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By Michael Armijo
Ever since I was in 7th Grade I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t want to just tell a story or discuss life as it happened, but I wanted to share how I felt about things. I wanted to create emotion and somehow help someone understand that it’s okay to be human. I thought if I helped people understand certain things, then they wouldn’t have to go through all that I’ve endured (and Lord knows I’ve endured).
My family and friends have told me they like what I’ve written. They’ve appreciated how I’ve shared my life, feelings, and thoughts with them. This has given me some fulfillment, but not exactly what I had been reaching for completely. I guess throughout my life I’ve wanted to help people because I felt just a little bit different than everyone else, and when I wrote it made me feel a little bit closer to being human. Then one day, it finally happened.
In the first issue of our paper, I wrote an article entitled, “Some Things Are Forever.” It was a story about my father’s death, what had happened, and how I felt about it. It was one of the most fulfilling stories I had ever written as I spoke directly from my heart. A few days later something happened. I received a letter from someone I’ll call Agnes – because that’s her name. Agnes wrote of her father’s death, what happened, and how she felt about it. She wrote of how her father died on New Year’s Eve, and while everyone was wishing each other a Happy New Year, she just sat by a window with a heavy heart. She spoke of that one corner of your heart that will grieve forever, and that there is no replacement. She found comfort in my article, as she felt very alone.
“My hands are shaking as I write this,” Agnes wrote. “This touched me and helped me at a time I needed it the most.” I understood what she was saying, what she was feeling, and for the first time in a long time I realized that I wasn’t alone, either.
My 7th Grade dream became a reality when Agnes opened up. She shared something because I shared something. She reminded me that we all have a common thread; we need each other to survive. I felt reassured that my grief was shared by many and that I will survive after all. I also realized something that we sometimes forget: we need each other’s acceptance, each other’s care, a soft word, a short note, or a sign of acknowledgement from one another. We need to know that in this harsh, rebellious world, there are people like us who care, who survive, who have the ability to live, love, and laugh. We need to stick together, because life can be a battle. And with the help of others, I have realized that dreams can come true. The different emotions that I’ve experienced throughout my life have often been a mystery to me. I’ve told myself that I am just like everyone else; I’m not any different than anyone around me. But a little thought deep inside quite often tells me, you’re not completely like everyone else. When I look around at all the violence, pain, suffering, abuse and so on, I wonder what actually makes people human. Then I think of people like Agnes – who share their experiences, who’ve reached out to say that they care, who believe in community – and I realize that it’s all-inclusive. I realize it’s okay to be human after all.
By Pastor Dennis Morales
“…Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.” – Genesis 12:1
It can be tough after 2 years of pandemic to really gather up any hope for a better year this year, but we make the best of it and hope for a better outcome. Sometimes in God’s economy, He will lead us to take a step of faith not revealing where He’s taking us. Hebrews 11 is known as the hall of faith. We see many people in the Bible leading with steps of faith. They’re ordinary men and women taking great steps of faith. God told Abraham to leave his homeland, and trust where He would lead him and his family. Hebrews 11 gives us insight to Genesis 12. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8). God cares about your future (Jeremiah 29:11). So many people walk fearfully through the days and months because they don’t know who to trust. But rest assured, God “will show you.” God may not map out all the details for you. It would be nice sometimes to know everything now, like who we’ll marry, where you’ll be in 10 years, or what will be our profession. But God “will show you.” He will take you one step at a time. When He takes you through a door, He will direct you to the next one. Abraham was called by God to leave his homeland and go to an unknown place that “God would show him.” God chose Abraham from a place of idols and took him to a place of faith in Him. Put your trust in God (Proverbs 3:5-6), walk by faith, and “He will show you” (Hebrews 11:1). Corrie Ten Boom once said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale. Sundays 8:30/10:30am. Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available. http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.
By Melody Kraemer
I don’t know about you, but I am happy to see the New Year. 2021 had many challenges, more than I would like to admit. My husband and I even ended the year with a positive Covid test.
Thankfully by the Grace of God, my boys are fine and healthy.
We made it through Christmas, but the remainder of the year was a blur.
Now onto a New Year, which brings us a brand new slate, a blank book, to write/draw our story and we are the painters and authors of that story.
It’s time to set those goals and figure out what we want for the year to bring. I’m vowing to make 2022 a beautiful year, a colorful one, and create magic along the way. Let’s make those dreams of what we want and think about happen.
Each day, find the good and see those blessings in front of us. Let’s shine and smile more. Let’s all move forward to kindness and leave bitterness, hatefulness in 2021.
