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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – December 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com December 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The SGV-IE News covers local news for Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – November 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com October 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – October 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com September 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – September 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com August 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – August 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com July 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – July 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com June 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – June 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com May 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – May 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com April 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The SGV-IE News covers local news for Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition- April 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com March 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The SGV-IE News covers local news for Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition- March 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Competitive Coverage to Meet Your Family’s Needs

Staff Reports

Norco – At the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office, 24-hour good neighbor service is at the forefront. Smith-Rice is confident that she can meet your needs for all insurance and financial services, and promises to wow you with expert professional service.


A State Farm Agent since 1985 and a Corona resident since 1971, Smith-Rice understands the needs of the community and has worked hard to provide a palette of services that makes one-stop-shopping easy and affordable. Along with Auto insurance, Smith-Rice provides Home Owners and Renters Insurance.

“A home is a big investment, so let’s make sure you have enough coverage at the right rate,” says Smith-Rice. As well, protecting your personal property may be more affordable than you think. “The average person has over $200,000 worth of stuff that is probably not covered under your landlord’s policy. That’s where our State Farm Renters insurance comes into play,” she adds.


More important than the care of your property is the care of your family. Along with Life Insurance, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide various types of health insurance, including Long-Term Care should you become unable to care for yourself.
And for the business owner, Smith-Rice says, “I understand the needs of a business owner like you. Together we can help protect your business and plan a roadmap for your financial future.

As if all this weren’t enough, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide you with financial services such as Mutual Funds, Annuities, and even Banking (yes, Banking!), including Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and Loans.


Don’t wait another minute to help ensure your family’s well being. Call the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office today, and get peace of mind in return. A staff of professional experts is standing by at (951) 734-5290, or Toll-Free at (888) 734-5292. They are located at 2027 River Road in Norco, in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Second Street and River Road.

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Make the Wright Choice for Your Insurance

Staff Reports

Chino – When looking for an insurance company, Wright Insurance Services is the right choice. For the last 30 years, they have been providing the best in auto, home, business, and life insurance…and they are still going strong!


JB Wright Insurance Services is an Independent Insurance Agency, which means they represent many different companies so they can find the one that is right for you. Their staff has the knowledge and experience of their insurance products to provide maximum benefit and protection to their clients.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with the insurance they want at the lowest possible price, while providing them with the highest level of customer service,” said owner and agent, Joel Wright. “We can furnish our clients with an assessment of their insurance needs and choice of which package fits them best,” he added.


Being an independent agency allows customers to have stronger coverage, better protection, and the lowest possible rates. Wright Insurance Services has access to more options than any one single insurance carrier can offer. “This ability to compare pricing helps us secure you a lower premium,” said Wright.

Wright Insurance was founded by Joel Wright and his parents Bob and Myrna, and their company is now an agency that the community knows and trusts.


“It’s quite fulfilling to have been a key source of insurance for thousands of people in the Southern California area, who have come to rely on us,” said Joel Wright.

Now, customers continue to spread the good word about Wright Insurance Services because they are treated like friends and family, rather than just clients. “Professional people who treat you like family is always The Wright Choice!”


Wright Insurance Services is located in both Chino, 909-628-0444 and in Santa Clarita, 661-244-5244. Visit one of their licensed professional insurance agents at 3340 Riverside Dr. Ste. L in Chino. However, if you want a quick quote, call 909-628-0444.
“It’s always FREE and always FAST! Better protection…lower premiums…the WRIGHT choice for 30 years!”

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Autism Mom: Are You Happy?

Columnist Melody Kraemer, AKA: Autism Mom

By Melody Kraemer

Are you happy? I am. I wake up each day with a grateful heart. I do get questioned at times of how I can be happy and stay positive with so much going on in my life. Plus, raising two autistic boys who need constant care and attention.


I am not saying my life is perfect. I’m not saying I don’t cry most days and I’m not saying life is easy. I am saying I am happy.


But you cry, how can you be happy, another question I get asked.


God chose me to have, love, and raise these two special boys.


They may be a handful and life can be overwhelming though, at the end of the day, my heart is filled with joy and love.


I have the patience that I didn’t know I had. I have learned to be so understanding, and I’ve learned to enjoy the simplest smallest things in life. I’ve learned to stop and smell the flowers, though my little one will eat them if I let him. I’ve learned to enjoy life and be silly, along this autism road I am on.


I have met some of the most exceptional people on this autism road who have become my supporters, my cheerleaders, my sounding block and close friends.


I am thankful and happy every day that God chose this road for me. Did I want or ask for the autism world? No, I didn’t! The autism world chose me. I’m happy despite the obstacles in the road of my life. I have the most amazing kids and the most gracious God who loves me unconditionally and will never leave me and just knowing that is comfort and happiness. “Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.” ― Rabbi Hyman Schachtel


Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

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An Invitation for Wellness in 2020

By Nancy Stoops

Make 2020 the year you celebrate yourself.  I would like to extend two invitations to all of you. The first one is to join my new wellness website at NancyStoopsMFT.org and receive a new wellness message daily and lots of other wellness ideas as well. The second one is to attend the Taste of Wellness 2020 event sponsored by the city of Walnut This wonderful and free event will take place Saturday March 28, 2020 from 8a.m. till noon at the Walnut Senior Center located at 21215 La Puente Rd. in the city of Walnut.  Their phone number is (909) 598-6200 and all you have to do is call to reserve your spot today.  This event will offer classes on meditation, the myths of diets, proper stretching techniques, yoga, a sage burning ceremony and a free tea and snack bar. Midnight the therapy dog will be there to comfort your souls and make you smile. This will be the fourth wellness event.  For those of you that have attended before keep on coming back and invite everybody you know.  If this will be your first time attending a wellness event be prepared to be delighted!

              I can’t think of a better way to help you meet your goals then by attending an event that will teach you so many wonderful ways to embrace wellness into 2020!  I personally will be running two of the five workshops offered and would love for all of you readers to come out to this amazing opportunity to enhance your wellbeing. I’m very excited to share all the facets of my very healthy lifestyle that have served me so very well for my life.  I will be discussing so many common sense ways to help yourself and just feel better so you can all improve the very quality of your life.  I look forward to seeing all of you there and sharing all of the secrets that have provided me and my patients with a life of quality and joy!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy is now accepting new clients.  She also works as a motivational speaker.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many court mandated needs.  For more information about any of these services contact Nancy at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.

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Pastor’s Corner: Navigation

By Mark Hopper

I grew up during the Space Race of the 1960’s as America and Russia worked furiously to be the first to land a man on the moon. It was an amazing time in our nation’s history. Apollo 8 was the first time men orbited the moon and Apollo 11 was the first landing of men on the moon in 1969. America won the Space Race.

It is hard to believe that was fifty years ago. In 2019 I enjoyed reading several books and watching TV documentaries and movies about both of those remarkable moments. One of the things that caught my attention was how essential reliable navigation was to the success of those missions. I learned that the American astronauts were required to memorize the locations of a number of stars and constellations. Even though they had computers and sophisticated navigational equipment the astronauts knew they could rely on the locations of constellations and stars to chart their course to and from the moon.

I have read that Polynesians used the stars to navigate their way across the vast Pacific Ocean. They rested in the day and paddled and sailed by night aiming toward certain stars and constellations. The European explorers like Henry the Navigator from Portugal and other nations used the location of the sun and the stars to identify their location and chart their courses, too. They knew the locations of the stars were predictable and reliable in ancient times and they still are today. Now we have GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) to chart the paths for ships, aircraft and our own automobiles. These provide a reliable source for navigation and travel.

The Bible says that God created the universe. He placed the sun, moon, earth and stars in their places. The planets follow predictable orbits and the location of the stars are consistent and trustworthy. The Bible says, “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens – who created all of these? God calls each of the stars by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing” (Isaiah 40:26).

Let me encourage you to reflect on the beauty and order of the stars in the sky. When you see a beautiful full moon rising up in the eastern horizon I hope it reminds you of the regularity of the seasons and the reliability of each day and month. Give thanks to God who created the world we enjoy. You will be glad you did and He will too!

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Intro to Composting: Free Smart Gardening Workshop

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Teacher Arrested On Suspicion Of Cruelty To Student

Staff Reports

Chino Hills – A teacher in Chino Hills has been arrested for allegedly attacking a student at school according to a news release issued by the Chino Hills Police Department.
On January 24, officers investigated a report about a 6-year-old- boy who was allegedly attacked by his teacher the day before at Butterfield Ranch Elementary School in Chino Hills.
Police identified the teacher as Tina Bozikis-Coccia, 62. The alleged incident happened on Jan. 23 at 2:20 p.m. at the elementary school. The specifics of what happened were not provided by officials.
Following an investigation, Bozikis-Coccia was arrested on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child, according to the news release.

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Shining With Kindness

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT, CA—Westhoff Elementary launched its Great Kindness Challenge with a “Wheel of Fortune” game show on January 24 starring grade level teams competing to solve word puzzles in three categories: Great Kindness Challenge, Shine, and Rock Garden.

Westhoff Elementary students join a “Wheel of Fortune” game show during the Great Kindness Challenge.

