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JCSD Receives The Prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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Jurupa Valley – The Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) is proud to announce that it is a recipient of the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2020-2021 fiscal budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by JCSD and reflects the commitment of the JCSD Board of Directors and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the budget award, JCSD had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation set by GFOA. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. This is the second year in a row that JCSD has received this prestigious GFOA award.

“It takes a significant amount of hard work and dedication to the produce a quality product like the 2020-2021 budget,” said JCSD General Manager Chris Berch. “The JCSD team is not only dedicated to preparing such a document, but are focused on providing long term, prudent financial planning for all of our valued customers and stakeholders.”

There are over 1,600 participant agencies in the Budget Awards Program throughout the nation, and JCSD is proud to be among these recipients.

JCSD Receives Two Awards Of Excellence

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Eastvale/Jurupa Valley – Congratulations to Jurupa Community Services District, Parks & Recreation Department for their two Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society for its JCSD’s Friday Flicks & Food Trucks Marketing Campaign and Summer Eastvale Edition – “Rising Together, A New Dawn of Recreation” Brochure Cover in the category of Marketing & Communications!

The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and programming through demonstrating the CREAM principals of challenge, resourcefulness, execution, accomplishment and alignment with the parks and recreation mission.

According to Steve Lawson, Director of Parks and Recreation, “The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition our agency can receive, and our award is a credit to the creative and innovative team whose commitment to the Eastvale community is what made this happen. We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our residents.”

CPRS Executive Director Stephanie Stephens states, “These agencies represent the finest in initiatives addressing community issues, recreation programming, park planning, facility design, and marketing and communications in California. Park and recreation agencies throughout the state provide families, individuals, and groups access to the serenity and inspiration of nature; spaces and places for play and exercise; opportunities for directed and self-directed recreation; positive alternatives for youth to reduce crime and mischief; and activities that facilitate social connections, human development, therapy, the arts, and lifelong learning. CPRS and our award sponsors, RJM Design Group, Inc., Little Tikes Commercial and SVA Architects, are proud to recognize excellence in park and facility design, community initiatives, recreation programs, and marketing and communications.”

The California Park & Recreation Society presented awards in 5 categories:

• Creating Community Award of Excellence

• Excellence in Design – Park Planning

• Excellence in Design – Facility Design

• Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence

• Professional & Service Awards

CPRS is a membership organization with just over 4,000 members representing the 535 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state. The mission of CPRS is to advance the profession and its members through education, networking, resources, and advocacy. Learn more at http://www.cprs.org.

Crime Recap

Courtesy: RUSD; Michael Martinez

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Driving Under the Influence Driver License Checkpoint

INCIDENT DATE: May 14, 2021

LOCATION: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

DETAILS: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, May 14, 2021. The checkpoint was in the 9800 Block of Limonite Avenue, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 760 cars screened.
  • 17 citations for unlicensed drivers.
  • 3 citations for suspended license.
  • 0 driving under the influence arrests.
  • 2 vehicles were towed

INCIDENT: Possession of Illicit Drugs for Sale

INCIDENT DATE: May 12, 2021

LOCATION: Goodman Way and Cantu Galleano Ranch Road, Eastvale

DETAILS: On May 12, 2021, about 6:00 A.M. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station, Eastvale, conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the area of Goodman Way and Cantu Galleano Ranch Road, in the city of Eastvale. During the traffic stop the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Michael Martinez, a resident of Upland, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Martinez was taken into custody.

Martinez was charged with possession of narcotics for sale and resisting arrest and was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages all citizens to report any suspicious activity. Anyone with additional information can contact Deputy Newman at Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Driving Under the Influence Enforcement

INCIDENT DATE: May 8, 2021 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

LOCATION: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

DETAILS: On May 8, 2021, Jurupa Valley Station deputies conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) saturation patrol in the City of Eastvale. Deputies conducted 9 vehicle enforcement stops, administered 2 field sobriety tests, and cited 5 drivers for various vehicle code violations.

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

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

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.

INCIDENT: Homicide

INCIDENT DATE: April 3, 2021

LOCATION: 7000 Block of Orchid Dr. Eastvale

DETAILS: On Saturday, April 3, 2021, a male was dropped off at a local hospital in Ontario suffering from a gunshot wound. Medical staff provided emergency medical care, unfortunately, the male died as a result of his injuries. Information obtained during the follow up investigation revealed the incident occurred at a residence in the 7000 Block of Orchid Dr. in Eastvale.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The deceased male was identified as Steven Aquino Valentin, 23 years old out of Richie, Florida.