Any mistakes, forgive yourself, forgive others, and leave it behind you.
It’s time to move forward and write your most beautiful story ever. I wish you and your loved ones a very blessed, happy New Year.
You are the master of your own story. Write it well, and may 2022 be the year filled with nothing but God’s blessing, and may all your goals and dreams become a reality.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) : Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
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By Mark Hopper
There are a lot of things you probably didn’t know about your spouse before you got married. But when you begin married life together you may discover some things you weren’t aware of. One of the things that I didn’t realize was that my wife was afraid of heights. I learned this on our honeymoon when we met the church youth group on the back-packing trip into Havasu Canyon. I rode in a helicopter from the rim to the campground in five minutes while my new wife hiked into the canyon with most of the students for five hours.
One of the activities during our four days in Havasu Canyon was climbing down to the bottom of the Mooney Falls. This was a steep climb through a couple of small caves and down the face of the canyon wall using steel pegs and chains. My wife didn’t want to participate in the climb to the bottom of Mooney Falls but I insisted everyone had to come. She wasn’t very happy but she did make it down with the others. However, the climb back up was very frightening. She froze about half way up and couldn’t move. It took a lot of pleading and encouraging to get her back to the top. I had no idea how afraid she was of heights.
A few years later we led a group of teenagers on a ski trip from Dallas to Colorado. We chartered a bus that left on Christmas night and returned on New Year’s Eve. We stayed at a church camp outside of Denver and enjoyed four days of skiing in the Rocky Mountains.
My wife and I had no experience skiing. But we were willing to try. The students were quick learners but we struggled to figure it out. After a day of basic lessons we ventured up the slopes on the chair lift. My wife didn’t like being so far off the ground and was worried about getting off the ski lift at the top of the mountain.
Things went okay while we followed a level trail to the ski slope. When we turned the corner and looked at the slope it was breathtaking. It looked like we were going straight downhill. Did I mention that my wife was afraid of heights? It was a long fright-filled struggle down the slope. After that my wife decided she preferred to stay in the ski lodge and drink hot chocolate and leave the skiing to the younger students.
All of us are afraid of something – spiders, the dark, flying and heights. There are many verses in the Bible that say, “Fear not for I am with you” (Joshua 1:8 / Isaiah 41:10). Let me encourage you to face your fears and trust God to help you when you are in a fearful situation. You will be glad you did and He will too.
Eastvale/Norco – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department.
INCIDENT: Illegal Marijuana Cultivation
INCIDENT DATE: January 3, 2022
WHERE: 14000 Block of Viva Drive, Eastvale
DETAILS: On Monday, January 3, 2022, deputies assigned to the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 14000 block of Viva Drive in the City of Eastvale. The search warrant stemmed from an illegal marijuana cultivation investigation. During the service of the warrant, the home was discovered to have been completely transformed into a greenhouse which contained a large number of mature marijuana plants. This type of work is consistent with the work performed by large scale illegal marijuana cultivation organizations. Deputies learned the electricity used to power the growing equipment was being stolen. A Southern California Edison representative estimated the theft of electricity to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Cervantes at (951) 955-2600.
INCIDENT: Lewd Acts with a Minor
INCIDENT DATE: December 1, 2021
WRITTEN DATE: January 7, 2022
WHERE: 3200 block of Belgian Drive, Norco
DETAILS: On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, about 7:14 P.M., deputies responded to a call for service regarding an alleged child molestation in the city of Norco. It was reported the victim attended Montessori School of Corona, which is a private elementary school, which is where the victim met the suspect, Allyson Berndsen, a 31-year-old resident of Norco. Berndsen was employed at the school as a teacher’s aide. Berndsen also provided babysitting services for the victim at a residence in the city of Norco.
The investigation was assumed by the Jurupa Valley Station’s Detective Bureau. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that a crime had been committed.
On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Jurupa Valley Station detectives arrested Berndsen at her place of employment and a search warrant was served at her residence. Berndsen was later booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for 288 (a) PC (Lewd Acts with a Minor Child under 14) and additional charges
This is an on-going investigation and no other information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Investigator Medina at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.
Eastvale – Several new businesses are expected to come to Eastvale!
Churro Bar is expected to arrive in 2022 at Hamner Place, located at the corner of Schleisman Ave and Hamner Ave. Churro Bar offers a variety of churros, ice creams with premium toppings and syrups, delicious coffee drinks, and old-fashioned sodas. They also make all their churros fresh, on-site.