Counselor Erica Robledo performed as television host Pat Sajak during the interactive digital contest assisted by Student Council co-hosts and Elementary Learning Specialist Therapi Kaplan flipping letters in true Vanna White style.

Players took turns spinning the wheel and guessing letters of familiar phrases including Westhoff Shines, Smile at Others, The Golden Rule, Make A New Friend, Give a Compliment, Do Your Best, and more.

You are my sunshine! Westhoff Elementary unveils new rock garden during Great Kindness Challenge kickoff.

The kindness week kickoff also featured the unveiling of the new Westhoff Shines garden.

Six hundred rocks were painted bright yellow and then decorated by students and staff with powerful messages and affirmations aimed at inspiring kindness.

“We’re hoping the impact of this massive kindness movement will create a positive change throughout the school culture,” Robledo said.

“This will help decrease bullying and make kindness shine at Westhoff Elementary!”

Daily activities included students wearing nametags to encourage greeting each other by name, schoolwide Bingo, arts and crafts, and mindfulness exercises promoting the “Shining with Kindness” motto.

Westhoff Elementary’s new kindness rock garden features 600 inspiring messages written by students and staff.

On Thursday, students dressed in sunny colors and classes joined a kindness garden walkthrough taking a moment to read messages written on the rocks like “You are loved” and “Be the light when others are in the dark”.

On January 31, the final day of the challenge, youngsters journaled feelings about kindness, including how they felt about giving and receiving gifts of thoughtfulness.

Fifth grader Sienna Duong successfully completed a personal goal of smiling at 25 schoolmates during the challenge.

“I liked that we set aside a week that was all about kindness – it was really fun!”

“When I look at the rock garden it makes me feel happy inside because of all the kind messages everyone wrote,” added second grader Jolyn Yu.

Teachers and staff members were also observed performing random acts of kindness by inviting students into their classes, making conversations with youngsters sitting alone at lunch, and pulling together to help alleviate the burden of a sick team member.

“This week, Westhoff Elementary took on the Great Kindness Challenge to inspire others, never give up, encourage teamwork, and shine!” said Interim Principal Denise Rendon.

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Walnut Valley USD Pays Tribute to Top Classified Employees

A Class Act! Maintenance Worker Louie Del Real is named the 2019 Classified Employee of the Year.

WALNUT, CA–The Walnut Valley Unified School District honored to a dozen standout employees during the 22nd Annual Cornerstone Awards held January 23 at the Pomona Valley Mining Company.

Congratulations to the following 2019 honorees: Mary Weir, School Administrative Assistant – South Pointe Middle School; Lydia Garcia, Instructional Aide II-Special Education – Collegewood Elementary; Louie Del Real, Maintenance Worker III – Maintenance; Debbie Brown, Secretary II – Transportation; Susan Tran, Instructional Aide II-Bilingual/Bicultural – Castle Rock Elementary; Lena Tran, Instructional Aide II-Special Education – Maple Hill Elementary; Gary Reyes, Custodian II – Collegewood Elementary; Ron Honore, Custodian II – Walnut High School; Pete Rodriguez, Custodian II – C.J. Morris Elementary; John Archer, Custodian II – Suzanne Middle School; Francisco Espinosa, Custodian I – Diamond Bar High School; and Anita Guerrero, Nutrition Services Worker I – Evergreen Elementary.

Classified (non-teaching) employees work with dedication and commitment to improve the lives of students every day. They feed and transport students, nurture their minds, support teachers and administrators, and create a positive learning environment.

“I truly appreciate all that our classified employees do for kids on a daily basis,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.

“They are the backbone and heart of our organization!”

The monthly Cornerstone Award recognizes exemplary classified staff members who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in providing outstanding customer service to the District and community.

Louie Del Real was named the 2019 Classified Employee of the Year at the culmination of the program.

“I work with an awesome team and Walnut Valley is the best!” he commented after accepting the award from Personnel Commissioners Ray McMullen, Michael Cobarrubias, and Gayle Pacheco.

Louie has been a valued Walnut Valley team member for 19 years and consistently rises above all expectations.

He is a talented “Jack of All Trades” craftsman that can tackle everything from carpentry, to painting, HVAC, and electrical work – and he even drives a truck.

“Louie truly cares about the wellbeing of Walnut Valley students and staff and that dedication is reflected in his quality workmanship,” said retired manager and nominator Ron Clouser.

The employee recognition ceremony was hosted by Dr. Matthew Witmer, deputy superintendent of Educational Resources and Dr. Danny Kim, administrative director of Human Resources.

A special thanks to the following sponsors who provided generous support for the Cornerstone Awards: Massage Envy, Benihana Restaurant, Chaffey Federal Credit Union, Schools First Federal Credit Union, California Pizza Kitchen, In-N-Out Burger, Sandy Best-McGriff Insurance, Walnut Valley Educational Foundation, and Lifetouch Photography.

Congratulations to the 2019 Cornerstone Award honorees. Front row: Mary Weir, Susan Tran, Louie Del Real, Gary Reyes, Ron Honore, Lena Tran. Back row: Lydia Garcia, Debbie Brown, Pete Rodriguez, John Archer, Francisco Espinosa, Anita Guerrero.
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Centro Basco: French Cuisine in Chino

By Michael Armijo

Chino – If you’re tired of the traditional restaurants in your area you have to try a classy and delicious place locally here in Chino since 1940.

Centro Basco French Restaurant, located at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just south of Chino Avenue, has been the best kept secret and the oldest Basque restaurant in the Valley. Featuring delicious and tasty menu items brought here for the Basque lands stretch along the Pyrennes Mountains in the southern region of France and north region of Spain. The hometown of the owner Monique Berterretche can be found just outside of St. Jean Pied Port, France.

Featuring lunch menu items, served from 11 am to 2:30 pm, such as breaded shrimp, fettuccini Alfred, calamari state, rib eye and flat iron steak, lamb chops and their infamous meatloaf meals, among many other menu items.

Centro Basco also serves burgers and sandwiches: Angus beef, steak, French dip, tuna salad, tuna melt, Lukinka sausage and their infamous meatloaf on sandwich bread, among other items.

For dinner, a four course meal will be impressive among you spouse or your clients. Serving French onion soup, salad, and bread, entrees include Roasted chicken, chicken cordon blue, breast of chicken parmesan, fettucinni alfredo, Lukinka sausage and noodles, fresh baked salmn, trout, breaded shrimp, rack of lamb, angus prime rig (14 oz), rib eye and flat iron steak, veal cutlet or pork loin chops just to name a few!

 During lunch and before dinner you can always relax in their full service bar, open to those who want to have a relaxing drink prior to eating. Always greeted with a smile and a handshake, always feel free to enjoy the Basque family atmosphere.

Their freshly made entrees for lunch or dinner are always made from scratch and always available the four course meal option, with soup of the day, salad, sourdough break, and main course. The freshness of the food is always obvious along with the feeling of the Basqu Country: friendliness and sense of family that is experienced amongst the Basque people. An atmosphere that makes coming to Centro Basco in Chino a unique, memorable and cherished experience.

Centro Basco Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday and can be reached at 909.628.9014, http://www.centrobasco.com, or just stop by at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just a block south of Chino avenue in chino.

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An Invitation for Wellness in 2020

By Nancy Stoops

Make 2020 the year you celebrate yourself.  I would like to extend two invitations to all of you. The first one is to join my new wellness website at NancyStoopsMFT.org and receive a new wellness message daily and lots of other wellness ideas as well. The second one is to attend the Taste of Wellness 2020 event sponsored by the city of Walnut This wonderful and free event will take place Saturday March 28, 2020 from 8a.m. till noon at the Walnut Senior Center located at 21215 La Puente Rd. in the city of Walnut.  Their phone number is (909) 598-6200 and all you have to do is call to reserve your spot today.  This event will offer classes on meditation, the myths of diets, proper stretching techniques, yoga, a sage burning ceremony and a free tea and snack bar. Midnight the therapy dog will be there to comfort your souls and make you smile. This will be the fourth wellness event.  For those of you that have attended before keep on coming back and invite everybody you know.  If this will be your first time attending a wellness event be prepared to be delighted!

              I can’t think of a better way to help you meet your goals then by attending an event that will teach you so many wonderful ways to embrace wellness into 2020!  I personally will be running two of the five workshops offered and would love for all of you readers to come out to this amazing opportunity to enhance your wellbeing. I’m very excited to share all the facets of my very healthy lifestyle that have served me so very well for my life.  I will be discussing so many common sense ways to help yourself and just feel better so you can all improve the very quality of your life.  I look forward to seeing all of you there and sharing all of the secrets that have provided me and my patients with a life of quality and joy!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy is now accepting new clients.  She also works as a motivational speaker.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many court mandated needs.  For more information about any of these services contact Nancy at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.

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Pastor’s Corner: Meet the President

By Mark Hopper

Recently my wife and I were traveling to Texas to meet some friends in San Antonio. Our flight on Southwest airlines took us to Dallas first and then we waited at Love Field for our short flight to San Antonio. After we found our departure gate we noticed a familiar looking person in the waiting area. I had just seen his picture in the Southwest Airline magazine on our last flight. It was Gary Kelly – the president of Southwest. He was going on the same flight we were to San Antonio.

