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"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.

Fontana Awarded for Working toward a Healthy Future

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council announce the City’s achievements based on its participation with Let’s Move!, a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama in dedication to solving the problem of childhood obesity within our generation. As part of this initiative, Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, calls upon local elected officials to adopt long-term, sustainable and holistic approaches to addressing childhood obesity. Based on the Fontana’s Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) survey responses; the National League of Cities (NLC) has awarded The City of Fontana the following medals:

• Bronze and Silver Medals in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart

For promoting participation in Let’s Move! Child Care among early care and education providers using at least three approaches; and having an active interagency collaboration on early care and education programs.

• Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place

For prominently displaying MyPlate in 100% of municipally- or county-owned or operated venues that serve food and for registering as a MyPlate Community Partner.

• Bronze and Silver Medals in Goal III: Smart Servings for Students

For having at least 70% of public schools participating in the School Breakfast Program, and at least 60% of public elementary and middle school students and at least 45% of high school students participating in the National School Lunch Program.

• Bronze Medal in Goal IV: Model Food Service

For identifying all food vendors and contractors for municipally- or county-owned or operated venues that serve food, along with the dates when their contracts can be amended or renegotiated.

• Bronze Medal in Goal V: Active Kids at Play

For mapping all play spaces.

The City of Fontana looks forward to continuing its partnership with LMCTC to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within our generation. For more information about the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative, please visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.

To learn more about Healthy Fontana and the ways in which Fontana is working towards a healthier future for its residents, please visit www.healthyfontana.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Bethlehem Community Development Center $496,578

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Pasadena based, Bethlehem Community Development Center (BCDC), has recently been awarded $496,578 by the Administration on Children Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for BCDC’s Hope for Street Youth (HSY) Program. This program will provide street outreach services to homeless youth, runaways and parents via school and community agencies. The ultimate goal is to reunite families and provide these youth with the services they need to survive and thrive in our community. BCDC is an access point in the community for youth development, transitional assistance (for ex-offenders, homeless youth and adults, and the unemployed), and other compassionate services.

State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino attended the check presentation event. He said, “I think that this program is tremendously important . . . to have a program like this in Pasadena that is going to identify, find and reunite children with their families and with their siblings to help them transition into adulthood is a good thing.” Tina Williams representing the office of Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson also spoke of this important program. She commented, “when an agency receives an award, we celebrate because now there’s another resource for youth in our community.”

The award was presented to BCDC’s Executive Director, Pastor Christopher Bourne, by Luvina Beckley Knight, the CEO of M.H.M. and Associates. Pastor Bourne acknowledged MHM’s help in securing these funds for BCDC, “they’ve been able to direct us in fulfilling our vision and dreams, so I’m very thankful for all of the hard work that they do.” Toni Tryon-Dickson from Bourne Inc is another partner with BCDC and provides emergency shelter services for youth. Regarding their role in this program she said, “We are looking forward to something great and marvelous with this partnership.”

BCDC is headquartered at the Bethlehem Church of Christ ‘Holiness’ located at: 1550 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. For more information regarding this program, please contact Pastor Bourne at (626) 794-5211.

Grams Mission BBQ Toy Giveaway

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As so many families are in need of clothing and shoes, Grams Mission BBQ is in the process of planning their 4th Annual Toy Drive for the holiday season.

Many who donated last year helped make the toy drive a total success. Grams is hoping the community continue to support families in the community this year by donating.

On Friday, December 7, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Grams will kick-off for their guest to join them in the collecting of unwrapped toys. On Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., will be a Christmas party for children and at that time, they will be giving away toys, gifts and a light snack to all the children.

For more information or to bring a donation, contact Chairperson Lenora Taylor at Grams Mission BBQ, 3527 Main Street, Riverside, (909) 264-4134.

5th Annual Leadership Success Summit Brings Top Leaders

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By Natasha Ferguson

ONTARIO - Lisa Marie Platske, C.E.O. of Upside Thinking Inc., is an award-winning entrepreneur and master motivator who travels around the globe sharing valuable insight to help people achieve success. Platske will bring together successful business savvy leaders for a powerful two-day conference during the 5th Annual Leadership Success Summit on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Ontario, Calif.

The 5th Annual Leadership Success Summit Conference attendees will learn: 7 Step Leadership Success System (the exact blueprint to turbo-charge your success); Secrets from 7-figure entrepreneurs on their formulas for success; Network with upside thinking leaders ready to partner with you to jumpstart your dreams; Make profitable connections with other successful professionals; and Create a 12-month frustration-busting action plan.

Speakers include: Lynda-Ross Vega, Business Executive/Management Consultant (www.yourtalentadvantage.com) • Nancy Marmolejo, Online Visibility Expert, Speaker, Mentor and Author (www.VivaVisibilityBlog.com) • Dr. Tammy Wong, CEO of Fostering Executive Leadership and Author (www.drtammywong.com) • John Arena, Business Outreach Manager for Metropolitan Water District (www.mwdh2o.com) • Princess Jenkins, Award-winning Retailer and Founder/President of Women In The Black (www.thebrownstonewoman.com) and • René Reyes, Bi-continental Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Award-winning Poet/Songwriter (www.renereyesinternational.com).

It has been said, “if people aren’t laughing at your dreams, then your dreams aren’t big enough,” Coach Grayson Marshall. Not only will this leadership summit inspire you to reach for your dreams, it will equip you with the necessary tools to achieve them.

For tickets and more information, visit www.leadershipsuccesssummit.com.

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