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8th Annual Taste of Rialto

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The Rialto Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Rialto and State Farm Insurance, will host its 8th Annual Taste of Rialto in Downtown Rialto. Throughout the evening, guests will sample food and wine from local restaurants and wineries while listening to the rock and roll music of the fifties.

Participating restaurants and wineries will include: Brother’s Pizza, Coco’s Restaurant & Bakery, Complete Health Store, Corky’s Cuca’s Mexican Restaurant, El Kiosco Mexican Restaurant, Patio West Deli, Stene’s Southern Kitchen and Inland Empire Brewery. Please join the Chamber on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the 8th Annual Taste of Rialto. The event will take place in Downtown Rialto (Northeast corner of Riverside and Rialto Ave.). Tickets are $25.00 per person. For more information on the event or for tickets, please contact the Rialto Chamber of Commerce at (909) 875-5364. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rialto Chamber Local High School Scholarship Fund.

Murrieta’s Solar Program Launches To Help Region Declare Energy Independnce Program Participants Can Get Paid to Go Solar for $0 Upfront

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MURRIETA – In just one hour, the sun casts enough energy on the Earth’s surface to provide the entire world with electricity for one year. In Murrieta, the unique microclimate results in an abundance of solar radiation throughout the year with an average high temperature over 88 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months. The ample amount of sunlight makes Murrieta an ideal location for solar power. Sullivan Solar Power announced recently its latest initiative to take advantage of Murrieta’s sunshine and encourage more solar deployment in the city. The newly launched Murrieta’s Solar Program offers property owners the opportunity to get paid to go solar through August 20, 2012. Participants can go solar for $0 upfront, eliminate their electric bills and receive the Murrieta Solar Program cash-back incentive valued up to twice the amount of the State rebate.

Regionally headquartered solar provider Sullivan Solar Power ran a similar community incentive program in Temecula earlier this year, which resulted in over 375,000 Watts of clean, renewable energy committed to being installed in Temecula. The program provided the city its largest collective deployment of residential solar in the history of Temecula. “We just wrapped up a similar citywide incentive program in Temecula, which has resulted in our company giving over $200,000 in cash-back incentives, and providing the same opportunity to Murrieta residents just seemed like the most logical progression to creating a stronger solar region,” said Daniel Sullivan, president of Sullivan Solar Power.

Sullivan explained that his company’s vision is transition the region from foreign fossil fuels and dirty energy to clean, renewable, proven solar technology. The program is modeled similarly to that of Temecula’s in that it encourages the creation of a critical mass. The more residents that sign up, the greater the cash rewards are for all program participants. “Going solar is a no brainer; the homeowner saves money, it supports our regional and national economies, it preserves our environment,” said Sullivan, “and then here is the kicker – we are actually going to pay you to do it.”

To learn how to participate in the Murrieta Solar Program, residents are encouraged to attend a free luncheon on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12 p.m. at the Murrieta Public Library (24700 Adams Avenue). The seminar and will cover solar technology, rebates and incentives, case studies and the Murrieta Solar Program. Seminar will last approximately one hour and lunch is provided. RSVP by calling 1-800-SULLIVAN. For additional information, visit www.MurrietaSolarProgram.org.

$249K Grant to boost juvenile gang prevention efforts

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Apple Valley – Already leaders in efforts to reduce juvenile crime, the Apple Valley Police Department will soon add a Juvenile Gang Prevention Officer and implement a new awareness program to 2,400 5th and 6th graders in Apple Valley, thanks to a $249,000, two-year grant. Funded by the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program, the grant focuses on juvenile gang prevention and strategies. Deputy Darren Gilmore has worked with the youth in our community for five years in the Apple Valley Police Activities League (AVPAL) and SHOCK programs, and will be reassigned to the new position. He will attend training on the school-based programs and begin offering them to students in the fall.

elements of the grant include curfew enforcement, gang suppression activities, and support of AVPAL efforts, focusing on education and career/job training. “Our main goal is to reduce the gang influence on the youth of Apple Valley and to provide programs and activities to better prepare them for our future,” explained Captain Lana Tomlin. “This grant gives us the resources to do that.”

Far West Meats to Host Grand Opening Celebration and BBQ “We Want to Feed the Whole Town”

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HIGHLAND – Tom Serrato, owner of Far West Meats is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration BBQ on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at their newly rebuilt location at 7759 Victoria Avenue in Highland. After a devastating fire in July of 2010, Far West Meats has been operating out of a temporary location in Colton.

To celebrate the Grand Opening and their return to Highland, Far West Meats will serve complimentary samples of food to the public including hot dogs, ribs, brisket, chicken and burgers on July 14, 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm. These same products will be featured and available for purchase on their web site or at their new neighborhood outlet. Far West Meats will now be home to operations of over 30,000 square feet. The rebuilding allowed for expansion to accommodate the higher sales volume now anticipated. Since the fire, Far West Meats has been busy planning the new location and developing more products, including a healthier, leaner, and tastier sausage.

“We have responded to customer demand for a quality sausage they can grill at tailgate parties which has less fat and sodium but more flavor. At Far West Meats we say ‘One Bite and We’re Friends For Life’,” said Serrato. Far West Meats product line includes all cuts of beef, pork, chicken and seafood as well as their smoked sausages.

The Grand Opening BBQ on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm anticipates large crowds and plenty of well wishers happy to have Far West Meats back home in Highland. For Grand Opening information please call (909) 864-1990.

NAWBO-IE's 9th Annual Amazing Women Event (AWE) Proves AWE Inspiring

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CORONA - Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, CA provided an amazing atmosphere as the venue for NAWBO-IE's Amazing Women Event (AWE) held April 19, 2012. The room was elegantly decorated and abuzz with well over 200 men and women eager to honor some of the region's most prolific business women and community leaders.

The Community Bridge Builder award went to Yolanda Carrillo of Corona-Norco Family YMCA. The Legacy award was presented to Cheryl Brown, publisher of Black Voice News. Breanne Houston, owner of T3 Fitness Energy, walked away with the Rising Star award. International speaker and author, R.J. Jackson "the Courage Giver" received the Trailblazer award. The Affiliate award was presented to Martha Munoz, director of Hispanic Business Alliance, High Desert. Honored with the Businesswoman of the Year award was Lynn Diamantopoulos of Athena Research Group, Inc. A special surprise recognition was presented to Josie Gonzales, Chairperson, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Each year, NAWBO presents scholarships to deserving business students. This year the first place scholarship ($1200.00) was awarded to Ashley Patnode, the second place prize ($800.00) was presented to Yukasa Shida and Nicole Kabah Johnny received the third place award ($500.00). NAWBO-IE's coveted A.N.I.T.A. award was presented to chapter president, Hilda Kennedy.

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