I wasn’t sure it was him until I introduced myself and my wife and asked if he really was Gary Kelly. He greeted us warmly and assured us he was the guy in the magazine and he was glad to take a picture with us. I told him we loved Southwest Airlines and we had been flying Southwest since the time it began in Dallas when I was a graduate student in Dallas in 1971. I enjoyed our brief conversation and told him how much we appreciated the way Southwest has personally helped us on several occasions. I told him we had recently flown on one of the new Southwest flights to Hawaii a few months ago.

He was very gracious and gave the credit to the airlines’ helpful employees. As we prepared to board our flight I noticed Gary and his wife were in line with all the other passengers. He did not request or expect special or preferential treatment. I suspect most of the passengers on our flight had no idea that the president of the airline was flying with us. I have enjoyed reading many of Gary’s articles in the Southwest magazine. Many times he has stressed Southwest’s philosophy of customer service. I am confident he models being a servant leader and putting the needs of others ahead of his own. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Jesus did not come to be served but to serve others and give his life for us” (Mark 10:45). Let me encourage you to watch for opportunities to serve people around you – in your company, your community and on your school campus. They will be glad you did and you will too.

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Sell Your Casa: Gil Rivera

By Sarah Sanchez

Southern California – What does 4% opposed to 6% really mean? If you’re selling your home, you’ll pay a 6% commission to the realtors. But with Gil Rivera from SellYourCasa.com you’ll only pay 4% for the SAME AMOUNT OF WORK! So if your home sells for $500,000, at 6% you’ll fork over $30,000 for commission. With Gil Rivera you’ll only pay $20,000 for both realtors to split. That’s a savings of $10,000!!

Rivera’s Sellers love the fact that he offers a discounted commission, but with full service.  Rivera’s offer of 4% Total Commission for Sellers includes 2.5% to the Buyer’s Agent and 1.5% to Rivera’s office.  Most Realtors negotiate a 6% commission because they have to split the fees with their brokerage. But, as Rivera is the Broker, he passes on the savings to the Seller. This will save Sellers thousands of dollars in commission fees.  His team offers full service for that discounted rate including high quality flyers, professional photos, open houses (as allowable by Seller), and extended advertising coverage on the Internet and social media.

Now, more about what you’re getting from Gil Rivera at SellYourCasa.com: It’s important to know all aspects of your business.  For Gil Rivera from SellYourCasa.com, he absolutely knows every aspect of buying and selling a home.  He is a reliable, experienced, and an affordable Realtor, Broker, and Certified Appraiser.

Rivera sells houses, condos, and two to four unit investment properties in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. He just recently sold another home in Eastvale last month. He also does real estate appraisals for banks, estates, trusts, divorces, attorneys, refinances, home purchases, and probate/inheritance for tax purposes. In addition, Rivera has assistants that work with him who are fluent in Spanish and Chinese, helping to reach people of different dialects all over Southern California. 

Rivera’s philosophy is to “treat my clients the way I want to be treated.” In fact, Rivera said that he became a Realtor because he did not like the way his Realtor treated him when he was buying his home. Rivera shows respect for his clients at all times. He listens to what they say, so that he can better serve them.

Rivera also does not push his Buyers into a sale. Rivera said, “I always tell Buyers: ‘You will know right away when we walk into the house that’s meant for you’.  Whether it takes a week or months, my Buyers will always be satisfied with their purchase and never pressured into it.”

Rivera’s current promotion is, “We will SELL your house in four weeks at highest value! We only request a listing period of four weeks, while most other Realtors ask for a six month listing.” Rivera says that “Buyers need to know that they do not need to pay their Realtor any fees for representing them on a purchase. The Buyer’s agent is paid by the Seller, not the Buyer.

Check out Rivera’s website at http://www.SellYourCasa.com to see how many different cities Rivera has sold in and for additional information about his company. You can also call the toll free number at (877) 888-SOLD (7653), or cell phone number (909) 967-4525. He also currently has large freeway billboard signs throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire.Call today for a free market evaluation. ■

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Angiel’s Air Inc.

Staff Report

Eastvale – Summer may not have officially started but those who live in the IE know it is coming. We have already had a few days of high heat just to keep us honest. The Inland Empire is known for triple digit temperatures and those who reside here know how brutal the lingering heat can be. It would be prudent to ensure that your air conditioning unit is running at peak performance before it gets too hot. It can also save you big bucks in the future when you have regularly scheduled maintenance done to keep your system working efficiently. Angiel Air is ready for your call and are experts in servicing your air conditioning and heating systems.


Angiel Air, Inc. is a local, family-owned Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Company, they take pride in all the services they provide to their customers. It is their mission to keep their customers happy, satisfied and coming back for more.


When there is a problem and you need it fixed fast, no matter what time of day it is, call Angiel Air somebody will be there for you, even after hours and on weekends.


Angiel Air pricing is competitive and comes with a satisfaction guarantee. They provide a complete range of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services for all of your residential and commercial needs. With more than 20 years experience in the industry, they are HVAC 9 years ago. They do free estimates and discounts for Eastvale. But Angiel recommends that you don’t wait until something breaks to call them. By scheduling regular maintenance on your air conditioning and heating units, as well as the cleaning of dryer ducts, you not only save money in the long run, but you can ensure that your systems will provide top notch performance when you need them says Jennifer Angiel, CFO of the company, “We love our business! There is no better satisfaction than fixing an air conditioner when a customer is hot and mad, and making them feel heavenly.”


Angiel Air Inc has been recognized by yelp for the past 4 years for their 4.7 star rating, along with being awarded the Eastvale Small Business Award for excellence in HVAC for 3 years in a row. Angiel Air is licensed, bonded and insured, they do commercial and residential maintenance, service and installations.


So don’t wait until you’re hot and or cold. Call Angiel Air today and make sure that you’re air conditioner and heating units are ready to work when you need them.


Call Angiel Air at (909) 923-9086, and be sure to visit their website at http://www.angielair.net for additional information and local discounts. Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/angielair1, and get great tips, customer reviews, and even more details.

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Autism Mom: Ice Cream

Columnist Melody Kramer, AKA: Autism Mom

By Melody Kramer

“Don’t let your ice cream melt by looking at someone else’s sprinkles” Wow, isn’t that the truth?


 When I heard this the other day,  it was so accurate. I am not sure there’s even a better way to describe not to be envious or jealous of someone’s blessings (sprinkles).
 I used to let my ice cream melt by counting other people’s “sprinkles.”


Having two boys on the spectrum,  it isn’t easy and adjusting to the autism world was something that wasn’t in my plans for my life.  I started to get envious of people conversing with their children. I use to wish that my child could talk with me and hold a conversation.


 I would see people playing with their children and think if I could only do that with my child.  I would see a group of kids playing, and get teary-eyed and think I wish my child could play with other kids like that.


 I spent a lot of time counting the sprinkles of others, but in the meantime, my ice cream was melting.


 One day I decided to look at the heavens above and prayed about it all. The answer came back to count my sprinkles and quit letting my ice cream melt!


My boys are loving, kind, happy, and they may not be able to do all the things out there, but it’s ok. They are uniquely made and have amazing qualities.
My sprinkles, my blessing from above, is precisely that, Blessings!  In no way would I  ever let my ice cream melt again by counting someone else’s sprinkles because I’ve got plenty of sprinkles on my ice cream.


“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.” Quote By: Rachel Marie Martin


Never let your ice-cream melt.

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com

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Bicyclist Killed In Accident

Staff Reports

Chino – A bicyclist died after colliding with a vehicle last saturday evening in Chino, police said.

The 37-year-old man, who lives in pomona, was riding his bike along Philadelphia Street near Bridger Avenue when a vehicle struck the man, said Chino police Lt. Nick Marotta. It happened in the 5100 block of Philadelphia.

A witness had phoned police about the crash about 7:24 p.m., Marotta said. Officers arrived to find the 37-year-old lying on the pavement, unresponsive.

Paramedics transported him to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Traffic investigators have yet to determine the cause of the crash. It was not clear whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.

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Four Dies In Plane Crash Near Corona Airport

A 2006 Lexus ES330 believed to be involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Corona on Feb. 5, 2020. (Credit: Rod Richardson)

Staff Reports

Eastvale -An Eastvale woman died due to a hit and run accident but the perpetrator was caught the following day, according to Corona Police.

Brenda Richardson, 48, of Eastvale, was riding her motorcycle on River Road and Kalus Avenue around 4 pm last week when the suspect vehicle, a 2006 Lexus ES330, allegedly turned left in front of Richardson, striking the zlexus on the right side of that vehicle, severely injuring Richardson. She succumbed to her injuries the following day, February 6. She was the mother of eight.

On February 7, 2020, at about 3:56 p.m., the suspect vehicle, a 2006 Lexus ES330, involved in her death, was located in the 900 block of Rebecca Way in Corona. While officers were investigating the car, they found the male driver, 85-year-old Tashiro Isa of Corona. Officers arrested Isa for felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Gardner at (951) 817-5784.

