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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – July 2022

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – June 2022

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – May 2022

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – April 2022

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – March 2022

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – February 2022

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – January 2022

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – December 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – November 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – October 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – September 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – August 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – July 2021

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – June 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – May 2021

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TheCityofDiamondBarNews.com April 2021 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 – April 2021

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – March 2021

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 2021 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 – Feburary 2021

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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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – January 2021

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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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

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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.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

By Michael Armijo

   While at the ATM drive-through, a woman straddled both lanes in a two-lane isle.  I’ve been there a thousand times and not one person has ever straddled these lanes, they just pick one.  Sometimes the line moves quickly, other times you have to wait while the cars next to you move right through.  It’s a gamble, but we make a decision and we accept it. 

   Maybe it was the long day or maybe I just felt short-tempered, but while the woman straddled the lanes, I went around her car, and I picked the left lane.  She got out of her vehicle and told me; “I’ve been waiting, you can’t go around me.”  I explained the unwritten policy of the drive-through ATM machine.  She angrily got back into her car and waited again.  As I drove up to the machine, I felt so uncomfortable.  I knew she never should’ve sat there and straddled both lanes, but who am I to react to her misdirection?  The uncomfortable feeling made me sick inside, I knew that I never should’ve gone around her.  So I backed up, allowed her to go first, calling out to her; “I’m sorry, go ahead of me.”  She pulled up to the machine, finished her transaction, and her last words were; “Thank you for being fair.”

I believe the true essence of being a complete individual begins with the ability to communicate.  The ability to express yourself and present issues, views, and concerns in a dignified, fair, and an understandable manner.  To simply be a human being.

Simple people do not get caught up in the unfairness in life.  They do not listen with anger and respond with vengeance.  They see light and are drawn to it.  They’re clear individuals that can respond with solutions and not just complain.  They respond instead of react.  And it’s their simplicity that keeps them humble and dignified.  Simple people see or experience tragedy and work through it and not around it.  This keeps them complete and understanding.

I also believe in responsibility.  Not to just go to work, pay the mortgage, and get the kids to school, but also to enforce responsibility inside, not just on the surface.  To not just promote a good life but to actually live it from the inside outward.  In a person’s life, responsibility also includes our jobs, our actions towards society, towards our fellow man.  Not to act like a good person, but to actually think, feel, and believe in the goodness of being a good person.

When I pulled in front of the woman at the ATM machine, I knew she was misdirected, and yet I reacted to her misdirection instead of responding to it.  If it meant that much to me to not wait behind someone who couldn’t make a decision, I should’ve communicated with her.  And if it didn’t mean that much to me, then I just should’ve waited behind her and not given it another thought.  Instead, I almost ruined her entire day, and who knows what that could’ve done to her family and friends.

I believe that we, as a society, need to remember how important and how powerful we really are.  We need to understand the true meaning of sharing experiences, applying yourself, being honest, open, and sincere.  It will bring you peace when you remember that you have so much to contribute to life, let’s not waste it on bitterness, anger, frustration, or unfairness.  Instead, let’s focus on the good things.

The power we hold within ourselves is worthless when we misdirect our hearts by allowing our minds to take over.  I believe the truest form of life is not just having the power to get your way, but having the power to help others find their way.  And when we see this powerful light that shines from within, we can capture it and allow those rays of sunshine to help our heart glow with a magnificent gleam that reminds us that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Local Eastvale Athletes Recognized

Staff Reports

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – Eastvale athletes are thriving in their sports this year. 

Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) athletes and their teams were recently recognized at the last Eastvale City Council Meeting. The City Council honored them for competing at the 2022 CIF-SS Division Championship.

“Their hard work, commitment, and dedication to excellence is something to be celebrated,” stated the City.

Congratulations to the following teams and individual athletes:

  • Naomi Johnson
  • Karyssa Owens
  • Hunter O’Brien
  • Girls Varsity Track and Field Team
  • Girls varsity Softball Team

Another team that is also thriving is the 12U Allstar Girls team who won back-to-back tournaments last month. They were District Finalists and qualified for States. They did so well they qualified for Regionals in San Diego! Congratulations to these athletes!