Eastvale’s first-ever Vita Cane Sugarcane Juicery and Açaí Bar opened on January 16. Vita Cane is located at 4910 Hamner Avenue. They offer delicious açaí bowls with a variety of toppings. They also offer signature sugarcane drinks such as their fire dragon, aloha sunrise, and coco melon. Vita Cane guarantees “all-natural, fresh, and organic ingredients with high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals,” stated the City.
Also coming to Eastvale is Uncle Tetsu, which will be located at The Station, on the corner of Cantu Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Ave. Uncle Tetsu is expected to open in Summer or Fall 2022. Uncle Tetsu offers a variety of cheesecake flavors ranging from strawberry, chocolate, matcha, oreo, and ube. These Japanese Cheesecakes are admired for their lighter quality and balanced sweetness that provide the perfect taste and texture combination. Uncle Tetsu will also offer delicious biscotti, tarts, and much more.
The Vale Hair and Nails is now open! This luxury hair and nail spa is located at the Merge at 14063 Limonite Ave., Suite 110. The Vale Hair and Nails is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another new nail salon that is now open is Organic Nail Bar 2. This luxury salon is located at 5120 Hamner Ave. Organic Nail Bar 2 is committed to providing a comforting and professional ambiance as they provide a variety of services.
Eastvale – The Eastvale City Council recently approved to add additional law enforcement services, including two more deputies and an increase of daily patrol hours. During the City’s mid-year budget process, they approved these changes to help Eastvale stay one of the safest cities in the State.
“The Eastvale City Council has always made public safety a top priority through previous strategic plan discussions and continued that commitment through the 2021-2022 strategic plan update,” stated the City in a news release. “After the City of Eastvale residents supported Measure A, the City Council passed a resolution in April 2021, to enhance and elevate law enforcement services for the Eastvale community.”
The City added two additional special enforcement team (SET) deputies during the adoption of the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget last year. But since then, the City has continued their commitment by adding additional patrol hours and more deputies. The City stated in a social media post that they do not have plans to form their own Police Department at this time. “We are committed to our partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department,” said the City in the post. “A special thank you to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for their continued partnership and dedication to help keep our community safe!” said the City.
Eastvale – On January 12, the Eastvale City Council unanimously appointed Henry Garcia as the new Acting City Manager while existing City Manager Bryan Jones’ is still on paid administrative leave.
The City’s news release stated that Garcia has 30 years of experience in public administration, and he was appointed to ensure fluid city operations during Jones’ absence. The City did not say why Jones was taking a leave of absence because they stated that information is confidential. However, the news release said that City Clerk/Communications Director Marc Donohue and Community Development Director Gina Gibson-Williams have been jointly serving as Acting City Managers since Dec. 14.
Garcia has three decades worth of experience in professional public services work, including roles as city manager in Azusa, Colton, Rialto, and Moreno Valley. He has also helped Eastvale facilitate and draft the City Council’s strategic plan in 2018 and 2021, according to the City’s release.
“Mr. Garcia has the experience, familiarity and knowledge to step seamlessly into this role and continue the momentum, stability, and continuity the city has seen the last couple of years regarding business growth and service expansion,” said Mayor Lorimore.
When Garcia’s appointment was announced on the City’s social media, community members expressed their concerns regarding Garcia’s previous position as Moreno Valley City Manager. Garcia was employed while the City of Moreno Valley was facing a corruption investigation in 2013. Garcia resigned at the May 13, 2013 City Council meeting after the probe began.
At the Eastvale City Council meeting on January 12, City Council Member Brandon Plott addressed these concerns by saying Garcia had nothing to do with the corruption and that the District Attorney (DA) cleared Garcia of being involved. He explained that the investigation was surrounding a Moreno Valley City Council Member accepting bribes. Plott reassurred the community that they looked into everything surrounding this investigation, researched the articles, and talked it over with one another.
He expressed his support of appointing Garcia by saying, “I have seen nothing but the best here when working with Henry, and I expect nothing but the best.” However, he felt it was needed to bring up those concerns posted on social media. “I just wanted to comment on that and clear the air,” Plott said at the meeting.
Council Member Jocelyn Yow added to this topic by saying, “I’ll be honest with everyone, I had my reservations,” referring to appointing Garcia. But she explained she reviewed each article surrounding the investigation and spoke to Moreno Valley Council Members. She concluded that Garcia’s involvement was unfounded and he was the right choice for Acting City Manager. Yow explained that they need an Acting City Manager right now and Garcia has experience in the City and with City Staff, so he was the best choice at this time for this position. She admitted she would not have chosen him for a permanent position, but sees him in this temporary position for a few months at most.
