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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.

Brown To Be Honored by NAWBO

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Corona – Publisher and California assembly candidate Cheryl Brown will be feted for her three decades of entrepreneurial success at NAWBO’s annual Amazing Women of the Inland Empire Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 pm at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. “To be recognized by such a pioneering group representing women business owners across the country is a tremendous honor,” affirms Brown. “It couldn’t come at a better time as I campaign throughout my assembly district talking to voters about what I would do to encourage small businesses and grow jobs.”

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. It is the nation’s only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries boasting more than 7000 members and 70 chapters. In 1980, Brown and her husband Hardy founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a local paper, Black Voice News, focusing on community events and points of view, which has kept its presses running for 31 years.

In addition to her newspaper publishing credentials, Brown’s business acumen extends to broadcast media. She was a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and made many promotional guest appearances on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams’ Show and Channel 11 Fox News. For more than three decades, Brown has worked on the growth and development of her community. With her BA from Cal State San Bernardino, Brown went to work for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Commissioners’ Association.

Brown’s years of experience in the California legislature extend from her posting as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod to her current work for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Her job is to make sure community issues – what matters to residents and business owners -- reach the Capitol.

“Cheryl Brown’s entrepreneurial success and her understanding of the value of small business to the California economy make her an ideal assembly member, capable of leading our state toward a robust recovery,” says Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Expanding her business leadership capabilities, Brown became a founding member of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. She has won the Cal State Business Award, the Legacy Business Woman of the Year and the 2006 Minority Cornerstone Media Business of the Year Award.

“Women business owners are helping bring back our economy and women legislators know how important it is to encourage these efforts,” adds Brown. “It’s hard, even in the best of times, to keep a business going, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to keep my newspaper up and running for three decades. To be recognized by my peers in business is most gratifying and it reminds me of how important it is for experienced women entrepreneurs to share their knowledge with those just starting out. The National Association of Women Business Owners makes this possible.”

Inland Valleys News Inc., Hosts 15th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards (COE) Gala

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UPLAND — And the Winners Are…The Inland Valley News, Inc. is thrilled to present its 15th Annual Celebration of Excellence (COE) Awards Gala, on Saturday, April 21st. There will be a red carpet arrival at 5:00 p.m. and the reception will be held from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. This year’s gala is being held at The Cable Airport, 1749 West 13th Street, Upland CA, with the theme ‘Soaring to New Heights’. The Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala is a community outreach program of the Inland Valley News, sponsored together with its non-profit organization, Shining Glory Publications, Inc. A portion of the proceeds from this extravagant event go towards providing scholarships and internships for youth and young adults from underprivileged represented communities wishing to pursue education and/or careers in journalism, publication design or other fields within the arts, communications and S.T.E.M.

The Inland Valley News is the only African American owned newspaper in the Pomona and East San Gabriel Valleys, serving over 70,000 readers each week. At the event, Publishers’ Choice Awards and Community Excellence Awards honor Inland Valley leaders as well as unsung heroes from various sectors of society for their positive impact in the Inland Valley and Inland Empire. This event celebrates the achievements and contributions of people who help make a difference in their community. “We are expecting this event to sell out. Last year there were over 300 registered guests and twenty major sponsors,” stated Mr. Tommy Morrow, Co-Publisher of the Inland Valley News. Dr. Gloria Morrow adds, “We are expecting one of the most exciting experiences at the 2012 COE. We are very grateful for those of you who continue to support the Gala each year.” The Publisher’ Choice Awards recipients are: Tracy Underwood (Toyota)- Publishers’ Choice; Buford Johnson (Tuskegee Airmen)- Lifetime Achievement; Adrienne Konigar-Macklin (Administrative Law Judge, San Bernardino County)- Leadership in Jurisprudence; Janice Rutherford (Board of Supervisors, San Bernardino County 2nd District)- Civic Leadership; Brian and Hilda Kennedy (Mt. Zion Baptist Church)- Community Builders; Bob and Suzanne Cable (Cable Airport)- Excellence in Entrepreneurship; Youlonda Copeland-Morgan (University of California, Los Angeles)- Educational Administration; and Dr. Deborah Sims LeBlane (National University)- Post Secondary Education. The Community Nominated Excellence Awards are: Dr. Kimberly Kimpel-Community Service; Dr. Anthony L. Dockery- Religion; Sherry Underwood-Education; Farrell J. Chiles-Business; and Debbie Leance-Family Hero.

The growing list of 2012 sponsors at press time are: Verizon, Raytheon, Foothill Transit, Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Transcendence Children and Family Services, Inter Valley Health Plan and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Come celebrate with the Inland Valley News as we honor these astonishing individuals, leaders and organizations. The Gala is a Black Tie event, so pull out your glamorous ensemble to be Red Carpet and camera ready. Individual tickets are $100. For sponsorship and table information please call 909-985-0072.

For more information please visit www.coegala.com and www.inlandvalleynews.com.

Julian Alexander Gold Tournament

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MORENO VALLEY - The 4th Annual Julian Alexander Golf Tournament will be held at the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club on April 21, 2012. Check-in time is 8:00 am and the registration fee is $125 for golf and the banquet. For the banquet only, the cost is $30.

All proceeds go toward the Julian Alexander Scholarship fund and scholarships are awarded to students in the Riverside and Moreno Valley communities. For registration information please contact Sheryl Bell at 951-242-7235 or Sharyne Alexander at 951-733-0288.

Julian Alexander was killed by an Anaheim police officer on October 28, 2008. The officer involved shooting was not justified. Julian grew up in the Inland Empire attending schools in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. He was a good athlete, especially in football. He was a kind, caring individual who was loved by all. Julian is survived by his daughter, Maylia (born after his death) and wife, Renee. Julian’s parents and grandparents live in Moreno Valley, San Luis Obispo and Yucaipa.

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