Here We Grow: Construction Updates

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Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – There are several updates on construction in the City.

The Hamner Avenue Bridge and Widening project is expected to be complete in Spring 2023. In 2020, the City of Norco and the Riverside County Transportation Department began this $71-million-dollar project. “Once complete, the Berwin Hanna Bridge on Hamner Avenue over the Santa Ana River will be 1,200 feet long and 12-foot-wide travel lanes,” stated the City. “Last week crews were placing 800 cubic yards of concrete in the bridge interior of the northern segment. Crews were also stripping the beams and wood forms on the western span.”


The Homestead project over on Limonite and Archibald Avenue is nearly complete as well. “All six shells are up, and each passed the final building inspection approval stage,” stated the City. “Building 5 is already occupied and Planning is working with potential tenants to fill the rest of the industrial space.

Another update to the City is that a new outfield fencing was installed around the two existing ballfields at McCune Family Park. JCSD Parks & Recreation Department recently installed new bullpens, fence toppers, and foul poles.

Other updates include economic development in the local area. Here are updates provided by the City:

  • Hamner Place is slowly but surely moving along! A few businesses coming to Hamner Place include Churro Bar and Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken!
  • The Staybridge Suites Hotel has recently submitted structural revisions to the City that are now being reviewed.
  • Hero’s Restaurant & Brewery also recently submitted plans to the City that are currently under review as well. It’s expected to open late 2022/early 2023.
  • 99 Ranch Market and the Cravings Food Hall continues to make progress every day! It should be open early 2023.

“We appreciate the community’s patience on big projects like these. We are excited for these spaces to open and can’t wait to see them being enjoyed in the near future!” stated the City.

Crime Recap

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Norco – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Norco Station, conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) enforcement operation within the city of Norco on July 1 and July 9.

These were the results of the operation on July 9:

  • 38 vehicle stops
  • 30 citations issued
  • 1 unlicensed driver

These were the results of the operation on July 1:

  • 33 vehicle stops
  • 29 citations issued
  • 2 field sobriety tests
  • 0 drive’s arrested

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving. They provided the below statement:

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.

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.

Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about “driving” or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence is not.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, and a suspended license.

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

Upcoming Eastvale Events

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Eastvale – Events take place in Eastvale every month. Below is a list of local events you can save the date for. –

JCSD is hosting their 65th Street LIVE! Concerts in the Park every Friday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Harada Heritage Park, 13099 65th St, Eastvale. Come enjoy a night under the stars with great music and amazing food. The bands that will be playing are: Space Oddity (tribute to David Bowie) on July 29; Elton and the Early Years (Tribute to Elton John) on August 5; DSB (Tribute to Journey) on August 12.

JCSD is also hosting their Movies in the Park series on Saturdays around 8 pm at Half Moon Park. ERHS Booster Club provides a Snack Bar booth as well. Follow them on Facebook to verify dates and which movie will be playing. 

The EATSvale Food Truck Festival will also take place on July 29. The Food Truck Festival will be held at 13200 Citrus Street in Eastvale. More information will be updated soon.  

The City of Eastvale will be hosting this year’s National Night Out event on August 2 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Harada Heritage Park. “National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships and unity in the community,” stated the City. The event will feature a public safety meet and greet, interactive demonstrations, live music, kids activities, raffles, bouncers, food, and giveaways. Several local agencies will also be in attendance, supporting our annual community-building campaign.

The last event is the 11th annual Eastvale State of the City event on Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 p.m. The State of the City event will be held at Vantage Point Church, 8500 Archibald Avenue, Eastvale. This year’s theme will be “Envision Eastvale”. The City said: “We’re excited to spend the night envisioning the city’s future!”

Summer

Melody Kraemer

When I think all is calm and I’m finally getting a grasp on things, something comes along that shakes my world.