This is an active investigation and no additional details are currently available. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator David Sandoval at (760) 770-2236 or (951) 955-2777.

Here We Grow Again: New Additions to Eastvale

Staff Reports

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – So many exciting things are happening in Eastvale as it continues to grow!

It was announced that Bushfire Kitchen is coming to Eastvale! Bushfire Kitchen is expected to arrive this coming Fall 2021 and it will be located at The Merge, off the corner of Limonite Ave and Archibald Ave.

Bushfire Kitchen will have a large indoor dining room as well as a 1,000 sq ft patio equipped with heaters and misters so you and your family can enjoy your favorite food outdoors all year round. They will also have a fully-stocked outdoor bar that will serve craft cocktails, beer, and wine with 20+ taps, according to the City of Eastvale.

Bushfire Kitchen offers “signature entrees such as their bbq chicken, tri-tip plate, and baby back ribs. Their menu also includes a wide variety of bowls, salads, burgers, empanadas, and much much more!” They also accommodate preferences like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. To learn more about their menu options, visit their website at https://www.bushfirekitchen.com

Also joining Eastvale is a new public mural! The “Greetings from Eastvale, California” art mural is now complete at the Public Storage facility off Archibald Ave, near Limonite Ave.  The mural was painted by Artist and Designer, Maxfield Bala, who is the owner of an art and design company, Bala Creative. The mural features visual images and symbols pertinent to Eastvale’s history and will serve as an iconic landmark for the City. “No City funds were used to pay for the mural as it was paid for by the developer of the Public Storage Facility,” according to the City.

In addition, the Eastvale Farmers & Artisan Market is now open every Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Farmers & Artisan Market occurs every Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Day Christian Church parking lot, located at 7155 Hamner Avenue. For more information or on how to become a vendor, please email: eastvalefarmersmarket@gmail.com

Sell or Buy Your Home with Dary & Judi

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Southern California – Dary and Judi Shumaker are a husband-and-wife real estate team that love meeting, helping, and working with people that are considering buying or selling their home. Whether you are looking for your first home, downsizing, or even getting into a larger home for your growing family, the Shumakers are the perfect realtors for you! 

“Our goal and greatest joy are helping people through the real estate process, keeping are clients informed with a pro-active approach, and providing a successful and stressless experience from the start to the end of the transaction,” said Dary and Judi.

With 15 years of experience in real estate, they provide a hands-on experience, walking with you every step of the way. As a husband-and-wife team, they also provide two times the availability and personal communication throughout the entire transaction.

“We have had existing customers tell us that our team (husband & wife) approach was an unmeasurable value and asset for them,” they said.

Dary and Judi are hard-working Realtors looking out for your interests with integrity, honesty, and sincerity. Their business philosophy is “People Helping People” (Phil 2:4) and they will be happy to help in any way!

“We are always there for our clients and encourage them to contact us with any questions at any time,” said Dary and Judi.

Dary and Judi are both licensed Realtors with California Department of Realtors and are members of the NAR (National Association of Realtors). They also hold a Housing Community Development (HCD) Sales license. In addition, they are proud to be part of the Advantage Real Estate Team, with a broker that has 35 years of experience, knowledge, and expertise. They are also surrounded by many colleagues with combined years of experience, which is truly an advantage.

The Shumakers work with sellers and buyers of all ages. For sellers, Dary and Judi will gather home comparable data from multiple resources to have a thorough list price analyze to share with you.

“We will customize an expert marketing plan that will maximize the selling of your home. We understand the importance of selling your home as one of your biggest assets, and we take it very seriously and provide you the professional trustworthy service every step along the way,” said Dary and Judi.

For buyers, you will pay 0% fees, all while working with great agents that will work hard for you. “We are dedicated to helping you find the right home, at the best price, said Dary and Judi. “We want you to find the home that will make you happy and successful in real estate ownership. Whether you are thinking of buying now or in the future, it is important to have a professional with you who knows everything about the local market, the strategies to get offers accepted, and have access to all off-market properties and opportunities. We have the knowledge, tools, and connections to help you be successful in this competitive market.”

