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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.

Stars of Nuclear Cowboyz greet, motivate their young fans at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

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LOMA LINDA – The stars of the Nuclear Cowboyz show, currently on an all-new North American Freestyle Motocross Tour, took time off from their schedule to visit their young fans at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital on Thursday (April 12). Freestyle motocross riders Mike Mason and Dustin Miller, both members of the “Soldiers of Havoc” tribe, as well as Karla Andrade, a dancer for the “Metal Mulisha” tribe, traded stories, took pictures, signed autographs, colored some pictures, and played video games with the kids at the hospital. Nuclear Cowboyz are currently hosting a mobile giving campaign to benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The mobile giving campaign and the hospital visit coincide with the Southern California return of their FMX show, which will be held at Citizen’s Business Bank Area on April 13 to 15. In the picture, Alex Jennings, 4, of San Bernardino, shows off his piano playing skills to (from left) “Soldiers of Havoc” tribe member Dustin Miller, fellow patient Mischa Towner, and “Metal Mulisha” dancer Karla Andrade.

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