Oh, these last few days haven’t been easy, though.  It’s summer and the kids are out of school. I have one that will be going into Jr high and one into high school in the fall. It may seem like a small change and butterflies in the stomach entering into a new environment. But…in the autism world, it’s more like buffalos in the stomach, the gut-wrenching feeling of the unknown.

I got comfortable with our team at the school. Yes, there’s a team for my boys. It’s not only the teachers; so many more people are involved. I am sure that trying to schedule an IEP with all involved is very hectic, so my schedule best be open when I get that notice. 

Two new schools, two new teams, new faces, a new environment, new bus drivers, new schedules, and so on have given me more anxiety than I care to deal with.

As I am trying to deal with this anxiety and grasp what is to come, I tell myself, let’s enjoy these summer months and put those anxiety feelings on hold. That’s easier said than done when I realized my youngest, semi nonverbal autistic child, got into my passcodes and decided he wanted to order a $3000.00 playset for the backyard from Amazon. Plus other items he decided he wanted. I canceled all the orders except the $3000.00 one. Having put my anxiety on the back burner, it’s now up front and center. I have to take a deep breath and remind myself  Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Here’s to a wonderful happy, stress-free summer.

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of  AutismMomAdventures.com Follow her on Instagram @So_Cal_Autism_Mom_Adventures and Facebook.com/autismmomadventures  For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com

New Hillcrest Baptist Church Pastor

Nathan King

Hillcrest Baptist Church is pleased to congratulate and welcome Matthew Miles as its new pastor. Pastor Matt has served as an Assistant Pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Lacey, WA since 2017. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from West Coast Baptist College in Lancas-ter, CA and a Master of Divinity from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He and his wife, Rizza, have three wonderful children.

Our church is excited to have Pastor Matt with us starting in July. We invite our community and neighbors to our church every Sunday morning at 10:30am! The meeting location is at Vandermolen Elementary (6744 Carenlian St. Mira Loma, CA 91752). Our church also provides children and nursery programs. In addition, we provide a Chinese service for those that are comfortable with Mandarin. For more information about our church, go to visithillcrest.org or give us a call at 951-357-6737. Please pray for our church in these exciting times!

Here We Grow

New Businesses Open

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale announced several new businesses that are coming to the City and others that have recently opened this month!

This week, Otoro Sushi and Teppanyaki officially opened their doors at 13394 Limonite Avenue, Suite 110 in Eastvale. They offer sushi, combination plates, hibachi, and much more! Stop by during their happy hour Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from open to 5:00 p.m.

In early June, Dog Haus Biergarten also officially opened their doors in Eastvale! They are located at The Merge, 14063 Limonite Avenue Suite #100. Dog Haus offers their signature haus dogs, haus burgers, haus chicken, craft beer, sides, and ice cream. “Dog Haus has garnered critical acclaim and national attention for its signature all beef Haus Dogs and handcrafted proprietary Haus Sausages, as well as its 100% genetically tested, humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef from Creekstone Farms,” stated the City in their announcement. “All Dog Haus dogs, sausages and burgers are also served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls!”

The City also announced a few new businesses that will be coming to Eastvale. Crumbl Cookies is expected to arrive in 2023 at The Station! They will be located in the Goodman Commerce Center, at the corner of Hamner Ave and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road.

“Since opening its doors three years ago, Crumbl has expanded to over 300 bakeries in 36 states nationwide, making it the fastest-growing cookie company in the nation,” stated the City. “With each new bakery, Crumbl will strive harder than ever to fulfill its mission of bringing family and friends together over the world’s best box of cookies.”

Another business that is coming to town is Olive Garden! This new restaurant is also expected to arrive at The Station in 2023. Olive Garden provides delicious Italian meals, homemade soups, iconic salads, and freshly baked breadsticks. 

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In the last month, a few updates and announcements took place in the City of Eastvale. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: Drive-By Shooting

INCIDENT DATE: May 22, 2022; update June 1, 2022

WHERE: Eastvale

Details:

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 6:08 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 6500 block of Red Oak Drive in the City of Eastvale. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a vehicle drove down the street, and an occupant from inside the car fired numerous rounds at an occupied residence. The gunfire struck no victims; however, several vehicles parked in the driveway sustained significant damage.

