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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Comes to Fontana

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one place where pro- and anti- war activists can come together to reconcile and honor the men and women who served in Vietnam.

Now Inland Empire residents have an opportunity to experience the deeply moving memorial via a half-size replica to be displayed in Fontana in May.

Sponsored by a coalition of veterans groups and the city of Fontana, the Vietnam Moving Wall will be displayed 24 hours a day at Fontana's Miller Park May 1 through May 5.

Special guest will be Medal of Honor Recipient Jon Cavaiani, who was bestowed the honor in 1971 for his heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam.

Besides providing a chance to honor the sacrifices of America's military heroes, the "Moving Wall" is an excellent educational opportunity, said VFW Post 772 Commander Joe Dean. His post has taken the lead on bringing the wall to Fontana.

"A lot of people don't know what the Wall is all about. This generation doesn't know what Vietnam was all about. The Wall is a remembrance, it's a healing process, and it has great educational value," Dean said. "I have talked to several schools. Some are planning to bring classes to learn about the Wall."

The "Moving Wall" will be a deeply personal experience for VFW member Ray Medina.

Long after the war Medina and some of the buddies he served with in Vietnam met in Washington DC to celebrate the anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial. Even though 30 years had passed, their bond was still strong.

"They were the guys you leaned on when you had to," Medina said. "Being at the wall brought out a lot of emotions that had been buried. I expect the Moving Wall will have a similar impact."

The organizing committee is still seeking donations in the form of cash, food, water and other needed items.

The event is cosponsored by American Legion Post 262, VFW Post 6563 and Amvets Post 1240.

It will be located at Miller Park, at Arrow Blvd. just east of Sierra. For more information contact Post Commander Joe Dean at (909) 829-9490, Ann Knickerbocker at (909) 822-8625 or annknickerbocker@yahoo.com,  or Lydia Wibert at 213-4039.

State Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee Heads to Rialto

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At an informational hearing at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday (April 24), the public can ask questions and learn more about how government agencies and those responsible can work together to rid the Colton-Fontana-Rialto area of perchlorate drinking water contamination.

The hearing at Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Avenue, will be held by members of the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee at the request of District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto). Her district is most affected by the plume of perchlorate, a defense-manufactured rocket fuel ingredient that has been associated with thyroid disease and the possibility of cancer and other health problems.

This is the first time the committee has traveled to San Bernardino County,  and  Assembly Member Carter said that she, her constituents and local officials need to know what all the agencies and those responsible for the contamination are doing to achieve a timely resolution. "Instead of each agency working autonomously, we must bring everyone to the table so we can work together as a team," Carter stated.       

Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter
The committee is chaired by District 6 Assembly Member Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), who will be attending the hearing along with other committee members.  "Assembly Member Carter asked me to bring the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee to her district  to focus on perchlorate contamination of drinking water in the Rialto-Colton basin. This is a great time to bring our members up to speed on the issues.  We know that there are federal, state and regional activities, and we want to support every effort toward cleanup.  That's why we are here," Assembly Member Huffman stated.

The Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee has jurisdiction over policy areas and legislation relating to drinking  water,  toxic contamination of  water, regulation of consumer products that contain toxic substances, leaking underground storage tanks, pesticides, hazardous waste, and the financing and redevelopment of contaminated properties  such as brownfield clean-up, and toxic chemicals in consumer products.

For more information, contact Assembly Member Carter's District Office at 909-820-5008.

CSUSB Appoints New Chief of Police

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By Ashley A. Jones

Cal State University, San Bernardino officially appointed and welcomed Chief Jimmie Brown to the position of University Police Chief on Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Santos Manuel Student Union.

Chief Brown has served on the campus for ten years holding various positions such as a Police Officer, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Interim University Police Chief. He began his career in law enforcement at the age of 14 as a Police Explorer for the San Bernardino Police Department. He later became a Police Cadet for the Rialto Police Department.

Following his position at the RPD, he served as a Reserve Police Officer with the Colton Police Department, Deputy Sheriff with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, and Investigator with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Chief Brown graduated from Southern Illinois University and earned a BA degree in Workforce Development Education. 

Chief Jimmie Brown is sworn in by CSUSBPresident Albert Karnig, Ph.D.

He is currently a member of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, California Peace Officers for Christ, California Narcotics Officers Association, and California Gang Officers Association.

The Swearing-in Ceremony included participation from Dr. Albert Karnig, CSUSB President, David DeMauro, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dennis Sprouse from the City of San Bernardino Police Department, Chief Bob Miller from the Colton Police Department, and Chief Nate Johnson from Sonoma State University.