Police arrested an 85-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run collision after the victim’s husband, Rod Richardson, found the vehicle believed to have been involved and notified authorities.

Tashiro Isa of Corona was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, according to the Corona Police Department.

According to online reports, Richardson said he found the car on Friday afternoon in the 900 block of Rebecca Way in Corona and notified police.

Investigators confirmed the recovery of the involved vehicle, a 2006 Lexus ES330, as well as the arrest of its owner, on Friday night.

“While officers were investigating the car, they found the driver, 85-year-old Tashiro Isa of Corona,” police said in an online tweet.

Information regarding Tashiro’s bail amount and initial court appearance was not available.

Brenda Richardson was riding a motorcycle when the Lexus turned left in front of her, into her path of travel, Corona police said at the time. The car that struck her sped away.

The victim leaves behind eight children, as well as a son-in-law and future daughter-in-law who she counted among her own, loved ones said on a memorial page set up in tribute to the victim. The web page had garnered more than $3,500 in donations to support the family as of Friday evening.

Brenda Richardson was known to friends as “Pinky,” “not only because she loves the color Pink, but because she used her pinky as to wave at passing motorcycles,” according to the memorial page.

“She was a very proud Navy veteran, who took pride in serving our country just as many of her family members did and one of her daughters currently does,” the statement continued. “She was a beautiful soul who made her life mission to make sure everyone she knew were cared for and knew they were loved.”

Officers arrested Isa on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Gardner at 951-817-5784.

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Four Dies In Plane Crash Near Corona Airport

Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Corona on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

Staff Reports

          Corona – Four people died when a plane crashed after taking off from the Corona Municipal Airport wednesday, Jan. 22. The plane reportedly caught fire after it crashed.

          Around 12:10 p.m., the single-engine aircraft carrying four people was departing the airport, which is located at 1900 Aviation Drive, when it crashed at the end of the runway, according to John DeYoe of the Corona Fire Department.

          The plane had a full 80-gallon fuel tank, which spilled and ignited a fire that spread to nearby brush, DeYoe said.

          First responders arrived at the scene and found the small aircraft engulfed in flames on the airport’s east side, according to the Corona Police Department.

          The blaze burned about a quarter-acre before firefighters knocked it down.

After extinguishing the flames, authorities discovered the plane’s four occupants dead; all were found to have “extensive” burn injuries, DeYoe said.

          He did not have any information about the victims, including genders or ages. The coroner’s office has responded to the scene.

          Local pilots told KTLA the plane had stopped at the airport to refuel.

It was not immediately known what caused the crash, but one witness told KTLA that issues were evident during takeoff.

          A witness, Dorothe Voll saw the aircraft hit a fence and flip over before smoke started pouring out. People immediately ran over with the extinguishers to try and put out the flames before firefighters arrived minutes later.

          The charred wreckage was visible in a brushy area just off an airport runway, Sky5 aerial video showed. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, confirmed the plane was destroyed in the crash.

          He said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, online reports said.

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Eastvale Girl Graces New Girl Scout Packaging

            Sunday marks the official start of Girl Scout cookie sale season, and a familiar face will be featured on the newly redesigned packaging.

            Girl Scout Anneliese Brasher, of Eastvale, will be featured on the newly redesigned 2020 packaging for the Caramel Chocolate Chip variety, which debuted as a new gluten-free flavor last year.

          Now a fifth grader, Brasher, 10, has been involved with the Girl Scouts since kindergarten.  She says that her six years of Girl Scouts has helped her to become more confident, outgoing, and fearless. “My Girl Scout sisters always encourage me if I am scared to try something new,” she said.  

          Her chance to appear on the group’s famous cookie boxes came in 2018, when the Girl Scouts ran a contest for the honor. Brasher submitted an application with the simple goal of earning a limited edition patch, answering essay questions about her cookie-selling techniques, goals, and accomplishments within the organization.

            Her primary technique, Brasher said, was to anticipate all the ways a customer could say no, and have a response ready.  Short on cash? “I take credit cards, debit cards, and Venmo,” she said.  Still sticking to your New Year’s diet resolutions?  “It you can’t eat them, treat them!” Brasher said, “we accept donations,” noting that she personally delivers her cookie donations to the local fire department.

In May of 2018, Brasher was notified that she had won the cookie-box contest, selected as the sole Brownie Girl Scout “Cookie Pro” in an organization of 2.5 million – she was sworn to secrecy until the nation-wide debut of the new packaging this year. 

            Her victory included a trip to New York City, where she was able to meet with female business leaders, designers of the new cookie packaging, and Girl Scout CEO, Sylvia Acevedo.

            During the trip, Brasher also participated in a photo shoot for the contest, the results of which are now featured on this season’s boxes of Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies as a part of the packaging redesign that was eight years in the making.

            The refreshed Girl Scout cookie packaging continues to emphasize what the cookie program is all about.  The updated images feature actual Girl Scouts like Brasher, and every package showcases girls participating in a diverse range of leadership experiences from exploring science, designing robots, to adventure-packed camping and canoeing.

            The Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies and other varieties of Girl Scout cookies are on sale beginning January 26, and as always, will only be available for a limited time with sales ending in mid-March. 

            Brasher hopes that her appearance on the box will inspire more girls to join the scouting organization.  “Girl Scouts has given me the opportunity to do things that I never thought I’d get to do – like archery, surfing, indoor skydiving, and or being on a cookie package!  I hope other girls see that they can do anything they dream of too!”

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Here We Grow Again

Construction on February 10 – February 24, 2020: Delays

Post Date:02/05/2020 1:18 PM

AAA Contractors will perform construction activities at westbound Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue. Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected.

Location: Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue

Duration: February 10- February 24, 2020

Time: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Traffic Impacts & Advisories During Construction:

• Intermittent lane closures on westbound Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue with at least one lane open at all times.

• Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.

• Please obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.

• For known delays in traffic, plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel.

For additional information, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470. We appreciate your patience and cooperation through this inconvenience.

Note: Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com February 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The SGV-IE News covers local news for Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition- February 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com January 2020 theCityofWalnutNews.com is available online!

The SGV-IE News covers local news for Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition- January 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Eastvale News Complete Print Edition- September 2019

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The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

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Chick-fil-A Opens In Eastvale

Staff Reports

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale finally announced the date and time that Chick-fil-A will be opening its doors. Chick-fil-A’s official opening will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 a.m.

Chick-fil-A will not continue their “First 100” tradition at the Eastvale location due to COVID-19. Normally when a new location of Chick-fil-A opens, the franchise will give the first 100 customers free Chick-fil-A for a year. But since they are not allowing customers to camp out this year, they are providing free Chick-fil-A for a year to 100 people that are making an impact in their local communities. The “Community Hero” recipient will be announced on the Eastvale Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page, according to a news release.

The Eastvale Chick-fil-A will have a multi-lane drive-thru and be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new restaurant is located at 5080 Hamner Ave., at The Station in the Goodman Commerce Center. The Station is a 650,000 square-foot retail center located adjacent to the I-15 Freeway between Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Bellegrave Avenue in Eastvale’s most northeast corner of the City. Chick-fil-A will be joining other retail and dining options at The Station, including In-N-Out Burger, Costco, Yoshiharu Ramen, and the recently announced 99 Ranch Market with Cravings Food Hall.

Metz Air Control Voted #1 in Customer Satisfaction

Customers participating in Maintenance Protection Plans receive a 24-hour turn-around service as well as discounts for parts and service. Please call the office @ 909-628-9525 for more information about this program.

Staff Reports

Chino – Metz Air Control has been in business since 1977 and is located in Chino. The family owned, once small company, has expanded to 16 employees. Jon and Bryan Metz are brothers who own the business together. They are dedicated and determined to uphold the values their father taught them about business and life. They pride themselves on offering honest and dependable service at a competitive price.


Metz Air Control is well known in the community and they believe their positive ratings are attributed to the relationships they build with their customers. They are a member of the Chino and Eastvale Chamber of Commerce and support local charities and sports teams. Metz Air Control is currently expanding their services as the surrounding communities continue to grow in housing and development. They currently serve San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Metz Air Control has been a Trane Comfort Specialist since 1999; not every dealer qualifies as a Trane Comfort Specialist. Dealers need to meet Trane’s stringent standards and demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuing education. Homeowners can trust a TCS dealer will deliver a quality installation and superior customer experience.


Every year, Metz Air Control has been recognized by Trane for outstanding customer service based on customer reviews. The communities of Chino & Chino Hills have voted Metz Air Control the People’s Choice Award for the “Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company” for the past 4 consecutive years. Metz Air Control is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau, 5-star YELP Company, has a 5-star Facebook rating and 5-star Google rating.


The office staff has been well trained to provide personal and professional services. Whether you are calling to set up a service call, need maintenance or just need information, they will make sure you are pleased with your overall experience.
When it comes to installation, every technician is background checked and trained to provide an exceptional experience for their customers. From a simple condenser change to a custom home with several systems, zoning and custom grills, Metz Air Control will provide you with a top-quality experience. They also do package units, duct changes, zoning, duct cleaning and much more.