Update as of June 1: Jurupa Valley Station Investigators continued the shooting investigation. During follow-up interviews, investigators learned the shooting stemmed from an internal family dispute, and the suspect, Juan Huerta, was identified. On June 1,2022, Jurupa Valley Station investigators and Special Enforcement Team members served a search warrant in the 2900 block of Missouri Avenue in the City of South Gate. A handgun and numerous live rounds of ammunition were seized. Subsequently, Juan Huerta was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for negligent discharge of a firearm where his bail has been set at $500,000.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Komins from the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Copycat Threats

WHERE: Riverside County

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made the following announcement on May 26:

We have been made aware of “copycat threats” in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Texas.

Please be assured that our Department works diligently to identify specifics on each incident and has not been able to confirm any credible threats.

Deputy presence has been increased at school events and will continue for the remainder of the school year.

The safety and security of our children is our top priority, and these copycat incidents are not taken lightly.

New Radar Speed Signs In Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale Public Works team and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department recently met to discuss the possible installation of radar speed signs in the City. “Radar speed signs are traffic signs that alert drivers of their speed when driving by, helping them stay within the speed limit,” stated the City.

Both teams meet every month to discuss “safety concerns, traffic concerns, traffic count updates, community feedback, and more,” according to the City. The Eastvale Public Works Team is committed to the maintenance and operation of the City of Eastvale’s infrastructure, according to the City website.

In the past, many residents have expressed their concern of speeding taking place throughout the community. Therefore, the potential speed signs may be a possible solution to the current issue.

However, when the City posted on their social media about the speed signs, many residents commented against them saying they wouldn’t fix the problem. Many suggested other solutions such as cameras, speed bumps, and more law enforcement.

Mayor Pro Tem Todd Rigby also commented on the post stating, “Part of the purpose of speed radar signs is to collect data (speed mph, time of day, frequency, etc.). This data helps law enforcement deploy traffic enforcement appropriately throughout the day and throughout the city.”

In addition, many studies have shown that radar speed signs can be effective. According to radarsign.com, “studies repeatedly show that when alerted by a radar sign, speeders will slow down up to 80% of the time. Typical average speed reductions are 10-20%, and overall compliance with the posted speed limit will increase by 30-60%.” However, many still have their doubts.

This topic was discussed at the last meeting, but no decisions have been announced by the City or the Public Works team. 

Eastvale Summer Events

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Eastvale – There are so many family fun events coming up this summer. Mark your calendars for the events below!

The first is the annual Picnic in the Park, hosted by JCSD with the City of Eastvale as a proud presenting partner. The event will take place on June 24, 25, and 26 at the Eastvale Community Park, located at 12650 Citrus Street in Eastvale. This free event will feature picnic games, carnival rides, a beer garden, delicious food, fireworks, entertainment, and more!

The weekend includes the following: June 24th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring Cold Duck; June 25th from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring Bruno Mars and the Hooligans, and a firework show; and June 26th from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Como La Flor. Visit www.jcsd.us or call 951.727.3524 for additional information.

Another exciting event coming up is an Independence Day Bike Parade on July 2! Bring your bike, scooter, or wagon to this family fun event at VantagePoint Church. The event will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include a parade, decorating contest, prizes, a DJ, Facepainting, FREE Kona Ice and more!

Be sure to come by from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to decorate your wheels and enter to win various prizes, including tickets to Knotts! Decorations will be provided during this time frame, then you can display your work at the parade at 9:35 a.m.

VantagePoint is located at 8500 Archibald Avenue in Eastvale. To register for the contest, please fill out this form: https://vantagepoint.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/243/responses/new. For more information, email info@vantagepointchurch.org.

If you’re a food lover, the City’s first-ever Restaurant Week is the event for you! During the week of July 11 to July 17, residents will be able to visit 10 participating businesses, show the official Restaurant Week flyer, and receive a special discount! Check out page 2 of this publication to see the official flyer you can take in to each restaurant.

