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SCE Offers Tips for Keeping Summer Bills Low

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In the wake of the recent heat wave, Southern California Edison (SCE) encourages customers to be more energy efficient now, so they can lower their summer bills. The utility, recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for its groundbreaking work in energy efficiency, offers multiple solutions for residential and business customers that can help save energy, money and the environment.

“There are so many free and low-cost ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer – while keeping electricity costs in check,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar. “Now more than ever, people are interested in saving money and the environment. We’re focused on being able to help our customers do that.”

Here are three steps customers can take to get started: 1. Take an energy efficiency survey for home or business. The survey provides customized results that outline opportunities for energy savings that even the most energy-conscious customer will find valuable. Visit www.sce.com/survey for homes and www.sce.com/bizsurvey for businesses. 2. Look for SCE’s rebates and incentives for homes and businesses. Go to www.sce.com/save for residences and www.sce.com/business for businesses. Examples of savings in the home include:

• ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners ($50)

• Whole house fans ($50)

• Energy efficient evaporative cooling systems (from $300-$600)

• Refrigerator and freezer recycling program ($50)

• ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator purchase ($50)

Rebates for businesses include:

• Reflective window film ($1.35/per square foot)

• Energy-efficient evaporative coolers ($123 per ton)

• Package terminal air conditioners mounted on walls ($100)

3. Make the switch to CFLs. A recent survey revealed that many customers who have bought

CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, are waiting until their current inefficient incandescent bulbs burn out before installing these energy and moneysaving bulbs. This delays the tremendous savings the CFLs provide. Not only are CFLs up to 75 percent more efficient, but they emit much less heat, reducing the need for air conditioning.

SCE works with manufacturers and retailers to lower the cost of ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs in SCE territory, so that price is not a hindrance to its customers.

Other ways to keep power usage down this summer include drawing drapes to keep sunlight out; keeping the air conditioning at 78 degrees or above; shutting off vents and doors to unoccupied areas to direct cool air only to the rooms you're using; using a microwave or barbecue for cooking instead of the stove; and running a fan, which makes a room feel 5 degrees cooler.

In addition, customers can find more energy-saving solutions at www.sce.com/tips or by calling SCE at 1(800) 655-4555.

Community Briefs

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American Cancer Society Plans New Volunteer Orientation in Inland Empire

The American Cancer Society is holding a New Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, August 19 from 12 to 1 P.M. and from 6 to 7 P.M. at the Society’s offices located at 6355 Riverside Ave. in Riverside. No prior experience is necessary, but RSVP is requested.

There are many different volunteer opportunities to serve as an American Cancer Society volunteer.

All volunteers are matched with specific jobs, depending on their skills, interests, and time availability.

Volunteers organize special events, advocate for public health legislation, drive cancer patients to medical treatment, helps educate school children about the dangers of tobacco use, and assist on fundraising projects.

The Society offers training opportunities, challenging and new experiences, and recognition for volunteer efforts.

For more information, please contact Judith Martinez at the American Cancer Society at (951) 300-1215, or by email at Judith.Martinez@cancer.org.

To find out more about the cancer prevention, detection, treatment and recovery, call the American Cancer Society anytime at (800) ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org.

KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon to tap listener support for kids at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Supporters of the upcoming KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon hope to raise funds to buy critical lifesaving equipment for children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon, presented by Executive Fitness and Martial Arts, is set for 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 18. The twoday radiothon will broadcast live on KOLA 99.9 FM and will stream online at www.kolafm.com

“Every year, we look forward to The KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon not only because it raises the funds that are critically needed for our children, but because we are encouraged by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the KOLA listeners,” said Zareh Sarrafian, administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The KOLA Cares for Kids Radiothon raises funding for lifesaving equipment such as cardiac monitors and infant warmers for tiny babies on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and transport ventilators and monitors for children transported from other area hospitals.

During the radiothon, listeners may donate by calling 1-888- 792-KIDS (5437); or by going online to www.kolafm.com and clicking on the “donate now” button. For each $200 donation, a cuddly KOLA Bear will be given to a patient. Last year, over 1,000 children received KOLA Bears, thanks to KOLA listeners. Donations may also be made by texting KIDS to 27722 to donate $10 to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

The $10 will be charged directly to the donor’s phone bill.

Celebrate 38 Years with Black Voice News

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By Kiandrea Wilson –

The Black Voice News will be celebrating 38 years of publishing and community outreach in the Inland Empire by publishing a Special Edition of the Black Voice News on July 29, 2010.

In the spirit of the Black Press of America, the mission and value driven philosophy has given voice to the voiceless and disenfranchised. BVN has been consistent in their fight for social justice and equality.

BVN was first founded and published by Ardess E. Lilly, Jr. and a group of UCR students in 1972, which were dissatisfied with the lack of Black coverage in the local media.

