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Monthly Archives: November 2013
Seven San Bernardino County Veterans received high school diplomas during the 2013 Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project graduation ceremony on November 4, 2013. The project recognizes veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The California Education Code authorizes the granting of retroactive high school diplomas to eligible veterans, as well as those who were interned by federal order in WWII.
The veterans and their families attended the ceremony made possible by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the County of San Bernardino Department of Veterans Affairs.
A video of the event can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETdSfrpXRdw&list=HL1383772741&feature=mh_lolz
The San Bernardino County Museum, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on Monday, November 11 to recognize Veterans Day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and regular museum admission fees apply.
The museum houses displays that invite visitors to explore the cultural and natural history of inland Southern California and the southwest. In addition to exhibits of regional archaeology and anthropology, history, geology, paleontology, and natural sciences, there are sculptures, displays, and gardens outside the museum, along with picnic areas for visitors. A new special exhibit, “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio, 1897 to 1924” will be open in the museum’s Crossroads gallery.
“Each year, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor and thank living veterans of our country’s Armed Forces,” said Michele Nielsen, the museum’s curator of history. “This traditional celebration began as Armistice Day, and was officially deemed Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.”
“Today, many of us have a family member, a friend, business associate, or neighbor who is a veteran,” continued Nielsen. “Veterans Day is a great opportunity to not only thank them for what they have done, but to ask them about their story. Their stories are a part of our history as a nation, and their experiences and contributions are important.”
Information and ideas about how you can become involved or attend a Veterans Day ceremony can be found on the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs website: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/index.asp . The County of San Bernardino Department of Veterans Affairs offers services and resources for veterans and their families. More information is available at: http://hss.sbcounty.gov/VA/
Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in the river bottom near Cottonwood and “E” St. in the City of Victorville. Due to a Santa Ana wind event that the High Desert was under, three brush engines, one water tender, one hand crew and two Chief Officers were dispatched.
Initial units arrived within five minutes after dispatched and worked their way into the river bottom to find a large area of vegetation and trees on fire being pushed by erratic winds. With a quick attack, firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to surrounding vegetation near the original fire.
With thick and heavy vegetation found in the river bottom, engine firefighters were assisted by Glen Helen I, an inmate hand crew out of Glen Helen Detention Center. These inmates are an integral part of the firefighting capabilities in the wildland fire arena as they use hand tools and chain saws to overhaul the fire and allow engine crews to get water into deep seated areas that may still be burning below ground.
Due to the predicted Santa Ana Wind event, the San Bernardino County Fire Department had up-staffed the wind prone areas, to include the high desert communities it serves. This up-staffing allowed a swift response from personnel who were staged and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.
Several homeless individuals were seen in the area prior to fire department arrival, with one individual being detained for questioning. San Bernardino County Fire Investigators determined the fire started from an open campfire which appeared to be actively being used to cook food.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, the Devore Animal Shelter is located at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, CA. Hours for the shelter are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information please call (909) 386-9820 or visit our website for lost and adoptable pets at www.sbcounty.gov/acc. We accept cash, VISA and MasterCard. Also visit the Facebook page for Animal Care and Control’s Homeward Bound pets at https://www.facebook.com/HomewardBoundPets#!/HomewardBoundPets.
Today the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized the San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services for recently being awarded the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Public Safety Gold Award for its Mass Care and Shelter, Shelter Operations Compound (SHOC) Program. The CESA Public Safety Gold Award is the top award for public safety emergency management programs in the State of California.
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Mike Antonucci, OES Emergency Services Manager and Zack Mullennix, OES Emergency Services Officer, were on hand at this year’s CESA Conference in Santa Rosa to receive the award. The CESA State Awards Committee was greatly impressed by the program and called it “an innovative and ground breaking approach to sheltering large groups”.
San Bernardino County’s SHOC Program is a collaborative effort between County Fire, multiple County departments, cities within the Operational Area, the American Red Cross and other partner agencies.
The October 17, 2013 Great ShakeOut was a success in San Bernardino County with 620,412 participants from all sectors including government, school districts, healthcare facilities, nonprofit organizations and local families.
The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide drill performed to increase awareness of earthquakes and help prepare in the event of a disaster.
All San Bernardino County departments participated in the drop, cover and hold on exercise. Some departments followed that exercise with a fire following an earthquake drill and evacuation.
The County Museum held special events the day of the ShakeOut with hundreds of adults and children from nearby schools learning about the impact of earthquakes. The 2014 Great California ShakeOut is scheduled for 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014.
The HS Connection newsletter is distributed via email every month with success stories shared by staff, training recognition of exemplary customer service, opportunities for employees, and legislative changes and improvements to Human Services programs.
“We are very excited about the progress the Human Services Communications team has made in the past year,” said Chief Learning Officer Summer Adams. “This award tells us we are headed in the right direction and we look forward to continuing to help tell the success stories of our Human Services Departments and to help them reach our residents.”
HS Connection Editor Cynthia Malvin accepted the Capella Award during the PRSA’s 2013 Polaris Awards banquet on October 24.
Human Services is dedicated to the health and wellness of all of the County’s 2 million residents. Human Services includes the administrative divisions and departments of Aging and Adult Services, Behavioral Health, Child Support Services, Children and Family Services, Children’s Network, Preschool Services, Public Health, Transitional Assistance and Veterans Affairs.
County programs aimed at reducing truancy, preventing the spread of West Nile Virus, providing preschool services to foster children, improving customer service and shortening the time to obtain search warrants were honored today as among the best in the state.
California State Association of Counties Executive Director Matt Cate appeared at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver five 2013 CSAC Challenge Awards to the Public Defender’s Office, Environmental Health, Transitional Assistance, Children and Family Services, Preschool Services, and Information Services.
“These awards reflect the resourcefulness of County employees and their dedication to developing more efficient and effective ways to serve and protect our residents,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said. “I commend the staff members who earned this year’s CSAC Challenge Awards, and I challenge all of our employees to continue offering their ideas about how the County can improve customer service and better use its resources.”
The annual CSAC awards are considered a highly competitive recognition program that honors the best and most innovative among California’s 58 counties. This year, 18 counties were honored with awards after a panel of judges evaluated 220 entries. The CSAC Challenge Awards provide meaningful examples of how County employees are committed to achieving the Countywide Vision and creating a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being.
Rise and shine early Saturday, November 23rd and join Regional Parks at Cucamonga-Guasti in Ontario for “Sunrise Fishing”. For this one special day the park will extend their hours for some fishing and fun from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. With two freshly stocked lakes (500 pounds of Ruby Red Trout and 500 pounds of Nebraska Tail walker Trout) fishing will be a blast. Sunrise Fishing [pdf]