Dary and Judi also love working with seniors. They are very experienced in helping the senior community (specifically Baby Boomers) with the downsizing from their existing home and finding their ideal retirement home. “We can help with all types of senior living lifestyles, from senior living condos, manufactured/mobile home parks- senior community living, apartments, etc. We will help make this next step an enjoyable experience, as much as we enjoy helping you through it.”

They also offer a special discount for seniors, in addition to Military and First Responders!

Lastly, Dary and Judi are very knowledgeable about this industry. They wanted to share that there is an alternative to purchasing a residential/condo dwelling. “If buyers are unable to qualify for a FHA/Conventional loan or the approved amount is not meeting the amount for the location they want to purchase in, they may and should consider purchasing a manufactured home,” said the Shumakers. “We are dual licensed and the benefit of us having a HCD license is we can sell brand new manufactured homes. We have worked with a lot of buyers over the years who felt they could never purchase a home. When we introduced them to another type of dwelling, manufactured homes, it then gave them hope and joy for them to be able to provide a larger and better housing for their family than their current situation, living with family or living in an apartment that they are outgrowing.”

If you are thinking about buying or selling your home, call Dary and Judi for a free consultation today! You can reach Dary at 909-927-7028 and Judi at 909-437-6670. You can also email: daryandjudi@gmail.com or visit their website at daryandjudi.com.

First “EATSvale” A Success

Staff Reports

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; EATSvale is a new food truck festival event that will occur monthly in Eastvale.

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale hosted the first ever “EATSvale” on Friday, March 21 and it was a success! EATSvale is an exciting and unique food truck festival designed to “engage, elevate, and excite Eastvale residents by combing food, art, and music in one location,” according to a news release.

“We loved welcoming our commUNITY to our inaugural EATSvale Food Truck Festival event,” stated the City on their Facebook page. “It was great watching everyone enjoy the delicious food, playing outdoor games, and enjoying the awesome art!”

EATSvale will occur on a monthly basis on Friday evenings through October 2021. The event will take place at 13200 Citrus Avenue in Eastvale, across Citrus from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

“We are thrilled to bring this unique food truck festival experience to our commUNITY and create a foodie experience in Eastvale.”, said Bryan Jones, City Manager. “It is also our goal to facilitate new and exciting experiences that will create more vibrancy for our great City.”

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

The City decided to bring EATSvale to town because “Destination Eastvale” is listed as one of the goals identified by the City Council in the Eastvale Strategic Plan in January 2021. Therefore, EATSvale is a City hosted and organized event that is in concert with the current strategic plan initiatives.

This food truck event will allow food vendors who do not have a physical location in Eastvale to sell at an event, while also including restaurants that have a food truck in Eastvale, according to the City. Preferences will be given to Eastvale residents who have a food truck and we will also be recruiting unique and gourmet food trucks from throughout Southern California. Food vendors at this event will encompass a wide variety of cultures, cuisines, food experiences, and much much more!

We’ll see you at the next EATSvale event on Friday, June 18, 2021!

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

Councilmember Bootsma Passes Away

Staff Reports

Councilmember Ike Bootsma; courtesy of City of Eastvale

Eastvale – It was recently announced that Councilmember Ike Bootsma passed away at 74-years-old on the early morning of May 14th.

“Our entire Eastvale community mourns the loss of Councilmember Ike Bootsma.”, said Mayor Jocelyn Yow. “Ike was a remarkable and dedicated public servant who will be greatly missed.”

Ike has been a part of the Eastvale community for more than 46 years. Several community members expressed their condolences and prayers to the family on all social media platforms. So many described Ike as honest and kind, who cared deeply about his family and about the Eastvale community. From holding Halloween events to dressing up as Santa during Christmas, Ike loved making the local kids smile.

A banner was placed at Eastvale City Hall in memory of Councilmember Ike Bootsma with the words: “Leader. Legacy. Loved. Ike Bootsma 1947-2021.” In addition, at the monthly Just Move Campaign, the leaders paid tribute to Ike and described how he served the city for many years. City manager, Bryan Jones, also coined the phrase “Be Like Ike” in his speech, according to Matthew Olson’s Facebook post. “It brought tears to my eyes,” said Olson. “We can learn a lot from this gentleman and the service he gave to our community,” added Olson.  

In addition, the City Council will be remembering Ike at their next Meeting on Wednesday, May 26. They encouraged the community to say a few words about Ike via in person or online.