After residents make a purchase, they are encouraged to email a photo of their receipt to restaurantweek@eastvaleca.gov for a chance to win a special raffle too!

The participating businesses are: Masala House, Eastbrew Café, Little Eastern Café, Otoro Sushi, Jono’s Sushi, Devil’s Kitchen & Teppan, Which Wich, Jinya Ramen Bar, Bushfire Kitchen, and Blaze Pizza.

Another event in July will be Raahauge’s Youth Outdoor Adventure Day on July 16! The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include paint ball games, rock climbing, archery, airsoft, kayaking, a petting zoo, falconry, various shooting ranges, food vendors, and more. The cost is only $15 cash at the door and the first 600 kids will get a free door prize! Adults can also enter the adult raffle. For more information, visit raahauges.com or see the ad on page 5 for more information.

The last event in July is the EATSvale Food Truck Festival on July 29. The Food Truck Festival will take place at 13200 Citrus Street in Eastvale. More information to come. Vendor requests can be directed to events@eastvaleca.gov.

One Of A Kind Renaissance Festival

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Corona – If you’re looking for a family fun day, you do not want to miss the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival in Corona. This annual festival will take place for 5 weekends, starting May 28th.

The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival is one of the only permanently built Renaissance Festivals in Southern California, and is the most interactive Renaissance experience around! They offer tremendous audience-participation content, giving you plenty to do and opportunities to learn about 1450-1600 A.D. history. The festival will have live performers, interactive demonstrations and games, music, German-inspired food, shopping of unique handmade items, and much more!

This festival has been around for 20 years, with the first festival taking place in 1998. “Entertaining families and friends for such a long time is a true privilege and a testament of our fantastic vendors, entertainers, and staff,” according to their website.

The Koroneburg Festival is a themed event that traditionally celebrates the artistic and cultural advancements made in Renaissance Europe. “Most festivals focus on England and Queen Elizabeth, but we do things a little differently at Koroneburg,” stated their website. “In honor of Johannesburg Gutenberg who made literacy and education accessible to all people with the movable type printing press, our event is set on the Rhine river on the border of France and Germany between 1450-1600.”

At this festival, you and your family will be welcomed by a community of people who are “passionate about entertaining, educating and creating amazing experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.” It is also not a requirement to dress in a costume, but some will dress up to join in on the fun!

The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival will be held at 14600 Baron Drive in Corona. They will be open on the following dates: May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12, June 18-19, and June 25-26. Their hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. However, on Memorial Day, they will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To purchase your tickets for the event, please visit renfestcorona.com

Crime Recap

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Dept.; Pictured: Juan Ayala Flores

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In the last month, a crime was committed in neighboring city of Norco. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: $6,500.00 Worth of Stolen Property Recovered During Theft Investigation

INCIDENT DATE: April 18, 2022

WHERE: Norco

DETAILS: On April 18, 2022, deputies responded to a business located in the 1100 Block of 6 Street, Norco, regarding a grand theft investigation. During the investigation, it was determined the suspect entered the property of the closed business, and stole numerous items used in agricultural and animal husbandry. Since the initial theft investigation, additional grand thefts were reported from the additional business in the 1200 Block of 6th Street, Norco.

The Norco Special Enforcement Team (SET) assumed the investigation and identified the suspect as Juan Ayala Flores, a 36-year-old resident of Anaheim. On May 10, 2022, Norco SET deputies located and detained Flores in the city of Norco. A search warrant was served at a residence in the 4100 block of Hillside Avenue, Norco. During the service of the search warrant, over $6,500.00 worth of stolen property related to the thefts was located. Deputies also recovered numerous tools and construction items that are believed to be stolen. Flores was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this investigation is asked to call Deputy Whittenburg at 951-280-5690.

Here We Grow: New Businesses Coming

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Eastvale – The City of Eastvale continues to have new additions and grand openings.