Council Member Christian Dinco discussed the topic of a permanent position earlier in the meeting as he said Garcia being a CalPERS annuitant would benefit the City. Dinco explained that Garcia already has the city manager experience to fill their current need, but will not be interested in a permanent position in the future.
Eastvale Mayor Lorimore showed his support of Garcia’s appointment in the City’s new release. “With Mr. Garcia’s depth of experience helping cities run smoothly, Eastvale will benefit from his knowledge in consensus building, strategic planning and goal setting to help further our strategic goals as we head into 2022,” said Lorimore.
Garcia also expressed his excitement to be appointed as the new Acting City Manager. “The City has many goals to work on in 2022, and I’m honored to help guide City staff toward achieving the objectives set forth in the strategic plan,” said Garcia. “By maintaining fiscal strength, protecting public safety, bolstering the city’s infrastructure, and supporting local businesses, we will collaboratively expand opportunity in the City of Eastvale.”
Jurupa Valley – At its December 13 meeting, Ken J. McLaughlin was named President of the Jurupa Community Service District (JCSD) Board of Directors.
President McLaughlin, who recently served as Vice President, was first appointed to the JCSD Board in 2000 and is currently the longest-serving Director on the Board. He represents Division 1, which includes the northern area of the JCSD service territory within the City of Jurupa Valley. President McLaughlin is a strong proponent of diversifying JCSD’s water portfolio and increasing water supply reliability.
“I look forward to leading JCSD as we face challenges such as drought conditions while maintaining our tradition of providing quality services to our customers,” said President McLaughlin. “It is an honor to serve as President and represent the interests of our community while fulfilling JCSD’s mission of delivering high-quality services to our community.”
In addition, Jane Anderson was selected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Vice President Anderson was first elected to the Board in 2007. She represents Division 5, which includes areas within the City of Eastvale south of Bellegrave Ave and west of Hamner Ave. As a strong advocate for her constituents, she is a vocal supporter of water conservation and JCSD’s award-winning parks and recreation program.
For more information about JCSD’s Board of Directors and meeting schedules, visit www.JCSD.us/Board
Founded in 1956, the Jurupa Community Services District is a public governmental agency which provides services and programs to the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale. It is governed by five elected representatives (Board of Directors) from both cities. Serving over 130,000 people in a 40-square-mile area, JCSD provides a variety of community services and programs including water, sewer, street lights, frontage landscape maintenance, graffiti abatement, and parks and recreation services.
It’s my birthday month, and the one wish I have is: I wish every month is autism awareness month. I am not asking anyone to get a degree in autism, but to be aware of a few things. Autism is not contagious, and you don’t need to be afraid around an autistic person nor be mean to someone that has autism,
This past month we had attended several “Halloween” events, and what I witnessed from many led me to my birthday wish.
At one outing where my son was flapping and dancing around, having fun, this woman acted as if my son had the plaque. Little kids came up to him and stared at him, and one even kicked him. My little one has no clue why he was kicked or could even express it hurt, and he got pushed too by one. Why do kids think its ok to bully someone differently?
At another event, my boy was doing his own thing in a pile of corn, the corn pit at Frosty’s Pumpkin Patch. He was lying there covering himself in corn when a child decided to walk across him and stand on his stomach. My boy looked at him as I yelled to get off of him. A few minutes later, the boy came back and jumped on his legs. Just because he doesn’t scream or say anything doesn’t mean he’s not feeling it.
Be kind. Teach your children to be kind. We are all created uniquely. None of us should have to wear a sign explaining ourselves. We all should be accepted.
Ephesians 4:2 NIV
2) Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
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Eastvale – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department.
INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: November 23, 2021
WHERE: Bellegrave Ave. and Jamestown Ave., Eastvale
DETAILS: On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, about 3:03 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to the report of a major injury traffic collision located at Bellegrave Avenue and Jamestown Avenue, in the city of Eastvale. Upon arrival they located an unknown adult male with obvious signs of death.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated the driver of a silver, 2006 Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on Bellegrave Avenue and veered onto oncoming traffic and collided with a white, 2009 Freightliner Cascadia which was traveling westbound on Bellegrave Avenue. The driver of the Freightliner suffered no injury and cooperated with the investigation. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision. Bellegrave Avenue between Scholar Way and Hamner Avenue were closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identities of the involved parties will not be released pending further investigation and the notification to next of kin. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: November 17, 2021
WHERE: Norco Hills Rd. and Valley Dr., Norco
DETAILS: On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, about 2:11 A.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision near the intersection of Norco Hills Road and Valley Drive, in the city of Norco. Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult, who had been ejected from the vehicle. The driver had suffered life-threatening injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by paramedics and Cal Fire personnel. He was determined to be the sole occupant.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated the driver was traveling eastbound on Norco Hills Road and collided into a brick column. Norco Hills Road and Valley Drive were closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identities of the involved party will not be released pending further investigation and the notification to the next of kin. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
INCIDENT DATE: November 9, 2021
WHERE: 6400 Block of Wells Springs Street city of Eastvale
DETAILS: On November 9, 2020, about 2:46 PM, Jurupa Valley Station Deputies were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive male adult in the 6400 block of Wells Springs Street, city of Eastvale. Upon deputies arrival, it was determined a 19 year old male adult was deceased. Through extensive investigation by investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Overdose Death Investigations and Narcotics Unit, it was determined the decedent, Javon Richard, was a victim of homicide due to a Fentanyl overdose. The investigation was worked tirelessly over the next several months and a suspect, Alvin Linton (36) from the city of Ontario, was responsible for selling the Fentanyl that killed Richard. On November 17, 2021, Linton was located and taken into custody without incident and booked for Murder. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Hollingsworth at 951-955-1700.
As a reminder, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind citizens of the dangers of illicit narcotics many which may contain Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and can cause death or serious bodily harm.
INCIDENT: Attempted Murder
INCIDENT DATE: October 30, 2021
WHERE: 1600 Block of Valley View, Norco
DETAILS: On October 30, 2021, at 3:04 AM, deputies assigned to the Norco Station were dispatched to a residence in the 1600 Block of Valley View Avenue reference an assault with a deadly weapon. When deputies arrived, they located an adult male victim with numerous stab wounds. Deputies rendered medical aid to the victim until medical personnel arrived. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for emergency medical treatment.
The Norco Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. Deputies identified the suspect as Ethan Melnikoff, a 19-year-old resident from Riverside. On November 3, 2021, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau, a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence where additional evidence was located. Melnikoff was arrested without incident and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder.
Anyone with additional with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy M. Faucher of the Norco Special Enforcement Team at 951-280-5211.
By Mark Hopper
In the 1990’s, I led a small team of adults from our church in California to Guatemala. We were going there to help with the construction of a school near Guatemala City. My wife and I had led a younger team of high school and college students to Guatemala in the 1970’s. This time we went with a seasoned group of older adults.
Guatemala is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Several dormant volcanoes tower over the countryside. The vegetation is lush and green. Guatemala is known for its popular coffee beans and wonderful Avocadoes.
While we were working on the construction site we met a man who was doing electrical work. He was a retired engineer who had come by himself at his own expense to pull wires and install electrical outlets in the classrooms. He was planning to be there for a month
I don’t remember his name but I do remember something he said. When I asked him why he had come to Guatemala to work on this project he replied, “You can only play so much golf”. He went on to explain that when he retired from his career as an electrical engineer he spent a lot of time playing golf with some of his buddies. But after a year of retirement he felt he needed to do something more with his time. When he heard about the project in Guatemala, he decided to put his golf clubs in the closet and spend some time helping other people.
Please don’t misunderstand. I like golf. In fact, my wife says I don’t play enough golf. But I think we all know that there are other things that are more important. We may get a sense of enjoyment from a good round of golf. But we can get an even greater sense of fulfillment when we use our time and talents to serve others.
There is a passage in the Bible that says, “Put yourself aside and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with your own interests. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:4 – The Message Bible). You won’t find lasting fulfillment just doing things that you like. Real fulfillment is found when we volunteer our time and use our abilities to help others. You won’t find happiness looking for it. You stumble across it when you serve others. Let me encourage you to volunteer some of your time to serve at your church or in your community. Don’t sit home and watch TV. Get off the couch and get into the community and help people. And allow yourself a little time for a round of golf with your buddies too! You will be glad you did!
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Eastvale/Norco – The Jurupa Valley Station was recently awarded a grant totaling $102,546 to use in the cities of Eastvale and Norco. Specifically, Eastvale was awarded $53,110 and Norco was awarded $49,436.
Using these grants, the Jurupa Valley Station will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community. This program will run through September 2022.
