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Fatal Vehicle Collision on Wells Avenue

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A 27 year old Riverside resident died Tuesday morning in a single vehicle crash after his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a palm tree.

Riverside Police Department responded to the scene at 3:39 a.m. on Wells Avenue west of Crest Avenue.

The car was occupied by one male, a 27-year-old from Riverside, and no passengers.  According to witnesses, the 1997 white Lincoln Continental was traveling westbound on Wells Avenue at a high rate of speed when it lost control striking two trees on the north side of the street.

The solo male driver died at the scene.  Officers from Riverside Police Department responded to investigate the collision.  Anyone with information helpful to this investigation is asked to contact Riverside Police Department at (951) 353-7100.

Westside Residents Have Opportunity To Better Community Through Photography

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A powerful social action campaign, Voices 4 Change Project, has come to San Bernardino's Westside to galvanize community action toward restoration of health and safety and counter a multitude of social and health disparities. The project applies the recognized capacity of photography and poetry to effectively reach and connect to people emotionally while serving as a platform to achieve a transformation of individuals and environments.

Photovoice is highly flexible and can be adapted to specific goals, different groups and communities and distinct policy and public health issues. The photovoice technique has three aims:

  • To enable people to record and reflect their community's strengths and problems.
  • To promote dialogue about important issues through discussion and photographs.
  • To bridge the gap between what policymakers think is important and what people at the grassroots level think is important.

Westside residents that live within the Operation Phoenix boundaries (20 block region from Baseline to California to Highland to Macey) are invited to participate in the photovoice experience by attending a Voice 4 Change Project orientation on May 29th, 6:30 - 7: 30 pm, at New Hope Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Avenue, 92411.

UCR Student to Receive Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship

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University of California, Riverside student Susana Sanchez is one of 25 students nationwide who has received the highly competitive Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color for 2008-09.

These fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding minority undergraduate students in the arts and sciences wishing to pursue graduate degrees in education and to teach in American public elementary or secondary schools.

Sanchez, a third-year student pursuing a bachelor's in Chicano studies and a minor in history, cites her experience as a tutor for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program as an important step toward reaching her goal to be an educator.

Boys Booked on Barbershops

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Boys Booked on Barbershops (BBOB) /Girls Booked on Beauty shops (GBOB)  is a national, community-based, literacy program that provides children opportunities to read in familiar neighborhood sites.  Reading nooks are set up with literacy tips for parents and a variety of high interest multicultural children's books for children. The reading nook gives children an alternative to the pop culture magazines often sited at shops. Boys Booked on Barbershops' headquarters are in Memphis, TN. The organization has partnered with several community groups across the nation, including Mocha Moms, Inc to assist with  the expansion of the program.
The Inland Valley Chapter of Mocha Moms will be launching the BBOB program on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 10 am at Luv'd Ones Barber and Beauty shop in Fontana. The first 25 children in attendance will receive a McDonald's Arch card and Just For Me Hair Products. Barbers will be on hand to accept walk ins. And of course plenty of books will be available to the children.

UCR to Host Immigration Roundtable

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Respected scholars of immigration will convene for a "Roundtable on Race, Immigration and Public Policy" at UC Riverside on Wednesday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Humanities and Social Sciences 1500.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

The roundtable, part of the Paul and Diane Garrett Public Policy Seminar Series, will feature scholars with both university and policy affiliations discussing aspects of their research that touch upon questions of citizenship, identity, public benefits and local government policies.

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