Metz Air Control provides Maintenance Protection Plans to their customers for increased value and service. Customers participating in these plans receive a 24-hour turn-around service as well as discounts for parts and service. Please call the office @ 909-628-9525 for more information about this program.
Seasonal specials include maintenance discounts, manufacturer rebates, and promotional offers that can always be found on their website @ http://www.metzaircontrol.com. Metz Air Control offers many financing options to fit your individual needs. They are also a participating contractor for the HERO and Benji Financing programs offered through Renovate America.


Metz Air Control is licensed, bonded, and insured. It is important for homeowners research any contractor you bring into your home to make sure they meet these same standards.


Metz Air Control is proud to say that over 70% of their business comes from referrals. They believe a referral is the best compliment a customer can give them.

Christmas Isn’t Cancelled

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“Let nothing you dismay, Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas Day, To save us all from Satan’s power, When we were gone astray, Oh tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy…”

These are the amazing words from the Christmas Carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”  I love these words.  Such a reminder of the Heart of Christmas.  During this Covid-19 Climate, people have unwittingly said “we have to cancel Christmas.”  I understand the reason for the phrase, I understand the fear and the hurt that this year has brought.  I also understand not meeting with family because of uncertainty.  But the message of Christmas is so much more than a gathering or gifts. 

I pray that this Christmas, we don’t miss the heart of the celebration of Christmas.  We see some in the Gospels who missed the heart of Christmas.  We see the innkeeper who missed out on Jesus because he was too busy (Luke 2).  We need to make time for the Lord.  We see that King Herod was too fearful to let Christ rule his life (Mat 2).  Turn to Christ today.  Don’t let the pandemic replace Christmas in your heart.  May we not allow anything take the place of worshipping Jesus Christ, who is the true meaning.  Christmas is the ushering in of hope to this world.  The hope of eternal life.  This hope was wrapped and placed in the manger. 

We remember Jesus wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger (Luke 2:12).  In time, your Christmas gifts will mostly be forgotten.  But God has given us the ultimate gift—the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.   This year lets mindfully peel back the exterior and look at the Heart.  Jesus is our gift.  May we remember it’s God’s eternal Gift that cancels out the power of sin and death over us who trust in Him (John 3:16).

Due to school closures, Calvary Chapel Eastvale is temporarily meeting in a “Drive In format” at American Heroes Park at 8:30am and 10:30am.  All midweek services can be viewed on Facebook Live at 7pm.  All of our services can be viewed on our Facebook Channel (Calvary Eastvale).  Download our online bulletin to stay current at calvaryeastvale.org.

The Christmas Train

By Mark Hopper

One of my favorite Christmas toys was my train. I received a Lionel Train set for Christmas when I was a young boy. We have a photo of me and my father and my grandfather playing with my new train on Christmas morning in the early 1960’s. We still have the brochure that came with the train. The date on the brochure says 1962. 

The train set was lost for many years in a closet in my parent’s home.  I thought they had given it away after I got married. When we helped my parents move out of their house, my brother discovered the train set. But he didn’t tell anyone. He surprised me on Christmas Day with this mystery box.

Now we have a photo of me, and my children and my father playing with that old train at Christmas in the 1980’s. After we moved to Diamond Bar, the Christmas train ended up on a shelf in our garage for many years. Finally, some of our adult children asked me to get the train down and set it up for their children to see.

I was reluctant to do it. I didn’t know if the train even worked anymore. But, children and grandchildren can be pretty persuasive.  I finally got the box down and set up the train around the Christmas tree. To my surprise it worked! However, the wires that powered the transformer were brittle and the train engine was sluggish. I took the engine and transformer to a model train store in Costa Mesa. The owner was able to clean it up and lubricate the engine and put a new cord in the transformer. My childhood train was running again.

Every Christmas season we set up the train Lionel Train again.  When the grandchildren come to our house, I let them help me set up the train around the Christmas tree. I let them help me operate it too. They enjoy it and I do too. Even the youngest ones have become confident in driving the train. It is fun watching them start and stop the train. They like to load things on the different train cars and deliver their freight to different destinations. There are some train wrecks from time to time but they make the necessary repairs and get the train running again.  My wife took a video a few years ago to capture the memory of another generation playing with the train.

I hope that my children and grandchildren will continue the tradition of playing with the Lionel Train with their own families for many years to come. It is one of my most memorable Christmas gifts.

You can find more stories and articles by Mark Hopper at his web site – letmarkencourageyou.com. His book with 365 stories and articles (one for each day of the year) is available for $25 which includes postage – contact him at markh@efreedb.org.

Autism Mom: Twas The Night Before Christmas

By: Melody Kraemer –  Mother of two autistic boys

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

everyone was awake and wouldn’t settle down.

With the chaos and madness that was looming in the air

nothing was being done with care

due to the excitement for Santa Claus soon to be there.

Mama was going crazy and growing tired of it all.

Her patience was running thin

she was about to reach out to Santa with a call.

The kids were running amuck and wouldn’t go to bed,

while mama took Tylenol for her aching head.

Mamma and daddy decided on a  nightcap

and regretting the afternoon when the kids took a short nap.

When all of a sudden the house quieted down.

Mama got worried and started looking around.

The kids were playing on their Ipad and not making a sound.

Until one child saw mama and started following her around

to download an app that he just found.

The tiredness and the exhaustion from the holiday bliss,

mama  finally reached her limit and yelled, if you don’t go to bed now

Christmas you will surely miss.

So with a twinkle in their eyes and smile on their face

the kids never settled down, and momma asked God for grace!

 “Merry Christmas to all and to all a peaceful night.

2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Eastvale Still Thrived in 2020

Staff Reports

Eastvale – As we look back on the year 2020, despite the pandemic and all that has happened in the world, Eastvale still managed to thrive throughout the year. New businesses were still scheduled to open, construction continued, and the City obtained various awards over the year. In addition, Christmas was not cancelled in Eastvale, as there were virtual and socially distanced events that took place this holiday season. There were also some really great decorated houses for community members to view. In addition, the community came together to donate masks and essential items, to find lost pets, and to display various acts of kindness throughout the city. 

Bryan Jones, Eastvale City Manager, recently issued a news release highlighting all the wonderful things that happened in Eastvale.

“City staff really showcased their grit and solutions driven approach with their adaptability to better serve the communities in new ways with all the new technologies that were implemented through this pandemic. We now have an electronic check-in system at our front counter along with many other services that can now be provided virtually, and we are now live-streaming our City Council and Commission meetings.

However the real MVPs this year were you, the Eastvale community! You made Eastvale the priority by shopping and dining local and taking care of your neighbors. This helped keep us in a strong financial and connected position for the coming year, and for that, we and our local businesses thank you! Love Eastvale! Shop Eastvale!

During these challenging times, we saw true leaders display acts of kindness and lend a helping hand to those in need. We saw the Eastvale Crime Watch page get repurposed into a generosity page for donating essential household items. We saw the Just Move Campaign with Move Through Motivation bring people together to move and create a healthier more connected community. We partnered with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce on the COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund and 2020 High School Graduate gift cards to local restaurants, which injected tens of thousands of dollars into our local economy, along with the Veterans Day Yard Sign Campaign to recognize our hometown heroes.

We also saw civil unrest in the country back in June, yet in Eastvale we had peaceful protests that we turned into conversations within the community resulting in a community leader driven Inclusionary Task Force with individuals representing our diverse community, including City Hall, Schools, Churches, and Law Enforcement. It’s critically important that we have the necessary conversations and take the appropriate actions to allow everyone’s voice to be heard, everyone’s face to be seen, and everyone to feel welcome and safe in our commUNITY.”

Jones also discussed the accomplishments and awards the City were given. “It was great to see Eastvale add to our award-winning organization this past year. Among these recognitions were:

– The Arts Innovation Award, from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, for our City mural, “Eastvale: We Built this City”, created by Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill and on display at City Hall.

– Three different Polaris communications/community engagement awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for our “Did You Know Video Series”, “We are the City of Eastvale Video” and the “Elysia Matthews & Deputy Myers Story”.

– The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2nd year in a row.

– The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting from GFOA for the 9th year in a row.

– Recognized as the 2nd least financially at-risk City in the State by the independent California State Auditor.”

Jones congratulated the new City Councilmembers and he discussed the many things to come in 2021. “We have many things to look forward to in 2021. We are about to launch our 2nd Community Satisfaction Survey in conjunction with our updated Strategic Plan. This helps us ensure that our priorities for the future, match the priorities of the community. Please keep a look out for the survey launch in early January and share your voice!

In addition, if you haven’t signed-up for Engage Eastvale yet, now would be a great time to do so and engage in the Eastvale 2040 community engagement and planning process.

We also celebrated several economic development wins this past year with multiple signed leases from new businesses and groundbreakings. There are several exciting new dining options opening in the coming months with JINYA Ramen Bar coming to the Cloverdale Market Place, Chick-fil-A coming to The Station, and Fire Wings coming to the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center. This doesn’t include the many other shopping and dining options that are coming to Hamner Place and The Merge! We are excited to see our first hotel, Staybridge Suites, start to go vertical in 2021. It will be a 4.5 star hotel with a rooftop bar/restaurant, conference/event center and pool cabanas. Don’t forget to connect with us on social media to hear about other new and exciting businesses that are coming to Eastvale.

