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$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.

The Brightest Star, Inc. Celebrates National Foster Care Month with “2nd Annual Shining Star Awards”

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By BVN Staff

Rialto — May is National Foster Care Month. This month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of more than 400,000 children and teens in America’s foster care system. On Saturday morning, May 19, 2012, at the San Bernardino Hilton Garden Inn, The Brightest Star organization is hosting its 2nd Annual Shining Star Awards, honoring those in Southern California making a difference in the lives of youth thriving in the foster care.

This year’s honorees are Albert Jackson, Coordinator of McKinley Center Brain Lab, Andre Bossieux, Program Director, San Bernardino County TAY Center, Bill Cooper, Coordinator Riverside County Education Foster Youth, Bernadette Pinchback, Program Manager, SB County Superintendent of Schools Foster Youth Services, Deborah Sutton, Executive Director of CASA Riverside County, Erin D. Phillips, President, Children’s Fund, Heidi Mayers, Executive Director, Youth Hope, Kevin Anderson, Program Manager, San Bernardino County ILP Supervisor, Michael Antonvich, Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor, Nadine Lee, Executive Director, Speak the Dream Foundation, Maricela Duran, Principal, Joan Macy School David and Margaret Children and Family Services, Marsha Slough, Honorable Judge San Bernardino Juvenile Court, Michelle Runnels, Executive Director, Aspiranet, Tammy DeHesa, Founder & President, Make A Difference, Phyllis Stricklan, Firm Director, The Children’s Law Center, Pamela Clay, Executive Director, Living Advantage.

“This year, in addition to our 16 honorees, we are delighted to honor a very special former foster youth suggested to us from Cal State San Bernardino’s EOP Foster Youth Program,” said Lea Michelle Cash, President & CEO of The Brightest Star, Inc. “I immediate thought what an excellent idea to celebrate the achievements of a deserving young person.”

Jahara Tinsley is this year’s honoree. She is currently in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and is graduating in June 2012. As a former foster youth, Jahara has beaten the odds. While statistics show that only 1-5% of former foster youth graduate with their baccalaureate degree, she has managed to maintain a strong GPA throughout her college career and will be earning her degree within 4 years’ time. Jahara’s resilience and perseverance are impressive and demonstrative of her hard work and dedication. As a result of funding provided by the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County, Jahara was granted the opportunity to be assigned a peer mentor during her freshman year. Her experience as a mentee inspired her to serve in the position of mentor as an upperclassman. She is now in the process of completing her third year serving as a mentor to former and current foster youth. Her life’s mission is to serve others. She has a particular interest in working in the field of child welfare, where she can work with and serve families that require intervention. To accomplish this goal, she recognized early on that she would have to continue her education by pursuing a graduate degree. Jahara has recently been accepted to the Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); California State University, Fullerton (CSUF); and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).

The event begins at 10:30 AM and is a breakfast brunch. Celebrities are invited to attend. The keynote speaker is David Neuman. Neuman is a television executive who has been the former President of Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television, President of Programming, Current TV, Chief Programming Officer for CNN, and Vice President of Comedy Division, NBC. Neuman currently is the owner of Blackrock Productions and is a CASA advocate and volunteer. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online. Go to www.thebrighteststar.org donation page.

Crafton Hills College Fire Academy Graduates 19 Cadets

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YUCAIPA - The Crafton Hills College (CHC) 76th Basic Firefighter Training Academy Graduation Ceremony took place at the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 18. The 19 cadets were honored by Fire Academy Chief Dan Sullivan and guest speaker John Marini of the San Bernardino City Fire Department, who is analum of the CHC Paramedic Program. Certificates were presented by Trustee Donna Ferracone, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, CHC Vice President of Instruction, Rebeccah Warren-Marlatt, CHC Vice President of Student Services, and June Yamamoto, Dean of Career Education and Human Development.

The members of the newest Fire Academy graduating class from Crafton Hills College, with their titles and home towns, are: Arturo Barba, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga (Squad 1 Leader); Mackenzie Barnett, Banning (Equipment Manager); Ryan Bell, Highland; Joshua Chronister, Colton; Matthew Glendinning, Lake Arrowhead; Kenneth Grove, Beaumont (Off-Campus Equipment Leader); Ryon Gutierrez, San Bernardino (Color Guard); Corey Holt, Hemet, (Color Guard); Zachary Knight, Rialto; Curtis Leon, Fontana; Nyle McAnally, Calimesa (Association President); Phillip Meagher, Maui, HI, (Squad 3 Leader and Color Guard) ; Jerry Morrill, Mentone; Christopher Overson, Rancho Cucamonga; Joshua Reyna, Fontana; Glenn Schwartzman, San Bernardino (Squad 4 Leader and Color Guard); Michael Stokes, Fullerton (Squad 2 Leader); William Tapp, Rialto; Steven Zamora, Rialto (Academy Leader).

The following cadets received special recognition: Academy Leader: Steven Anthony Zamora was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding leadership achievement and his extra efforts as the leader of the 76th Fire Academy. Most Inspirational Cadet: Ryan Bell was officially recognized and congratulated for his exceptional efforts as the Outstanding Cadet of the Crafton Hills College 76th Fire Academy. Academy Equipment and Key Coordinator: Mackenzie Barnett 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 76th Fire Academy Off-site Equipment Coordinator: Kenneth Grove was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding efforts in ensuring the Fire Academy equipment arrived to each of the fourteen off-campus training sites during the 76th Fire Academy.

Academy Achievement Award: Nyle McAnally was officially recognized and congratulated for his outstanding achievement in receiving the highest overall score in the Crafton Hills College 76th Fire Academy. For additional information, please contact Alisa Moore, Crafton Hills College Public Information Officer at 909.389.3333 or by email at HYPERLINK "mailto:asmoore@sbccd.edu" asmoore@sbccd.edu.


(Full class) The 76th Basic Fire Academy from Crafton Hills College graduated at the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center on campus on April 18.

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