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Construction Update: I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project

Here is the latest construction update for the upcoming week (7/15/19-7/20/19) from the City of Eastvale:

60 Swarm: SR-60 Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

As part of the 60 Swarm Pavement Rehabilitation project, Caltrans is alerting motorists of full directional closures on the SR-60 Freeway beginning on July 26, 2019, for a period of fourteen weekends. The weekend closures will occur Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. through Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. The closure details are as follows:
Full closure of eastbound SR-60, including all eastbound on and off ramps, between I-15 and the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside, from July 26, 2019, through September 9, 2019. There will be no eastbound access during this closure. Motorists may use westbound SR-60 to access locally on and off ramps.
Full closure of westbound SR-60, including all westbound on and off ramps, between the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside to I-15 from September 20, 2019, through October 28, 2019. There will be no access during this closure. Motorists may use eastbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.
The project will include rehabilitation pavement on freeway traffic lanes and shoulders; rehabilitation pavement on the freeway’s on and off ramps; and upgraded pedestrian sidewalk ADA ramps at the on and off ramp intersections. The repairs will improve pedestrian safety and ride quality for motorists. They also will extend the roadway’s service life with less required maintenance, minimalizing maintenance
worker exposure.
For more information on this project please view the Fact Sheet and Project Map, or follow @caltrans8 on Facebook and Twitter. For questions, please call 909.383.4631.
For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Kimberly
Cherry at 909.383.6290 or TTY 71.

Favorite Nursery: Sunshine Growers

Sunshine Growers has 3 locations in Corona, Ontario & Yucaipa. The Ontario location will be moving to Eastvale in January 2020. For their current sales & offers, visit their website at http://www.sunshinegrowersnursery.com.

Courtesy Sunshine Growers

Corona- Russ & Marsha Lepper, the owners of Sunshine Growers, have sold their Ontario location and will be moving ¼ mile closer to the 60 Freeway in the City of Eastvale. They will be in their new location on Jan. 2, 2020 after being in business for 30 years in Ontario.
They will be building a brand new facility with new Greenhouses shade and bulk areas, new lighting, asphalt parking and many street improvements, all brand new with over $2,000,000 in improvements.
They are not leaving, they are just moving to a brand new facility. They will be having a Huge Sale, so go and visit them and landscape your home or business the professional way.
Sunshine Growers looks forward to a lifetime of service in the Nursery Industry.
They have three convenient locations:
CORONA 1508 Taber Street (951) 736-6000
ONTARIO
13130 S. Hamner/Miliken Ave. (909) 923-7277
YUCAIPA
34017 Yucaipa Blvd. (909) 797-9210
Visit them online at http://www.sunshinegrowersnursery.com. ■

DICK’S Sporting Goods Announces the Grand Opening of New Store This Month!

The retailer will celebrate with Grand Opening festivities at its new location in Eastvale!

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2019 — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be expanding its nationwide footprint with the opening of an
additional store in mid-July.
The Company will host Grand Opening celebrations July 12-14 for its new Eastvale Gateway store at 12399 Limonite Ave., Eastvale, CA 91752.
Following the new store opening, DICK’S will have 729 DICK’S Sporting Goods stores nationwide in 47 states. The new DICK’S location in Eastvale will bring approximately 75 jobs to the community through
the hiring of full-time, part-time and temporary associates for the store.
Customers can expect to find top-of-the-line in-store services and exclusive offerings in apparel, footwear, and equipment from the Company’s own private brands, such as Tommy Armour, CALIA by Carrie
Underwood, Field & Stream and Ethos, as well as popular national vendors like Adidas and Nike.
During the Grand Opening weekend, customers will receive the chance to win great prizes and participate in fun activities, in addition to having the chance to meet a special guest, professional baseball player
Zack Cozart**, in Eastvale, CA.
Visit dicks.com/Eastvale for full details on the Grand Opening celebration, including giveaways, promotions, special guests and brand activations.
**WRISTBAND REQUIRED! Wristbands are distributed on a first-come, first served basis beginning at store open on the day of event only. Limited quantity. Limit one wristband per person. Must be present to receive a wristband. Must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line prior to the start of the appearance to receive an autograph. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. Visit dicks.com/Eastvale for details.
About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories. As of May 1, 2019, the Company operated 727 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best
through a blend of dedicated teammates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness, and Footwear.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering
scheduling, communications and live scorekeeping through its GameChanger mobile apps, free league management services, custom uniforms and fan wear and access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S
offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Investor Relations page at dicks.com.
CONTACTS: DICK’S Sporting Goods, 724-273-5552, press@dcsg.com

‘Heroes’ is Coming to Eastvale!

Photo Courtesy: Heroes Bar & Grill

Courtesy City of Eastvale

Did you hear? Heroes is coming to Eastvale!

Heroes will be located at Hamner Place, located at the intersection of Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road, bringing a new dining experience to our city.

We’ve heard our residents loud and clear when it comes to elevating dining experiences in Eastvale and we couldn’t agree more! The Eastvale community deserves a diverse variety of options for family outings and special occasions.

