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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.

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.

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