“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Department. “This funding allows the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”
The Sheriff’s Department stated that the grant will pay for additional enforcement measures, including:
DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers
Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law
Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk
Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
By Pastor Dennis Morales
“Through Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of [our] lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15
Words are powerful, especially words of praise or thanks. God is honored with our words of praise and thanksgiving. It is easy to praise God when the sun is shining, or when our kids are getting good grades in school, or maybe if we have received a promotion at work. Scripture says that praise is also a sacrifice at times. That’s when things are not too good. When we praise God in the difficulty, it is the praise of sacrifice. When we praise Him, we proclaim our faith in Him.
The Psalmist writes “As for me, I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more (Psalm 71:14). A sacrifice of praise is something that we offer to God — in times of well-being and in times of sorrow. Never allow praise to become a habit of only a celebratory activity. When times are tough, praise has the ability to lighten our hearts and fill us with a sense of possibility, love, and security that can only come from Heaven’s throne. When you are able to praise God in the difficulty, you are trusting what God sees and His provision.
In the late 1800’s George Mueller operated an orphanage that at one time had 1,000 orphans. One morning there was no food to eat, but he called all the children and staff together and prayed thanking God for the provision of food, even though no food was on the table. A few moments later a baker knocked on the door. He told Mr. Muller that God had led him to bake bread the night before and give it to the orphanage. Before the bread was given to the children, a milkman knocked on the door. He said that his milk truck had broken down and he wanted to give the milk to the orphanage. George Muller gave thanks, even when it took faith to do so.
Praise is another word for admiration, and it’s often linked to thanksgiving. Take some time and praise Him today for all He has done. Praise Him because He is able. “Praise Him because He is worthy” (Psalm 145:3).
Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale. Sundays 8:30/10:30am. Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available. http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.
Eastvale – There were several ribbon cuttings that took place this last month as there are many new businesses that are now open.
On November 29, Dot & Dough has officially opened to the public on a first come, first served basis. This donut shop incorporates ingredients from all over the world, giving customers a sense of adventure with each bite. Dot & Dough is located at 14135 Limonite Ave, Suite #210, Eastvale, CA 92800.
Also recently opened is Dutch Bros Coffee! Lines have formed all the way down Limonite Avenue as customers wait in life for Dutch Bros’ delicious coffee, real fruit smoothies, frosts, Nitro Cold Brew, tea, sodas and its Blue Rebel Energy Drink. Stop by Dutch Bros Coffee at the Eastvale Marketplace, located at 13323 Limonite Ave.
On November 22, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop held their ribbon cutting ceremony. This award-winning business serves fresh roasted turkey, quality meats and cheese, and fresh rolls and produce that will quickly set them apart from other sandwich shops. Stop by Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop at 14062 Limonite Ave Suite 130.
On November 16, Zeppin Japanese Sushi also held a ribbon cutting at 4910 Hamner Ave. Zeppin Sushi offers a variety of appetizers, classic and premium rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Their premium sushi and service will make an excellent addition to our community.
In addition, projects in the works include the Hamner Place construction. This premier shop-dine-stay destination will feature the City’s very first hotel, Staybridge Suites, Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Crimson Coward, Nashville Hot Chicken, Plant Power Fast Food, China Bros, and much more. Hamner Plan will bring an abundance of jobs, sales tax revenue, and transient occupancy tax to our city which will elevate our services to the community, such as public safety, and help put us on the map!
Lastly, the Leal Master Plan is in full effect. The Leal Master Plan will be developing the future home of Eastvale’s Civic Center that includes our future Library/Community Center, City Hall, Police Station, and 3rd Fire Station. To stay up to date on the progress, sign up for the City’s monthly email updates: https://eastvaleelevates.com/select-a…/leal-
By Norco College
Norco – Apprenticeship is an Earn & Learn model of training where employers structure a career pathway by combining an educational track alongside paid on-the-job training. Apprentices agree to a duration of apprenticeship and a skills development path. In return, apprentices are awarded with regular salary increases throughout their program and an industry recognized certification upon completion.
In apprenticeship, both career seekers and employers benefit. Career seekers are provided with clear and directed pathways to lucrative opportunities and employers have an internal method to perpetuate skill development and increase the pool of qualified individuals.
Norco College works to increase apprenticeship opportunities in the Inland Empire region by providing guidance and educational support to employers, partnering with regional apprenticeship programs, and assisting career seekers in starting apprenticeships in high-demand occupations.
For more information about these opportunities, visit http://www.norcocollege.edu/sd/apprenticeship or view the ad on page 7 of our newspaper.