This past year, we have been working hard on restaurant recruitment and attraction. We surveyed all our restaurants to identify what type of dining options were missing. We also conducted a Restaurant Feedback Questionnaire to better understand our community’s ideas on future development of restaurants in our community.

It was important to the City that residents help lead us in the right direction as we focus on recruitment and attraction as part of Economic Development. Since then, we have been meeting with restaurateurs to identify how we can elevate dining experiences in Eastvale.

Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding dining experiences!

Here We Grow Again

Coming Soon: Residential Developments, Chick-Fil-A & More

Staff Reports

Eastvale– The City of Eastvale continues to grow and many establishments are in the development process before they can call Eastvale their home.  Below is a list of developments that are in the process of being built, along with the most recent May update.  

Goodman Retail Building CR-3

Location: Southeast corner of Hamner Avenue and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and west of Goodman Way; Goodman Commerce Center 

Update: Waiting for Tenant Improvements Plans for other units.

Prado Residential Development by Lennar

Location: Southeast corner of Cucamonga Creek Channel and Schleisman Road

Description: A gated community of 243 attached and detached single-family homes on approximately 19 acres

Status: Project site is currently undergoing grading. Model homes are under construction.

Update: Awaiting revised landscape plans.

Mes Amies Nail Salon Alcohol Sales

Location: Eastvale Marketplace – 13334 Limonite Avenue, Suite 110

Description: Conditional Use Permit for sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits for on-site consumption

Update: Nail salon is in operation, but applicant is waiting for an alcohol license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The Merge Retail and Industrial Center

Location: Northeast corner of Limonite Avenue and Archibald Avenue

Description: Retail and light industrial center on an approximately 26-acre site, and various Conditional Use Permits for certain uses.

Updates: Construction building plans received April 24, 2019 for all industrial buildings (1 through 6) and are under review. Waiting for resubmittal of construction plans for Sprouts and Starbucks. Construction plans for all industrial buildings are under review.

Sendero Century Communities Front Loaded Homes

Location: Northeast corner of Archibald Avenue and Chandler Street

Description: Front loaded homes (eastern side of the SEC easement) at Sendero. This portion consists of 82 single-family homes.

Status: Under construction and model homes are open.

Updates: Applicant resubmitted On-site subdivision flags signage plans May 6, 2019. On-site subdivision flags under review

Restaurant with Drive-Up Pickup Window (Pizza Hut)

Location: Northwest corner of Hamner and Schleisman Ave (between Fire Station 27 and 99 Cents Only Store)

Description: Restaurant (proposed to be a Pizza Hut) with a drive-through pickup window. Two Conditional Use Permits for the operation of the drive-through lane and alcohol sales for on-site consumption. Tentative parcel map to subdivide the site into two parcels.

Update: Met with applicant May 9, 2019 to discuss comments. Waiting for resubmittal.

Pulte Residential Development

Location: Southeast corner of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way (west of Cloverdale Marketplace)

Description: Master Home Plan consisting of 79 residential units. This tract was approved and finalized by the County prior to cityhood.

Update: Received revised elevations for Lot 54 on April 25, 2019 and comment provided on May 2, 2019.

Sunshine Growers Nursery

Location: North of Riverside Drive; south of SR 60, east of Milliken Avenue, west of I-15

Description: Installation of a 20,000 square-foot greenhouse for a plant nursery for Sunshine Growers Nursery located on Riverside Dr. and Hamner Ave.

Update: Waiting for submittal for installation of propane gas from applicant. Waiting for construction plan resubmittal.

Chevron at Lewis Retail at the Polopolus Property-

Location: 7180 Hamner Avenue; northeast corner of Hamner Ave. and Schleisman Rd.

Description: New gas station with a 3,018 square-foot convenience store, a 3,472 square-foot canopy with five (5) fueling dispensers, and associated site improvements.

Update: Waiting for revised submittal.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Façade Modification

Location: Eastvale Gateway; 12399 Limonite Avenue

Description: Minor Development Review to change the façade of the former Sport Chalet store

Status: Approval letter for landscape plans sent on May 2, 2019.

Existing 7-Eleven on Hamner and Riverboat Alcohol CUP Amendment

Location: 6993 Hamner Avenue Suite B-1

Description: An Amendment to Conditional Use permit No. CUP0340, to allow the sales of distilled spirts (hard liquor) in addition to beer and wine (Type 21) at the existing 7-11 convenience store.

Update: Planning Commission consideration on April 17, 2019. The Planning Commission continued the project to May 15, 2019 and directed staff to prepare a resolution for denial. Public hearing was held on May 15, 2019.

Retail Center Archibald and Chandler

Location: Northwest corner of Archibald and Chandler

Description: A 2.71-acre mixed-use commercial development comprised of a convenience store/ gas station/ carwash, a drive-through restaurant, and an undeveloped pad to be submitted later.

Update: Waiting for revised submittal

The Campus Self-Storage Facility-

Location: West side of Archibald Avenue and South of Providence Way

Description: Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for development and operation of a 4-story, self-storage facility in the front portion of The Campus development.

