian, will be attending UC Berkeley to receive his Ph.D. in Philosophy. “I was able to break a cycle of poverty in my family,” said McFadden. “You have to fight for a better life.”

Willing to adopt a family? Know of a family in need? Call the San Bernardino office of the Salvation Army at (909) 888-1336 and ask them to sign you up.

"Arrive Alive on I-15"

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The California Highway Patrol implements a DUI Safety Corridor to save lives

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Saving lives is the core mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In order to accomplish that mission, the CHP must address one of the biggest threats on California’s roadways: impaired drivers. Although the number of alcohol-involved collisions is on the decline, there is still more work to be done.

To help remove the threat before more lives are destroyed, the CHP’s Riverside and Temecula Area offices will use a federal grant to conduct a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) safety corridor along a 45.3-mile segment of Interstate 15 (I-15) in Riverside County, the major access route between the inland and coastal populations.

“With a proactive approach to eliminating DUI, we can continue to reduce the number of collisions that occur along I-15,” said CHP Capt. Amanda Snowden, commander of the Riverside Area office. “This grant will help to keep the momentum going by removing impaired drivers before they destroy any more lives.”

According to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, during the course of three, 10-month periods (December 1, 2007, and September 30, 2010), an average of four people were killed and 63 others injured each period in alcohol-involved collisions along this stretch of I-15.

Beginning December 1, 2012, CHP officers will conduct stepped up DUI enforcement along I-15 throughout the 10-month campaign. This traffic safety effort will also include a task force and public awareness campaign by the CHP to help reinforce the anti-DUI message.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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