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First Stop Big Apple, Next Stop Westwood

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By Earl Heath

New York, NY - There's plenty to smile about in Westwood as super southpaw Paige McDuffie will be attending UCLA this fall. This reporter recently caught up with her at the Triple Crown Sports National Tournament held at Randalls Island in New York City were I asked why she chose to play for the Bruins. "The coaches are cool and the school has a great history and tradition. The academics are also good,” said McDuffie.

The Woodlands (Houston, TX) ace had a super high school career haven been named the 2010-2011 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year after putting together a 37-1 record and a 0.97 ERA. She struck out 244 batters in 216 innings. She's also good with the bat hitting .415 with 42 RBI's. The Class 5A Player of the Year, she led the Lady Highlanders to a 44-1 record and a No. 1 national ranking to go along with a state title. McDuffie, also pitches for a travel ball called Impact Gold. "She can throw all the pitches - rise, drop, curve, and change-up," said Impact coach K.C. Jackson. She has hit 70-miles per hour regularly with her fastball.

"Paige is a powerful left-handed pitcher who had an outstanding junior year in Texas," UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez told Softball Today. "She has command of all pitches and we look forward to her joining the Bruin family and the history of powerful pitchers in the circle for UCLA." The talent filled tournament also brought in more than 125 college coaches from around the country that included the University of Arizona and Olympic coach Mike Candrea. St. Johns University head coach Amy Kvilhaug was also looking at players. "We get a chance to see the players in action. We can see how they react after a bad play at bat and after a tough loss. Are they going to get up and come back strong?" said Kvilhaug. "A tournament like this can show what's in a player." St Johns is in the Big East a conference that sent five teams to the 2012 NCAA Tournament highlights: some games were televised on the CBS sports channel. However the ultimate at bat came from Lindsey Wilmon from Pleasant, California (Pleasant Grove High School), the So Cal 18U Choppers ripped a grand slam homerun. The unusual thing about the towering blast is the ball traveled over the outfield fence, over a moving car, over a parked eighteen wheeler, over another parked car, over a picnic table, took a bounce and landed on a smoking barbecue grill. In all, the ball travelled more than 375-feet.

Cheryl Brown joins fight for safe communities

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By Mark Feliece

FONTANA, CA-The Fontana Speedway paid host to one of the region’s most significant law enforcement gatherings, California Attorney General Kamala’s Inland Empire Public Safety Conference. San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops hosted and power packed event where police chiefs, prosecutors, public safety advocates, victims organizations, policemen, highway patrolmen and deputy sheriffs gather to discuss pressing issues of public safety and recognize the year’s past accomplishments. Cheryl Brown actively participated and celebrated the event on behalf of Assembly Member Wilmer Carter, who was unable to attend due to pressing Sacramento business.

Among those honored were the outstanding K9 Squad of the Fontana Police Department, Highway Patrolman Chris Solberg and San Bernardino County Supervising District Attorney Investigator Maurice Landrum.

The event was well attended and substantive. It began with a presentation of pressing challenges to crime fighting across Inland California. Among those were narcotics, domestic violence and gang warfare. Public officials from across the regionjoined the ceremonies, among them were Assembly Member Kevin Jefferies (theonly Republican in the State Legislature to support the landmark Homeowner’s Bill of Rights), Assemblyman Mike Morrell, Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren, Senators Gloria Negrete McLeod & Robert Dutton.

Safer Neighborhoods = Better Neighborhoods

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Enjoy a Night Out with the Fontana Police Department

Fontana - The Mayor and City Council invite the public to attend the Fontana Police Department’s 29th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Community Center, located at 15556 Summit Ave. The event will feature free food, live entertainment, raffle prizes, giveaways, police demonstrations and many more entertaining activities.

National Night out promotes Neighborhood Watch, police-community partnerships, neighborhood unity and the building of a safer, more caring community. “The event has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation,” said Fontana Police Department’s Heather Howard. Thousands of people across the nation participate in this once a year event that unites citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials.