Ike was one of the youngest children of nine, to Dutch immigrant parents Trynje and Jim Bootsma. The Bootsma family started their dairy in 1938 and were one of the first to settle in Chino Valley. Ike started a successful Calf Ranch in Eastvale in 1974 until its closing in May 2007. “The Calf Ranch was an important component of the dairy industry, where they raised calves for Dairy replacement,” according to a City news release. “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.”

Ike then served on the City Eastvale City Council from 2010 through 2016, along with four terms as Mayor from 2013 to 2016. “While on the City Council, Ike represented the City on several regional boards, including Western Riverside Council of Governments and the Riverside Transit Agency,” stated the City. Ike and his wife, Squeaker, were also very active with the Eastvale Kiwanis Club and have helped raised money each year to provide Eleanor Roosevelt High School students with college scholarships. They were active in the Eastvale Roadway Adoption Program and have kept city streets free of litter by participating in monthly street clean up events.   In addition, Ike was an active member of the local Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. Ike was then re-elected to the Eastvale City Council in November of 2020, representing District 5.

Ike Bootsma is survived by his wife, Squeaker, and his children Shaun Bootsma, Heidi Tillman, Mike Kirk, Metchelle Bootsma, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service information is not yet announced to the community.  

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – May 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:

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:

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:

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:

WVUSD Trustees Recognize School Stars

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT, CA—TheBoard of Trustees celebrated stellar members of the Walnut Valley family during the February 17 meeting.

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile; Caption….

Maple Hill Elementary parent volunteer Saralie Ekowibowo was acknowledged with the Partner in Education Award. For the past six years, Saralie has served on Community Club and the Hawk Shop weekly after-school shopping experience featuring candy, handmade ornaments, Boba, pizza, and gifts. “The Hawk Shop was Saralie’s brainchild,” lauded Principal Kelly Morris. Saralie also volunteers every Thursday in the reading intervention group for first and second graders.  She has helped hundreds of students learn how to read and to foster a love for it. Last year, she organized yard sign deliveries, drive through celebration with swag bag, and virtual activities to celebrate promoting fifth graders. “Putting kids first each and every day is her anthem – Saralie is a champion for kids!” Morris added.

Photo courtesy/Caption

Fourth grader William Lee received the Super Star StudentAward.In 2nd grade, William lost his mother.  Mrs. Lee was one of the school’s most dedicated parent volunteers.  During this life-altering event, William has demonstrated great perseverance and character.  When he returned to school, William chose peace, kindness, and persistence, Morris said. “We saw the beauty of William’s true character in the face of adversity and we witnessed the abundant love of his parents.”William is gentle to others and a caring citizen. He continues to have a brave heart, strong mind, and brave spirit – the school’s motto. “We could all take a page out of William’s book,” Morris added. “Life will present us all with challenges, we can turn to sadness or we can do what William did and move towards hope and resilience.”

Quail Summit Elementary fourth grader Anjelica Liu was lauded with the Super Star Student Award.  Last summer, in the midst of the pandemic while many children were playing or watching television, Anjelica decided to start an online business called Charity Girls to raise money to help others.  The nine-year-old began creating small beaded items with all funds donated to the Feed America non-profit organization. Anjelica said she knew that a lot of people didn’t have money for food and clothing and she just wanted to help. “Anjelica makes us extremely proud!” said Principal Frances Weissenberger. “What you want most of a student is that they demonstrate not only high academic standards, but also characteristics that show empathy, kindness and love – and Anjelica demonstrates all of these!”  Anjelica’s items are available at: www.etsy.com/shot/CharityGirlsCo.

Quail Summit Elementary parent volunteer Nicole Zhou was honored with the Partner in Education Award. Nicole always goes above and beyond in everything she does. She is supportive of all teachers, works diligently in the classroom, and participates in Community Club, School Site Council, and the Superintendent’s Parent Leadership Seminar.  Before distance learning, Nicole was a regular figure in the hallway, always working on projects to help students. “We have always relied heavily upon Nicole and she never waivers in her support of our school,” Weissenberger said.

The school is most appreciative of all that she does, but funnily enough Nicole is the one that always takes the time to show her appreciation. This year, she gave every staff member perfume as a gift during the holidays.  “Nicole not only supports us with her help, she helps us smell good in the process!” the school leader shared.