Update: Revised submittal received. Staff is reviewing

Chick-fil-A at Goodman Commerce Center

Location: 5080 Hamner Avenue

Description: Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for development and operation of a 4,833 sq. ft. restaurant with two drive-through lanes

Update: Revised plans received on April 12th and April 29th. Scheduled for Planning Commission meeting on May 15th

The Campus 7-Eleven Gas Station

Location: The Campus (West side of Archibald and South of Providence Way)

Description: Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for development and operation of a convenience store, gas station and carwash.

Update: Revised submittal received. Staff is reviewing

Fireworks are Illegal in Eastvale

Photo Courtesy: Unsplash

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

Eastvale- Many cities and communities in or near Riverside County provide spectacular fireworks displays for their residents. The operators of these displays are licensed and have permits issued by the State Fire Marshal.

All fireworks are illegal in Riverside County – Let the experts entertain your family at one of these events throughout the southland.

ALL fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Riverside County. All fireworks are illegal because they cause serious injuries and very often, cause fires. Riverside County has very diverse terrain. The vegetation is very dry where fireworks can easily start a brush fire. Individuals who cause fires by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs. These costs can run into the millions of dollars. Read more at the State Fire Marshal website.                                      

Those caught with illegal fireworks will be subject to fines, citation and/or arrest; including confiscation of all illegal fireworks. We urge you to leave the fireworks to the professionals!

The staff at the City of Eastvale News has compiled a list of Local 4th of July Fireworks Shows. Read about them below.

CORONA- 4th of July Parade, Celebration & Fireworks. A full day begins with Main Street USA parade! DETAILS: Thurs., 7/4/2019, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Parade: 9 a.m. Main Street, Corona CA, Music & Food & Fireworks: 5 p.m. -9 p.m., Fireworks: 9 p.m., Santana Park, 598 Santana Way, Corona, 92881

JURUPA VALLEY- Annual July 4th Family Fun & Fireworks. Live music, game booths, bounce houses & more. DETAILS: Wed. 7/3/2019, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks: 9 p.m., Patriot High School, 4355 Camino Real. Jurupa Valley, 92509 Fireworks: 9 p.m.

NORCO- July 4th Fest, Fireworks & SmashMouth Concert. A full day of fun at SilverLakes Sports Complex DETAILS: Thurs., 7/4/2019, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., SilverLakes Sports Complex, 5555 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA 92880

RIVERSIDE- July 4th Fireworks 2019: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. “Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery is located at the base of Mt. Rubidoux & has the best view of the fireworks on the 4th of July!” DETAILS: Thurs., 7/4/2019, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, 4414 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

Paving Construction 7/3/19; Delays Expected

Courtesy City of Eastvale

Sendero Development will perform paving activities on Harrison Avenue between Limonite Avenue and Blossom Way. Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected.
Location: Harrison Avenue between Limonite Avenue and Blossom Way
Duration: July 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Traffic Impacts & Advisories During Construction:
Lane closures on Harrison Avenue between Limonite Avenue and Blossom Way with one lane open. Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.
Please obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.
For known delays in traffic, plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel. For additional information, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470. We appreciate your patience and cooperation through this inconvenience.
Note: Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

Eastvale Teen Killed in Hit and Run

Photo Courtesy: Mercedez Gaitan
Anthony Gaitan, 15, was killed when he was struck by a hit and run driver. Authorities are seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver.

Staff Reports

Eastvale– On Thursday, May 30, a 15-year-old Eastvale resident was killed after a hit and run incident.

At around 2:40 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Eastvale Police Department arrived at 68th street near Tarah Street in Eastvale.  Witnesses told Police Officers that they saw a dark colored 4-door sedan hit the 15-year-old male juvenile. Then, the driver of the vehicle fled eastbound on 68th Street without stopping and assisting the juvenile, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The juvenile had major injuries upon the Police Department’s arrival. However, despite life-saving efforts by American Medical Response personnel, the juvenile succumbed to his injuries. 

The victim was later identified as Anthony Gaitan. Many family members described Anthony as a happy kid with a gentle spirit.  “He had the biggest heart ever and always made others laugh; he always made people laugh with his funny faces,” said Mercedez Gaitan.  “He loved to skateboard and was such a character,” she continued. 

A vigil was held on Thursday evening, where many gathered to honor Anthony.  Several fundraisers were also held to help with funeral costs. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family: https://www.gofundme.com/anthony-gaitan?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmtbnr_w

Anthony’s aunt, Marta Gaitan, also spoke about Anthony’s passing.  “Our family is in shock, devastated and heartbroken. There are no words to describe what we are all going through right now as a family, to lose our precious Anthony at such a young age.”

However, upon their mourning, Marta states that their family seeks justice.  “If anyone has any information, please call your local Police Department.  If the person that committed and [is] responsible for this horrific act is reading this post, please come forward and do the right thing. Our family needs closure.”

Marta continues by thanking the community for their support.  “Thank you for your condolences and respectful, kind words of support to our family. Our precious Anthony was loved by so many,” she added.