Children will be thoroughly entertained with free games, face-painting, arts and crafts and appearances from McGruff the Crime Dog as well as Eddie the Gun Safety Eagle Mascot. The Lewis Library Bus will also provide fun-filled activities for children. Those in attendance can enjoy free hot dogs, compliments of the Fontana Police Department and 7-Eleven.

The Fontana Police Department will display the FPD Helicopter, motorcycles, SWAT team weaponry, vehicles and put on K-9 demonstration as well as provide child safety seat inspections. Farmers Insurance Group will sponsor free digital child identification. Their program, called M.I.L.K., (Managing Information on Lost Kids) is meant to aid in the recovery of missing children. For more information or questions regarding National Night Out, please contact the Fontana Police Department at (909) 350-7740.

Statement from Speaker John A. Pérez on Announcement of VA Grants to Aid Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Their Families

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SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki of $100 million in federal grants to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families:

"Today's announcement by Secretary Shinseki of federal grants for services to at-risk veterans and their families is welcome news for veterans across California. Our state's share of these funds will be over 14 million dollars, which will help make a genuine difference in the lives of veterans who are at-risk, homeless or transitioning to permanent housing. Aiding our veterans is a job for everyone, and I am pleased at this latest addition to the efforts being made here in California and throughout the country to do just that."

According to the Veterans Administration, the grants will go to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. California agencies will receive approximately $14.2 million.

Speaker Pérez is currently leading a bipartisan Assembly delegation to Washington, D.C., which included a meeting this afternoon with the VA on ways to increase support for veterans.

Over the past two years, Speaker Pérez and the Assembly have directed $2 million in savings from the Assembly operating budget to fund programs for veterans, ranging from job training to mental health counseling to employment assistance.

Visual Master Bernard Hoyes' Art Comes Alive

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"Seven Paintings, A Story in Performance" An Interdisciplinary Artistic Production at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 5, 2012

Los Angeles - For over four decades the paintings of visual art master Bernard Stanley Hoyes have stimulated the masses. With compositions that boast majestic color, bold creativity and magnetic passion, his artwork is known for stirring the heart, mind and soul. As an iconic craftsman channeling images from a deeply spiritual space, it has been said that Hoyes' work 'speaks' in more ways than one, touching the core of African worship through Jamaican Revivalism. The fervor behind it all; the moans, hallelujahs and laments, the whispers and the shouts, as well as the wailing and chants that seep through his compositions, are now going to literally jump off the canvas and come to life in a interdisciplinary materialization entitled, "Seven Paintings, a Story in Performance." The event take place Sunday, August 5, at 8.:00pm at Los Angeles' Ford Amphitheatre as part of the venue's ever-popular "FORD 2012 DANCE" series . Presented by Bernard Hoyes' Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing and the Jamaica Cultural Alliance, "Seven Paintings" features the art imagery of Hoyes, the choreography of Pat Taylor with her Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble and drumming in the Yoruba/ Nyabengi tradition from the Kabasa Drum Ensemble. Seven separate works from Hoyes' Revival Series will serialize a story of ambition and redemption. Each work will represent a scene as it is rear projected, stimulating the chapter's interpretation by the dancers as Hoyes' art is transformed into a magical staging of music, dance and pantomime. An engaging tambourine chorus chants the narrative of the next painting as they luminously transform from scene to scene.

The interdisciplinary odyssey relates the spiritual journey of a young Jamaican medium who flees her position as the village healer to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer. She experiences the wider world through relationships with a Rastafarian, a sailor and a policeman. Each encounter becomes a duet in the backdrop of a carnival masquerade. The carnival is a metaphor for the world at large. Finally, as the medium is lost in despair, a vision reveals her true path. Prices start at $35 for adults; full-time students with ID pay $15 and children 12 and under $12.Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD).

"This is truly another incredible peak in my career," expresses Hoyes, "as my work will actually come to life and be expressed through dance, performance and music. I paint visions that transmit pinnacles of movements and these are now being interpreted - I can't even begin to convey my excitement. I am overwhelmed to have my work included in the 'Ford 2012 Dance' series. This is going to be beyond spectacular! The audience is going to witness true magic as life will now imitate art!"

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