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Mr. G’s Brings “Down Home Southern Cooking” To Riverside

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By Jose Corea

From Barbeque Ribs, Fried Fish, Chicken Wings & Southern Food, Mr. G’s offers all

A particular part of American tradition has come to Riverside thanks to Mr. Donald Raye Gibson. Mr. Gibson with his wife Sandra have opened Mr. G's BBQ Restaurant and Catering; a barbeque place featuring "down home southern cooking"- a tradition famous for transforming common ingredients into luscious and impressive entrées.

Mr. G’s BBQ

Southern cooking stems from the soul tradition and has close associations with the African-American community. As slaves, African Americans would ingeniously work with the ingredients at hand, incorporating a broad variety of vegetables and parts of meat to create new dishes. Leftover fish became croquettes, stale bread became bread pudding, and each part of the pig had its own special dish.

Gibson has brought a part of that tradition passed down from his mother and their Lousiana custom to southern California. Mr. G's features southern style cooking that includes, catfish, ox tails, salmon croquettes, fried chicken, mustard greens, hot wings, and of course BBQ. His BBQ selection extends from pork ribs, beef, chicken, to hot links. Furthermore, Mr. G's menu is huge including full menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Gibson has honed his cooking skills in the tradition that southern cooking was prepared. For African-American slaves, the evening meal was a time for families to gather together in a communal atmosphere, This tradition of communal meals became the perfect environment for conversation and the reciting of oral history and storytelling. Gibson has had a lot of experience cooking for his eight children, and then more experience with the addition of fifteen grandchildren to his table.

When asked what made him want to establish his own restaurant, he answered that family was the most important factor. The second factor he stated was "I am a very good cook."

Barbara G., Arturo Gonzalez, Frank Gonzalez, Donald Gibson and Kenny Gibson.

Gibson prides the use of his own special sauces in his cooking, "It was just my mom and me when I was growing up," he recalls. "I learned all about spices and seasoning. I barbecue ribs, chickens and beef and I use a lot of sauces. I use my own special sauce. That's my secret."

Gibson's experience also includes being the owner and operating manager of House of Burgers, a restaurant established in Compton. Before opening Mr. G's BBQ Restaurant and Catering in June 2007, he was doing private catering jobs. Now Mr. Gibson states his business does a lot of catering for private parties. Recently he catered an event for Nestle for 800 people.

Gibson says you will find southern charm and great food at his restaurant. He professes his restaurant is unique because "we are the only restaurant in this part of town that sells southern food and BBQ."

Mr. G's BBQ Restaurant and Catering is located at 8022 Limonite Ave. Riverside, CA 92509. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. for more information call 951.681.1993 or visit www.mrgsbbq.com.  

Come visit Mr. G's BBQ Restaurant and Catering and experience "down home southern cooking."

Wilberforce University Wins National Case Study Competition

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The Wilberforce University Case Competition Team brought home the gold.  LaShae Scott, Chanel Green and Christopher Davis represented Wilberforce at the National Urban League's 39th Annual Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) Leadership Conference in Miami, Florida on June 4-6, 2008.

Sixty-Three colleges and universities across the country are a part of the NUL BEEP network.  The top three finalists were invited to compete in Miami at the BEEP Conference.  The finalists were from Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta, and Wilberforce University.

The goal of the Case Study was for the student competitors to redesign The Hartford's employment website to appeal to a broader diverse and multi-generational workforce.  The website redesign must attract external candidates from various social, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic and culture backgrounds.  In addition, it must positively influence and appeal to The Hartford's current internal workforce.  Recommendations should be aligned with The Hartford's brand awareness.

Ken Briggs, Hardy Brown, Christopher Davis, Gerold Young, Jamel Vanderburg, Chanel Green, LaShae’ Scott, Ashley Causey.

The Hartford sponsored the Case Competition.  The Hartford is a $26 billion dollar investment and insurance company based in the United States.  The Hartford is a leading provider of investment products - annuities, mutual funds, college savings plans, life insurance, group and employee benefits, automobile and homeowners' insurance and business insurance.

The WU Team under the impeccable leadership of their Case Study Advisor and Director of Cooperative Education, Mr. Hardy Brown prepared a dazzling presentation for the judges and audience.  The presentation summarized their assessment, which included providing a technical demonstration of the redesigned website.  After the presentation by the WU Team, there was no doubt, they provided specific enhancements and  redesigned the website to appeal to a diverse, multi-generational audience.  The judges provided the WU Team very positive feedback regarding evidence of their hard work and commitment to the competition.  One judge from The Hartford commented to his technical staff, "Did the students build this site or is this ours?" as he complemented the efforts of the winning team.

The students demonstrated extreme confidence, enthusiasm, creativity and innovation in the delivery of their outstanding presentation.  They are commended for their hard work and bringing home the gold.

A Full Service Fitness Facility

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By Jose Corea

World Gym Rialto: Real Gyms, Real People, Real Results

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "obesity continues to climb among American adults. Nearly 60 million Americans are obese with more than 108 million adults either obese or overweight. That means roughly 3 out of 5 Americans carry an unhealthy amount of excess weight."

Manny Escalante, owner and founder of World Gym Rialto plans to change one person at a time with his fitness facility offering personal training, nutritional guidance, body fat analysis, and information to its members on health, fitness and lifestyle.

ImageIn a market predominantly saturated by corporate big names, Escalante established and began operation of World Gym August 3, 2006. Instead of a "big name" he came into the market with an athletic background and an understanding of how to motivate and train others to succeed toward health and athletic goals. "I have actually been in the athletic field since 1991 when I started coaching high school football, wrestling and track at Pacific High School in SB," Escalante said, "training has always been important even as a college wrestler; the importance of training for a healthy lifestyle is an added bonus."

