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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.

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

Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the City Council Thank Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod for her efforts to restore a critical revenue stream

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Fontana - The Mayor and City Council want to publicly thank Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod for her efforts to protect public safety dollars for the City of Fontana.

In June 2011, Governor Brown passed a bill (SB 89) to redistribute Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue to replace an expired funding source for local law-enforcement grants. A law in 2006, had given new cities or cities with newly annexed areas additional license fee revenue to help pay for public safety services. In recent years, Fontana has annexed thirteen miles of unincorporated area, in which these extra VLF funds were supporting public safety services for these residents. This shift in revenue resulted in an approximate loss of $700,000 per year.

This shift in funds to cities with newly annexed areas was an unintentional consequence of SB 89. Senator Negrete-McLeod understanding the need for public safety funding, joint authored a bill (SB1566) to restore vehicle license fee funding for California’s newest cities and cities with newly annexed areas. The bill is scheduled to be heard next week in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.

“I personally feel she represents the needs of Fontana residents and I am very grateful for her support of our community,” Stated Mayor Acquanetta Warren.

Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones supports SB1566 because it is the “fair and equitable thing to do.”

“I appreciate the economic challenges facing our state; however, the disproportionate share of VLF funds lost to this community is unfair to the residents I serve.” “All we are asking is that Fontana’s share of VLF funds is the same as other California cities.”

ACS African American Community Outreach Committee Free Cancer Conference

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INLAND EMPIRE – The American Cancer Society’s African American Community Outreach Committee hosting its annual free conference, this year entitled “Living Smart Cancer Awareness” on Saturday, Apri1 21, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parkview Community Hospital in the Founder’s Center Daily Room, located at 3885 Jackson St., in Riverside. Free lunch, many raffle prizes, with the support of neighboring vendors will highlight the day. Several distinguished speakers including: Clifford Eke, MD, president of the American Cancer Society, will speak on colon and prostate cancers; Dave Williams, MD, of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine, will speak on the role of nutrition and genetics in the prevention of cancer; Tanya Price will speak on the early detection and treatment of blood cancers.

“We have an opportunity to significantly reduce California death rates from colon cancer through regular screening,” said Dr. Eke, who works with cancer patients daily. This type of cancer can be prevented through early detection and removal of polyps. By doing so, you take a key step toward staying well,” added Willie Grant, co-chair of the African American Community Outreach Committee for the American Cancer Society in the Inland Empire.

This event is sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through a special grant, with support from Parkview Community Hospital, the County of Riverside; the County of San Bernardino; Inland Agency; The Pink Ribbon Place; and others. Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a million people in the U.S. count themselves as survivors of colon cancer; and more than 12 million are surviving with a history of some kind of cancer. American Cancer Society can help. Visit cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345 for details.

Green Riverside Website Nominated for Web’s Top Honor

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New York – The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences recently announced that Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) informative website GreenRiverside.com was selected as a finalist in their 16th Annual Webby Awards.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet including websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, as well as mobile sites and apps.

GreenRiverside.com was nominated as one of five finalists in this year’s Government category alongside websites by NASA, the National Parks Service, Challenge.gov and Slavery Footprint.

RPU launched the website in January 2007 to help keep its customer-owners informed of the latest environmental “green” news and promote its many energy and water conservation rebate programs as well as sustainable living practices. The easy to remember site was upgraded in 2011 to provide Riverside residents with a central point of reference to find out more about the city’s and utility’s green efforts and includes various informative maps and publications as well as links to RPU’s award-winning Green Power Report radio show.

While Academy judges like Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, musician David Bowie, and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom will select the Webby winners, the public can help decide who takes home a Webby People’s Voice Award. The public can vote for GreenRiverside.com through April 26 at http://pv.webbyawards.com/#ballot/62 All winners will be announced May 1.

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