The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Lonthair at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

Area Crime Recap: May 2019

Staff Reports

Riverside County – Several crimes have occurred in Eastvale and Norco, but our Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping our community safe.  Below is a recap of crimes and suspects apprehended in the month of May. 

INCIDENT: School Threats Investigation

WHEN: May 30, 2019

WHERE: Norco High School, 2065 Temescal Avenue, Norco

On Thursday, May 30, at approximately 8:51 p.m., the Norco Sheriff’s Office received a report of a school violence related threat towards Norco High School via social media.

After an investigation took place, a suspect was identified as a 15-year old ninth grade boy, who was “detained, arrested, and booked into juvenile hall on terrorist threats charges. The investigation revealed the threats were not credible,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  See page 1 for more information.

INCIDENT: Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision

WHEN: May 30, 2019

WHERE: 68th Street cross of Tarah Street, Eastvale 

On Thursday, May 30, a 15-year-old Eastvale resident, Anthony Gaitan, was killed after a hit and run incident at around 2:40 a.m.

Witnesses told Police Officers that they saw a dark colored 4-door sedan hit the 15-year-old juvenile. Then, the driver of the vehicle fled eastbound on 68th Street without stopping and assisting the juvenile, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Lonthair at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  See page 1 for more information.

INCIDENT: Felon in Possession of a Firearm

WHEN: May 11, 2019

WHERE: 12600 block of Limonite Avenue, Eastvale

Martin Florez Jr., 25 of Eastvale

On May 11, Eastvale Police Officers arrested Martin Flores Jr., 25 of Eastvale, for carrying a loaded firearm in a public place.  At approximately 3:12 p.m., Eastvale PD responded to a report of an armed suspect in a shopping center parking lot.  The bystander who reported the incident said he saw a pistol tucked in the suspect’s waistband.  Flores then entered an SUV and headed toward an exit in the shopping center.  However, Eastvale PD arrived on scene quickly and conducted a traffic stop for the vehicle.  “The suspect was taken into custody without incident and officers recovered a loaded pistol from underneath the seat of the SUV,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner. 

Flores was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Possession of a Firearm in a Public Place, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition and Altering a Firearm’s Serial Number.  Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Roach at the Eastvale Police Department (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.

INCIDENT: Counterfeiting

WHEN: May 8, 2019

WHERE: 4100 Block Old Hamner Road, Norco

On May 8, deputies of the Norco Special Enforcement Team (SET) arrested Kevin Anthony Galvan, of Norco.  Since Galvan was on Riverside County Probation for Burglary, Norco SET conducted a probation compliance check at his residence.  Upon the visit, Norco SET discovered Galvan was in possession of counterfeiting equipment, including counterfeit bills.

“Galvan was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the felony warrants with additional charges of counterfeiting,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.  If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Deputy Faucher with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Norco Station at (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: Indecent Exposure Suspect Arrested

WHEN: May 2, 2019

WHERE: 14000 block of Schleisman Avenue, Eastvale

Ricardo Anthony Aguirre Vazquez, 29 of Eastvale

On May 2, Eastvale Police Officers arrested Ricardo Anthony Aguirre Vazquez, 29 of Eastvale, for indecent exposure.  At approximately 6:05 p.m., Eastvale Police Department officers responded to a call at a coffee shop located off Schleisman Avenue.  A witness reported that Vazquez was “sitting alone at one of the tables, fully exposed and fondling himself, as several customers entered and exited the business,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.  When Eastvale Police Officers arrived to the coffee shop, Vazquez was still engaged in the activity so officers took him into custody without incident. 

Vazquez was later booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges related to felony indecent exposure.  Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Arredondo at the Eastvale Police Department (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.

Congratulations to the ERHS Class of 2019!

Photos Courtesy: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

The ERHS Class of 2019 graduates celebrated at their graduation ceremony which was held at the Citizens Bank Arena on Tuesday, June 4th.
ERHS Principal, Dr. Jeremy Goins, gave a memorable speech at the graduation ceremony. Many students are now fondly referring to him as “DJ Goins” because of how entertaining his commencement speech was.

Facebook Groups Galore

Photo by Shopify Partners from Burst

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Did you know Eastvale has a variety of Facebook Groups that you can be a part of?  Check out the list below to see if any groups interest you or your family.  However, remember to read each group’s guidelines before joining the group!

Eastvale Babysitters Club: a closed group of 744 members who are offering babysitting services in Eastvale. 

Eastvale Book Exchange: a closed group of 215 members that allows Eastvale residents to buy, sell, bid, and trade off books with one another. 

Eastvale Cares: a public group of 368 members who post about families in the area that may need help after a crisis or life situation.

Eastvale Classics: a public group of 164 members who love classic cars (1980 or earlier). 

Eastvale Crime Watch & Report: a closed group of 8.6k Eastvale members looking to raise crime awareness among the city.  The group members will post videos, pictures, or concerns about crime that is going on in Eastvale.  The group is identified as a giant neighborhood watch group that comes alongside law enforcement to help solve or prevent crimes quicker in Eastvale. 

Eastvale Drivers: a closed group of 773 members who share driving experiences they have encountered around Eastvale. 