We are also hoping that the Leal Ranch will close with a master developer so that we can begin creating our Destination Downtown, the heartbeat of the community along with a Public Library, City Hall, 3rd Fire Station and Police Sub-Station.

We also have some key infrastructure wins we are excited to work with the community to design and implement, including an $8 million grant for trails along both Scholar Way and Harrison Way to enhance walkability, and nearly $9.5 million in state funding for the Limonite Extension across the Cucamonga Creek West of Archibald Avenue, better connecting us to the City of Chino. Speaking of connecting and expanding, the Hamner Bridge across the Santa Ana River will begin the widening construction process to 6 lanes in early 2021 to better connect us to the City of Norco!”

Celebrate You This Year

By Nancy Stoops

As 2020 comes to an end I think we should all be very proud of how we survived.  The pandemic changed things this year for everybody.  Now the holidays are upon us and we are trying to figure out different and safe ways to celebrate.  Many of us will have virtual celebrations but make sure you celebrate. Take sometime to reflect the changes in you and the new found coping skills and courage that seemed to appear in you this year.  Be proud that you are still standing.

Make sure that you get out however you can this year and celebrate.  Take sometime to drive in a neighborhood with lovely holiday decorations.  Go ahead and make those marvelous holiday cookies and plan a drive by cookie and gift exchange.  Remember just because we have to celebrate differently doesn’t make our celebration a bad thing.  Be creative this year and start some new holiday traditions this year.

            Be kind to yourself and make the holidays as easy as they can be.  Take sometime for yourself to rest and relax and recover from this very difficult year. Think about how adaptable you had to be this year and feel some pride. Just take sometime to enjoy the season however you choose to celebrate.  Remember to be grateful that you are still here and just enjoy being here. Look at the holiday lights, smell those wonderful cookies in the oven, decorate your home to make you smile and do an act of kindness for others this magical season.  I wish you all and joyful and very peaceful holiday.  I hope you all find amazing ways to celebrate the holidays and to bring in the New Year.  May all of you be showered with an abundance of magical holiday blessings!!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancystoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Riverside Sheriff’s Department Coroner

Eastvale, Norco, Jurupa Valley – This holiday season, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to keeping the public safe and urges people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if you plan to drink.

Starting Dec. 14 and through New Year’s Day, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have deputies on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, intended to show zero tolerance for drunk driving and keep roads safe.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow as construction continues, new dining is expected, and military banners are being added. Check out a recap of what’s happening in Eastvale below.

On Dec. 14, environmental mitigation work began under the Hamner Avenue bridge, in the Santa Ana River bed and along Hamner Avenue in the project area. During construction, two lanes are expected to remain open with possible traffic control and flagging if necessary, according to the City.

“Traffic lanes are subject to close intermittently due to unforeseen construction circumstances or an emergency situation,” stated a news release. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, nighttime work may occur as necessary from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. For more information on the Hamner Avenue Bridge & Widening Project, visit www.HamnerAveProject.com.

On Dec. 9, it was announced that all JCSD Park Playgrounds and exercise equipment are now open. JCSD reminded the community to follow the simple steps below to help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open and FUN!

WEAR A MASK – Everyone 2 years and older should wear a mask covering their face.

MAINTAIN DISTANCE – Maintain physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different house-holds and prevent crowding of children.

NO FOOD OR DRINK – Do not eat or drink in playground to ensure face masks are worn at all times.

WASH HANDS – Wash or sanitize your hands before and after you visit.

PLAN AHEAD- Visit the park at different times or days to avoid crowds and waits.

KNOW WHEN TO STAY HOME- Elderly individuals and people with under-lying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.

SHARE OUR SPACE – To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your visit to 30 minutes when others are waiting.

On Dec. 8, the City announced that the Limonite Gap Closure Project received $9.4 million in State Funding from the California Transportation Commission. “Funding was provided through gas tax revenue authorized by Senate Bill 1,” stated the City.

The Limonite Gap Closure Project involves the construction of a “new urban arterial segment of the Limonite Avenue corridor.” This segment will connect Kimball Avenue west of the Hellman Ave intersection to the existing portion of Limonite Ave, east of Archibald Avenue.

The City also stated that the project includes the construction of a four-lane roadway along the corridor, multi-use trails/bike lanes along the north and south side of the corridor, a vehicular bridge and pedestrian structures crossing the Cucamonga Creek Channel.

“Special shoutout to Western Riverside Council of Governments and RCTC for their regional support on this important project in our City!”

In addition, new dining options are almost ready to open their doors in early 2021. The City of Eastvale is excited that new signage has been installed for the dining options below. 

Fire Wings is coming to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court on the corner of Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue. They will offer guests over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal.

JINYA Ramen Bar is coming to the Cloverdale Marketplace located at Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue. They will offer a delicious assortment of in-house broth for ramen, and a range of different food options that everyone can enjoy. They will have vegan and vegetarian options, and plan to have a full premium bar with an outdoor seating area.

Chick-fil-A is coming to the Station at the Goodman Commerce Center. They will join an already exciting lineup of restaurants and retail options with In-N-Out, Costco, and the soon to come 99 Ranch Market. 

Lastly, on Nov. 22, the City raised seven new military banners along Archibald Avenue. The new banners were raised to honor the following military personnel:

Albert A. Camacho, U.S. Marines

Brandon J. Nikodym, U.S. Marines

EJ Rhod Villanueva, U.S. Navy

Elochukwu J. Ude, U.S. Navy

Haley Pyne, U.S. Marines

Joseph Zapata-Clark, U.S. Coast Guard

Nolan H. Jorgenson, U.S. Navy

“The Eastvale Military Banner Program was implemented in 2014 to recognize and celebrate Eastvale residents and immediate family members who are currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, which include the following branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard,” according to the City. “The City is proud to showcase these brave men and women along Archibald Avenue. Installations happen twice a year in the Spring and Fall.”

New Eastvale Mayor And Councilmembers Selected

Staff Reports

Eastvale – At the Dec. 9 Special City Council meeting, a new Eastvale Mayor was selected and made history in California. A new Mayor Pro Tem was also selected and the two new Eastvale Councilmembers were sworn in.

Jocelyn Yow was selected by the City Council as the new Mayor of Eastvale and Councilman Clint Lorimore was selected as the new Mayor Pro Tem. Both will serve a one-year term in their positions. In addition, Christian Dinco (District 2) and Ike Bootsma (District 5) were sworn into office as Eastvale City Council Members. Also at the Special Meeting, outgoing Mayor and Councilmember Brandon Plott was recognized for his dedication and service to the City of Eastvale for the last four years.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Mayor Jocelyn Yow

Yow made California history as she is now the youngest minority woman to be selected as Mayor in California. Yow is 25-years-old and was elected to the City Council in 2018 then she served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2020. The City of Eastvale also provided the following information about Yow:

“From an early age, public service has been part of Jocelyn Yow’s life and a source of growth and inspiration.  Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, her family has always emphasized the importance of giving back and community service. She serves as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and is a member of the Lions Club. In 2011, Mayor Yow’s family moved to the Inland Empire and settled in Eastvale. 

She became involved in advocacy while attending her alma mater Norco College and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree.  Yow served as a district representative for the California State Senate and an aide for the United States House of Representatives, where she worked to help seniors, families, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and children to access valuable government services.  She is currently the policy manager for IGNITE, a national nonprofit to elect more women to positions of power.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Mayor Pro Tem Lorimore

Lorimore, serving as the new Mayor Pro Tem, was first elected on the City Council in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2017. He also served as Mayor in 2018. The City of Eastvale provided the following information about Lorimore:

“Clint Lorimore has a strong track record of public service and a dedication to the region in which we live. Having dedicated himself to actively engaging with the community, He volunteers his time with various local organizations, including Eastvale Rotary. He is a successful small business owner, who has previously worked for the State Legislature, served as a regional appointee of the Governor and has also worked as an analyst on issues relating to national security. He currently serves as 1st Vice-President of Southern California Association of Governments.

Mayor Pro Tem Lorimore graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Policy in 2004. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. As a recipient of Rotary International’s Ambassadorial Scholarship, Clint also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2008 where he graduated with a Masters of Science.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Councilmember Ike Bootsma

Bootsma is a newly elected councilmember but he previously served on the City Council from 2010 to 2016. In addition, he served as Eastvale’s Mayor from 2013-2016. Now he is back on the council ready to serve after receiving the most votes for District 5. The City of Eastvale provided the following information about Bootsma:

“Ike Bootsma was born third from the youngest of nine children to immigrant parents, Trynje and Jim Bootsma. Ike’s family was one of the first to settle in the Chino Valley in 1938 when the dairy’s began their exodus from Artesia. 

In 1975, Ike started a Calf Ranch in Eastvale. It was a very successful operation until its closing in May of 2007. The Calf Ranch was an important component of the dairy industry, where they raised calves for Dairy replacement. Ike started what became known as “contract” raising. It was a very good enterprise and worked well for the Dairy industry and for his family.