Having well over 17 years of experience coaching and training as an athlete himself, and with a BA in Social Science,  Escalante, with the assistance of his 6 employees, is able to provide the unique experience he has envisioned; a gym focused on the development and support of its members. The atmosphere is friendly, personable and intimate. Escalante states World Gym Rialto has set a continuous goal of providing members with quality service.

ImageThis service includes fitness evaluations to determine its members level of fitness prior to beginning any program and a gym orientation to get new members started; nutritional counseling providing personalized assessment, education, and counseling to help members meet their health and fitness goals by improving their nutrition and lifestyle; and personal training to enhance performance. All trainers are certified, professional personal trainers offering one-on-one training, whether its to maximize a fitness routine or train for an athletic event, all the staff can help optimize physical performance and increase stamina, improving agility, flexibility, body control, and mind control.

Escalante states, "The no frills approach to providing our guests and members service, being straight-forward and honest in our service program," has worked better than he has anticipated. He continues, "World Gym Rialto is always friendly, never crowded, and very clean; we make you feel at ease like you are at home." It is a flexible gym for women, men, children and families. "Its more family oriented than anything else," says Escalante.

World Gym Rialto is open seven days a week; Mondays through Fridays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 170 N. Arrowhead Ave., Rialto, CA. For more information call 909.877.4305 or visit their website, wgrialto.com.

World Gym Rialto's motto is "Real gyms, real people, real results." It is a philosophy established  from Escalante's many years of experience. His goal for World Gym Rialto is to continue its positive growth and to continue to provide excellent service.

Health Officials Warn Elderly Against Skimping On Air Conditioning

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By BVN Staff Report

Inland Counties Open Cooling Centers

Local public health officials say senior citizens have always faced a serious health hazard with Inland valley heat, and now with rising utility costs they're up against difficulties paying for life's necessities during tough economic times. 

Dialing up a thermostat, making fewer long trips, seeking shelter where it's cool - such as malls or senior citizen centers - can help the elderly avoid the pitfalls of Inland summers.  But officials warn there are disadvantages to pinching pennies.  Some older folks on fixed income may not realize that by cutting back - or cutting off - air conditioning and fans they subject themselves to heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death.

"What may seem like wise cost cutting can literally kill them," says San Bernardino County Public Health Officer Margaret Beed, M.D.

This week Beed issued an extreme heat advisory which directs public health leaders to activate cooling centers to protect residents during extreme hot weather.

Southern California Edison reported a sharp rise in the number of Inland seniors with delinquent bills. "We are particularly concerned about senior citizens on tight budgets" the utility said in a statement this week. 

Edison, the Gas Company and other utilities have instituted programs to help senior citizens having trouble paying their bill. Riverside and San Bernardino Counties also offers help to those who need assistance paying their gas and electric bills. Both counties have programs to let a third party know if someone's bill becomes delinquent.

Retired San Bernardino nurse Lillian Sanders, 76 is worried. She drives to Victorville two days a week to volunteer at a senior center. But soaring gas, food and rising utility bills have forced her to cut back.

"I'm paying about 40 percent more to make the drive, food costs are higher, now to make matters worse, my electric bill has doubled. What are seniors supposed to do? I'm worried. There doesn't seem to be an end in sight," said Sanders.

"I cut the air conditioning off and roll down the windows in my car. When I go home I set the thermostat at around 80 and open the windows when I go to bed. Gas is so high that it may get to the point that I can't make the trip to Victorville as often."

"People who live on fixed incomes have budgeted themselves. Gas prices aren't just going up 4 cents a gallon a month anymore," said San Bernardino County aging specialist Daniel Clyburn. "Seniors are facing the worst of times on fixed income."

He says the best way senior citizens can help themselves is ask for help and take advice long before considering cutting back on necessities, such as electricity and air conditioning.

"They can put out the word on the dangers we face, but we have to be receptive," said Sanders. "Many seniors are just plain stubborn. That's how we survive. I saw it in my parents and to some extent in myself."

Dr. Beed urges seniors to take precautions: Hydrate, drink plenty of water. Carry water in your car. Avoid energy drinks and alcohol. Eat light meals and wear light colored loose clothing.

She says plan ahead, schedule outdoor activities and chores during the early morning or late afternoon. Seniors (those 65 and older) are more prone to heat stress. Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that upsets normal body responses to heat. They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or produce adequate body cooling perspiration.

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties operate cooling centers throughout the region. Contact your local public health department for more information or visit www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov.   

Westside Residents Awarded Garden Plots From The Community Garden At Anne Shirrell Park

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A collaboration of community partners, residents and elected officials including Mayor Patrick Morris, Councilman Rikke Van Johnson, and County Health Officer Margaret Beed, MD, today launched a revitalized community garden at Anne Shirrell Park in a continuing effort to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables in a San Bernardino Westside neighborhood. The garden launch was made during the Network for a Healthy California (Network)-African American Campaign's 2008 Consumer Empowerment Forum for Change held at the park, 1367 N. California Street in San Bernardino.

The Forum showcases the efforts of empowered African American moms working in collaboration with a variety of community partners to change the landscape of their neighborhoods by increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables to support healthier lifestyles.

 "The African American community is disproportionately affected by obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer which can result from unhealthy dietary choices and the lack of physical activity," said Dr. Astrid Mickens Williams, Coordinator, Network for a Healthy California-Desert Sierra Region African American Campaign.

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