Eastvale garage sale/sale/buy/trade/giveaway: a closed group of 7.5k members who want to sell items or post garage sales.  This group does not allow you to post about animals or business advertisements.

Eastvale Garden Group: there are two garden groups.  The first is “Eastvale Garden Group”, a closed group of 1.8k members who support growing the community, one garden at a time.  The second group is “Eastvale Community Gardens”, a closed group of 919 members who share tips, participate in period plant/harvest exchanges, and share local community events and workshops.  Both groups do not allow you to advertise businesses, sell items, or trade plants.

Eastvale Lost and Found Pets: a community group that posts about lost and found animals in Eastvale. 

Eastvale Rocks: a public group of 650 members that send you on a scavenger hunt for rocks.  The Ronald Reagan’s Student Council are painting rocks to “hide” around Eastvale and all of Riverside County to “spread joy and brighten people’s day,” according to the group page.  The group also encourages the community to paint their own rocks and hide them around town. 

Eastvale Small Businesses: a closed group of 572 members supporting Eastvale small businesses. 

Eastvale Still Eats: a group of 917 members that love food and want to know where to go to eat in the surrounding areas. 

Eastvale Talk: there are four groups that allow the Eastvale community to speak their mind about what’s happening in Eastvale.  The first is “Eastvale Talk” with 4.9k members, which is a secret group that you must be invited to.  The second is “Let’s Talk Eastvale” with 6.9k members; the third is “What’s going on in Eastvale?” with 1.8k members; and the fourth is “Eastvale Uncensored” with1.2k members.  The rest of the groups are closed groups and you must live in Eastvale to be a part of them.

Eastvale Walking Group: a private group of a 100+ community members who want to walk together around Eastvale.  The group uses Whatsapp to get updates “for those serious about walking on a regular basis,” according to the Facebook page.  They encourage members to join if they want to get in shape, meet new people, are willing to encourage others, and are have workout clothes and shoes. 

Eastvale X-Change: a closed group of 49.4k members who buy and sell items to other members in Eastvale.  There are restrictions to what you can buy and sell on this page, such as you cannot sell animals and baby formula, among other items.  

Eastvale Youth Sports: a closed group of 1.3k members who share photos, news, events, and express concerns for all youth sports leagues playing in Eastvale.  

Everything but the kitchen sink – Eastvale: A closed group with 12.5k members that allow you to buy, sell, and promote products.  You will not be approved to be in this group if you are under 18-years-old or if you live in Orange County, Los Angeles County, or areas of Riverside County (for distance/miles). 

The City of Eastvale to Hold 8th Annual State of the City

Staff Reports

The City of Eastvale is excited to announce the 8th Annual Eastvale State of the City Address hosted by the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce! Join them as they share the current state of Eastvale, celebrate accomplishments, and share their goals for the future.

They will be kicking off a two-day celebration, including a Business Luncheon, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Eastvale Community Center at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Community Event on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School at 6 p.m. Following the State of the City Address on July 18, the community will be treated to the annual “Taste of Eastvale” that they look forward to each year.

The State of the City Business Luncheon is a paid, ticketed event however the Community Event is FREE to the community. To register for either or both events, visit the official Eastvale State of the City website at EastvaleSOTC.com. For information regarding sponsorship opportunities or general inquiries, please email the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce at info@EastvaleCOC.org.

We hope to see you there!

Judge Says County Failed to Protect Corona Boy

8-year old Noah McIntosh of Corona has been missing since early March. Authorities believe Noah is the victim of homicide and torture at the hands of his father, Bryce McIntosh, also of Corona. McIntosh has been charged with 1st degree murder with special circumstances which makes him eligible for the death penalty.

Staff Reports

Corona- During a hearing on May 1, a Superior Court Judge made a statement that the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) failed to protect missing 8-year-old Noah McIntosh from further harm, even though reports indicate that they knew he was being abused in his Corona home.

The hearing was called after Noah and his sister’s attorney, Patricia Nance, objected to the public release of Noah’s case file from Child Protective Services.  Several media outlets have requested the file be released under the California state law that requires public disclosure of social services records of children who are believed to be deceased as a result of abuse or neglect.

However, Nance opposed the release of the records stating that Noah’s body hasn’t been found, and argued that state law requires the documents only be released if the juvenile is dead.  Nance continued stating that if Noah’s body is not found, proof should come from a criminal conviction or coroner’s report.

Nevertheless, releasing the case file would provide additional details to the public such as observations by the caseworker, statements from Noah and his family, and the caseworker’s recommendations.  For example, it may include the CPS report that Noah’s grandfather, Doug Godfrey, said he made a year before Noah disappeared.  Doug Godfrey told a local newsgroup that he made the report because he feared Noah was being abused.  However, the boy remained in the home with Bryce after the investigation. 

During the hearing, Perantoni stated, “It appears to the Court that there is a significant public interest in the information in the DPSS file relating to whether Riverside Department of Public Social Services acted to protect Noah from abuse,” according to a hearing transcript.

“There is significant information in the file indicating that Riverside County DPSS knew that this child was being abused in the home and took no action to protect the child, and that is clear from the Court’s review of the file,” Perantoni also stated.