On May 2, Bushfire Kitchen officially had its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. “Their excellent food, great atmosphere, and full-sized bar and patio make them an excellent addition to the city,” stated the City. They are located at 14135 Limonite Ave, Suite #240 Eastvale, CA 92880.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Also, the City recently announced that Bath & Body Works is coming to the Eastvale Gateway in the Fall of 2022. “Bath & Body Works offers everything from lotions, to hand soaps, to sanitizers, to home fragrances,” stated the City.

The City of Eastvale is announcing new businesses to the City each month and new restaurants are having grand openings regularly. Stay tuned for more updates!

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

New Downtown Approved By Council

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Eastvale – At the May 11 City Council meeting, the Eastvale City Council voted 5-0 to approve a revised plan for the new Downtown Eastvale. This is expected to be developed between Hamner Avenue, Limonite Avenue, Scholar Way, and 58th Street.

Peter Carlson, the project developer’s consultant, said that construction could start as soon as 2023 and grading can begin within the next few months. However, this project could take years to build.

The new revised plan will span over 154 acres of land. Fifty-two acres off Limonite and Hamner Avenue will include commercial development of 595,000 square feet. It will also include 660 apartments, a civic center with a New City Hall, a state-of-the-art police station, and a brand-new library. In addition, 87 acres off Scholar Way and 58th Street will host 1,840 homes, including single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments. Fourteen acres will contain parks and open space. Then a new fire station will take place on one acre of land off Scholar and 58th Street.

The developer of the Leal Property, The New Home Company, said they are “committed to the growth and prosperity of the City of Eastvale by bringing together a magical destination for residents and guests,” stated the City of Eastvale in a news release. “The future downtown will also serve as an economic catalyst for the community by welcoming new businesses and employment opportunities for Eastvale.”

The Downtown Eastvale Community desires to “build a place that THRIVES in the Inland Empire while maintaining our historic charm,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website. The community’s planning area will be “centered around the City’s town center and will help re-define the location as a regional destination of significance and interest,” according to the city’s website.

To view pictures of the plans or to find out more information, visit http://www.downtowneastvale.com.

A Hope and a Future (Part Two)

By Mark Hopper
There are several examples of suicide in the Bible. None of them are good. Judas was the disciple who betrayed Jesus. When he realized the terrible thing he had done, Judas took his own life (Matthew 27:5). A wise man named Ahithophel killed himself after David’s rebellious son Absalom rejected his advice (Second Samuel 17:23). The Apostle Paul prevented a Roman soldier from killing himself. Paul reassured the guard that he and all of the prisoners had remained in the jail after a powerful earthquake opened the doors. Paul’s quick action and words stopped the soldier from killing himself (Acts 16:28).
I continue to read and hear about the declining mental health among teens and adults during the Covid19 pandemic. Reports of attempted suicides and self-inflicted harm is increasing among students at an alarming rate. What can parents and peers do to help those who are struggling and at risk of taking their own lives?
First, pray for the hearts and minds of students and adults around you. Ask God to give them hope and help to face these uncertain times.
Second, be alert to conversations and conduct that might signal a person is considering suicide. My son is now an Assistant Principal at a local high school. He launched a program with the staff and administrators to do a mental health update every Monday of students on their campus who might be at risk of harming themselves.
Third, provide hope and encouragement through your own words and actions. Offer to spend time with those who are struggling. Offer to connect them with a local pastor, counselor or mental health professional. Ask the person to make a commitment to you that they will call you before they take any steps to harm or injure themselves.
Fourth, don’t let them dwell on the negative but focus on the positive things in their life (Philippians 4:6-9). When a person takes their own life they leave a trail of pain and heartache in the lives of others. If you or someone you know are in a dark place, let me encourage you to get help right now. Make a call or get to someone’s office or home right now. Don’t wait until it is too late. You will be glad you did and your friends and loved ones will too. (continued)
Read 365 more stories and articles (one for every day of the year) in the book Let me Encourage You by Mark Hopper. You can purchase two copies for only $30 plus postage ($5). Buy one for yourself and one to give a friend. Order your copies at mark@efreedb.org.