The Board of Trustees presented a special recognition to the 2020 Classified Employee of the Year, David Arionus.  David is a morning aide at Suzanne Middle School. Since joining the team he has provided exceptional customer support while connecting with students and staff on a personal level. Due to the pandemic, the annual Cornerstone Awards was held virtually this year. Twelve classified employees were lauded for outstanding customer service, culminating with the Classified Employee of the Year announcement. “David is a people person, and he is someone everyone really loves and respects!” lauded Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.  “We’re just super proud of him!”

WVUSD Trustees Recognize School Stars

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT, CA—The Board of Trustees celebrated stellar members of the Walnut Valley family during the February 17 meeting.

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile; Maple Hill Elementary parent volunteer Saralie Ekowibowo receives the Partner in Education Award on Feb. 17th.

Maple Hill Elementary parent volunteer Saralie Ekowibowo was acknowledged with the Partner in Education Award. For the past six years, Saralie has served on Community Club and the Hawk Shop weekly after-school shopping experience featuring candy, handmade ornaments, Boba, pizza, and gifts. “The Hawk Shop was Saralie’s brainchild,” lauded Principal Kelly Morris. Saralie also volunteers every Thursday in the reading intervention group for first and second graders.  She has helped hundreds of students learn how to read and to foster a love for it. Last year, she organized yard sign deliveries, drive through celebration with swag bag, and virtual activities to celebrate promoting fifth graders. “Putting kids first each and every day is her anthem – Saralie is a champion for kids!” Morris added.

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile; Maple Hill Elementary 4th grader William Lee honored with Super Star Student Award

Fourth grader William Lee received the Super Star Student Award. In 2nd grade, William lost his mother.  Mrs. Lee was one of the school’s most dedicated parent volunteers.  During this life-altering event, William has demonstrated great perseverance and character.  When he returned to school, William chose peace, kindness, and persistence, Morris said. “We saw the beauty of William’s true character in the face of adversity and we witnessed the abundant love of his parents. ”William is gentle to others and a caring citizen. He continues to have a brave heart, strong mind, and brave spirit – the school’s motto. “We could all take a page out of William’s book,” Morris added. “Life will present us all with challenges, we can turn to sadness or we can do what William did and move towards hope and resilience.”

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile; Quail Summit Elementary fourth grader Anjelica Liu presented with Super Star Award on Feb 17th.

Quail Summit Elementary fourth grader Anjelica Liu was lauded with the Super Star Student Award.  Last summer, in the midst of the pandemic while many children were playing or watching television, Anjelica decided to start an online business called Charity Girls to raise money to help others.  The nine-year-old began creating small beaded items with all funds donated to the Feed America non-profit organization. Anjelica said she knew that a lot of people didn’t have money for food and clothing and she just wanted to help. “Anjelica makes us extremely proud!” said Principal Frances Weissenberger. “What you want most of a student is that they demonstrate not only high academic standards, but also characteristics that show empathy, kindness and love – and Anjelica demonstrates all of these!”  Anjelica’s items are available at: www.etsy.com/shot/CharityGirlsCo.

Photo courtesy: Kelli Gile; Quail Summit Elementary parent Nicole Zhou receive the Partner in Education Award.

Quail Summit Elementary parent volunteer Nicole Zhou was honored with the Partner in Education Award. Nicole always goes above and beyond in everything she does. She is supportive of all teachers, works diligently in the classroom, and participates in Community Club, School Site Council, and the Superintendent’s Parent Leadership Seminar.  Before distance learning, Nicole was a regular figure in the hallway, always working on projects to help students. “We have always relied heavily upon Nicole and she never waivers in her support of our school,” Weissenberger said.

The school is most appreciative of all that she does, but funnily enough Nicole is the one that always takes the time to show her appreciation. This year, she gave every staff member perfume as a gift during the holidays.  “Nicole not only supports us with her help, she helps us smell good in the process!” the school leader shared.

The Board of Trustees presented a special recognition to the 2020 Classified Employee of the Year, David Arionus.  David is a morning aide at Suzanne Middle School. Since joining the team he has provided exceptional customer support while connecting with students and staff on a personal level. Due to the pandemic, the annual Cornerstone Awards was held virtually this year. Twelve classified employees were lauded for outstanding customer service, culminating with the Classified Employee of the Year announcement. “David is a people person, and he is someone everyone really loves and respects!” lauded Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.  “We’re just super proud of him!”

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:

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:

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.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – January 2021

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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.


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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.