Judge Perantoni overruled Nance’s objection and ordered the release of the records, with certain information redacted (names, addresses, phones numbers).   However, Perantoni granted Nance’s request to postpone the release of the records until May 11.  Then on May 9, Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington of the state Court of Appeal, Fourth District, granted Nance’s second request of postponement, indicating the records be released by May 20.

In addition, the Department of Social Services stated that they are currently conducting an extensive review of the child and adult protective services divisions.

Noah McIntosh was reported missing on March 12 by Noah’s mother, Jillian Godfrey, 36.  However, an investigation discovered that Noah has actually been missing since March 3.  Godfrey told investigators that she last saw Noah on March 2 at his father’s home in the 4600 block of Temescal Valley Rd.  Riverside County Court reports state that Noah’s father, Bryce McIntosh, took Noah into the bathroom, and Godfrey heard Noah ask his father “why he was hurting him.”  On March 3, she left the residence but did not see Noah because he was still in the bathroom. 

During a forensic interview, Noah’s sister, 11, described physical abuse to Noah by Bryce McIntosh.  The abuse involved Noah being handcuffed in the bathtub in cold water, while his sister helped hold Noah’s legs down at times, according to Riverside County Superior Court records.  His sister said she wasn’t home when Noah went missing, but she knew he was missing because “her Daddy told her,” according to the records.  In addition, several pieces of evidence were found in the Corona home such as handcuffs, zip ties, yellow towels with stains, and a laptop with relevant web searches, to name only a few. Authorities also extracted data from Godfrey’s phone, which included notes that she took that documented Bryce’s abuse towards Noah. 

Bryce McIntosh, 32, was charged with first-degree murder of his son, with the special circumstance of torture that makes him potentially eligible for the death penalty.  McIntosh plead not guilty on April 3 and is expected to return to court on June 17.  Godfrey was charged with willful child cruelty, but also plead not guilty.  Her hearing is scheduled for May 17.  Both are being held without bail.

Chino Hay Fire

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Chino Valley Fire District battle high flames at a Chino dairy farm

Staff Reports

Chino – Firefighters from the Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) responded to a second-alarm hay fire on Tuesday, May 7 at around 8:04 p.m.  The fire was located in the 8300 block of Pine Ave at a Chino dairy farm. 

“Firefighters kept the fire from reaching several heads of cattle and nearby residential structures, at times battling three-story high flame lengths,” according to CVFD.  Firefighters contained the fire to bales of hay and a nearby barn structure.  No injuries were reported as of yet. 

CVFD announced that they expected the fire to burn for three to five days because of the fuel arrangement that makes it difficult to put out compact hay bales fires.  “These fires are deep seated into the material and make it difficult to access and extinguish,” said CVFD.   

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Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire and their priority was to protect the perimeter exposures.  CVFD issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating they were trying to allow the fuel to burn off until they can get heavy equipment to move in and break the bails apart.  “Once the bails are spread out, we can put water over them and extinguish the fire,” CVFD added.

On Tuesday evening, Pine Avenue was closed between West Preserve Loop and East Preserve Loop, according to the Chino Police Department.  CVFD also sent out advisories for local residents to avoid the smoke by staying indoors, closing all doors and windows, and avoid vigorous outdoor and indoor activity.  They also recommended that residents run their air conditioner, keep the fresh air intake closed, and clean the filter to prevent smoke from coming inside.  For more information on protecting yourself during a wildfire, visit South Coast AQMD’s Wildfire Smoke & Ash Health & Safety Tips page: http://www.aqmd.gov/wildfire-health-infor-smoke-tips

Fatal Plane Crash in Norco

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Northrop N-9M Flying Wing that crashed in Norco.

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Norco – On April 22, a small plane crashed into a Norco prison, killing the plane’s pilot.  The pilot was identified as Dave Vopat, 51, of Chino. 

Vopat was flying a rare and historic Northrop N-9M Flying Wing that was registered to the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino.  The plane was built by Northrop in 1944.  Local reports state that the pilot was flying the plane to prepare for an upcoming air show at the museum. 

On that Monday afternoon, multiple witnesses reported observing the airplane “flying on a northeastern heading at a low altitude,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  The plane then performed a “barrel roll” and “wobbled [from] side to side,” before the airplane’s canopy separated.  At around 12:10 p.m., the airplane entered a steep right turn, and crashed into the outpatient-housing yard of the California Rehabilitation Center, which is located in the 1900 block of 4th street. 

The debris spread over 474 ft. in length and 200 ft. wide.  There were no reports of structural damage; sheriff officials stated that the area of the crash was currently under construction.  A report indicated that one inmate suffered from scratches, but there were no additional reports of serious injuries to the prison’s inmates or staff.

NTSB also reported that the flight originated from Chino Airport, at around 12:02 p.m.  In addition, “visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight,” stated NTSB.  The remaining parts of the airplane were recovered to another location for further examination and this incident is still under investigation. 

