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County of San Bernardino

Free pet adoptions for veterans during Veterans Day week

Veterans Day Pets to VetsSan Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) will recognize U.S. veterans with free pet adoptions Nov.  9-17, 2013. Veterans can adopt dogs and cats from one of the County’s animal shelter facilities located in Devore or Big Bear Lake through the shelter’s “Pets to Vets.” The outreach is part of the County’s ongoing effort to place homeless pets with loving families.  On Saturday, November 9, ACC will place up to 250 dogs or cats free of charge to qualified U.S. military veterans.  There is a limit of 2 adoptions per qualified veteran.

 The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in San Bernardino County, will be paying for the vaccination, adoption and the spay or neuter fees for the first 250 adoptions made to qualified military veterans at San Bernardino County operated animal shelters. 

 “This is a wonderful opportunity to match pets that need homes with deserving military veterans who would appreciate companionship,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

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Avoid the flu, your shot is due

Young Woman Blowing Her Nose in BedA seasonal flu shot is recommended every year for persons 6 months of age and older, to help protect you, your family, and the community from the flu. Avoid the flu by getting vaccinated today.

A seasonal flu shot is especially recommended for these high risk groups:

  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions (including asthmatics and diabetics)
  • Pregnant women
  • Home caregivers and health care workers
  • Infants and children* age 6 months up to their 19th birthday

*Depending on previous vaccination history, children aged 6 months through 8 years may be required to receive two doses of influenza vaccine

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Dog Day at the County Museum

 

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The County Museum’s education division will host “Do Canids have Canines: Dog Day at the Museum” on Saturday, November 9. Activities, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are included with paid museum admission.

“Dogs fascinate us,” said Jolene Redvale, museum curator of education. “From the wildness of wolves to the dedication of domestic dogs, they really draw us in.”

The event, supported by various community organizations, will introduce visitors to the canine family—wolves, coyotes, hyenas, foxes, and Rover—and will explore the nature of being a canine.

“Dogs are amazingly diverse. Some, like the coyote, have figured out how to take advantage of human activity and habitats. Others, like the gray wolf, have suffered the effects of discrimination against predators for hundreds of years. Yet, they still hang on,” said Redvale.

Visitors will encounter rescued greyhounds from GreySave. Visitors can also witness basic obedience training, and learn the benefits of training, vaccinations, and altering. Staff will offer visitors ideas for selecting the best dog for their family, and how to care for a pet they select. Elliot’s Pet Emporium in San Bernardino will offer a coupon for free bag of dog treats at their store on E Street.

In addition, visitors can create a stuffed calico dog, and make dog figures from clay. Gallery talks on the Canidae family will take place throughout the day. Visitors will also enjoy some good storytime adventures, including those of Biscuit the Puppy and old Coyote. All activities are free with paid museum admission, and are appropriate for visitors of all ages.

“The best part of an event like this is seeing our visitors have fun together,” said Redvale. “At the Museum, there is something for everybody!”

Election Day is Tuesday November 5, 2013

votingThe 2013 Consolidated Election is being held on Tuesday, November 5. Approximately 500,000 voters in San Bernardino County are eligible to vote in this election, which includes the following areas: Baker, Chino, Chino Hills, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Helendale, Montclair, Ontario, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, and Yucca Valley.
Voters can find their assigned polling place:

  • On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide
  • Online at www.sbcountyelections.com
  •  By calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters on the permanent vote-by-mail list have already received their ballots. Those mail ballot voters who have not already returned their voted ballots can drop them off between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day at any one of eighty polling places in the county, or at the San Bernardino County Elections Office.
Voters may also drop off their voted mail ballots from now through November 5, 2013 at one of thirty-two mail ballot drop-off locations throughout the county during regular business hours. The locations can  be found on the interactive Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map found at www.sbcountyelections.com

Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be accepted. A voted mail ballot postmarked on Election Day, but not received at the Elections Office by 8 p.m., will not be counted

Additional snow removal map added to Public Works interactive maps website

snowremovalThe San Bernardino County Department of Public Works has launched a website of various interactive maps for the public to view current information about where county roads, flood control and solid waste facilities are located. The maps include Transportation Road Yards, the County Maintained Road System, Temporary Road Closures, Waste Disposal Site Locations, Flood Control Facilities, Flood Control Right-of-Way and Capital Improvement Project locations.

An additional map shows county residents what roads receive snow removal services from the  Department of Public Works or County Special Districts Department. The snow removal website allows users to click on a road and receive detailed information about which county department to contact for snow removal.

The website address is http://sbcountydpw.maps.arcgis.com.  Ninety percent of Public Works activities are within the county.

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ARMC Joins National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has entered the 2013 Pink Glove Dance Video competition in support of breast cancer awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The video features ARMC health care professionals dancing to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. If ARMC wins the competition it will donate its prize to Susan G. Komen, a global organization working to end breast cancer. Starting now, you can vote for the video at: http://www.pinkglovedance.com/videos/2013-video-contest/arrowhead-regional-medical-center/.

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Celebrate the opening of Horseshoe Lake at Mojave Narrows

MOJAVENARROWS1Regional Parks invites you and your family to join us in celebrating the reopening of Horseshoe Lake at Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville on Saturday, November 9. To commemorate this wonderful occasion, Regional Parks is hosting a day of fun and activities including a trout derby, farmer’s market, kite flying area and demos for kids.  Click here for more details.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

publichealthDid you know October 20-26 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week? 

The County is committed to helping parents reduce their child’s exposure to lead and prevent serious health effects.

A child with lead poisoning can have trouble learning, paying attention and behaving well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children living in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health. There are no known safe blood lead levels. Blood lead levels as low as 5mcg/dL have been known to cause serious health problems to children, including a drop in their “IQ”.

 According to Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer of the County of San Bernardino, lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 and lead-contaminated dust and soil are the main sources of lead exposure for children in the County. Children get lead poisoned by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. 

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Fall into fun at the County Museum

fall leafThe third “Fall into Fun” series of family programs at the County Museum will be held on Saturday, October 19.

The theme for Saturday is “California Indian toys and tools,” and will include arts and crafts activities and storytelling. The festivities run from noon to 4 p.m. and are included with paid Museum admission.

“Fall Into Fun days are designed to engage families in fun learning activities,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “Our theme of California Indians invites exploration into cultures and the relationship of cultural traditions to the natural environment.”

Also scheduled in the series is a day for the dogs, “Do Canids Have Canines?” on November 9

Visitors can also help support education programs at the museum with the purchase of a reusable, durable, decorate-it-yourself canvas bag. The bags can be purchased at the Museum Store for $5 and customized with drawings, color, and stencils at education division activity tables.

 

County prepared to assist citizens seeking health insurance

coveredcaSan Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department’s call centers are ready to answer the calls of residents seeking to enroll in Health Care Reform (HCR) Pre-Enrollment, part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning today, October 1.
Staff will receive Medi-Cal eligible phone calls transferred from Covered California to help to enroll residents in expanded Medi-Cal and other Health Care coverage options via the Covered California Exchange/Marketplace. Staff will handle inquiries by phone as well as lobby walk-ins regarding health care options.
For more information about covered California, visit the Covered California website at  www.coveredca.com or call 1-800-300-1506

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