…He is an active member of the Eastvale Kiwanis Club; raising money each year to provide Eleanor Roosevelt High School students with college scholarships and participating in monthly street clean-up events as part of the Eastvale Roadway Adoption Program.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Councilmember Christian Dinco

Dinco is also a newly elected councilmember, serving for the first time on the Eastvale City Council. However, Dinco is not new to the city. “Dinco and his wife Judith have been residents of Eastvale for ten years,” according to the City. “They have four children, Savannah, Delaney, Connor, and Brady.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California Baptist University in Leadership and Public Administration and has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. 

He is currently a Lieutenant with Riverside Police Department, supervising Aviation, SWAT, a Parole and Corrections Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, and a newly formed UAV program.  He has previously worked as a detective in investigations, narcotics, auto theft, property crimes, SWAT, major investigations, community services bureau, and press information officer. 

Councilmember Dinco has been the President of Eastvale Little League for the last five years and is an active coach in the league as well.  He is also a youth soccer coach with Empire Soccer, and Friday Night Lights youth flag football and has also previously coached with Eastvale’s Pop Warner football program. Christian is dedicated to community service and is looking forward to contributing to our great City of Eastvale.”

Lastly, Brandon Plott is leaving the City Council and his position as Mayor due to personal reasons. He announced his departure earlier this year via Facebook. Mayor and Councilmember Plott served on the City Council these last four years. 

“Brandon’s sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to the City of Eastvale was evident throughout his time on the City Council and we’ll miss seeing him up on the dias!,” stated a news release.

Inland Christian Home: Quality Environment For Seniors

Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists seniors in many ways. They are located at 1950 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario. For more info call (909)467-6153 or visit http://www.ichome.org.

Staff Reports

Ontario- Inland Christian Home, was founded by a number of local churches and began providing services in 1978. The primary mission of the community is a reflection of the heritage of its founders: to provide quality affordable individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, it’s a place you can feel right at home. The community’s non-profit status promotes this mission as there are no owners who profit from its operation and all the revenues received are reinvested into the operations of the facility.

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, it is important to know they have options. The aging process is not always an easy one and, at times requires the assistance of others. Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists in many ways. Its primary mission is to provide quality, affordable, individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, making it a place you can feel right at home.

Inland Christian Home, being licensed as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) through the Department of Social Services, provides many different levels of care which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Adult day care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Custodial Home care Services. The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds, offers seniors very unique advantages. Our philosophy is to encourage our residents to live as independently as possible at the lowest level of care. Our residents’ individual needs and desires are always considered in the arrangement of these services. We want Inland to be their home, not the facility in which they live, where all are treated as individuals and they participate and are given choices in how they live.

The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds offers residents some very unique advantages. Residents can continue to reside at the community even though their abilities may change. Resident and their families have the comfort in knowing that their needs will be met. Inland Christian Home is a close-knit community that promotes the maintaining of social relationship residents have with other residents, friends, and family.

Inland Christian Home also provides services to those who prefer to stay in their own homes. Custodial Home Care services make it possible by providing assistance with housekeeping, cooking, shopping, meal preparation, bathing, and dressing through educated caregivers.

Inland Christian Home is here to promote aging in place, and gives seniors the ability to live at the lowest level of care even though their abilities change and their families have the comfort in knowing their needs will be met; making it a place you can feel right at home.

Inland Christian Home is located at 1950 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario. To learn more about their facility or to schedule a tour, call (909) 467-6153 or (909) 983-0084 visit http://www.ichome.org.

Our Life: Green Eggs and Ham

By Michael Armijo

I’ve looked at society and the everyday human being and I’ve come to the conclusion that; “I just don’t understand.” I don’t understand why people react the way they do, they play little games with others and sometimes, so adamantly, they convince themselves that life really is the misery that they proclaim. They realize that they have power and they pick and choose whom they’re going to benefit. Some people just feel they have the experience and the knowledge to choose who will gain from their power and their position in life; it’s up to them and no one else.

After getting off the phone with someone who had somewhat authority to make life easier for everyone, this person decided that today wasn’t a day to help anyone. At some point in our conversation, she realized that she isn’t going to help, and wouldn’t. Her logic was, “too bad,” and without regard, she decided she was not going to grant me any wishes. She decided that, based on my history, I didn’t deserve anything and I had no choice but to suffer the consequences of the misunderstandings that were evident.

I understand that a structured life has somewhat of a protocol, and procedures were made to reduce error and to be productive. But I also understand that there is an immeasurable element that structure, protocol, and procedure will have to take a back seat to, a measure I call “human compassion.” Not always will there be an answer we’ll always want to hear, and “too bad” ranks up there with the bad words, right next to “can’t” and “impossible.” I believe it’s not what you say in life, it’s how you say it.

When we speak to other individuals, we need to understand the importance of getting our point across. We need to understand the importance of communicating and educating others in order for them to see the entire picture. And when we run into those individuals who prefer not to educate others but instead choose who their power will benefit, we sometimes lose that wonderful vision of life that keeps our heart beating and allows our spirit to replenish.

Although we can sometimes feel that we are in a minority of society, we being the positive and outreaching, and regardless of these misunderstandings in life, regardless of the good intentions that we try to convey as true while others disregard, I still believe in many fantastic things. I still believe in the deep colorful shades that secrete in beautiful rainbows. I still believe the visual childhood implemented premise of the handsome prince charming coming for his beautiful princess, and that a gentle loving kiss can awaken her from her deep and lonely sleep. I still believe in the premise that wonderful people receive wonderful things at Christmas time. I still believe in the treasured happiness that our teachers and our parents implemented into our hearts; those unbelievable bedtime stories of happy scenarios with wish-like endings. And more importantly, I believe in the persistent philosophy in the certainty of the impossible in an age-old phrase that we’ve come to question; that there is a delicious taste embedded somewhere in “Green Eggs and Ham.” And regardless of all those who are out there, this belief helps me keep my faith in the goodness of the human spirit.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow and come together despite all that is happening. Below is an update on what’s going on in the community, information courtesy of the City of Eastvale.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has kept our community safe and are going the extra mile to keep safety as priority through the holiday season. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting increased patrols at the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center starting on Black Friday through Christmas. In addition, RSO will also be providing traffic control at the Amazon Distribution center at no additional cost to the City.

The Eastvale City Hall has grown and you may see these new faces: Senior Community & Building Safety Specialist Tamara Marquez and our Community & Building Safety Specialist Sonia Sanchez. These two positions were recently transitioned from contract services to in-house City staff positions, which combined with the other positions brought in-house, saves the City over $600K annually.

The Building and Safety Front Counter is available to process your water, solar, pool, and patio cover permits. They are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. and by appointment in the afternoon. You can check-in to the front counter through the City website.

In early November, the City of Eastvale was honored to be recognized with multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America PRSA Inland Empire Chapter

One of the awards was in the ‘writing’ category reflecting on an embrace with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Deanna Myers and a Eleanor Roosevelt High School student, Elysia Matthews, during the Black Lives Matter protests in June 2020.

The City also received an award for their “Did you Know” video series featuring our Communications Department, where we share information with our community so they can be informed champions.

Along with the “We are the City of Eastvale” video, which humanized the City Hall staff and why they choose to serve our community to form connections with the people we serve.

Thank you again to PRSA for the recognition of these important projects and initiatives that align with our core values of Kindness, Grit, and Solutions-Driven with courageous, creative and collaborative results where we champion experiences that engage, excite, and elevate our commUNITY!

On Nov. 9, Norco College announced that they have broken ground on the new Veterans Resource Center. This new Center will expand and enhance programs and services to veteran students by offering college credit for previous military service, counseling, mental health services, and access to community and veterans resources. For more information about the Veterans Resource Center, visit norcocollege.edu/veterans

On Nov. 5, the City of Eastvale also received the Arts Innovation Award from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership – IEEP during their 8th Annual Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet Virtual Awards Ceremony for our now award winning mural themed, Past, Present, and Future, entitled Eastvale: We Built this City, painted by local resident artist/muralist Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill!

This mural was created with the Incredible vision by our community and City Council to celebrate and document our 10th Anniversary of Incorporation as the State’s 2nd youngest City.

Voortman’s Egg Ranch

The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff Reports

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pastor’s Corner: Joe & Charlotte

Joe and Charlotte began to attend our church when I was the new pastor at Chapel in the Hills in Tucson many years ago. Although I had served on the staff of larger churches, this was the first time I was on my own after graduating from seminary.

I was pretty young to be leading a church. The church was small. A secretary came in one morning a week to print the Sunday bulletin. The church treasurer was a volunteer. Our attendance was small and our resources were limited.

Joe and Charlotte lived in the neighborhood and they actually attended a larger church across town. But they started coming to our Sunday evening services and to our mid-week Bible study. They were school teachers and loved kids. They had served with a ministry providing children’s Bible programs in rural areas of Arizona. And they rode a tandem-bike along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans during two summers.

They offered to lead our first summer Vacation Bible School to reach children in the community. I was so thankful to have the help of this remarkable couple. They came with ideas and experience that were invaluable. VBS was a success and we met a number of new families in our area.