Here We Grow Again: Sprouts is Coming to Eastvale

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EastvaleThe City of Eastvale officially announced that Sprouts Farmers Market will be coming to Eastvale!  The grocery store is expected to open in summer 2020, according to the City.  The new Sprouts will be located at the future Merge Retail Center on the northeast corner of Archibald Avenue and Limonite Avenue.  The store will bring approximately 140 career opportunities to the Eastvale community. 

Many community members expressed their excitement of being able to shop locally for healthy items.  When the City of Eastvale announced the opening on their Facebook page, thousands of community members liked the post and hundreds commented on the page.  The post was also shared 253 times in an effort to spread the news to family and friends. 

Mayor Todd Rigby was also pleased to announce the opening of Sprouts and discussed how the store will benefit the Eastvale community.  “With Sprouts coming to the northwest portion of our city, this will help to provide a grocery store to our residents in that area of town,” said Rigby.  “We look forward to adding Sprouts to the successful businesses we have here in Eastvale. This addition will give our residents another healthy and economical shopping choice.”

Sprouts Farmers Market is a grocery store with fresh, natural, and organic products at affordable prices.  As one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, Sprouts offers bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, bakery, and so much more.  Be sure to check out their Butcher Shop, Fish Market, and Market Corner Deli for high-quality meat, seafood, and freshly prepared entrees and sides. 

The Eastvale Sprouts will not be the only business in the Merge Retail Center.  Starbucks was recently announced to join Sprouts in the same center.  In addition, a Walmart Superstore will be located across the street at the southeast corner of the same intersection.  The City announced that Walmart is expected to open in 2022.  Also, Archibald Avenue plans to be widened as part of The Merge project.

The Merge is a 26-acre retail and light industrial center that will include seven industrial business park buildings, a plaza with a stage, and other unique features that are expected to benefit the Eastvale community of 73,700 residents.  The center is a 336,000 and a 70,000 sq. retail center, anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market.

 “The Merge project is a true collaboration between the City of Eastvale and Orbis to deliver the best product possible,” said Managing Partner from Orbis Real Estate Partners, Grant Ross. “This development will be where business and community come together.”

Mt. SAC Employee Contract Not Resolved

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Walnut– Mt. Sac faculty and administrators have been negotiating for over a year now over a divisive issue: a proposed change to their health insurance plan.

What’s proposed is a move for Mt. Sac Faculty Association members form the State Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) to Self-Insured Schools of California.

The concern for faculty members is that because of the flexibility of Self-Insured Schools of California, the benefits could be reduced down the line and eventually open the door to ending lifetime post-retirement benefits, according to faculty association President Eric Kaljumagi.

A year ago, Faculty Association representatives approved almost all of a new contract with the campus except for the health care component. The snag was that Mt. SAC offered to give the faculty a 1.29 percent raise to help offset the rising costs of health care only if the faculty switched insurance providers, Kaljumagi said

Teachers protested at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting, arguing that while the coverage options may not be very different between the two options, any change could lead to a disruption in care, not to mention changes in coverage in the future.

Because the Faculty Association’s contract was not on last week’s board agenda, board members did not comment on the negotiations.

There was no indication or projection on when the negotiations would be resolved.

CNUSD Students Win Awards

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The City of Corona honored four CeHS computer science winners during the April City Council meeting.

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Corona – Congratulations to all the CNUSD students who won various awards in April.  Students from different schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District were honored at several recent events. 

Five Centennial High School (CeHS) students placed 2nd and 3rd at the 2019 Inaugural Riverside County Programming Competition.  This competition introduced students to the world of coding and featured 129 students from nine Riverside County school districts. Participants had the opportunity to compete individually or as a team of two to four students. 

The second place winners for the Team Competition included the following: Anthony Villegas, Dararith Sao, William Chen, and Vincent Alexander.  The third place winner for the Individual Competition was Noe Martinez. 

Other CeHS students received the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).  The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award applicants represent “young women highly qualified to enter the computing and information technology workforce,” according to a CNUSD news release.

The winners included the following: Chloe Santos, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Honorable Mention; Jasmine Bae, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Honorable Mention; Madison Hill, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Winner; and Monica Sanchez, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Rising Star.

CeHS Teacher, Brian Kenney, commented on how important these awards are.  “The mission is to increase diversity in Computer Science and Gaming by encouraging young women into these high demand job fields.  These young ladies and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners are part of that diversity change,” said Kenney.  “With all of this talent, it is also the intent of Centennial High School to keep highly qualified students in Corona by producing career-ready individuals, and to bring more of these jobs to our area,” added Kenney.

Lastly, from April 2-3, twenty-four CNUSD students earned gold medals at the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair.  “Nineteen Junior & Senior division students advanced to the California State Science Fair and a 9th-grade student is headed to the Intel International Science Fair,” according to CNUSD.

Nearly 500 students from 36 affiliate fairs competed at the Riverside Convention Center.  Among the awards were community organization awards, in addition to Gold and Silver medals.  “Gold medal winners from the Junior and Senior divisions will advance to the California State Science and Engineering Fair on April 29-30 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles,” stated CNUSD.  Congratulations to the sixty-nine CNUSD students who participated and brought home 24 Gold medals, 42 Silver medals, and 13 community and regional awards.  The winners are listed below.