The paper continued to be published until 1978 when he took a job with the California Conservation Corps, a 400 mile move from home.

Current Publishers Hardy and Cheryl Brown created the Brown Publishing Company in 1980 and bought the newspaper after volunteering for numerous Black newspapers in San Bernardino.

"The Black Voice and the other Black newspapers are important and relevant because they always have the option of telling our story and pleading our cause. That was and is my vision for the Black Voice and the other local Black newspapers, the protectors of liberty and justice for all,” said Hardy Brown, Publisher.

Please come join the Black Voice News as we celebrate 38 years of community news, community involvement, and affecting change. For information on the 38th Celebration of the Black Voice News, contact Anna Wenger at (951)-682- 6070.

Community Briefs

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Judi Penman Joins Salvation Army Advisory Board

Long-time civic leader Judi Penman has joined the advisory board of The Salvation Army.

“I am a strong believer in The Salvation Army” said Penman, who is also the president and chief execut ive officer of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and an elected member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board.

“I believe it is one of the best programs around. It gets to the people who really need help, and actually works with them,” Penman said.

“And, it is a Christian organization, which is important to me.”

Penman previously served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board from approximately 2005 through 2007.

The life-long San Bernardino resident is married to San Bernardino City Attorney James Penman.

“We are glad to have Judi back on the Salvation Army advisory board,” said Board President Tom Brickley. “The depth of knowledge she has about San Bernardino and her ability to make connections with others in the community will be a tremendous asset to us.”

The San Bernardino Corps of the Salvation Army serves the cities of San Bernardino, Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace and Colton, and the unincorporated community of Bloomington.

A Special Destiny: Stories of the Black Pioneers

Experience the testimonies, trials and triumphs of the Church’s earliest Black pioneers. You’ll hear the stories of free men, women, children and slaves who helped to build the kingdom despite enormous difficulties. You will be inspired by the tremendous faith that was displayed in a time when Africans and African Americans were not only persecuted for being Black but being associated with Mormon Church. These stories of endurance over adversity are sure to inspire and encourage all who attend. Sponsored by The Rialto Stake and the African American Affairs Committee in association with the Southern California Public Affairs Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Refreshments will be served and all are welcomed!

Sunday, July 18, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Rialto Stake Center
1375 N. Willow Ave.
Rialto, CA 92376

Be A "Safe Sitter" This Summer!

Offered by Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s Health Information and Education Center

This two-day course prepares adolescents for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children in their care.

Who should attend: Youth 11-13 years old

When: June 28-29, July 26-27or August 30-31

Sessions are 9 am to 3:30 pm each day Students should bring their own lunch!

Where: Health Information & Education Center 1725 Western Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411.

Program fee is $30 per student. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

For more information or to register, call 909-887-6333 ext. 4734

I.E. Health Champion And Community Advocate Leads Cancer Event

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Executive Director of Riverside County Medical Association Fights Cancer with a Party

Community leader and health advocate Dolores Green, Executive Director of Riverside County Medical Association, is rolling up her sleeves as chair of the second annual summer gala for the American Cancer Society’s Inland Empire Area Office.

Fighting Together For More Birthdays is the gala theme, and the event will be held on August 21, 2010 at the Victoria Club in Riverside.

“I am pleased to serve as Chair of this year’s Gala,” says Green, a well-known activist and health leader in the Inland Empire. “Cancer has touched many of us, either personally or through a colleague or friend, and it is my honor to give back to the American Cancer Society, who supports our community and our families and friends through a very difficult time in their life.”

The funds raised during the gala support the American Cancer Society’s many programs which help cancer patients and their families with information and services that provide day-to-day help and emotional support.

Silver Sponsor for the event is Loma Linda University Cancer Center. Bronze Sponsors include Riverside Medical Clinic and Riverside County Medical Association.

“Some of the programs that warm my heart include the I Can Cope cancer education classes; the Road to Recovery patient transportation program; the Reach to Recovery program mentoring women with breast cancer; and Camp Reach for the Sky children’s camp for kids with cancer,” said Green.

Green’s dedication to the Society’s gala will, she hopes, enable many more Californians to live a full, long and healthy life with many more birthdays to come.

“Far too many of my friends have had cancer,” Green states. “But our event is here to raise funds so our neighbors in the Inland Empire can stay well or get well, and so that the American Cancer Society can find cures and we can fight back against cancer!”

Tables of ten are being sponsored for $1,500; and individual tickets for the event are $100 each. For more information, call Alyson Merrill, Executive Director at the American Cancer Society at (951) 300- 1217, or Cindy Hall at (951) 300 - 1206.

To make a donation, visit the event website at gala.acsevents.org/birthdays.

For cancer information anytime, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345, or visit cancer.org.

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