There is a similar couple in the Bible. Their names were Priscilla and Aquila and they worked with the Apostle Paul on a number of occasions. Paul said that they had actually risked their lives to help him. Later they started a church in their own home (Romans 16:3-5) and they provided solid Bible teaching to a budding evangelist named Apollos (Acts 18:26).

I believe God loves to bring older, seasoned people into our lives to help us in our career or ministry. Let me encourage you to watch for an Aquila or Priscilla who is willing to help you grow and learn. And be willing to use your knowledge and experience to be an Aquila or Pricilla to help others. You will be glad you did and they will too. 

You can find more stories and articles by Mark Hopper at his web site – letmarkencourageyou.com. His book with 365 stories and articles (one for each day of the year) is available for $25 which includes postage – contact him at markh@efreedb.org.

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – In the last month, a few incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Armed Robbery, Attempt Car Jacking Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: November 16, 2020

WHERE: 400 block Hidden Valley Parkway, Norco

On Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8:33 AM, Norco Deputies responded to the 100 block of Hidden Valley Parkway in reference to a reported petty theft from the convenience store.  As deputies searched the area for the suspect, another call for service was dispatched in the 400 block of Hidden Valley Parkway with the same suspect description given. The reporting party stated the suspect had just robbed the convenience store and the two female employees of their belongings. The suspect had taken car keys from one of the female victims by force and was actively trying to steal her vehicle. The suspect inadvertently was trying to steal the wrong vehicle with the keys he had taken from her.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Coroner
Pictured: Paul Martinez

A Norco Deputy arrived on scene and the suspect; later identified as Paul Martinez, 48 years old, of Los Angeles, made eye contact with the deputy and fled on foot from the vehicle. After a foot pursuit of the suspect he was detained without incident. Martinez was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for two counts of Robbery and Attempted Car Jacking.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Saif Alobaidi at the Norco Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: Deputy Involved Shooting 

INCIDENT DATE: November 14, 2020

WHERE: 14000 Block of Alpaca Court, City of Eastvale

On Saturday, November 14th, 2020, approximately 2:58 AM, Jurupa Valley Station Deputies were dispatched to the 14000 Block of Alpaca Court, in the City of Eastvale, reference an unknown trouble. Shortly after deputies arrived on scene, they contacted an adult male who was armed with a weapon and threatening the deputies. While waiting for additional units to arrive on scene, the suspect shot multiple rounds at the deputies from the interior of a home. The deputies took cover behind their vehicles, and the suspect continued to shoot at the deputies. At this time, a deputy involved shooting occurred. An officer help call was broadcasted to multiple law enforcement agencies and Chino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, Corona Police Department and Riverside Police Department all responded. Corona Police Department and Ontario Police Department both arrived on scene with armored rescue vehicles and assisted in safely removing our deputies away from the suspects line of fire. Information was received that juveniles were in the home where the suspect was firing from. As an armored rescue vehicle was approaching the residence to safely remove the juveniles, the suspect appeared in the doorway and a second deputy involved shooting occurred.

The suspect, later identified as 43 year old Jose Alfredo Gonzalez, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment of a non-life threatening injury. Three juveniles were removed from the home unharmed. Multiple weapons were located at the scene.

Suspect Gonzalez will be booked into jail for multiple counts of attempted murder on a Peace Officer, three counts of child endangerment, domestic violence and false imprisonment. (Booking photo is unavailable at this time)

The deputies involved will be placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved deputies’ names will not be released at this time. 

An Investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead this investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail and Central Homicide Unit. This is an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Del Haro at (951) 955-5400.

INCIDENT: Vehicle Pursuit / Stolen Vehicle Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: November 10, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Ave. and 6th Street, Norco

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Coroner
Pictured: George Michael Mendoza

On November 10, 2020 about 3:36 PM, a Deputy assigned to the Norco Station observed a reported stolen vehicle in the area of Hamner and 6th Street, Norco. An enforcement stop was attempted and the occupant of the vehicle failed to stop and attempted to evade. A pursuit was initiated and continued on 6th Street in which the suspect exited the stolen vehicle at the dead end near Pikes Peak and attempted to flee on foot. The suspect who was later identified as George Michael Mendoza, was detained without incident.

George Michael Mendoza a 29 year old, resident of the city of Jurupa Valley, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Vehicle Theft, Felony Evading, Violation of Probation, Violation of Parole, and and an outstanding Felony Warrant.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy A. Lucifora at the Norco Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 270-5673.

Autism Mom: Being Thankful 2020

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


 It seems like this year keeps getting longer and longer, though just right around the corner is Christmas. Is this a year to remember or forget in your books? I want to forget it with every ounce of being I have, but I want to remember it all too. It hasn’t been easy. What was supposed be a month shutdown now has turned into eight months and going. Schools never reopened, and everything has been online. Life as we once knew it came to a stop and adjusted its sails. It didn’t tell us to put our anchor down and sit. It meant to go a different direction, which we did.

 Social distancing and wearing a mask has become a way of life at the moment. Also, gatherings, dining out, and going places are things of the past, for now. 

Yet 2020 brought more family time, getting to know one another, life slowed down, and puppies were brought into the homes to love. People were making their home a staycation or doing all those projects they said they would do if time only allowed it. Swimming pool businesses boomed. People were doing their backyards and getting swimming pools. 

Life may have slowed down enough so we could get back on track. It hasn’t been easy being home every day with my kids, autistic kids. But I am thankful I get to spend all this time with them. It’s true what they say. It’s all how you look at things. Is the glass 1/2 empty, or is it 1/2 full? 

I will not say something and sugar coat it and say life has been great. Many days I spend stressed as most mamas out there are, and I shed many tears. But I still wake up every day thankful for my family and all that I have around me. 2020 will pass, and life will be back in the fast lane, though I hope not as fast as it was going. 

Be safe, be healthy, stay calm, and most importantly, be thankful. 

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email
her at autismmomofboys@gmail.com.  

Holiday Cheer in Eastvale

A lot of events have been cancelled in 2020, but holiday cheer is still happening in the city of Eastvale. There are a few holiday and family fun events that will take place virtually or with socially distancing. Check out what’s offered below.

Letters to Santa

When: November to December 14

Where: Eastvale Community Center, 13820 Schleisman Rd., Eastvale CA 92880

Details: The Eastvale Community Center will be receiving letters to Santa for a Special delivery to the North Pole! Drop off or mail your letter before December 14th to ensure it gets to Santa in time. The mailbox will be open Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM.

Christmas Marketplace and Tree Lighting

When: December 4 from 5 to 9 pm

Where: VantagePoint Church, 8500 Archibald Avenue, Eastvale

Details: Support small businesses at this Christmas marketplace and enjoy some tasty treats and live music to get you into the holiday spirit. Also get a socially distanced photo with Santa! Santa is coming at 5:45 p.m. and the tree lighting will be at 6 p.m.

Virtual Tree Lighting

When: December 4 at 6 p.m.

Where: JCSD Youtube or Facebook 

Details: Virtual Tree Lighting will take place with community performances by On Pointe Dance Studio, JCSD Tiny Tot Participants, and the Eastvale Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tune in as we kick off the holiday season!

Winter Wonderland Donations

When: Send by December 10

Details: Corona-Norco United Way is hosting their annual Winter Wonderland event providing holiday cheer to 100 families! This year for Winter Wonderland, they will be issuing “Mystery Boxes” for participants. The boxes will be large boxes customized to each participant-beautifully wrapped and will include items such as food vouchers/gift cards, a toy or ball, a game, COVID-19 supplies, and gift cards for teens! Donations can be provided by PayPal Corona-Norco United Way, at www.unitedway.org/donateor checks can be made out to Corona-Norco United Way and mailed to P.O. Box 1809, Corona, CA 92878-1809. For more information contact Alia Rodriguez at Alia.Rodriguez@cnunitedway.org.

Friday Flicks and Food Trucks

When: December 11

Where: Eastvale Community Park, 12750 Citrus Avenue, Eastvale, CA 92880

Movies: The Grinch (animated) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Polar Express is from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: Tickets are $25 per vehicle and must be purchased online at the JCSD website. Gates open 45 min before showtime.

•Food trucks will be located on the North East Corner of the Concession Building in the parking lot.

• Restrooms and handwashing stations will be onsite. Restrooms will be sanitized frequently.

• You must not leave your assigned parking space area except to visit the restrooms or to pick up your food from the food trucks. No congregating with others outside of your vehicle group is permitted.

• Masks must be worn whenever you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between you and others outside of your vehicle group.

• Moviegoers are welcome to bring in food and drinks. Food trucks will have food available for purchase. For a current listing of food trucks scheduled, please follow us @jcsdparks.

• No: Alcohol and/or Smoking/Vaping, walkups to the event site permitted, no animals allowed (with the exception of service animals)

Eastvale Home Decorating Contest

When: Submissions due by December 15

Details: The City of Eastvale and JCSD Parks & Recreation Department are in search of the BEST Holiday Display in Eastvale! Submit your beautifully decorated home in our Holiday Decorating Contest by December 15th for your chance to win great prizes! To register your home please email your your name and address to specialevents@jcsd.us.