Among the winners was Amanda Mata, of Orange Elementary School, who won the Elementary Sweepstakes Award – Best Overall Project in Grades 4-5.  The Project she created was a Rigatoni Pasta Rocket Engine.  Another winner was Dimple Garuadapuri, of eSTEM Academy at Roosevelt High School.  Dimple earned one of three spots in the county to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The Project that was created was a Na/Ca/K Pollution Scrub: A Domestic Approach to Chemical Carbon Capture.

Community and Regional Awards include the following:

American Meteorological Society: Dimple Garuadapuri, Eastvale STEM Academy at ERHS

American Psychological Association: Sandra Rodriguez, Centennial High School

California Society for Biomedical Research: Kenny Nguyen, of Eastvale STEM Academy at ERHS, received a plaque and $250 monetary award

Chemistry and Air Pollution Research Center at University of California Riverside: Kayla Cunningham, of Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS, received a trophy and a $50 gift card

HDR, Inc.: Gavin Joyce, of Corona High School, received a certificate and a book

Inland Empire Professional Engineers in California Government: Gavin Joyce, of Corona High School, won $1,000

Intel Excellence in Computer Science: Jiahan (Peter) Cheng, Thomas Rife, and August Wetterau, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

Mojave Environmental Education Consortium: Dimple Garuadapuri, of Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS, won a $50 gift card, and received a certificate and ribbon

Mu Alpha Theta: Malika Nindra and Avantika Rozario, Centennial High School

NASA Earth System Science Award: Dimple Garuadapuri, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

Naval Science Award: Andre Huerto, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP): Amanda Mata, of Orange Elementary School, won $50

Stockholm Jr Water Prize: Nicolas Almeida, Alexander Nguyen, and Nicholas Tan, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS (all Gold medal students in grades 6-12 advance to State):

Clara Barton Elementary: Anneliese Brasher, James Glenny, and Zachary Brasher

Home Gardens Academy: Hope Howard

Eastvale Elementary: Thomas Sherrill

Orange Elementary: Amanda Mata

Temescal Valley Elementary: Carter Gilliatt and Nicholas Gomez

Auburndale Intermediate: Aisha Randhawa, Nala Stewart, Sarah Stutsman

Raney Intermediate: David Ouk and Suraj Jayaraman

Norco High: Spencer Krock

ESTEM at Roosevelt High: August Wetterau, Dimple Garuadapuri, Jiahan Cheng, Kenney Nguyen, Thomas Rife, Faith Inverary, Kayla Cunningham, Lana Lim, Wenxuan Tang, and Jillian Labador

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS:

Clara Barton Elementary: Aiden Stinson and Andrew Glenny

Corona Ranch Elementary: Gavin Cypher

Eastvale Elementary: Joel Licera

Garretson Elementary: Jake Felton

Orange Elementary: Hailey Hild

Prado View Elementary: Jackson Rhodes, Kyla Ishii, and Spencer Tran

Corona Fundamental Intermediate: Ethan Alferez, Sophia Pham, Aidan Bunch, Anisha Prasad, Derek Hsieh, Lucas Dyal, and Ryan Friedman

River Heights Intermediate: Alexander Stewart

Centennial High: Briana Meza, Ellorie Mariano, Jahnavi Issar, Sandra Rodriguez, Brendan Morgan, and Jasmine Bae

Corona High: Gavin Joyce

ESTEM at Roosevelt High: Jeewan Kaur, Kristine Caneda, Paige Prescott, Samuel Alston, Serena Patel, Alexander Nguyen, Andre Huerto, Harshikasai Kellampalli, Jamal Karim, Natalie Hobson, Nicholas Tan, Nicolas Almeida, Noel Simon, Raam Naveen, Sanskriti Balaji, Brian Chen, Hailee Hammond, and Joever Orillosa

Eastvale Community Helps Locate Missing Boy

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Eastvale – On March 25, the Eastvale community came together to search for a missing boy.  When 12-year-old Javier was reported missing by his family, the Eastvale Police Department and the City of Eastvale asked the community for help in locating Javier.  The City of Eastvale posted the missing child’s picture on their Facebook page and indicated that the boy was last seen at 2:23 p.m. at Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School.  Friends of the family said that Javier didn’t show up to his usual pick-up spot in front of the school.  Comments on the Facebook post indicated that the boy had special needs as well.   

Friends of the family were searching the area for the boy and an Eastvale Police helicopter announced his description from above.  However, several community members felt they couldn’t sit back and wait; they wanted to join in on the search.  Strangers from all over the city got in their cars with their families and searched the neighborhoods for the boy.  It was amazing to see how many community members came together to look for a child they didn’t even know.    

By 7:40 p.m., it was confirmed that the boy was found unharmed in the city of Chino and was safely returned to his family.  It was not reported how the boy ended up in Chino or why he left the school.  However, the family and the community were just thankful he was home safe.     

The City of Eastvale posted an update to their Facebook page and thanked everyone who spread the word. “The Eastvale Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in helping locate Javier,” said the post.