"Today is just beautiful to have so many people here. Actually, it's much more than an announcement, it's a celebration. Jimmie has been with us for about ten years, and he has been a citizen of this area forever, a very dedicated individual, just the right person with the right touch that we need as University Police Chief," said DeMauro.

"I consider Jimmie a personal friend, so its nice to go to an event where a friend is being honored, it's a well deserved honor. Not only do I consider him a friend, but I consider him a fellow police professional, and he is a credit to our profession of law enforcement," said Dennis Sprouse.

"Jimmie is one of the most honest people I've ever worked with in my career, and this began in 1987 back in the City of Colton. He was a calming influence, great smile, people just liked him right away. I'm really proud of Jimmie," said Chief Miller.

Chief Brown said, "I feel very good, I feel great about today's celebration. My family, friends, my supporters are present and it's just amazing, I can't really describe how I feel right now. If it wasn't for the Lord, Jesus Christ, I wouldn't be here."

"I have something to say to the campus community, you have a Police Chief who is professional, you have a Police Chief who will listen, you have a Police Chief that believes in doing the right thing, you have a Police Chief that will be there for you night and day, you have a Police Chief who is caring and understanding, you have a Police Chief that can get resources, you have a Police Chief that loves this campus, and you have a Police Chief that loves each and everyone of you," said Chief Brown.

SB Public Library selected to host “Great Stories CLUB”

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San Bernardino Public Library has been selected to host a three-part reading and discussion series called the "Great Stories CLUB." The library is one of 173 libraries nationwide receiving a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host this series, developed by the ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Funding was provided for this program by Oprah's Angel Network.

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) is a book discussion program created to provide teens with an opportunity to read and discuss three theme-related books. Each title selected for the program focuses on a character who struggles with a serious challenge. As a recipient of this grant from ALA, San Bernardino Public Library will receive programming resources as well as copies of the following books for distribution to teen participants at the Y Academy, the library's partnering organization:

  • "Tyrell" by Coe Booth (Scholastic, Inc., 2007)
  • "Hole in My Life" by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002)
  • "Sold" by Patricia McCormick (Hyperion, 2006)

All programs will be held at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library. Capitola Katin and Jessica Scott, English teachers at the Y Academy, will lead the discussions of each book.  This book club is one of several activities in which the Y Academy has collaborated with the Feldheym Central Library to help their students develop a lifelong love of reading and lifelong learning.  The Y Academy, as part of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, and the San Bernardino Public Library are City of Readers partners.     The Y Academy is a community day school for tenth graders, located across the street from the Feldheym Central Library.  Each of the three books in this program focuses on the theme of choices, which is very important in the lives of these students. The hope is that discussing these books and the relevance to their own lives will encourage them to make good choices.

For more information about the Great Stories Club at San Bernardino Public Library, contact Linda Adams at 909.381.8236. For information about the Great Stories CLUB national initiative, visit www.ala.org/greatstories.

Learn About Fashion, Summer Studio And More At Art Institute Of California-Inland Empire

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The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is opening its doors to local residents interested in a college degree or a career in the creative arts.

Monica Jeffs, senior director of admissions, said the open house will be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire campus located at 630 E. Brier Dr., San Bernardino.

Councilman Rikke Van Johnson looks at one of the many Art Institute displays.

 "Guests will learn why we are America's leader in creative education," Jeffs said.

" We are presenting information about all of the majors we offer such as our new fashion and retail management program, as well as game arts and design, culinary arts, interior design, graphic design, web design and interactive media, and media arts and animation. We hope many of our guests will want to apply for our next term, which begins May 8 with day, evening and weekend courses."

The open house will also serve as an introduction to Summer Studio, a program The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire offers during summer for high school students starting their junior or senior year in the fall.

In this program, students work with a non-profit organization selected by The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire. They help the organization with design needs, thus experiencing what it would be like to work in a particular design field.

Also at the open house, there will be hands-on workshops in all of the programs, and a more extensive introduction to the new Fashion & Retail Management program.

The open house is also an opportunity to meet The Art Institute's faculty, many of whom are also working in the industry, Jeffs said. These include Robert Delgadillo, who instructs both graphic design and fashion courses at The Art Institute, and also designs ads that have appeared in magazines like In Style and Vogue.

Jeffs said members of the public can tour the facility and meet with representatives from the university's academic, student life and financial aid departments.

"Get the facts on how financial aid works, how you qualify and what you could be eligible for," she said. "You may be surprised at how much is available for students with the desire to succeed."

For more information, call The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

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